Mr Duncan began his teaching career in 1986 in Norwich, as an English and History teacher. In 1989-1992 he was the Deputy Leader of an English and Expressive Arts Faculty in a very challenging and exciting 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 an urban school in Greater Manchester.
Since 2008, Mr Duncan has been a Leadership Coach to aspiring Headteachers (in the North West, as part of the Future Leaders’ Programme in the Ambition School Leadership Trust), many of whom are now in substantive posts as Headteachers and Principals. Mr Duncan has also forged a partnership with some of the strongest schools in the United Kingdom to support the launch of a new national teacher and leadership training organisation, as part of the North West Campus.
Between 2002 and 2015, Mr Duncan was the Headteacher at Mossley Hollins High School in Tameside, Greater Manchester which was the top similar school in England for Pupil Progress and Achievement in 2014. The school was rated Outstanding by Ofsted on two successive occasions. It is now a lead Teaching School, supporting other schools and the training of teachers and leaders within and beyond school, leading an Alliance of school partners.
Mr Duncan is the Chair of two primary partnership groups, working with the primary schools of Mossley, Carrbrook (in the MCSP) and Droylsden (the DSP) and their communities to help to secure strong educational and extra-curricular provision for pupils aged 3-16.
Mr Duncan is now the Executive Headteacher of Mossley Hollins High School and Droylsden Academy, leading with the Headteachers and Chairs of Governors in each school. In that time one school has remained outstanding and the other has moved quickly from the Ofsted Category of Serious Weaknesses to Good in each educational category, and overall. This has been due to the dedication of students, staff, parents, governors and partners. Both schools work together on implementing best practice.
As an NLE, Mr Duncan has provided support and coaching on leadership and school improvement in a number of North West Schools.
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 facilitated programmes for the National College, Future Leaders, NPQSL and NPQML. She has also been involved in the change of the national strategy for the British Nutrition Foundation, Schools Food Trust and sits on the Management Committee for Manchester Pupil Services.
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.
Ms Shakoor studied a BA Maths Education at Manchester Metropolitan University. Since 2006 she has taught mathematics with the majority of that time spent at Levenshulme High School for Girls in Manchester. She held a variety of positions at the school, with the last 9 years spent successfully leading the maths faculty. She has an active interest in the delivery of the maths curriculum and has been proactive in working with the NCTEM Hubs and partnership schools. She completed the Associate Senior leadership training in 2020 and the NPQSL in 2021. She lives with her husband and two young children.