Senior Leadership Team
Mr J Richardson: Headteacher
I was delighted to be appointed as Walney School’s new Headteacher from January 2014 and am looking forward to working with all students, parents and staff to raise standards and make this a school we are all proud to be a part of. I believe it is my responsibility to provide the challenge that will enable everyone in the school to be the best they can be in everything they do. Everyone’s views are important to me – please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is anything you would like to discuss.
Mr D Cubiss: Deputy Headteacher In order to meet the challenges that lie ahead, Walney School is currently undergoing an exciting journey of growth and change. As Deputy Headteacher my role is to lead school improvement. Whilst the positive aspects of the school remain, I am not complacent and I recognise there is much to be done in order to provide your children with the education they deserve. My mission is for all students to have high expectations of themselves and for them to really enjoy coming to school.
I lead the Science and SEN departments and throughout the whole school, I have the privilege of working with a dedicated team of staff who are determined to move the school forward. I enjoy working with children of all ages and abilities and my role includes being responsible for some of our most disadvantaged students.
I really enjoy being Walney School’s Deputy Headteacher and I think your children are brilliant. I believe parents play a very important part in a child's education and I know I can rely on your support.
Mrs V Lloyd: School Business Manager
I have been employed at Walney School since September 1996. During my time here I have seen my role develop from Administrator to School Business Manager. I am a valued member of the Senior Leadership Team where I contribute effectively and efficiently to the school’s strategic objectives, vision & ethos.
I have proven experience in legislative frameworks supporting financial and administrative management. My work is very much focused on ensuring that the complex budget management process is monitored and scrutinised to guarantee best value and maximises the use of resources and facilities available to the school.
The areas of responsibility in which I have developed further expertise include managing strategic direction on site and asset management issues, the catering function, whole school support systems, health & safety risk management, school visits, transport and operation of a robust reporting structure to Governors.
Miss Emma Gill
I joined Walney School in September 2014 having relocated to the area for the Assistant Head job. At first I felt I had moved to the end of the world but was made to feel at home by the extremely friendly staff and students. School days should be the best experience in life but I am also passionate about the relevance of learning. Whilst studying for my Masters Degree I focussed my research on work related skills and looked at how schools can prepare students for the next step. The links with industry, career advice and work experience opportunities attracted me to Walney School and also the fact that Design Technology, my specialist subject, is compulsory at GCSE. Design Technology encourages problem solving, creativity, communication, teamwork and research ability which all match employer skills needs. Education is the key to economic well being, happiness, opportunities and choice and part of my role is to ensure all students reach their full potential through high quality teaching and learning. I am very grateful to be part of the team at Walney and will work hard to ensure high achievement and future success for all students is provided.
Mr Matthew Barton
I was deployed as a Specialist Leader in Education through the Queen Katherine Teaching School Alliance to work with Walney School in April 2014. I was immediately impressed with the positive atmosphere and ethos that is underpinned by the desire and dedication of all the staff to develop their teaching practice. I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to lead the continued drive towards outstanding teaching and learning at Walney School in my role as Assistant Headteacher. I fully believe in the power of collaborative working. The most appropriate ideas, strategies and solutions can be found from working together with colleagues, both within our school, and with colleagues from other schools through local teaching partnerships. I’m looking forward to working alongside our committed team of Staff Learning Leaders to enable the sharing of good practice and to support the development of teaching and learning.
Ensuring high quality teaching and learning is crucial to raising the aspirations and achievements of our pupils. It is also crucial that we enable our pupils to develop their skills and attitudes as learners in order to fulfil their true potential during their time at Walney School.
Miss Kirsty Francis
I began teaching at Walney School in September 1998 as a teacher of Humanities. Although I love teaching and History is my passion, I am equally passionate about the pastoral development of all students. My desire to help and support students saw me quickly become a member of the pastoral team resulting in my current role as SENCo and Assistant Head Teacher. Walney School is very much a part of my life and I believe it is an important part of the community, serving young people within it and supporting them in achieving the very best that they can.
In my role as SENCo I work alongside a fantastic team of teaching assistants who support students to become wonderful, caring young people with the skills and confidence to move forward with their lives.