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Senior Leadership Team

 Welcome to our Senior Leadership Team

Mrs R Hesmondhalgh - Headteacher

I joined Whitcliffe Mount School as Headteacher in November 2022, and I feel very privileged to lead the school into the next stage of its journey.

A school has a very important role to play in a child’s development, not only in helping them to achieve their best academically, but in supporting them to thrive as an individual socially, emotionally and morally.

Respecting each other and committing to achieving our personal best so that everyone can be happy, safe and successful in our school community is at the heart of everything that we will do.

Miss K Bland - Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral)

I joined Whitcliffe Mount in September 2017. My role in school, as Pastoral Deputy, means I oversee all of our pastoral care; such as Behaviour, Attendance, Safeguarding, Inclusion and SEND. 

I lead our fantastic pastoral team in developing strategies to help our students overcome any obstacles they may be experiencing in order to achieve their best. A significant part of my job is to ensure Whitcliffe is a calm, orderly and safe environment enabling us to hold the highest expectations of student behaviour. 

As part of my role I liaise with parent/carers regularly to build and maintain strong relationships, so we can support and improve students attendance, well-being and behaviour which leads to good achievement. My aim is to create a culture whereby our students and staff have a strong sense of belonging, as part of the Whitcliffe community. 

I feel privileged to be a part of Whitcliffe Mount School’s senior leadership team and still enjoy teaching PE and Sports Science. 

Mrs H Jeffrey - Deputy Headteacher (Quality of Education)

I joined Whitcliffe Mount in January 2024, moving from another Leadership role within SHAREMAT.  My role in school, as Deputy Headteacher (Quality of Education) means I oversee curriculum, qualifications and teaching and learning.

I work with our fantastic Directors of Learning and our teaching team to ensure all our lessons are delivered to a really high standard; allowing all our students to develop a love of learning and make exceptional progress towards their final qualifications.  My aim is to ensure all our students leave us after Year 11 prepared for their next steps in education and employment and with the ambition and ability to access a wealth of pathways and careers.

I feel privileged to work within the Senior Leadership Team at Whitcliffe Mount and also within the Science Faculty as a teacher of Science (Physics).

Mrs K Starkey - Designated Safeguarding Lead 

I joined Whitcliffe Mount in September 2022 having worked within Share MAT for 8 years. 

During my time working in pastoral roles for Share MAT, I have trained as a Nurture Practitioner and Senior Mental Health Lead and have a lot of experience supporting students with SEMH needs.

As the Designated Safeguarding Lead, I am part of the Senior Leadership Team and have responsibility for Safeguarding in school. My priority is to ensure that all students feel safe and happy in school and to make sure the right support is provided to enable students to reach their full potential. 

Mr C Elstub - Assistant Headteacher (Quality of Education - CPD and Vocational)

I joined Whitcliffe Mount in September 2017 as Director of Performance and then joined the Senior Leadership Team in 2019.   Within my current role I oversee the planning and co-ordinating of staff CPD and training which is informed by the latest academic research. Alongside this role I work closely with our Quality of Education Team to ensure all students including the disadvantaged work hard in lessons, through the consistent delivery of an ambitious and engaging curriculum.  

As an ex-student from Whitcliffe it is an honour to have the opportunity to impact the lives of the next generation of young people with in our community, ensuring they achieve their potential and are well-prepared for college and university. 

Mrs H Stubbins - Assistant Headteacher (Behaviour & Attendance)

I joined Whitcliffe Mount in March 2020 as Assistant Headteacher working in the pastoral team led by Miss Bland Deputy Headteacher. I am the Assistant Headteacher focusing on Positive Behaviours and Attendance. 

I will be leading the pastoral and attendance team to  develop strategies to help overcome obstacles students may experience in achieving their personal best, particularly those known to be at greatest risk of underperformance, e.g. disadvantaged cohort. 

I lead a calm, safe, environment where all adults secure the highest standards of student behaviour and academic achievement.

I promote and model good relationships with parents, which are based on partnerships, to support and improve students’ achievement and finally lead on attendance, positive behaviour and attitude to learning.

I also am a deputy-designated safeguarding led, supporting Mrs Starkey, and as part of this role I am the designated teacher for looked after children in school.

Mrs N Dawe - Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion) 

I joined Whitcliffe Mount in September 2023. My role in school, as Assistant Head: Inclusion, means I oversee SEND, Wellbeing, Inspire and The Hub and Reading Strategy.

An inclusive approach to education means that each individual student’s needs are considered to ensure that all learners can participate and achieve together. Working as part of the wonderful pastoral and safeguarding team, alongside externally commissioned providers, we aim to provide a holistic approach to remove barriers to learning.

Within Inspire and The Hub, we use a range of student data effectively to match appropriate wellbeing and curriculum interventions to the needs of the student. As part of my role, alongside our SENDCo, I also work with the Quality of Education team to support classroom practice through continuous professional development.

Ultimately, I want every student to feel like they belong, be proud of Whitcliffe and achieve their personal best. As part of the senior leadership team, and a teacher of English, I am excited to be part of Whitcliffe’s journey.

Mr J Loxam - Assistant Headteacher (Personal Development)

I became part of the Whitcliffe Mount Senior Leadership Team in June 2022 as part of the Quality of Education Team. I joined Whitcliffe in 2012 as a History Teacher before becoming a Lead Practitioner and then the Director of Learning in Humanities.

I passionately believe that our curriculum supports our students in becoming active citizens who are resilient and are ready for the wider world as school leavers. As part of my role I am responsible for leading the personal development of students in school ensuring that all students have the opportunity to experience a range of enrichment experiences outside their timetabled curriculum. This includes a full extracurricular programme, student leadership, trips and visits that support the learning taking place within the classroom and the SMSC and Personal Development programmes that are designed to facilitate students to develop academically, socially and emotionally. 

Mr D Goodsell - Associate Assistant Headteacher (Home Learning)

I joined Whitcliffe Mount school in September 2018, and I was fortunate to became part of the Senior Leadership Team in June 2022.  My role means that I am part of the Quality of Education Team. 

As part of my role, I have responsibility for overseeing the Vocational curriculum at KS4 and Transition (Y6 into Y7).

As a vocational subject teacher, I am passionate about the knowledge and skills these courses provide and am committed to ensuring they provide for to students regardless of ability. 

Having successfully supported our current Y7 to make the transition from our wide range of feeder primary schools, I am very much looking forward to welcoming the newest cohort of Whitcliffe Mount students as the year progresses!