Mr Duncan is from just outside Glasgow. He began his teaching career in 1986 in Norwich, East Anglia as an English and History teacher. In 1989-1992 he was Deputy Head of an English and Expressive Arts Faculty in a very challenging context in Hull.Between 1992 and 2002 he worked as Head of English, Senior Teacher (Pastoral & Discipline), Deputy Headteacher (T&L, Curriculum & timetable) and then Deputy Headteacher (Pastoral Care and Discipline) at Failsworth School in Greater Manchester. Between 2002 and 2015 Mr Duncan was the Headteacher at Mossley Hollins High School, which became the top similar school in England for Pupil Progress and Achievement in 2014, and has been awarded twice as Outstanding by Ofsted (in 2011 and 2014). It is now a Teaching School, leading the Mossley Partnership Teaching School Alliance.
Since 2015 until now, Mr Duncan has been the Executive Headteacher across two Tameside Schools: Droylsden Academy and Mossley Hollins High School, leading with the Headteachers in each school. In that time Mossley Hollins has remained outstanding and Droylsden Academy has moved quickly from the Ofsted Category of Serious Weaknesses to: Good for Leadership and Management; Good for Pupils’ Personal Development, Behaviour, Safety & Welfare, and Requires Improvement, overall. The latest visit from Ofsted declared the school to be ‘improving rapidly’.
Mr Duncan is currently working with the Headteacher, Mr Wilson, the senior team, the governors, the sponsor (Tameside College & Clarendon VI Form College), and the teaching and support team at Droylsden Academy to secure the continued improvement of the school towards excellence in: Pupil Progress; Teaching & Learning; Leadership & Management; and, Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.
Mr Wilson read Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Leeds and then completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. He has gained over 20 years’ experience teaching Religious Studies and History including middle leadership roles in various schools across the Greater Manchester region.
Following completion of the nationally accredited Future Leaders programme, he held a number of senior leadership positions in different schools before being appointed Headteacher at Droylsden Academy in May 2015. Mr Wilson has visited some of the very best state and independent schools in this country and the United States to research outstanding teaching and learning pedagogy and school culture. He has two daughters of primary school age who keep him extremely busy in his time away from the Academy.
Mr Mayell studied at the University of Warwick and the University of Birmingham, gaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Post Graduate Certificate of Education; as part of his degree, he completed his dissertation on Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama at The Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon. Mr Mayell taught English at schools in the West Midlands and Manchester before joining the leadership team at Droylsden Academy and is also a senior examiner for GCSE English Language.
Ms Wood completed A-Levels in Maths, Law and History before achieving a BA(Hons) in Sport and Leisure Management at Staffordshire University. Following this she completed a PGCE in Physical Education at Liverpool John Moores University. Since then she has had a successful career leading the Sport and Healthy Lifestyles faculty at Droylsden Academy before moving into her current role of teaching Mathematics. During this time she has also completed the National Professional Qualification of Senior Leaders (NPQSL) and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team leading on Raising Attainment (including Pupil Premium), Curriculum and Timetable.
Mrs Arnold gained a BA HONS in Management at UCLAN before moving on to studying for a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Sheffield University, leading onto a Masters Diploma in Education Leadership at Edge Hill University. She has experience working in prisons with prisoners and their families across the North West. She has since held pastoral senior leadership positions in schools across the North West and won the DATA Design and Technology Teacher of the Year in 2011. Mrs Arnold is on the National Future Leaders programme cohort 2012 and has been involved in the change of the national strategy for the British Nutrition Foundation and Schools Food Trust.
Mrs Lloyd read Mathematics at Lancaster University and completed a Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Edge Hill University. She has been teaching Mathematics for many years and was a Leading teacher of Mathematics before advanced skills teachers were formed. She has led Mathematics departments in several schools and has taught a range of abilities from age 11-18.
Mrs Lloyd has written exam questions for both GCSE and A’ Level and has written and edited published mathematical resources. She has been a visiting lecturer/educational trainer for PGCE/Teach First students at Birmingham City University, Leeds University, Edge Hill University and Plymouth University.
Mrs Lloyd is a member of the National Association of Mathematics Advisers and has been a National Mathematics Lead. In that role she has supported maths departments in local authority schools and multi academy trusts across the UK to develop professional learning communities that effectively support high quality teaching and learning in mathematics. She belongs to many mathematical associations and is a Founder Member of the Chartered College of Teaching.
Mr Evans read Animal Science at Canterbury Christ Church University before completing a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. Since 2009 he has taught science at several schools in Kent and has held a variety of positions linked to improving Teaching and Learning. He worked as Director of Science in Whitstable for two years before moving to Manchester to join Droylsden Academy as Associate Assistant Headteacher. He lives with his wife who, having recently completed her PhD, is now a Research Associate at the University of Manchester.
Ms Mezzone gained a combined Bachelor of Education degree in English and Education from the University of Leeds. She is a highly experienced leader and practitioner and has held a number of strategic posts throughout her career including Literacy Co-ordinator and Head of English at both Droylsden High School for Girls and Droylsden Academy. In a wider capacity, Ms Mezzone has been a Drama Moderator, a Middle Leader of Education and is a Lead Practitioner alumni.