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Middlewich High School

Excellence in Learning – Achievement for All

Meet the Team



Assistant Director of Enhanced Provision, Deputy SENCO - 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. 


Acting Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO) - 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 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 J Eyres






Resource Provision Learning Practitioner- Mrs K Roberts






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.


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. 

Learning Practitioner - Mrs A Broad





Learning Practitioner - Mrs L Mahon






Learning Practitioner - Mrs C Bennett





Learning Practitioner - Miss N Bristow