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Meet our Senior Leadership Team

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Mr Steven Jefferies BA (Hons), PGCE [Warw], MA [Birm], NPQH
Head teacher - Policy, Strategy and Evaluation

Mr Jefferies read English Language and Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick, where he also completed his teacher training. He has since studied a Masters in Education at Birmingham as well as the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers. 

Mr Jefferies began his career teaching at schools in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, and also spent time teaching overseas before taking up post at Henley-in-Arden.

Key responsibilities: Policy and Strategic Direction of the school; Financial Accounting Officer; Personnel; reporting to the Full Governing Body; Ofsted and School Improvement Priorities.


Mr Michael McCulley BA, DipEd (QTS) [Stir], PGDip [RSAMD], MCCT, FRSA
Deputy Head - Curriuclum, Quality & Standards

Mr McCulley read Expressive Arts with English Studies at the University of Stirling, where he also completed his teacher training. He then trained in Musical Theatre at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Mr McCulley has taught in city and rural contexts, worked on school improvement at the local authority, on the National Curriuclum (QCA) and as a Senior Researcher (DfE). He is a founding member of the Chartered College of Teaching and his contribution to Arts education was recognised in 2017 when he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Key responsibilities: Curriuclum and Standards, including Quality Assurance; CPD/staff support; Key Stage 4 Pathways (Options); Data, Reporting and Assessment; Catch-up premium; Pupil Premium; the Strategic Priorities of the Extended Leadership Team; Educational Visits; ADSL; Web Compliance and Social Media.


Mrs Anne Alsop BSc (Hons), DipM, DipMRS [City, London]
School Business Manager - Finance, Estates and Strategy

Mrs Alsop studied Business at City University, London and brings a wealth of professional experience to the team at Henley-in-Arden School.

Previously Mrs Alsop has worked in senior management at large multinational companies such as IBM, The Stock Exchange and Microsoft. 

Mrs Alsop works closely with the Head teacher to lead on all business functions and business support team roles within the Academy.


Key responsibilities: business policy and strategy; fiscal management; business, IT and support team leadership; infrastructure; business compliance.


Mrs Laura Laszcz BA (Hons) [Manc], PGCE [Leeds], NPQSL
Assistant Head - Teaching, Learning & Initial Teacher Training / SLE

Mrs Laszcz read Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Manchester, before completing her initial teacher training at Leeds; she has also gained the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders. 

Mrs Laszcz leads the faculty of Social Sciences and works with new entrants to teaching. She has worked in schools in Leeds and Worcestershire, and works closely with the Shires Teaching School Alliance as a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) across South Warwickshire schools. She also ensures Henley-in-Arden's own approach to teaching and learning is outward facing.

Key responsibilities: teaching and learning; South Warwickshire Education Partnership T&L network; Initial Teaching Training and Newly Qualified Teacher Support; Liaison with Shires Teaching Alliance; Faculty leadership - Social Sciences and PSHRE.


Ms Nicola Thompson BA (Hons) [Brun], PGCE [Cantab]
Assistant Head - Pupil Progress, Safeguarding & DSL

Ms Thompson studied Sports Science at Brunel before completing her teacher training with Homerton College, Cambridge.

Prior to joining Henley, Ms Thompson taught in Gloucestershire. As well as being progress leader for two year groups, Ms Thompson leads on pupil premium, work-related learning, careers and pupil aspiration.


Key responsibilities: Pastoral; Progress Leader - Y10/11; pupil aspiration; work-related learning and CIAG; Designated Safeguarding Lead; Area Behaviour Partnership.



Mrs Alice Nash BSc (Hons) [Open], QTS
Assistant Head - Examinations, In-year Admissions and Logistics

Mrs Nash studied Mathematics through the Open University and worked as a Financial Director before coming into teaching, when she achieved Qualifited Teacher Status via the Graduate Teacher Programme. 

As well as being directly responsible for the mathematics and computing faculty, Mrs Nash develops timetabling, staffing allocations and is responsible for the enrichment week programme.

Key responsibilities: faculty leadership - mathematics and computing; public and internal examinations; timetabling; enrichment week programme; staffing logistics and allocations.



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