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Chair of Trustees: Professor Gavin Brown, BSc, PhD Chair

Gavin joined the University of Liverpool in 2015 as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education. In this role he helps to set the academic direction of the University, provides strategic leadership and champions the enhancement of learning and teaching throughout the academic and student community. Gavin has considerable experience of primary and secondary school governance as a Chair of Governors, Parent Governor and Trustees. He has also contributed to a number of national working groups and advisory bodies including for the Higher Education Academy, Advance Higher Education, Universities UK, FutureLearn and the Open University.

Headteacher: Mr Damian Haigh, MA NPQH

Damian Haigh is an experienced Teaching and Learning, and School Leadership specialist from South Yorkshire. He gained his Bachelor’s Degree from Cambridge University, before returning to Sheffield to take a PGCE in Mathematics at Sheffield Hallam University. For the last eleven years he has been a school leader at Wilmslow High School. In 2008 he became Director of Learning and Assessment, and more recently became Director of Research & Development whilst also working as an Evidence Lead in Education for the Aspirer Research School. He has taught Further Mathematics for over twenty years and is particularly interested in helping teachers make use of research findings about memory, cognition and effective teaching.

Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Assistant Headteacher: David Hemsley

David brings us a wealth of pastoral experience from his current role as Assistant Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form at Rainhill High School, building on his achievements as Head of Science and Physics at Christ the King Catholic High School. The selection panel were impressed with his commitment to our school’s mission, the myriad of ideas he presented to us, and his excellent academic credentials, having studied Astrophysics at Edinburgh University.

David has always had a passion for Physics and the amazing concepts it covers. His love of science fiction from a young age helped to fuel his desire to know what was possible in the realm of Physics. He is also a keen sportsman, playing club rugby and tennis as well as karate training, running and high intensity interval training to maintain his fitness. David is a keen advocate of a healthy lifestyle and personal education beyond the curriculum. Trips and visits help enrich studies and his picture is inside the CMS detector at CERN, an incredibly motivating place to visit for Physics, Maths and Computer Science students.

Head of Mathematics: Colin Thomas

Colin has been an inspirational teacher of mathematics at Holy Family School, Crosby for the last three years having previously worked in several other schools across the North West. A number of our first cohort of students have been taught by him and were delighted to hear that they will be able to keep him as their maths teacher next year. He studied Economics and Mathematics at the University of Liverpool and as a keen sportsman, was vice-captain of the University football club, representing the first XI. In addition to his academic expertise, he brings a wealth of experience in curriculum design, assessment and school leadership.

Head of Physics: Dr Aurora Gutierrez-Sosa

Aurora completed her PhD in Surface Science at the University of Liverpool after her Master’s Degree in Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid. She was a research scientist at Oxford and Manchester before, luckily for us, discovering that she is a natural teacher. She has done research on catalysts, plasma physics and nanotubes using both particle accelerators and field electron microscopy. During her teaching career, she has organised trips to CERN, Gran Sasso and to see the Northern lights, along with many other activities. She is currently Head of Physics at The Blue Coat CofE School in Manchester. We look forward to her physics expertise being returned to Liverpool.

Head of Computer Science: Steve Wentworth

Steve was a natural choice for this role, with 30+ years programming experience beginning with self-taught coding in Basic on a Sinclair ZX Spectrum and progressing to significant professional experience in the financial sector in software development roles. He achieved a Masters degree in Microelectronics and Information Systems following a 1st class B.Sc. in Applied Electronics and Computers at John Moores University. He is currently teaching GCSE and A-level Computer Science at Neston High School. We’re delighted to be bringing his enthusiasm, academic ability and industrial expertise back to Liverpool.

Head of AMP, Outreach and SENDCo: Niall Thompson MA MSc MSET QTLS

Niall is an outstanding mathematician who was accepted to study the subject at the University of Cambridge when he was just 14, before returning to the North West to complete a Masters in Applied Maths in Manchester. He joins us from the Manchester Grammar School, where he uses his exceptional academic ability to support gifted, young mathematicians in maximising their potential. He is conducting doctoral research into the best ways to support high ability students, and we are pleased to host this research at ULMaS.

He will be responsible for seeking out academically gifted young people across our region and applying his unique expertise to support them on their mission to become exceptional mathematicians and gain entry to the most competitive university courses.