Curriculum Leaders

Director of Character –  Mr S Jackson

Mr Jackson studied at Manchester Metropolitan University where he graduated with his Bsc.(Hons) degree in Geography and Environmental Studies, and subsequently took his Geography PGCE. He is an Earthwatch Fellow and through the Earthwatch Institute won sponsorship to investigate the Cretaceous – Tertiary extinction event and the demise of the dinosaurs. Through this, Mr Jackson spent some time as a field researcher in Montana, USA. Mr Jackson is also an Alumni of the Ambition School Leadership programme and Droylsden Academy’s Staff Governor.

Curriculum Leader – English – Mrs R Fernandez-Arias    

Mrs Fernández- Arias completed her degree in Drama with first class honours from the University of Manchester. She then completed her PGCE through the Teach First Leadership Development Programme and has been a subject mentor for an English Teach First Ambassador. She also works as an external examiner for AQA.

Curriculum Leader  – Maths – Mrs C Egan

Mrs Egan completed her post graduate in secondary Mathematics education at the Manchester Metropolitan university. She completed her Bsc(hons) in Business Management with accounting at the University of Salford. Mrs Egan has served at Droylsden Academy and the predecessor school for over ten years and is a very experienced practitioner.

Curriculum Leader  – Humanities – Mrs L Bugler

Mrs Bugler studied at Durham University and graduated with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in History and Education studies. She then remained at Durham University where she completed her post graduate teacher training in Secondary History. Mrs Bugler then moved to the North West to take up her first position as teacher of History and Religious Studies where she remained for 4 years. She arrived at Droylsden Academy in 2015 as Deputy Faculty Leader for Humanities with responsibility for History and Religious Studies. As of 2019, Mrs Bugler is now our Faculty Leader for Humanities, as well as having a whole school responsibility through contributing to the teaching and learning team. In her time at the Academy she has completed the two year Ambition School Leadership programme, became a teaching and learning coach and is an external AQA examiner for GCSE History.

Curriculum Leader  – Science and Computing – Rachael Sandiford

Miss Sandiford completed her first degree in Business with Quantitative Analysis at the University of Salford in 2002, before starting a career in the recruitment industry. After volunteering with the Air Cadets as an instructor for a number of years, she decided to embark upon her teaching career, studying Physics and Maths at the Open University, before completing her PGCE. She has now been at the Academy for almost 10 years, is an experienced mentor for recently qualified teachers and is also an external AQA examiner for all three Science disciplines. 

Curriculum Leader  – Technology and Art – Mr C Jones

Mr Jones completed a HND in Aeronautical Engineering at Stockport College and a degree in Design and Technology for Industry BSc (Hons) at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Mr Jones has taught in schools across greater Manchester for the past 8 years and has been working as a Curriculum Leader for the past 3 and a half. Mr Jones has been a mentor for training teachers and newly qualified teachers.

Curriculum Leader  – Sports and Performing Arts – Mr M Eade

Mr Eade completed his degree in Physical Education with first class honours from Manchester Metropolitan University. Mr Eade is a Current British and former World Champion in kickboxing and has represented England at 10 World Championships. He has served at Droylsden Academy for 4 years as Curriculum Leader. He has numerous coaching qualifications which include Volleyball, Swimming, Rugby, Kickboxing and Trampolining.

Curriculum Leader – MFL – Mr L Bambridge

Mr Bambridge graduated with a BA Joint Honours degree in French and Spanish from the University of Hull, before completing his PGCE training at Kings College, London. He has been an MFL Faculty Leader in schools in London, Brighton and north Shropshire as well as acquiring significant pastoral experience as a Head of Year 10/11 and a Head of Sixth Form. Most recently he has also worked as an AQA Spanish Writing examiner.

Curriculum Leader  – Director of Special Educational Needs and Learning Support, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator – Ms A Sherlock

Ms Sherlock completed her degree at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in Leeds obtaining a BPA.(Hons) with distinction. She then completed her PGCE at Liverpool John Moores in Physical Education with Dance. Ms Sherlock has served at Droylsden Academy and it’s predecessor school for 18 years. Ms Sherlock achieved her PGCERT in Special Educational Needs (SENCO Award) at Edge Hill University in 2017.