Meet the Team

Meet the team

Mr Barlow

Mr Barlow

Assistant Head of School

“I will be moving back to the North West having spent the last two years living in London. I am excited to meet and work with all of the students and staff at LCH!”

I am excited to make the move back to the North West having lived and worked in London for the past two and a half years. During my time in London, I have worked on the Leadership team at an inner city secondary school leading on KS4 achievement, pupil premium strategy and whole school assessment. In agreement with the late Rita Pierson, I passionately believe that every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be. I look forward to working closely with you from September and will relentlessly strive to ensure that every student, regardless of background or circumstance, achieves their full potential during their time at Laurus Cheadle Hulme.

As a highly motivated and passionate teacher of Science my core purpose is to develop knowledgeable and enthusiastic students who love to learn about this subject. I want my students to think, enquire, evaluate and review, but most importantly, develop a hunger to know more. Similarly, as Head of Department, I am committed to the development of members of the department and I am extremely proud of the impact this has had in my previous role, demonstrated by the GCSE results attained by our students. This success led to the department being asked to contribute to the development of a new knowledge rich curriculum, which is being embedded across academies in the multi academy trust. I was also invited to speak at a national science conference to share effective strategies for raising achievement of students at KS4.

As a firm believer in lifelong learning, I am constantly seeking ways to reflect and refine my practice. Recently this has involved me completing the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership. Further to this, I have recently led a whole school review of our assessment strategy in light of new academic research into the effective use of formative and summative assessment, as well as the validity and reliability of inferences made from the data captured.

Miss Dineen

Miss Dineen

Head of Year 7

I have recently joined the Laurus Trust, after years of working in hospitality management, developing the people skills that are transferable into a pastoral role. I am delighted to be part of the Trust, integrating into the ethos and values of exceptional learning, and to help get the best out of children during their school journey, in preparation for becoming young adults.

My background is in Art. After completing a degree in Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, I had a successful career in hospitality, managing staff and learning how to support and motivate team members. This experience provided me with the tools to adapt myself to suit all different types of people, developing an interest in providing pastoral support to young people.

I had always yearned for a more rewarding role, so I was thrilled to join the Laurus Trust, where I am able to help motivate, influence and mentor children in to getting the best out of their learning journey. As well as to support and guide them in their behaviour, empathising with all the issues and anxieties children face in their daily lives in our modern society. I am really looking forward to working in the Trust, sharing the vision of excelling children in their education whilst demonstrating our core values.

Mr Freeman

Mr Freeman

Senior Head of House and Teacher of Geography

“Welcome to the Laurus Cheadle Hulme family, we are looking forward to another year group starting at our fantastic school. I will be your Senior Head of House helping you develop academically, grow your leadership skills and fulfil your potential.”

I have been given the great honour of being appointed Senior Head of House at Laurus Cheadle Hulme for the next academic year. I joined the school as Head of House when it opened in 2018 and I believe the House system creates a unique ethos the students can embrace. The House system will be integral to students’ development both academically and non-academically allowing them the opportunities to develop leadership and personal skills. Students will be able to help the development of others through our primary ambassadors’ scheme and school council roles. Each student will be a representative of one of the four Houses at LCH. Through this fantastic system students will compete against students in the other Houses to win the House Cup! Alongside this students will evoke the four cornerstones that underpin our philosophy, throughout their school journey the cornerstones allow students to gain qualities that will enable them to succeed in later life.

I have been a Geography teacher for 18 years and in that time I have held a variety of roles such as curriculum lead and second in department. I have furthered my own professional development over the last few years by completing a Master’s in Education. I am very passionate about Geography and in particular the physical geography of the world around us. I hope to pass on my enthusiasm and passion of the subject to the students at LCH. Geography changes how we look at the world, it is transformative and it gives the knowledge to make links in the world around us.

Mr Heslop

Mr Heslop

Assistant Head of School

“Hello! I hope you are all well and very excited about starting Laurus Cheadle Hulme in September. I am looking forward to meeting you all, I love the first day of term in September, especially meeting the new Year 7 students who are experiencing our school for the time. We are very proud of our school and hope that you are all proud to be part of our community, please take all the opportunities you have here and remember to ‘dream big’ and work hard.”

I began my career at Cheadle Hulme High School where I experienced the growth of the school in becoming an exceptional centre for teaching and learning. I’m motivated to further develop this at Laurus Cheadle Hulme; all of the staff aim to create an ethos of academic achievement but also ensure that our school provide students with broad opportunities to shape their love and enthusiasm for cultural, performance and sporting accomplishments.

The atmosphere in the school is fantastic, we look to maximise every opportunity and expect the students to be engaged and willing to challenge themselves to ‘dream big’. Staff at the school have high expectations and it is important that students understand the benefits of trying to rise to the challenges we set, our current students can support all children with this. We have lots of good role models for new students and it is important that Year 7 students look to get involved with the roles, responsibilities and opportunities available in the school.

Laurus Cheadle Hulme has provided teachers with a chance to extend our values and passion for education to more children, the induction of a new Year 7 creates more unique opportunities which is very exciting. I look forward to working with the students every day and I’m continually motivated by the dedication they display towards their development.

In September I will be teaching the students Computing, I look forward to supporting our students with their coding skills and technological knowledge in a subject which is constantly evolving.

Miss Lunt

Miss Lunt

Head of House and Teacher of Mathematics

“Hello! I’m Miss Lunt and I’ll be teaching some of you Mathematics. I’m also part of your House Team which is super exciting! We can’t wait to meet you all as soon as we possibly can.”

My affiliation with the Laurus Trust began in 2003 when I became a student at Cheadle Hulme High School. I joined Cheadle Hulme High School as a Mathematics teacher in September 2016 after completing my teacher training with the Altius Alliance. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at CHHS and was thrilled to make the move over to Laurus Cheadle Hulme in September 2018 to start with our founding students. I have an enthusiastic approach to Mathematics and use this to ignite a shared passion for the subject with my students.

I strongly support the school ethos of enabling children to nurture an enthusiasm for development through enquiry based learning and problem solving, and I fully believe in a ‘can do’ classroom and ‘can do’ students.

I am currently studying for my Master’s in Education and as of September 2020 will be taking on new responsibilities at LCH, leading Culture, Creativity and Rhetoric as Head of House which I am very excited about.

Mr Retberg

Mr Retberg

Assistant Head of School, Trust Director and Teacher of History

“Hello Year 7 and welcome to Laurus Cheadle Hulme. I’m Mr Retberg, Assistant Head of School and one of the History teachers. We’ve got an amazing year ahead for you in History lessons, starting with the study of Ancient Rome and then Anglo-Saxon England. We’re all very much looking forward to meeting you when school starts.”

I joined Laurus Cheadle Hulme in 2020 as Assistant Head of School for Curriculum and Assessment and now combine this role with my position as the Laurus Trust Director of History. I am hugely excited to be part of a school that epitomises the unashamedly academic ethos of the Laurus Trust and its commitment to ensure that every child, regardless of background or circumstance is able to succeed and achieve.

Before joining Laurus Cheadle Hulme, I worked at Cheadle Hulme High School as Trust Director of Humanities, overseeing the provision of History, Geography and Beliefs and Values across the Laurus Trust group of schools. Prior to this I spent over ten years in a range of educational leadership roles in schools across Salford, Greater Manchester and Stockport.

I graduated from university with a degree in History and Politics, before completing a Masters in Advanced History Teaching at the University of Cambridge. I have a National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership and am also a Specialist Leader for Education, delivering school-to-school support relating to History teaching and Curriculum.

Miss Roberts

Miss Roberts

Head of House and Teacher of Modern Foreign Languages

“¡Hola Year 7! I am one of the Spanish teachers here at Laurus Cheadle Hulme and I am also one of the new Heads of House. I am so excited to welcome you all into our lovely school and I look forward to seeing you all grow in your time with us!”

Since joining the Laurus Trust in September 2017, I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my passion for languages with our students. The first two years at Laurus Cheadle Hulme have been unforgettable and it has been a pleasure to be a part of from the very beginning.

Before completing my initial teacher training, I graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Spanish and German and spent time living and working abroad. After living abroad, I feel that complete immersion is the optimum environment for acquiring a new language and developing confidence. Confidence is a huge part of learning any language and in my role as a languages teacher, I relish the opportunity of creating confident, culturally-aware linguists. I adore languages and I believe that every child should experience the endless opportunities that are available to a multi-linguist. I feel encouraged by the ways in which languages are valued at the Laurus Trust and I am excited to continue this with our future cohorts.

Over the past year, I have started studying for my Master’s in Education as part of my continued professional development. Additionally, I have worked closely with the School Council in establishing ways to improve our school and towards becoming an Eco School.

This year I am honoured to be taking on the additional role of Head of House, where I will continue to work with the students to develop their leadership qualities and work closely with the House team. I firmly believe that all students can benefit from a role of responsibility and I am very much looking forward to instilling the importance of Leadership and Service in our students.

Mrs Valentine 

Mrs Valentine 

Assistant Head of School

“Hello. My name is Mrs Valentine and I am one of the Assistant Heads of School. I will get to meet you all in person when we are finally able to start back. It has been a very challenging end to your Primary School years but we hope that you are as excited as we are, to be welcoming you to the amazing Laurus Cheadle Hulme. I may be slightly biased but you have all made the most fabulous choice and are super lucky to be joining our school community. We will all have some catching up to do but you will be fully supported to start your Year 7. So get ready to work hard, make new friends, meet your fantastic new teachers and enjoy your journey with us.”

I have been teaching for more than 20 years in total, spending 17 of those years at Cheadle Hulme High School.

I joined Cheadle Hulme High School in September 2000 and during this time, experienced a variety of roles of responsibility. For four years, I led the development of Mathematics as Subject Leader and was then a founder member of the House team, tracking academic progress as Head of Citius House. Before moving to Laurus Cheadle Hulme, I was involved in a wider leadership role within the Laurus Trust, taking secondments to support schools in special measures.

Since 2014 I have been a Specialist Leader of Education and a Professional Development Lead in Mathematics, supporting departments and building capacity for school improvement across multiple education authorities.

I am currently completing a Master’s degree in Education and as an advocate for life-long learning, fully embrace the school’s vision and ethos.

I have proudly been Assistant Head of School at Laurus Cheadle Hulme since we opened our doors in 2018. Predominantly I lead on teaching and learning but have, for the last two years, also been leading the teaching and learning within the Mathematics department. As from September 2020, we are welcoming a new Subject Leader for Mathematics, Mr Laurence Luscombe. Although I will continue to teach Mathematics, I will be leading on the pedagogical development of staff at Laurus Cheadle Hulme, with particular emphasis on supporting newly qualified teachers into our school. At Laurus Cheadle Hulme, we pride ourselves on our strong ethos of continual development based on a research informed approach. Every teacher within our school community recognises the importance of self-reflection and improvement and I am thrilled that your children get to reap the benefits in the classroom.