The Snaith School Leadership Team

The Snaith School Leadership Team


Ms Blackledge- Headteacher


Having got to know The Snaith School through my children attending, I was delighted when the opportunity arose to apply for the headship in 2016.  I was already enjoying a successful headship post in Castleford, West Yorkshire but I was keen to work within my own community. My time at Snaith has been challenging, unpredictable but very rewarding. The pupils are well mannered and hardworking and their parents/carers are very supportive of their ambitions. Equally, we have a great team of staff at Snaith and they are committed to our core purpose:

We are the heart of our community, opening doors to great opportunities and happy successful lives.


We do this by:

·       Working hard, supporting and trusting each other to always do what is right.

·       By being kind, helpful and considerate and seeing the best in everyone.

·       Having the highest expectations of ourselves and others.


On joining The Education Alliance, my role has become even more enjoyable and interesting. Through collaboration at all levels, there is no doubt, The Snaith School is on a journey to be even greater.


Mrs Yates - Deputy Headteacher


Since qualifying from Teacher Training in 1996, I have had experience in different secondary school settings. Before teaching at The Snaith School I worked in a very large 11-18 school in Wakefield.  In my time at The Snaith School I have had a variety of differing roles. I first joined the school in 2000 as Head of RE and a year later undertook the role of Head of Year.  I have always been heavily involved in the pastoral and safeguarding aspect of the school, as a Head of Year, and Assistant Headteacher and now as Deputy Headteacher. 

Teaching RE is still my passion; however, I believe that providing excellent pastoral care that focuses upon the whole student (personal, social, and academic) enables students to reach their potential. This I believe is one of my great strengths.  As Deputy Head of the school, I lead a large team of staff who provide excellent support for our pupils.  This includes the Heads of Year, our Student Services Team, the SENCO, our Infinity (SEND) and Aspire Team and the Careers Team. Together we work hard to provide a whole school approach that aims to create an ethos of well-being, engagement and improved academic achievement.

Throughout my time at the school, I have undertaken a variety of leadership roles, these have included leading teaching and learning, pedagogical development and research, leading CPD for school staff, and focusing upon those staff who are just beginning their careers as teachers, namely RQTs, NQTs and ITT. 

Whatever role I have undertaken at the school I have thoroughly enjoyed it as Snaith is such a great place to work.  This year is my 20th year at the school, which is testament to the fact that this school is such a wonderful place.  In this time the school system has seen a great deal of change, Snaith I believe, has always been at the cutting edge of new developments, whilst always remaining committed to putting students at the front and  centre of the decisions that are made.  That reason alone makes me proud to work at the school.

Mrs Jones – Director of Maths


Throughout my career in education I have had the opportunity to work across several schools within Hull and East Riding, undertaking a range of roles. Including MIS and Data Manager, Head of House and Head of Maths. 


 I feel privileged to have joined the Snaith Senior Leadership Team in my new role as Director of Maths. As well as having overall responsibility for the Maths Department I will be overseeing whole school Achievement. 


Mr Williams – Director of English

I began my career in education teaching English as a Foreign Language, spending 9 years in Spain, working in different parts of the country from La Rioja in the north to spending 7 wonderful years in Barcelona. I qualified from Teacher Training in 1997, moved to York and found work at The Snaith School.

I began my time at The Snaith School as an English teacher and since then I have held a variety of differing roles within school. I was KS3 Raising Achievement Co-Ordinator when Year 9 SATs were part of the curriculum. I was then appointed Head of Year and spent 5 very rewarding years working as part of the pastoral team.

 Teaching English was, and still is, my passion. When the opportunity arose to apply for Head of English, I was delighted to be appointed and spent 8 memorable years leading a very successful and popular department, being fortunate enough to work with a dedicated, innovative and passionate team of English teachers.

When Ms Blackledge became Head Teacher, I was asked to lead the new Faculty of English and maths, a role I thoroughly enjoyed, working with colleagues from a very different subject, creating a strong team ethos between two vital core departments and seeing results in maths increase.

I am excited to have joined the Senior Leadership Team in my new role of Director of English. My responsibilities are whole school Literacy, promoting reading and overseeing the Pupil Premium.

The majority of my teaching career has been spent at The Snaith School and while more than 20 years may seem a long time to remain in one school, it’s simply because I have thoroughly enjoyed working with dedicated and passionate staff, wonderful pupils and very supportive parents. It really is a great place to come to work every day.

Dr O’Gorman – Director of Science


Having started my career in education 12 years ago and prior to being fortunate enough to join The Snaith School as Director of Science, I have worked at different schools within the Leeds and Selby areas. 

I am enormously passionate about my science teaching and I have the pleasure of working alongside a brilliant team of colleagues who share my dedication and commitment to providing the highest quality science education possible for all our pupils.  I relish seeing pupils grow in confidence and make progress with their learning, so that they are able to take their next steps beyond The Snaith School in the most successful way possible. 

In addition to my role within science, I also have whole school responsibility for Subject Leadership and Quality Assurance.


Mr Nichols – Director of Ebacc

An experienced teacher of geography and long-time subject leader of the subject, I have always taken pride in making a difference to the lives of the pupils and staff with whom I am lucky to work.  Ten years working at South Hunsley School followed by the same again working at The Snaith School has given me a wide range of experience in areas as diverse as geography, curriculum, behaviour management, S.L.E work, assessment and more recently, IT infrastructure.

The English Baccalaureate is a measure by which government, local education authorities, parents and pupils can measure a school’s performance in key academic areas. It is also a benchmark for universities to check that applicants have a solid academic foundation on which to build.  As Director of Ebacc I am responsible for the strategic leadership and management of Geography, History and Modern Foreign Languages in our school.  This role sees me work closely with the subject leaders in those disciplines to ensure that many of our students leave school having achieved the English Baccalaureate (Maths, English, Science, a Humanity such as geography or history and a language) as possible.

Working Closely with Victoria Bromley, I have joint responsibility for the overall school curriculum including its rationale, implementation and sequencing.

I also have responsibility for the overall development of the IT facilities at The Snaith School including remote learning and provision, a role that I enjoy greatly. We are very lucky to be part of the education alliance and the continued investment in new IT facilities is transforming the way we work both in and outside of school.

When not working in school I am a keen musician having recently spent 6 years with The Grimethorpe Colliery Band playing venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Millenium Square, Symphony Hall and St Davids Hall as well as numerous TV, Radio and CD recordings.

Mr Wilson - Director of Pastoral Care


I started teaching in 2001 in Halifax at The Ridings School; at the time the school was dubbed “The worse school in England”. In my first full year of teaching I became the Assistant Head of Alternative Provision for the school. The ethos was very much about making sure every child achieves their potential to ensure they were able to move on with the next stage of their lives. The school was in special measures at the time and we worked hard as a team to significantly improve this grading by 2005.In September 2005 I was lucky to get a job at The Snaith School. During my time here I have held several positions including; P.E. teacher, PSHCE coordinator, Head of Years 10 and 11 and finally Assistant Headteacher. During my time in senior leadership at the school I have been responsible for several areas including Pastoral, SEND, Safeguarding, Admissions, Children who are Looked After and Attendance. In my current role I am responsible for the Safeguarding and Wellbeing of all pupils and Whole School Attendance, alongside teaching P.E. which I still love to do.



Mrs Walker – Director of SEND


Mr Loynd – Curriculum and Research Lead


Since beginning my career at South Hunsley 10 years ago, I have been lucky enough to undertake a wide range of roles both across the Education Alliance and also working to support other schools in the region. This is the second year that I have been based at The Snaith School.

As a physics teacher, I have worked as a subject leader in school before moving to lead physics across the Trust and then a wider School Improvement role supporting other leaders to design and implement a science curriculum that is rooted in the latest educational research, putting the students at the heart of decision making for a high quality education.

Aside from my teaching commitment, I am heavily involved in staff development and training. I am also a curriculum research lead, working as part of the Wolds Associate Research School to develop and deliver the Continuing Professional Development that all colleagues across the trust receive. At the centre of my role is educational research and how that can be translated to support staff and students at The Snaith School to develop. Additionally, I am a subject leader and tutor in the Yorkshire Wolds Teacher Training programme training the next generation of outstanding teachers for both The Education Alliance and the wider region, a role that I have been privileged to have for 5 years now.

 Away from the classroom, I believe that pupils should receive a full and varied education. As a result, I organise and support in the running of several school trips for extracurricular activities every year. With a wide range of sporting hobbies from skiing to gliding I can be found outdoors doing something active whenever I can manage. I fondly remember my teachers giving me the opportunity as a student to try a range of sports and activities and passionately believe in the value of these opportunities for all.

Mrs Bromley – Trust Vice Principal


Mr Loftus – Trust Vice Principal




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