Safeguarding

At Todmorden High School we place the highest possible priority on safeguarding our students, making sure they are protected from harm and given the information they need to protect themselves. We work closely with parents and the local community to fulfil this role, and we take this responsibility very seriously.

To see a copy of our Safeguarding policy, please see the policies section of our website.

We remind students frequently that our main priority is to ensure that they feel safe and happy in school.  We have a number of posters throughout school in all departments and communal spaces, which highlight the adults in school who are responsible for safeguarding and where they can be found.  A copy of the poster can be seen below.

If you have any concerns in relation to safeguarding then please contact one of the following members of staff:

Mrs Rawlinson – Designated Safeguarding Lead e.rawlinson@todhigh.co.uk
Mrs Pickles – Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead s.pickles@todhigh.co.uk

Miss Cooper – DSL Trained (g.cooper@todhigh.co.uk)

Students can speak directly with the staff named above, or any adult in school, if they have any worries or concerns. We work with a number of agencies who can offer additional support to our students and this can be arranged through school. Please contact Mrs Pickles to arrange.

Bullying

Todmorden High School has a zero tolerance policy on bullying. If you are directly affected by bullying, or are aware of someone who is, you must report this in one of the following ways:

Speak to Mrs Pickles or to another member of staff in school.
Email: nobullying@todhigh.co.uk.

Special Educational Needs

We are committed to ensuring that all our students make exceptional rates of progress regardless of their background or ability.  We have an experienced and dedicated SEN team who work closely with all staff in school and parents to ensure that children with special educational needs or disabilities reach their potential.

Please see the policies section of our website to view our SEN policy and Local Offer.

Contact

If you have any questions or concerns about SEN then please do not hesitate to contact either Gemma Cooper or Gill Shirt.

Gemma Cooper – SENCO- g.cooper@todhigh.co.uk
Gill Shirt – Acting Headteacher – g.shirt@todhigh.co.uk

Pastoral Care and Support

Meet the team who are responsible for supporting every student on a daily basis.  This team works closely together to remove any barriers to learning students may face, ensure they are ready to learn and give them all the support they need to make exceptional progress.

Emily Rawlinson

Emily Rawlinson

Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL)

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 1st September 2014

Responsible for implementing the school‘s Teaching and Learning Strategy. Also the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

I joined Todmorden High School in September 2014. I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for Todmorden High School and the safety and well being of all students at our school is my ultimate priority. If you need to speak with someone in school about the safety and well being of any of our students then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Prior to coming to Todmorden High School, I worked at Blessed Trinity in Burnley joining in 2004 as a teacher of Geography. During my time there, I worked my way up through the Humanities department, as well as becoming an ‘Advanced Skills Teacher’ in 2011. I moved onto a whole school role in September 2013. I enjoy teaching today as much as I did when I first started and can’t imagine wanting to get up in the morning and do any other job.

Gemma Cooper

Gemma Cooper

SENCO & Acting Educational Health Officer

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 1st September 2014

I started teaching at Todmorden High School in September 2004 in PE. I have a huge interest in sports and enjoy both playing and spectating, watching my team Blackburn Rovers most weekends! I undertook the role of SENCO in January 2013 and I have since completed my National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination. Whilst growing up my parents fostered young people with a variety of different needs. This fuelled my interest and passion for ensuring young people achieve their potential in all aspects of their learning despite the barriers they may face

Paul Duerden

Paul Duerden

Acting Assistant Head for Behaviour and Attendance

DATE OF APPOINTMENT: 1st September 2014

Director of Pupil Premium

I began my career as a PE teacher at Todmorden High School 15 years ago. During my time I have thoroughly enjoyed doing a variety of roles within the school including Head of Year, SSCO, Head of Department and Head of the Creative Studies faculty. I am currently the Director of Pupil Premium overseeing the progress of, and provision for, Pupil Premium Pupils as well as being the Head of PE. I am immensely proud of my time at Todmorden High school and am looking forward to the challenges my new role will bring.

Waqar Hussain

Waqar Hussain

Learning Manager for Year 8 & 9

I have worked at Todmorden High School for over four years and have loved every minute of it. I love the staff and young people I work with. I am also looking forward to my new role as Learning Manager for Key Stage 3!

During my working life I have worked in three schools and I am pleased to say Todmorden High School has certainly been the best. I am proud of our students, their behaviour and conduct in and around school and the bond they share as a community. I love Todmorden as a place, the people of
Todmorden and their warm and welcoming nature.

I am very passionate about education and understand the importance of the provision of a quality education to young people. This is one of the reasons why I like to put something back into the community and the system that has got me to where I am today.

Amanda Dunne

Amanda Dunne

Learning Manager for Key Stage 4

Mon-Weds (3 days)

I have lived in Todmorden most of my life and have worked at Todmorden High School for ten years. I have worked with primary school children in my role as Primary Liaison Officer prior to becoming the Learning Manager for Key Stage 3. I feel extremely proud of the way our students have adapted over the last two years to a new Headship and higher expectations resulting in our recent Ofsted report which was ‘Good with Outstanding Features‘. I am
currently the Learning Manager for Key Stage 4 and have found this role to be rewarding.

The students in Year Ten are eager to start their option choices and enjoy focussing their efforts on making a positive start to their GCSEs. The students in year eleven are excited about their future prospects and it has given me great pleasure in discussing and helping them to make decisions relating to their chosen pathway.

I am passionate and committed to my role as Learning Manager and proud to work at Todmorden High School .

Emily Bedder

Emily Bedder

Learning Manager for Key Stage 4

Thu-Fri (2 days)

I have worked at Todmorden High School now for over four years. I started my journey here as a Learning Support Assistant, before becoming the Year 7 and Primary Transition Learning Manager, and more recently moving up to the challenge of Learning Manager for Key Stage 4.

Throughout my time so far at Todmorden High School I have really seen the school improve, and each day I walk around the school and see the excellent behaviour, work and conduct I feel very proud.

I am very passionate and dedicated to each and every one of my students, and will strive to ensure they get the best possible grades they can in their GCSEs, and reach their full potential. Year 10 and 11 are such important years for all of our students, I hope that Mrs Dunne and I can together help guide them towards their chosen pathway.

Philippa Thompson

Philippa Thompson

Learning Manager for Year 7 & Key Stage 5

Like many people who are passionate about their career, I work at my best when faced with fresh and exciting challenges. I have spent almost 18 years as a member of staff at Todmorden High, during which time I have held
several positions, culminating in my current position of Post-16 Learning Manager. I am dedicated to assisting students to make the transition to Post-16 and beyond, ensuring that they reach their full potential.

I also sit on the Governing Body and I will continue to develop and be committed to providing excellent practice and strive to promote outstanding learning across Post-16. In order to provide an aspirational, inspirational and remarkable pastoral experience for our students.

Laura Davies

Laura Davies

Learning Manager for Community Engagement

My role is to engage with students, parents and key school staff to encourage excellent attendance, reduce levels of absence and support students in achieving their full potential. I aim to promote the positive attendance and punctuality culture at Todmorden High School, celebrating successes and working with families to overcome any barriers to attendance. School attendance is essential for all our students to make good progress, achieve their academic potential and consequently have better chances and choices in life. This is why it is so important that families, students and the school work in partnership; our goal being 100% attendance for all. Should you have any queries or worries regarding your child’s attendance, please do not hesitate to contact me on the school number or arrange to come into school to meet me.

Sharon Pickles

Sharon Pickles

Safeguarding Manager

When I began working at Todmorden High School 10 years ago, I was responsible for the first aid throughout the school. Over the first two years, students began to come and talk to me about their problems both inside and outside of school. I feel that my current role really was created by the students for them and their families. In 2008 I became deputy designated safeguard lead and now deal with the day to day running of safeguarding. This role can be challenging but is at the same time immensely rewarding. I am extremely passionate about what I do and the support that I can offer, always maintaining the safety, happiness and wellbeing of all our students.

Alison Stiff

Alison Stiff

TAC Officer

Wife and a busy mum of two, I spent my early career working as an IT manager for IBM. In 005 I made a career change and began working with children. From 2013 I followed my passion and became involved in setting up and running the nurturing faculty at the school. I became a qualified Nurture Practitioner in 2014 and remain to this day dedicated to the work that we do in supporting
students. In my new role as TAC Officer I hope to continue and develop the skills and success we have had so far.

Gail Timewell

Gail Timewell

TAC Officer

After a successful Textiles Design career, I started working with and supporting children with a variety of needs and difficulties 13 years ago, 5 years of which have been at Todmorden High School. In March 2013 I was appointed as a Nurture Group Practitioner and felt very privileged to be part of a new department providing a much-needed facility for students in school. I care passionately about the social and emotional wellbeing of children and I feel really proud of the positive outcomes we have achieved, helping students to feel valued as individuals, building their self-esteem and enabling them to achieve their potential in all aspects of their learning. I love the work I do and it is very rewarding to see the students grow in confidence within a caring
environment. In my new role as TAC Officer I am looking
forward to continuing and developing the exciting and
innovative work we do.

Angela Marshall

Angela Marshall

Literacy and Numeracy Tutor

I have worked at Todmorden High School for the last ten years as an in-class Learning and Teaching Assistant and off-site learning mentor. For the last two and a half years I have been based within the Maths Faculty and run small intervention groups within this subject, in conjunction with the class teachers.
When I was a student at THS I hated Maths but have grown to love it and wish to share my passion with the students I work with. I am now based within the Student and Learning Progress Team as a literacy and numeracy mentor and wish to convey my enthusiasm of these subjects to all our students.
My hobbies outside school include reading, baking and sewing. I also love spending quality time with my two grown up children, family and friends.

Liz Taylor

Liz Taylor

Literacy and Numeracy Tutor

I joined Todmorden High School in 2009 as a Literacy Mentor and have enjoyed working in education for 17 years in various roles including; secondary English Teacher, Language Development Teacher, Dyslexia Tutor
and English/Maths tutor.
In September 2015 I will be pleased to join the Student Learning and Progress Team in my new role as a Literacy and Numeracy Mentor. My role is to provide intervention programmes to support students in improving their literacy and numeracy skills. I work with small groups, pairs and individual students in the school’s new Learning Resource Centre. I use a range of teaching methods to meet the individual needs of the students, including multi-sensory learning, dyslexia programmes and specialist ICT resources. I have a passion for supporting students with dyslexia, dyscalculia and other
learning needs.

Jane Flahavan

Jane Flahavan

Literacy and Numeracy Tutor

For the last two years I have been a Learning Mentor at Todmorden High School, working with students with various learning differences, in order for them to reach their full academic potential. Prior to this, I trained and worked as a Primary School Teacher for a couple of years, before deciding on a move to work with older students in Secondary School.
In September, my role will face new challenges as Literacy and Numeracy Mentor. My love of reading is one thing that I will continue to share and promote with all my students so that they can be confident in all areas of life once they leave the school setting. I believe every student at our school
deserves a chance to reach their full potential, academically, socially and emotionally to become confident adults in all that they may do and I am fully committed to all our students to help them achieve this.

Jackie Crompton

Jackie Crompton

Administrator for SLPT & Assistant First Aid Officer

I have worked at Todmorden High School since the end of 2009, firstly as a data Assistant and then as the Examination Officer. In September 2015, I was appointed to the position of Administrator to the Student Learning and Progress Team.
Working with the students of THS is rewarding and enjoyable.
It is great to see the students develop into well-mannered young adults ready for the next step upon their journey.

Julie Wrench

Julie Wrench

Administrator for SLPT & Attendance

I have worked at Todmorden High School, in several roles, since 2001. I love the people I work with and one of my favourite roles was working as Aim Higher Co-Ordinator which encouraged our students to go on to higher education.

In my current role much of my focus is on attendance and I believe that attendance is closely linked to attainment and I encourage all our students to aim for 100% attendance.

I really enjoy working at Todmorden High School, every day is different and it is very enjoyable working on the rewards trips and exciting events, like our prom.

I am very proud of the supportive environment we offer our students and I feel this is what sets us apart from other schools. It is wonderful to see our students develop over the years they are with us and leave as confident young adults.

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