Matthew Arlnold School

Leadership Team

Anthony Broadley

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I am responsible for leading the creation of the strategic vision, values, aims and goals for the school, promoting a collaborative, supportive ethos, leading learning through the support and development of all staff, ensuring that data is used effectively to evaluate the quality of learning, and leading the promotion of equality, diversity and opportunity.


Giles Marshall

Deputy Headteacher

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I am responsible for co-leading the creation of the strategic vision, values, aims and goals for the school, overseeing the strategic planning and development of the curriculum, including learning beyond the classroom to meet the needs of all students. I liaise with Acer Trust leaders and work in partnership with other schools to raise standards and develop the curriculum offer. I oversee the KS4/KS5 options process.

Eluned Harries 

Assistant Headteacher - Teaching and Learning
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I lead the development of superb teaching and learning across school. I support and guide teachers in taking responsibility for their professional development and lead and support mentors and tutors in inducting new entrants to our profession. I'm particularly proud of our commitment to continuous improvement, our capacity to innovate and question our practice and to always be a school that looks outwards as well as inwards for inspiration and evidence of what makes great teaching.

Lyndsey Hood-Smith

Assistant Headteacher - Inclusion

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I ensure that all SEND or additional needs are identified and met by staff for all students. I ensure that the school enables the integration and engagement of the most vulnerable learners. I oversee our Looked After Children. I monitor the strategic use of PPG and in-year student appeals and admissions.

Hannah Palin

Assistant Headteacher - Student welfare and development

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I am the safeguarding lead for the school.  This includes overseeing the house system and working with the House leaders, student support workers and the school counsellor as well as everything to do with attendance.  My passion is to make sure that students are safe and can learn, be happy with us and develop the skills that are needed for life once they leave school.

Andrew Webster 

Assistant Headteacher - Assessment and Information Management

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I have responsibility for the school timetable, curriculum planning and student choices at GCSE and A-level. I also oversee use of data across the school to support target-setting. I monitor and review student progress and outcomes,  assessments and reporting and Parents' Evenings.

Matthew Wilkins

School Business Manager

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I lead on ensuring that the business of the school runs in an effective and efficient way, including finance, administration, IT, HR, site and catering. My passion and goal is to provide the students and staff with the best possible experience whilst attending Matthew Arnold, something I was afforded when I was a student here.


Colin Buchanan

Leadership Team Affiliate - Teaching and Learning
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I am responsible for developing and improving the quality of teaching and learning.  I work with students to support them in understanding their role in learning as well as with teachers to encourage them to engage in the latest pedagogical research.

Tracey Oakden

Leadership Team Affiliate - Head of Sixth Form

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I am responsible for the Sixth Form. I am involved in helping students choose their A level courses, achieve their potential and decide on their career path after Sixth Form including university and course choices.  I am also part of the school safeguarding team looking after student welfare.  As a teacher I am part of the Business Studies Department teaching A Level Economics and Business Studies.

Francesca di Palma

Leadership Team Affiliate -  the Holistic Curriculum 
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I am responsible for the holistic curriculum in the school, ensuring that students have a range of opportunities to experience learning whilst at Matthew Arnold. This includes the opportunities that are provided through enrichment activities and extra curricular provision. I'm also involved in Students Futures, allowing them to create a path for themselves when they leave us. My passion is that every student succeeds in their own way when at school.


Kerry Wilkins

Leadership Team Affiliate - Culture and Ethos
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I am responsible for embedding the school's culture and ethos across the school, in particular paying attention to the pastoral programme through assemblies and tutor time.  I enjoy celebrating the diversity of the Matthew Arnold community and educating students how this relates to the wider community in which they live.