Staff Members

sandbach high school and sixth form College


Ellen Walton


Leading Overall Effectiveness. 

Leading School Self-Review and Improvement.

Leading strategy and vision for school.

Leading SHSSFC compliance and Finance. 

Leading school improvement and the growth plan. 

Leading and improving overall effectiveness through partnerships and collaboration.

Nicki Oyler

Deputy Headteacher

Strategic Lead of Pastoral Care, Pupil Welfare, Behaviour and Safety (including Safeguarding Lead) 

Strategic lead of Attendance and Admissions 7-11

Senior Designated Safeguarding Lead Years 7-13

Lead on Pastoral Care, Pupil Welfare, Behaviour and Safeguarding

Leading on whole School Attendance  and Admissions 7-11

Strategic lead on transition 5-7 and stakeholder engagement

Strategic lead of PSHCE and Citizenship

Nicola Oyler
Mrs Sarah Frost

Sarah Frost

Deputy Headteacher

Strategic lead of Teaching Staff and Curriculum 

Leading the Quality of Teaching & Learning and CPD Years 7-13

Leading School Self Review - Monitoring and Evaluation-Curriculum Review 7-13

Leads on the delivery and implementation of an efficient and effective Curriculum 7-13

Leading Ofsted developments

Strategic lead of Literacy and Numeracy

Strategic Lead of teaching & support staff CPD 

Assistant Headteachers

Nichola Betts

Nichola Betts

Leading Assessment Years 7-13

Strategic lead of the ITT and ECT programme. 

Leads on Assessment (feedback, recording and reporting) Years 7-13

Leading on Homework

Leading exams Years 7-13 including External Exams

Leading Teaching Staff Appraisal 

Lead on Staff calendar and workload

Leading Teaching School Alliance Work. 

Andrew Ford


Strategic lead of the Sixth Form College including Attendance, Pastoral Care and Achievement  

Leading data and whole school performance measures 7-13

Leading whole school performance measures KS4

Leading Staffing and Timetable

Leading Individual Advice Guidance including Careers KS3-5

Leading on KS4 to KS5 and post College transition

Supporting Year 9 Options Process



Mark Hitchen


Strategic Lead of SEND and inclusion for all students including with SEMH 7-13

Strategic lead of staff and student mental health and wellbeing 7-13

Lead on staff and student (7-13) wellbeing including counselling

Lead on SEND including SEND transition

Deputy Safeguarding Lead

Lead on inclusion for all students including those with SEMH, Looked After Children and Young Carers

Lead  on whole school duty

Lead on extra curricular and Alternative Learning Week

Sion Williams 


Leading Achievement 7-11

Strategic Lead of Pupil Premium 

Leading Achievement at KS3 & KS4 including key pupil groups

Leading of Pupil Premium and the National Tutoring Programme

Leading on whole school rewards

Leading on Literacy and Numeracy

Supporting Year 9 Options Process

Helen Hulse

Helen Hulse

Business Manager

Leading Finance, HR and Premises

Leads on the Strategy and the business functions of the school and College 

Leading the budget and finance

Strategic lead of site

Leading Contracts

Chief Financial Officer

Strategic Lead of the whole school IT Network

Strategic Lead of Support staff and their appraisal

Health and Safety


Data Protection Officer

Educational Visits co-ordinator

Creativity and Performance

Curriculum Leader - David Valentine

  • Art
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Physical Education


Curriculum Leader - Laura Cooke 

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies


Curriculum Leader - Fiona Fishburne

  • Maths
  • Further Maths
  • Core Maths

Modern Foreign Languages

Curriculum Leader - Harriet O'Rourke

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Design and Technology

Curriculum Leader - Daniel Massey

  • Product Design 
  • Engineering 
  • Textiles 
  • Graphics 
  • Food 

Business, Computing and Social Sciences

Curriculum Leader - Gareth Bashford

  • Business Studies
  • Careers
  • Economics
  • Computer Studies
  • Digital iMedia
  • Creative iMedia
  • Child Development
  • Criminology
  • Psychology
  • Law


Curriculum Leader - Catherine Wildman

  • Geography
  • History
  • Politics
  • Religious and World Views


Curriculum Leader - Peter Hilton

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Achievement Team

Liz Clark - Achievement Lead Year 9 and Year 11 

Darren Halstead - Achievement Lead Year 8 and Year 10

Kate Windle - Achievement Assistant Year 7

Jess Gillespie - Achievement Assistant Disadvantaged Yrs 7-11 

Rory Abbotson – Director of Sixth Form