Senior Management & StaffMeet the people behind the roles at Crompton House School
Meet the Senior Management Team
Mr K. Newell
BSc – University of Coventry, PGCE – Oxford University, NPQH – National College for School Leadership, MEd – University of Manchester.
I attended a large comprehensive school in Liverpool and during that time I developed a real passion for Geography and the outdoors. Close proximity to North Wales and the Lake District meant easy access for field trips and family excursions and these fuelled my interest in the natural world. Whilst studying at university I had initially planned upon using my knowledge of Geology to embark upon a career in oil exploration. However, after spending a year working as a field tutor for the Field Studies Council in Pembrokeshire, I decided that teaching would be my vocation. I completed my PGCE at Oxford University, St Anne’s College, and spent the majority of my teaching practice in Cheney School. Cheney had a large sixth form and I enjoyed teaching A level. I made a promise to myself from then on that I would always try to teach in a school with a sixth form. My first job was in a large 11-18 boys school in North London called Queen Elizabeth’s. After spending three years in London I decided to head back up North for the next stage of my career. In 1994 I was appointed as second in charge of the Geography Department at Crompton House School. Since then I have been fortunate enough to take on a number of different roles and responsibilities: Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Head of Sixth Form, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher and then in 2015 Headteacher. I feel very lucky to have spent such a large part of my career working in a school such as Crompton House. We have an incredible group of pupils who are a real pleasure to teach. They work hard, have high expectations of the school and we have high expectations of them. I have seen many changes over the last 20 years however, one thing that has not changed is that our pupils work hard and strive to do their best. Myself, the staff and governors of Crompton House are incredibly proud of all our pupils, past and present, and we all feel privileged to play a small part in their lives.
Mr J. Upton
BSc. Hons at City University, London in Aeronautical Engineering | NPQH National College For School Leadership
Since being at primary school I have always been fascinated by mathematics and engineering, and although I considered a career in industry, I have never regretted my decision to follow my father and go into teaching. In my younger days I took many trips to North Wales, the Lake District and Scotland from a school in London. After moving to Crompton House I have become more active in school leadership currently being responsible for two curriculum teams, trips, D of E, community liaison, day-to-day management, and communication. I am also chair of the CHS Parent, Teachers & Friends Association. I feel privileged to work at Crompton House, no more so when singing with the Senior Choir. Outside school I am a member of the Methodist Church and a trustee of a residential centre in the Lake District. I enjoy travel, hill walking, jogging (it used to be running!), theatre and support Charlton Athletic and Sale Sharks.
Mr A. Holt
BA Hons in Theology (London School of Theology)
Prior to teaching I worked for 2 years in Pakistan as a missionary, 4 years in banking and 8 years as a Minister of Religion in Carlisle. As a minister I worked in the local schools and also worked closely with the children’s and youth groups in the Church, it was this that led me to consider a career in teaching. I came to Crompton House in September 2002 as teacher of Religious Studies, Philosophy and Ethics. Soon after arriving I took responsibility for supporting our most able, gifted and talented students, which I found highly rewarding as so many of our students are highly gifted and creative young people. I am now ‘acting Deputy Head’ responsible for the school curriculum and timetable and work closely with our data manager and exams officer. I am also responsible for the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) aspects of school life – this includes organising school assemblies, end of term communions, and meeting each term with other chaplains from around the Manchester area. Outside of school, I am an Elder at the local Elim Pentecostal Church, which involves preaching and pastoral work. I enjoy DIY, gardening, cooking, reading and keeping fit at the local leisure centre, but my greatest pleasure is spending time with my two lovely grandchildren.
Mr J. Banks
My role involves overseeing the quality control process, which includes the quality of day to day planning, teaching & marking. Further to this the role involves the organisation of continuing professional development for all staff, the induction of new staff & NQT’s and line managing the Humanities Curriculum Team. I run an exchange to Sweden for Yr12, a climbing club and help out with DoE. Interests out of school include mountaineering, travel, climbing, cricket, rugby, cycling, music & reading.
Mr D. Dunkley
I came into teaching after university as I found that I enjoyed explaining how things work to others. I was always keen on science from a young age even having my own microscope for my 7th birthday. I attended Royton & Crompton School but also attended evening classes at Crompton House School to study biology when I was in year 11. I went to Sunderland University to study environmental biology where I gained a 2:1. I then attended Manchester Metropolitan University to gain my PGCE in biology & science. I worked in Essex for 7+ years and was Head of Science in two schools before emigrating to New Zealand. I lived there for two fantastic years, before returning home. I have been at Crompton House for 10 years now, first as a teacher, then Head of Year. I became Assistant Head teacher in 2010 working with the pastoral and inclusion team to support welfare and progress. I have 3 sons, support Oldham Athletic and when time allows I love to go mountain biking.
Mr C. Raynerd
I have always been excited by science, technology and engineering. I gained my BSc (Hons) in Pharmacology at the University of Manchester studying a combination of chemistry and human biology whilst also spending my spare time engineering and computer programming. I have a passion for teaching all areas of science but specialise my teaching in organic chemistry. I do try and embed my hobbies into other aspects of the school such as helping to build the school 3D printer, setting up the learning zone Raspberry Pi computers and running the PIC programming clubs. I joined Crompton House School in 2006 and have enjoyed every year that has passed, thankful to the staff I work with and the students who I have the pleasure to teach. I have enjoyed my time spent in various roles at Crompton House but none more so than my current role as Assistant Headteacher, responsible for rewards, report data and IT initiatives.
Mr D. Pacey
I gained my English Literature degree at the University of Sunderland and my PGCE teaching qualification at Sheffield University. I am in my twentieth year of teaching English and have held a number of positions in different schools including Head of English, Head of Year and Assistant Headteacher. In the past I have taught in the USA, Egypt, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Manchester, Blackburn and Lincolnshire. My favourite book at the moment is ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Jonathan Swift.
Mrs L. Howarth
BSc Hons in Social Science at Lancaster University
Since secondary school I have always been fascinated by people’s behaviour and the way they think about the world. I am particularly interested in social psychology and physiological psychology and although these strands of psychology are contrasting they bring different aspects to explain real life phenomena. I have always had a real passion for my subject and wanted to share this with other people, which led me to my career pathway as a teacher. Over the years I have spent at Crompton House I have become more active in whole school leadership and am currently responsible for the school Sixth Form. This includes careers, general studies, marketing, promotion and day-to-day organisation. Out of school I particularly enjoy hiking, running and going to the gym. I love travelling and in my younger days I taught in Romania and was a camp counselor with Camp America. More recently I have enjoyed traveling round Thailand and Europe. Now, however the majority of my leisure time is spent being a very proud mother to my daughter and involvement at her school and church events.
Mrs J. Young
Crompton House is a highly successful, over-subscribed 11–18 Church of England school situated on the edge of the Pennines, in Oldham, north east of Manchester. It is a high performing school with a strong sense of purpose and tradition. Progress and achievement are excellent with 76% of our pupils achieving 5 A*-C including English and Maths in 2014. This was the highest for Oldham state schools.
There are over 200 teaching and support staff at Crompton House School. As you would expect in a school with an ethos for effective learning in an environment where outstanding behaviour is expected at all times, staff turnover compared to national figures is comparatively low. However job opportunities do arise every year in a number of departments. When recruiting new staff we apply a very demanding selection procedure to ensure that only the very best candidates are offered positions. Those who are fortunate enough to be appointed will enjoy a wide range of benefits from joining the Crompton House Team. Learning and teaching is at the top of every agenda and all teaching and classroom support staff are involved in the Crompton House Outstanding Teacher Programme that is delivered every Monday afternoon. New staff induction takes place on Wednesday afternoons to ensure rapid familiarisation with school systems, procedures and policies. There is a well planned NQT programme and a highly effective support system to ensure successful completion of that vital first year of teaching. Professional development is embedded within our appraisal system and appropriate funding levels are allocated annually.
In conclusion, Crompton House is a happy and rewarding place to work. We have high expectations and the pace of life is always busy. Our school is based on traditional values, whilst embracing the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. We welcome applications from those who feel they have the skills, personality and experience to rise to this challenge.
“Behaviour and safety are outstanding. Students feel very safe within the school and they ensure through their behaviour that the school community is harmonious, aspirational and inclusive. Attitudes to learning are positive and enthusiastic.”Ofsted 2012
To contact a member of the teaching staff please use the staff email prefix list below followed by @cromptonhouse.org
For example to contact A Teacher, send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of staff who have the same initial and surname are distinguished by a number following their name.
|Mr||M||ASHWORTH||Physical Education||Classroom Teacher||M.Ashworth|
|Mr||T||ASHWORTH||Business Studies||Classroom Teacher||T.Ashworth|
|Mrs||C||BORTHWICK||Mathematics||Curriculum Team Leader - Maths||C.Borthwick|
|Mr||K||BURNS||Physical Education||Classroom Teacher||K.Burns|
|Mr||S||DEANE||Physical Education||Classroom Teacher||S.Deane|
|Mr||P||DOUGLAS||Geography||Curriculum Team Leader - Humanities||P.Douglas|
|Mr||D||DUNKLEY||Science||Assistant Headteacher / Head of Year 7||D.Dunkley|
|Mr||D||GUNNING||Business Studies||Classroom Teacher||D.Gunning|
|Mr||A||HEYS||Science||Curriculum Team Leader - Science||A.Heys|
|Mr||A||HOLT||Religious Studies||Deputy Headteacher||A.Holt|
|Mrs||L||HOWARTH||Social Science||Head of Sixth Form||L.Howarth|
|Mr||R||KELLY||Business Studies||Classroom Teacher||R.Kelly|
|Mrs||S||KNIGHT-PERCIVAL||Physical Education||Classroom Teacher||S.Knight-Percival|
|Dr||D||LEGGETT||Social Science||Classroom Teacher||D.Leggett|
|Mrs||L||LOMAS||Social Science||Classroom Teacher||L.Lomas|
|Miss||N||LYON||Religious Studies||Classroom Teacher||N.Lyon|
|Miss||F||MCMAHON||Physical Education||Classroom Teacher||F.Mcmahon|
|Mr||P||NEWTON||Business Studies||Classroom Teacher||P.Newton|
|Mrs||G||OWEN||Social Science||Classroom Teacher||G.Owen|
|Mr||D||PACEY||English||Curriculum Team Leader - English||D.Pacey|
|Mr||C||RAYNERD||Science||Assistant Headteacher / Head of Year 11||C.Raynerd|
|Miss||F||SHAD||Social Science||Classroom Teacher||F.Shad|
|Ms||S||SHARIF||Religious Studies||Classroom Teacher||S.Sharif|
|Mrs||S||SHEA||Religious Studies||Classroom Teacher||S.Shea|
|Miss||J||SKELTON||Religious Studies||Classroom Teacher||J.Skelton|
|Mr||A||TAYLOR||English||Head of Year 9||A.Taylor3|
|Mrs||A||WARD||Religious Studies||Classroom Teacher||A.Ward|
|Mrs||S||WARD||Social Science||Classroom Teacher||S.Ward|
|Miss||A||WATKINS||History||Head of Year 8||A.Watkins|
|Mrs||H||WHITTAKER||Art||Curriculum Team Leader - Arts||H.Whittaker|