Middle Leadership Team: Culture and Relationships

Nursery Lead - Jane Garrard

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Head of Phase 1 - Juan Pedroza

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Dee-Dee Roberts - Head of Phase 2                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Dee Dee graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a BA in Music on Violin and Piano.  During her time in Manchester she worked as President of the RNCM Student Union and upon graduating, a freelance violinist  for orchestras and quartets, performing in a range of venues including Glastonbury Festival.  Dee Dee now lives in London and enjoys playing netball, triathlons and going to watch live music.  

Kirsty Simkin - Deputy Head of Phase 2

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Laura Spence - Head of Phase 3 (and Maths teacher)                                                                                                                                                                 


Jonathan Mitchell - Deputy Head of Phase 3 (and Maths teacher)

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Fran Grimes - Head of Year 9 (and Science teacher)                                                                                                                                                          ​​​​​​​


Fran graduated from the University of Oxford with a Master in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry in 2013. Following this, Fran spent two years as a Science Teacher in Teesside, close to her home town, Newcastle, in the North East of England. Upon finishing the Teach First programme, Fran moved to Manchester to work as a Parental Engagement Officer, before returning to her training school as Co-Lead of Science. 

Andy Lait - Head of Year 10 (and PE teacher)                                                                                                                                                          

Andrew graduated from the University of East Anglia with a BA hons degree in American Historyin 2007. He spent a year studying abroad in America specialising in World War II and the Vietnam War. After he graduated he spent 4 months in Tanzania on an education and wildlife conservation project. Andrew completed his PGCE at St Mary’s University in Twickenham in 2014. Outside of school Andrew enjoys triathlon, cycling and travelling.

Phil Fowkes - Head of Year 11 (and Humanities teacher)                                                                                                                                              


Ben Jackson - Head of Sixth Form (and Science teacher)                                                                                                                                                         

Ben was educated at St Bartholomew’s School and the University of Leeds, where he graduated with Honours in Biology. Following his degree, Ben was elected to the role of Vice-President for Education at the University of Leeds. His teaching career began in North London as part of the Teach First programme where he taught Science, following which he moved to a British International School in South Malaysia, where he taught Biology and was also a Deputy Housemaster. He joined Reach Academy as 2iC Science in 2017. When Ben isn’t bent over a microscope, he can be found playing sports, watching David Attenborough or reading a Harry Hole thriller.

Sarah Bainbridge - Deputy Head of Sixth Form (and English teacher)                                                                                                                                  

Sarah has an honours degree in English Literature and Film and Media.  She has had a successful career as a Marketing Director where she has held global roles on the board of various PLCs.  She has worked in London, Bristol, Edinburgh, Australia, Africa and  North America.  She has also run her own marketing consultancy. Sarah is passionate about ensuring that all pupils have the opportunities in life that they deserve.  Her passion for education drove her to embark on a career change and she trained to teach English through the Teach First programme. Sarah loves working at Reach Academy and lives in St Margarets with her husband and son.