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Leadership team

Head of School - Mrs Sarah Sims 

Sarah grew up in the North East of England and subsequently studied Natural Sciences at King’s College, Cambridge University. She completed her PGCE at Sheffield University before moving to London to begin her teaching career as a physics teacher.

Sarah moved to Sheffield in 2000, where she worked in Rotherham and thoroughly enjoyed her role as Head of Science. She gained further leadership experience in Sheffield before joining Silverdale in 2016.

Head of Sixth Form & Deputy Headteacher - Mr Richard Horton 

Richard Horton studied History at the University of Huddersfield and undertook his PGCE at the University of Sheffield. Through this Richard developed a love of Early Modern British History, especially the Tudor period.

He began teaching in 2002 in Oxfordshire. He became Head of History in 2005 and then Faculty Leader for Humanities in 2007, where he led and managed the History, Geography, RE, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy and Law departments. Following nearly 10 years in middle leadership Richard returned to the north of England as an Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning at a school in Rotherham.

Richard joined Silverdale School to pursue his passion for post-16 education and became Head of Sixth Form in 2016. In 2017 Silverdale School recorded the best ever A-level results and this significantly contributed to the school being recognised as the best state secondary in the north by the Sunday Times.  After a successful year when Richard supported SLT as a Deputy Headteacher, he was successful in becoming a full-time, permanent Deputy Headteacher in 2018. He now over sees the Strategic Co-ordination of the Sixth Form, Pastoral, SEN and Inclusion teams.

Deputy Headteacher - Mrs Samira Hussain 

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Assistant Headteacher - Mrs Jenny Verney 

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Business Support Services Manager - Mr Carl Gray 

Carl is a qualified Health and Safety Practitioner and Accounting Technician.  He has 20 years professional experience of working in the education sector, at both a strategic level for the local authority and operationally in LEA school and academies. He has also worked in the private sector as an education risk management consultant.

Carl brings with him considerable experience of  internal auditing,  school business management, facilities and project management, risk and business continuity planning, and health and safety statutory compliance. As part of the school Senior Leadership Team he has responsibility for the operational business support (non-teaching) elements of running the school. 

He is also a community governor at a Sheffield Primary school with link governor responsibility for risk management and communication and sits on the resources, complaints and head teacher performance management committees.

Associate to SLT - Mr David Dalrymple 

David is the SENCO for Silverdale and Associate to SLT with a focus on student engagement.

Graduating with a degree in History from Newcastle, David began working in education as a teaching assistant at Notre Dame which ignited an interest in Special Educational Needs. He then trained with Teach First in Manchester, qualifying as an English teacher in 2015. In his NQT year he became Deputy SENCO, a post which he held until September 2018 when he moved to Silverdale to take up the role of SENCO. He has worked across both Silverdale and Westfield in the summer term of the 18/19 academic year, supporting Westfield school’s SEN manager during a period of change.

David has a passion for teaching English, particularly English literature, for reading and for working with SEN students and their families.

Associate to SLT - Mr David Jones 

David joined Silverdale as Head of Science in 2018 and has taken on the additional role of Associate to SLT with responsibility for teaching and learning from September 2019. David has a strong belief in developing effective teaching pedagogy and practical skills in the classroom. He is passionate about the need to collaborate between subject areas and proactive in making links across the curriculum to ensure that all students receive a high-quality learning experience.

David has been teaching science in schools across South Yorkshire since 2008. He has a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Swansea University, and completed his PGCE at Swansea Metropolitan University. He has been an NQT and ITT Mentor and is passionate about providing training and support to all colleagues to help them be the best they can be. He shares best practice with science staff from across Sheffield through the Heads of Science Network.

Associate to SLT - Ms Catherine Sykes 

Catherine has been working at Silverdale School since January 2018. She originally trained as a French and SEN teacher, however over the 23 years she has been teaching has taken on responsibilities for personal development and technical education. Although she still loves teaching French, she is equally passionate about teaching Health and Social Care, PSHE, Careers Education and Environmental Education.

After graduating from Birmingham University with a degree in French and History, Catherine moved to Leeds to complete her PGCE. She worked in two different schools prior to working for Chorus Trust, where she has worked at both Silverdale and Westfield Schools. She moved to Sheffield in 2006 and enjoys working in a school that reflects the diverse nature of the community in which she lives.

Catherine’s area of responsibility on SLT is staff wellbeing.