Meet Your Teachers
Teacher of Food and Nutrition
Mr Archibald graduated from Northumbria University in 2019 with a degree in Food Science and Nutrition before moving to Manchester to complete his PGCE in Design and Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Mr Archibald will be beginning his teaching career at Didsbury high and is excited to bring a fresh and exciting outlook on cookery and nutrition.
He is passionate about creating flavoursome dishes using modern cooking techniques and wants to inspire the creative minds of young people.
Teacher of English
Mrs Bent studied English and Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University before beginning her teacher training with the Altius Alliance, at Cheadle Hulme High School. It was here where she became fascinated by the Laurus Trust’s approach to teaching and learning and she knew she wanted to continue her career at Didsbury High School. She is very excited to be part of the team!
Mrs Bent aims to inspire a lifelong love of literature, through her teaching. She, particularly, has an interest in Shakespeare’s works – especially his tragedies – and she is keen to bring this passion to life, in the classroom.
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Miss Berenguel grew up in Almería, Spain and studied English from an early age. She has a degree in English language from the University of Almería. She moved to England in 2013 and has been working as a language teacher in central Manchester.
Miss Berenguel has a deep passion for her own culture and language and is hugely enthusiastic about bringing students into the exciting world of language learning and the joy of discovering different cultures.
Head of Year 7
Mrs Chick served in the Royal Navy for 12 years after leaving school, completing numerous operations at sea on board Her Majesty’s Ships. Originally from the south-west, she relocated with her family to Manchester in 2012 and started her journey within pastoral care in the education sector. Mrs Chick joined the Laurus Trust two years ago, working within the SEND department as a Social and Emotional Mental Health Specialist before moving to Didsbury High School as a Head of Year.
Mrs Chick believes in the Laurus Trust’s vision and its values and is looking forward to supporting the Year 7s through their own personal journey over the coming years. Mrs Chick wants all of her year group to have high expectations, set aspirational goals, have impeccable behaviour, a strong moral judgement and be ready to take on life with no barriers in fulfilling their full potential.
Teacher of Geography
Miss Clark studied Geography at King’s College London, which included six months at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Miss Clark then completed her PGCE at the University of Manchester, teaching at schools in Stretford and Timperley. Her favourite thing about geography is exploring the variety of places and people within our diverse world. Since becoming a geography teacher, Miss Clark has thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the travel experiences of students, within the U.K. and further afield, as they share what they have learnt about cultures and physical landscapes. She believes that geography is a subject that encourages students to question and challenge their surrounding environment and equips them with the ability to think critically and consider their role as a sustainable and responsible global citizen.
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.
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.
Head of Year 8
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.
Mrs Flowers was delighted about 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.
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 at Didsbury High School, Mr Haslam is devoted to continuing the vision and ethos of the Laurus Trust within a sporting environment.
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 then 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 five 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.
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 becoming 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 enjoys offering these opportunities to the students of Didsbury High School.
Miss Houghton spent all of her teaching career at Cheadle Hulme High School before moving 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 three years she was also Head of House at CHHS. This whole school role involved 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 is continuing 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 be Assistant Head for Didsbury, helping the young people of Didsbury develop the qualities and skills that will enable them go on to the future of their choice. Didsbury is a community she very much cares for and is attached to.
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 loves to inspiring young people to learn languages and help them to develop their cultural awareness.
Teacher of English
Miss Moseley studied English Literature at the University of Central Lancashire, earning a first-class degree with honours, before undertaking her teacher training at The Ripley Teaching School Alliance based in Lancaster and completing her PGCE through Leeds Beckett University. She taught at two Lancashire based secondary schools while completing her teacher training year before joining Didsbury High School.
Miss Moseley is passionate about developing students’ ability to explore the world through literature. She enjoys linking studied literature to its social, historical and cultural contexts in order to bring it to life for her students. She is also proactive in developing students’ love of reading, expression through writing and competence in literacy. She firmly believes proficiency in English is essential to be able to excel across the curriculum and aims to give all her students the skills to be able do this.
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 being a keen squash player.
Head of Pedagogy
Miss Richardson studied Geography at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and joined Cheadle Hulme High School as an NQT in 2005. Miss Richardson has been Subject Leader for Geography since 2007 and a Specialist Leader in Education since 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.
Head of Chemistry
Mr Sadler did a BSc (Hons) in chemistry at the University of Sheffield before completing his PGCE at the University of Brighton. Mr Sadler loves science, especially chemistry, and believes strongly in the importance of sharing that enthusiasm with his students.
Mr Sadler has also been a Head of House at a previous school. He enjoys taking part in sports and competitions, as well as taking part in outdoor activities like the Duke of Edinburgh award.
Head of English
Ms Smith studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford before moving north to complete her PGCE in English Teaching, followed by her Master’s in Education. Having taught across a number of secondary school settings she is excited to have joined the team at Didsbury High School.
As an English teacher, Ms Smith considers literature a brilliant way to explore bigger concepts and ideas, and to consider how these are influenced by the communities, contexts and time periods they are written in. She thinks an English classroom is a fantastic place to begin to grapple with timeless questions, debates and themes – and that great English teaching should equip students with the knowledge and skills to engage in these debates in an articulate and thoughtful way.
Head of Mathematics
Miss Sowter studied Mathematics at the University of Oxford, graduating with a Master’s degree. She has since trained with the University of Manchester as a secondary mathematics teacher and is excited to continue her teaching career with Didsbury High School as it grows.
It is important to Miss Sowter that students have enthusiasm and curiosity in all subjects, but she is especially determined to encourage every single student to find joy in Mathematics. She believes that the skills learnt from problem solving and reasoning will be an asset to every student throughout their lives, whatever path they choose.
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 eight 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.
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 holds 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.
Teacher of CAD/CAM
Mrs Taylor graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Design and Technology Education. She started her teaching career on the East Coast in North East Lincolnshire and relocated to the Greater Manchester area 7 years ago to teach at a school in Salford.
Mrs Taylor has a passion for design. She believes that exploring the principles of design allows students to develop skills in problem solving, creative thinking and communication. Mrs Taylor is looking forward to joining the community at Didsbury High School and engaging students to think like Engineers, to work creatively in order to try and solve problems by assessing the context and applying science and maths to real life scenarios.
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 enjoying helping to shape a new school and encouraging a new cohort of student to have a love of Maths and problem solving!
Head of Progress & Curriculum Lead for English
Mr Theobold graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA Hons in English Language. He has recently completed 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 enjoys 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.
Mrs von Fragstein
Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages
Mrs von Fragstein graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA (Hons) in English and French. She taught English as a foreign language in Québec and Réunion island before returning to the UK to complete her PGCE at the University of Oxford.
After 6 years’ teaching in Surrey and Slough, she is excited to join the Laurus Trust at Didsbury High School and cannot wait to share her passion for francophone culture. She believes strongly that languages enrich every aspect of our lives.
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 from all backgrounds and circumstances. With the vision to encourage all to thrive and flourish in the sciences, he is passionate in 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.
Head of Drama
Mr Wane graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Drama and Screen Studies, before completing a PGCE at the Manchester Metropolitan University in Drama. Mr Wane spent the initial years of his teaching career as head of department at a secondary school within Greater Manchester, leading GCSE cohorts and directing a number of school musicals. Joining the Laurus Trust in January 2020, he is excited to move to Didsbury High School in September to head up this new department.
Mr Wane is desperate to open the eyes of the students at Didsbury High School to the world of theatre and drama, and is passionate about helping students develop their oracy, creativity and critical thinking skills through taking part in and evaluating performance. He is also enthusiastic to forge strong links with the creative departments in order to establish a strong reputation for the elective programs and whole school production that will be on offer for all students.
Teacher of Beliefs and Values
Miss Wilson studied Theology at the University of Chester, where she also completed her PGCE in Secondary Religious Education. She has since taught Religious Studies in a number of secondary schools and Sixth form colleges in the North West.
Miss Wilson is passionate about developing students’ knowledge and understanding of different religions and cultures. She strongly believes that Beliefs and Values gives pupils the opportunity to develop critical thinking and be able to discuss and debate ideas, whilst gaining an understanding of the multicultural world around us. Miss Wilson looks forward to encouraging pupils to ask the ‘big questions’ and engage in philosophical debates.
Teacher of Mathematics and Head of House
Mrs Wood taught at Cheadle Hulme High School for over four years, having completed her PGCE in Mathematics at The University of Manchester. She gained her Master’s degree in Education in 2019 from Manchester Metropolitan University, demonstrating her passion for lifelong learning.
Mrs Wood loves Mathematics, especially how it can inform and describe the world around us in small ways as well as on a larger scale. She is a firm believer that Mathematics is a subject that can not only be enjoyed by all, but useful to all throughout many other subject areas and aspects of life.
Her favourite thing about working in a school is helping all pupils to learn and grow in a safe and stimulating environment. She is excited to contribute to this as she joins Didsbury High School as Head of House and ensures that all pupils have opportunities to shape their education in line with the four cornerstones of the Laurus Trust.
Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Xu graduated from Imperial College London with a degree in Mathematics with an emphasis on applied mathematics. He then moved to Manchester to complete his PGCE with the University of Manchester where he taught in schools in Gorton and Fallowfield.
He is looking forward to inspiring the next generation of mathematicians and demonstrating the wide range of applications that maths has in the real world. Outside of maths, Mr Xu is a keen sportsman, especially in football and cycling.