Meet the Team
Director of Enhanced Provision, SENCO- Mrs Janine Barton
Having trained and worked as a children's nurse I had a break for 3 years whilst I had two children, greatly enjoying spending time with them. I then returned to the world of work as a Teaching Assistant at Middlewich High school, a role I enjoyed for eight years before pursuing a career and qualifications in becoming a Teacher of The Deaf, still at Middlewich High. From here I was lucky enough to secure the role of SENCo.
I am passionate about ensuring that all our students are given the opportunity for an inclusive experience and are taught within their own community amongst their peers to enable them to reach their potential and leave school with happy memories and a hunger to continue learning.
Assistant Director of Enhanced Provision, Deputy SENCO- Mrs Debbie Cheetham
I am the Assistant Director of our Enhanced Provision. I co-ordinate the year 6 to 7 transition, attendance plans and provisions for our year 7 and year 8 students with special educational needs. I am our trained ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant) who supports students' emotional health and well being.
I have two teenage children, so I have a good understanding of the challenges facing parents today. I am extremely passionate about lifelong learning, and I am currently studying Psychology in her spare time.
Lead Teacher for the Resource Provision- Mrs Leanne Collins
I graduated from university in 2000 with a degree in Psychology and came to work at Middlewich High School for 6 weeks. I decided to stay on at Middlewich while I studied for an MSc in Psychology. At this time I was offered the role of Lead Teacher for the new Resource Provision for students with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. This was where my Teaching career began - I successfully completed the Graduate Teaching Programme enabling me to fulfil this role. I have now worked at Middlewich High School for 22 years! It has been a great honour to work within this role and to be able to watch students confidently go out into the world. I have a great passion and enthusiasm for securing success for the students that I work alongside.
At home, I have a daughter, and we enjoy going to the cinema and theatre together. We love eating out and spending time with our family.
Enhanced Mainstream Lead Teacher - Mrs Emma Brown
I started my teaching career in 2012 after completing a Key stage 2/3 Teaching Degree in Religious Education at Edge Hill University. I originally started Middlewich in 2012 on a maternity cover as a teacher of RE and in all honesty I never wanted to leave. My current role at Middlewich is the Lead Teacher of Mainstream Provision within our Enhanced Provision, I am still a Teacher of RE and also the role of Mental Health Lead. These are all aspects of school I am passionate about and feel it's a true privilege to work with our students in these areas. I believe in creating a culture of inclusion by allowing our young people to be heard and feel safe so they can achieve their absolute best.
Outside of school I seem to take on the role of referee as my two very young and energetic boys like to keep me on my toes with their regular wrestling matches amongst the sofa cushions! I am currently completing my NASENCo so any spare time I have you will see me reading.
Enhanced Mainstream Lead Teacher - Mrs Samantha Denham
I have taught PE at MHS for many years and love the sense of belonging I feel for such a fantastic school and community. I’m still involved with the PE department but I have developed my skills in many different areas too. Some of my recent training, Drawing & Talking therapy and ELSA, have given me the knowledge and understanding of how to support the mental health and well-being of our students. For quite a few years I have been working with many of our cared for children and I am now the designated lead teacher. More recently, I have been given the shared responsibility of establishing our Enhanced Mainstream Provision. This is a role I am really looking forward to and I’m keen to make a difference to the lives of our students.
I enjoyed playing competitive netball and hockey well into my adult life but the chaos of being a mum to 2 girls soon put a stop to my own hobbies. I mostly spend my time being a taxi to get the girls to their various activities and going for runs with my very active dog. I also enjoy consuming the wonderful culinary delights that Mr Denham regularly prepares.
Resource Provision Learning Practitioner- Miss Zoe Jones
Hi, my name is Zoe Jones, and I am a Resource Provision Learning Practitioner here at Middlewich High School. I have worked here in learning support since 2016. Prior to working here I studied a Foundation degree in supporting Teaching and learning and then went on to study a BA Honours degree in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University.
I currently work with our fantastic SEND students in year 9 specialising in supporting their transition from KS3 to KS4. I have supported the current year 9 students from when they started here in year 7 and will be supporting them throughout their time in Middlewich High School.
Outside of school I am the proud parent of a lovely 'preenager' Darcey I play competitive Netball in a netball league and I am a football fanatic following Everton football club home & away around the country!
I really enjoy working at MHS, I like seeing the difference in confidence & ability in our SEND students from when they start MHS in year 7 to when they leave in year 11.
Resource Provision Learning Practitioner- Mrs Jacki Hough
Previous to entering the world of education I qualified as a nurse specialising in learning disabilities and worked for a number of years within a special hospital. I have been part of the staff at Middlewich High School for 21 years and have also worked as a teaching assistant at Hartford High School and Henbury High School previously. I have completed a foundation degree in supporting Teaching and Learning and a BA(Hons) in Education from Staffordshire University and have recently studied a post graduate course in Autism at Chester University.
I have a passionate interest in the field of Autism both professionally and in a personal capacity. My role within the resource provision is with key stage 4 working with year 10 and year 11, enabling them to access the curriculum and fulfil their full potential thus allowing them to transition from school to college with a positive outlook. I was also a Governor for more than 10 years, which gave me different experiences of high school.
Outside of work I enjoy being with my 3 grandchildren, crafts and reading..My only claim to fame is that I was Middlewich Mayor in 2001-2002
Resource Provision Learning Practitioner- Miss Chloe Ashworth
I joined Middlewich High School 9 years ago, after completing an FD in Supporting Teaching and Learning and a BA Honours Degree in Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Whilst studying for my degree I quickly developed a passion for working with students with SEN and have gone on to study a diploma in Autism Awareness and I am currently working towards a diploma in Child Psychology.
My role is currently working with year 11 students within our Resource Provision, enabling them access the curriculum in order for them to reach their full potential, before preparing students to transition on to their post 16 choices. I am also responsible for facilitating the transition of year 6 Resource Provision students to Middlewich High School and enjoy going out to visit students in their Primary settings, to become a friendly face and form relationships which aid a positive transition process.
I am a proud parent to a very strong willed toddler, who keeps me very busy! When I am not running around after my little one, I enjoy getting creative with arts and crafts.
Resource Provision Learning Practitioner- Mrs Deborah Hughes
I moved to work at Middlewich High School to work within the Resource Provision supporting students with A.S.D.just over two years ago.
I qualified with an N.N.E.B. qualification in childcare from South Cheshire College in 1984. I soon discovered a desire for working with children with additional needs and have continued to follow my passion for almost forty years now....
I initially worked for Social Care and then within Resource Provisions at primary level and then spent 14 years in a Specialist Secondary School working with students with a wide variety of needs. Outside of school, I have a husband, three children and a grandchild so very much enjoy family time. I also enjoy walking and reading.
Resource Provision Learning Practitioner- Mrs Jane Tarbuck
I recently joined Middlewich High School as a Learning Practitioner in their Resourced Provision. I have over 23 years of experience working alongside students with additional needs and find this role very rewarding. Since joining Middlewich High I have become involved with the signing choir to develop my knowledge of the language and to promote inclusion.
I grew up in Cheshire and I am Mum to 3 grown up children and very much enjoy spending time with my family. In my spare time I enjoy running, cycling and yoga.
Resource Provision Learning Practitioner- Mrs Suzanne Fegan
I have been working alongside supporting SEND students at Middlewich High School for 15 years I completed a degree in Chemistry and worked for several years in research for ICI. I then went on to work in another Cheshire High school as a science technician.
I have an interest in Horticulture and all things environmental. I am keen to promote recycling and encourage pupils to be Eco aware. I am a mum to three grown up children. Outside of work I enjoy spending time in my garden, crafting and walking.
Learning Practitioner- Mrs Jenny Scott
I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1994 with a BA Joint Honours degree in Modern Languages and Literature, I then went on to study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Working as an adult education teacher I thoroughly enjoyed teaching Spanish for over 25 years at Age UK, Sir John Deane’s and the University of Liverpool. More recently I worked in a local primary school as a teaching assistant before joining Middlewich High School in 2015. During my six years at MHS I have worked with wonderful colleagues and students and am currently working as a Learning Practitioner specialising in Literacy.
Recently, I completed qualifications in Dyslexia Awareness and Mental Health First Aid and I am currently studying for a postgraduate qualification in Attachment, Trauma and Mental Health at the University of Chester. My main passion is building strong relationships with students and their families whilst my current role enables me to help students improve their literacy skills and develop a love of reading. I am a member of our Mental Health Advisors team and I also teach Spanish to KS3 which I adore!
At home, I have two adult children and enjoy walks on windy beaches, reading, growing plants for my garden, running and I’ve been known to lift the odd dumb bell too.
Learning Practitioner- Mrs Diana Bowden
I am a Learning Practitioner working with years 10 and 11. I have worked within secondary education in Cheshire East for over 12 years and enjoy helping students reach their full potential. My role includes many things including working with students on their transition from MHS to their next stage in their lives. Knowing that pupils have made the right choices to enable them to achieve their dreams in the future is extremely rewarding.
Learning Practitioner- Miss Sophie Thompson
I have worked at Middlewich High school for the past 14 years and my role has evolved and developed during that time. Firstly I was heavily involved in the English department delivering interventions and I currently work with a team to coordinate the transition for our Year 7 students. It is such a crucial stage and milestone in their education and I am passionate about ensuring that our students feel happy and safe at MHS right at the beginning of their High School journey to enable them to achieve their full potential.
I have a degree in Leisure and Tourism and I love travelling and discovering new beautiful places. My 2 young lively children keep me very busy and entertained in my spare time. I love cooking new recipes for us to enjoy and baking birthday cakes for family and friends while listening to music. I also enjoy buying lovely things for my new home, socialising and hosting dinner parties.
Curriculum Learning Practitioner- Mrs Jayne Chatterton
I have worked at Middlewich High School since 2004 and have enjoyed supporting learners across all of the subjects. However, over the years I have nurtured a passion for Maths. My current role involves delivering Math intervention sessions which are tailored to the needs of the individual learner with the aim of enhancing their access to the curriculum.
In my spare time I am studying for a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and it's Learning with a view to becoming a Maths teacher. As a young learner I often found aspects of Maths challenging and as a result have an understanding of how some learners feel when presented with a new concept that looks daunting. This experience has helped me to develop an empathetic approach to the support that I give to the learners.
I have been fortunate to have worked with a number of colleagues and learners whilst at Middlewich High School who have been involved with the Signing Choir and each year we look forward to performing in the school concerts.
Learning Practitioner- Miss Christina Clark
I am a learning practitioner working with years 8 and 9. I started at Middlewich High school in October 2020 and have very much enjoyed my first year. I started at Middlewich High School as a Welfare Assistant progressing on to Learning Practitioner in September 2021. Previously I have worked in Early Years and social care. Year 8 and 9 can bring big decisions and transitions as our Students move towards choosing their options, and I am passionate about ensuring each child chooses the right path for their unique learning journeys.
Outside of School I have two young children whom I love exploring and going on adventures with. We enjoy swimming, walking, camping, beach days, anything that gets us out in the fresh air !
I have worked at Middlewich High School for 14 years and previously worked as a classroom assistant & Dormitory Manager at Greenbank School and Learning Mentor at Pettypool FE College. I completed a BA(Hons) degree in Human Communication and Communication Disorders at The University of Manchester which is where I discovered an interest in overcoming barriers to learning.
Learning Practitioner- Mrs Karen Worthington
During my time here at Middlewich my role has evolved and developed, centering mainly around the English Department. My current role involves providing enhanced support to students in English. Additionally, I co-deliver Literacy intervention sessions which are tailored to the needs of each individual student, with the aim of enhancing their access to the curriculum. As a result of this, I am expanding my knowledge of Dyslexic learning through online courses and research.
Outside work, I am a proud parent to two young energetic children who keep me on my toes and reaffirm my passion for supporting young people with their education. I enjoy spending time at the park and walking through the local countryside that inevitably involves bringing home a collection of leaves and flowers. I enjoy being creative, regularly bake cakes for family and friends and I am currently teaching my daughter how to cross stitch.
Forest School Leader- Ms Zoe Dixon
I have worked with children since I volunteered at a respite centre at the age of 14. I studied for the NNEB in college, and then achieved a Degree in Childhood and Youth studies.
I have worked in a nursery, several schools, did childminding whilst my own 2 children were younger, and worked in an orphanage in Tanzania. I studied for a Degree in BSL and joined Middlewich High school almost 6 years ago. .I started as a Hearing Impaired support TA, but my role has recently changed and I am now developing and leading Forest School.
In my spare time I spend as much time as possible in nature, walking, cycling, paddle boarding or just sitting by the sea.