Meet Your Teachers
Miss Houghton has spent all her teaching career at Cheadle Hulme High School and is very excited about the move to Didsbury High School as Assistant Head of School. She started out as a classroom history teacher, after studying history at the University of Manchester and completing a PGCE in history teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University. Miss Houghton believes in the importance of history; it helps young people gain a sense of who they are and what world it is they live in. History gives students the skills to argue and discuss but it also pushes them to look to the past in order to understand the present and hopefully shape the future.
As well as teaching, for the last three years she has also had the role of Head of House at CHHS. This whole school role involves monitoring the progress and behaviour of students across different year groups. The Heads of House also push students to bring out their competitive side and compete in a variety of House activities from sports to science fairs. Miss Houghton will continue to develop this ethos in Didsbury students, helping them to be academically successful but also an active participant in wider school life.
Miss Houghton feels very honoured to have been appointed Assistant Head for Didsbury. Didsbury is a community she very much cares for and is attached to. She is looking forward to helping the young people of Didsbury develop the qualities and skills that will enable them go on to the future of their choice.
Head of Pastoral Care and SEND
Mrs Clayton graduated from The University of Nottingham with a degree in Psychology before completing a PGCE in Mathematics. She worked in pastoral care and safeguarding at Cheadle Hulme High School for 10 years prior to joining Didsbury High School.
She is passionate and fully committed to supporting students and their families so everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential, regardless of circumstance. She has worked closely and effectively with professional agencies in Stockport, Manchester and Trafford to ensure a holistic approach to student welfare and progress.
Mrs Clayton has significant experience ensuring the individual needs of students with SEND are fully recognised by staff. She develops and implements personalised support plans for students with SEND to remove potential barriers to academic, social and emotional development.
Head of Progress & Curriculum Lead for English
Mr Theobold graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA Hons in English Language. He is currently completing his Master’s in Education through Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU). He completed his teacher training at a school in Trafford through MMU and worked at Cheadle Hulme High School for four years prior to joining the Didsbury High School team. Mr Theobold has undertaken a variety of curriculum and pastoral roles in his career. He will be Head of Progress and Head of English at Didsbury High School .
He is looking forward to exploring literary texts and ideas with the students at Didsbury High School, challenging misconceptions and appreciating a range of perspectives on a number of social and political issues. As Head of Progress he is also very keen to ensure that all students engage in the curriculum, giving them the opportunities to pursue their passions post education.
Head of Pedagogy
Miss Richardson studied Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and joined Cheadle Hulme High School as an NQT in 2005. She is incredibly excited about her new role as Head of Pedagogy at Didsbury High School. Miss Richardson has been Subject Leader for Geography since 2007 and a Specialist Leader in Education in 2015. Miss Richardson is currently completing a Master’s degree in education and is an advocate for using research to inform pedagogical approaches in school.
Director of PE for Trust secondary schools
Mr Haslam studied Sport Science and Business at Liverpool John Moores University, gaining a first-class honours degree before completing his PGCE at the same institute. Mr Haslam spent three years at a school in Macclesfield before becoming Head of Boys’ PE at Cheadle Hulme High School. In June 2017, Mr Haslam was appointed Director of PE and Sport across the Laurus Trust. In September 2017 he successfully completed his Master’s degree in education.
Mr Haslam enthuses students with his love of sport. He aims to develop students physically and mentally in order for them to reach their full potential.
After successfully starting the PE departments at Laurus Ryecroft and Laurus Cheadle Hulme as Head of PE, Mr Haslam is excited about the prospect of expanding to Didsbury High School and continuing the vision and ethos of the Laurus Trust within a sporting environment.
Head of Year 7
Mrs Flowers graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a LLB Hons in Law. Since then she has worked in both Manchester and Leicestershire, supporting students who struggle to access education due to a wide range of circumstances. Most recently, she has been Pastoral Leader for year 7 students undertaking all aspects of student welfare.
Mrs Flowers is extremely excited about joining the Laurus Trust and being part of Didsbury High School right from its beginning. She believes that with the right support, every young person can reach their full potential and as head of year 7 she is committed to ensuring this happens. She will be challenging students to do their very best so that they move on from Didsbury High School as successful and resilient young adults.
Curriculum Lead for Science
Miss Taylor studied Developmental Biology at the University of Manchester, where she also completed her PGCE in secondary science. She has a love of learning and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Education. Her varied teaching experience across both the private and state sector has instilled in her the belief that all students should have access to the very best in education, no matter their background. She wholeheartedly believes in the vision of the Laurus trust that we can and will ‘level the playing field’. Miss Taylor is passionate about science and excited to foster students’ curiosity about the world around them, while developing the scientific skills of the students of Didsbury High School.
Curriculum Lead for Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs Heath studied French, Spanish and Italian at Sheffield University before embarking upon a career in commercial management. However, eager to play a bigger part in shaping the future of young people, she decided to start her teacher training in the north east of England. She taught for three years at Cheadle Hulme High School before joining Didsbury High School.
She truly believes that every student should learn a new language, and her goal is to help students understand the link between learning in the classroom and the wider impact this will have on their lives in the future.
Curriculum Lead for Maths
Mr Helsby taught at Cheadle Hulme High School for over 5 years, having completed a PGCE in Mathematics at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is currently in the final stages of studying for a Masters in Education, demonstrating his passion for lifelong learning. He is also a Specialist Leader in Education for Mathematics and works closely with the NW1 Maths HUB, providing support in the development of a variety of schools across the North West. He is strongly involved in the Teaching and Research Group linked across the Laurus Trust and Maths HUB.
He is a passionate believer that Mathematics is a subject in which all students can excel. Mr Helsby believes that reasoning lies at the core of the subject and that developing the essential mathematical skills of justifying, conjecturing, convincing and generalising will benefit all students, not only in mathematics but across all curriculum areas and throughout their lives. He is looking forward to teaching Didsbury High School students for mathematical understanding, using realistic contexts and a variety of sustainable models in an interactive way.
Curriculum Leader for Art
Mrs Tarling studied Design at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University before completing her PGCE, and is now studying for her Master’s in Education here in Manchester. She taught for 8 years at Cheadle Hulme High School as well as teaching in an international school in Dubai prior to joining Didsbury High School.
Mrs Tarling is passionate about developing students conceptual thinking and creativity as well as their artistic skill. She looks forward to engaging new students in the arts and sharing her passion.
Teacher of English
Miss Perry studied English Literature at Roehampton University in London before undertaking teacher training with the Altius Alliance based at Cheadle Hulme High School. Prior to this she worked in Brussels in an educational setting for five years and she has also managed a children’s tuition centre.
Miss Perry aims to inspire students to develop a love of literature and provide them with the tools to express themselves confidently and eloquently through oracy and their writing.
Naturally, as an English teacher, she is a voracious reader in her own time as well as a keen squash player.
Teacher of Language
Mrs Kenny graduated with a degree in French and Italian in 2004, and has a Master’s degree in Linguistics. Before joining the Laurus Trust as an Associate Teacher in 2018, she taught English as a Foreign Language in Luxembourg and the UK.
She is looking forward to inspiring young people to learn languages and helping them to develop their cultural awareness.
Teacher of Maths
Mx Teale graduated from the University of Bristol in 2017 with a degree in Mathematics. They then went on to train at Manchester Metropolitan University for their PGCE where they spent a placement at Cheadle Hulme High School. It was here that they became interested in working with the Laurus Trust and at Didsbury High School. Mx Teale is looking forward to helping to shape a new school and to encouraging a new cohort of student to have a love of Maths and problem solving!
Teacher of PE
Miss Dale graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2018 with a first class degree in Sport with Childhood and Youth Studies. Miss Dale then completed her PGCE with the same institute, teaching in schools in Wilmslow and Gorton. Miss Dale believes teaching physical education creates the opportunity to develop skills and behaviours conducive to maintaining physical activity for a lifetime. She believes there is a sport or activity suited to every child and passionately promotes extra-curricular as a tool to improve communication, teamwork and confidence.
Teacher of Music
Miss Higton studied music at the University of Birmingham before undertaking her teacher training at Manchester Metropolitan University. She plays the clarinet, saxophone and piano and will give any other instrument a go!
Since being a music teacher, Miss Higton has loved sharing her passion with students along with helping those she works with to express themselves and develop their musical skills. She has loved being involved in concerts and shows and looks forward to being able to offer these opportunities to the students of Didsbury High School.
Teacher of Science
Mr Walker began his teaching career at Ashton on Mersey school in Sale and recently began working in the Laurus trust as part of Didsbury High School. The opportunity to be part of a new school is something Mr Walker is passionate about, to encourage young people no matter their background to scientifically question and investigate the world around them.
A few years ago, Mr Walker studied for his degree in Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology at Lancaster University. There he engaged in studies at the forefront of physics and science. Leaving with a first-class bachelor’s degree Mr Walker completed a PGCE in secondary science, training in Salford schools. This fostered his passion for teaching and allowed him to develop skills working with pupils form all backgrounds and circumstances. With the vision to encourage all to thrive and flourish in the sciences, bridging the gap so that no one gets left behind.
As a science teacher with a passion for physics he engages in the belief that science is for everyone. Science will push you to ask questions and enquire about the world around you. The understanding of the answers allows you to see the beauty in the everyday. Mr Walker looks forward to helping the young people of Didsbury develop an understanding of their home and its place in the universe.