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Middlewich High School

Excellence in Learning – Achievement for All

Meet Our Senior Leadership Team

Headteacher - Ms H Thurland

I was appointed as Headteacher of Middlewich High School at Easter 2019. For more than 20 years I have worked in Cheshire East in a number of different schools and in different roles. I am passionate about learning, benefiting from an excellent education myself.

Education opened doors for me and I want the same for our students. I firmly believe that it is our role as educators to ensure that our students leave us as well rounded, well informed, happy citizens. I also believe that the qualifications they achieve with us should give them choice in their futures and the opportunity to go beyond their own expectations. It is my determination to ensure that education at Middlewich High School is the best it can be every day for every one of our students. I am a relentlessly optimistic individual who sets high personal and professional standards, I believe that success finds itself in hard work and resilience. Finally, as an educator our greatest reward comes from the academic success and personal achievements of our community; working with our students is an absolute privilege - it is in my view the best job in the world! 

Deputy Headteacher - Character & Inclusion - Mrs S Colclough

I have worked in education for over seventeen years. I have a deep-rooted passion that all achieve and know this is possible when students attend and apply themselves. I am dedicated to removing barriers, providing opportunities and ensuring students leave Middlewich High School with the results they deserve. I have a passion for Personal development and believe it is key that we develop character to ensure students can demonstrate behaviours necessary in order to succeed and become the best citizens they can be, for their school and the community. I lead our Access and Inclusion team which comprises Safeguarding, SEN, Attendance, Achievement leads, Educational Support Workers and iValue and Personal development with form tutors. 

Deputy Headteacher - Raising Standards (Quality of Education) - Mrs R Povey

I am Mrs Povey and I am our Deputy Headteacher - Raising Standards with responsibility for our Quality of Education agenda. I am passionate about delivering the very best curriculum to all our young people, delivered by our dynamic and committed teachers. I lead our team of Curriculum Leaders who make up our Raising Standards team and I am driven by an excitement about high quality teaching and learning and delivering outcomes for every learner which will enable them to access the very best life chances. In my previous roles, I have worked as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) and PIXL and SSAT Associate. I look forward to contributing to the everyday excellence delivered at Middlewich High School.

Assistant Headteacher - Teaching & Learning and CPD - Ms E Grant

I have been in Education for twenty years in Cheshire East and having led on Curriculum development in the last few years, I am newly appointed as the Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning and Professional Development at MHS. My passion is rooted in seeing professionals grow and strengthen their practice because it ultimately brings the very best education and experience that students can have. I am responsible for the continued training and development of Early Career Teachers right through to our very experienced staff; we strive to be research-led practitioners who are forward thinking using the best pedagogy to implement a well-thought out curriculum, which will ensure brilliant outcomes for our students. Coupled with this, I am responsible for Literacy across the school which is a huge factor in students' progress.  It has been an absolute pleasure to implement our exciting Tutor Reading Programme with dedicated time and resources, this year.

Assistant Headteacher - Culture & Inclusion - Miss K Holt

I am Miss Holt and I have worked at Middlewich High School for many years. In my role as Assistant Headteacher - Culture & Inclusion, I am committed to giving the children of our local community the opportunity to shine and become the best version of themselves. I lead on Personal Development in form time, enrichment activities, our House system and ensuring every student can make a positive contribution to life here in Middlewich High School and the wider community. I am also a Deputy Safeguarding Lead, working as part of our Safeguarding team to support our vulnerable students. Another role I have is as Achievement Lead for Year 11. Our goal is to support all our students to make the best progress possible and to achieve results which will create many opportunities for them in the future. My final role as a senior leader is as lead for Cared for Children. My subject specialism is Geography and working with our students in the classroom (and beyond) is both a pleasure and an honour.