We have a committed group of staff who are dedicated to making our students’ time at The Wensleydale School a success.

Our Senior Leadership Team is:

Julia Polley Headteacher

Julia turned to teaching after a successful military career as an RAF Officer. Passionate about young people she became our Headteacher after moving to the area in 2015.

Charles Barnett Assistant Headteacher - Raising Standards Lead

Charles Barnett is involved with many aspects of life at Wensleydale. His main role is to lead Teaching and Learning as the Raising Standards Lead

Mark Ashcroft Assistant Headteacher - Character and Culture Leader

Mr Ashcroft is passionate about the school, having taught at Wensleydale for over a decade. Both of his children also came to Wensleydale.

Nicki Geater School Business Leader

Mrs Geater is our School Business Manager, and is a vital part of the smooth running of the school.

Our Wider Senior Leadership Team also includes:

Richard Lundie Access and Inclusion Lead

Richard joined us in 2018 as a Teacher of Science.  Richard brings a wealth of experience and is currently Access and Inclusion Lead for the school.

The school has an amazing and supportive group of middle leaders, teachers and our invaluable support staff.

Our Teaching staff are

  • Martin Bennison- Drama, English
  • Jon Berry – PE, Sport, First Aid Officer, CCF, DofE
  • Jodie Bassnett-Barker – Maths
  • Michelle Coupland-Buckley – Design & Technology
  • Chris Ellis – History,  Careers Lead
  • Simon Ferrier- Faculty Leader Maths, Maths
  • Alex Foster- Business Lead, Post 16 Tutor
  • Joshua Hadfield – Progress Leader Key Stage 3, Music, Drama
  • Ruth Hancock – English, Drama
  • Dawn Hewitt – MFL
  • Kate Huitson – Geography
  • Marcus Ingram – Computing and ICT
  • Ian Johnson – Hospitality & Catering
  • Autumn Kelly-Farrell – English, Sociology, Life and Society
  • Nadia Lewis – Faculty Leader (English & Performing Arts), English, Media
  • Joanna McGowan- Faculty Leader Science, Science, Biology, Psychology
  • Alex McIntosh – Maths, CCF
  • Iain Morris – Science
  • Ryan Rowan- Maths, Computing
  • Phil Smith- English
  • Rachel Smith- Science, PGCE Mentor
  • Jackie Vogel – C and I Specialist teacher
  • Alex Wallis- English, Drama
  • Louise Webb – Art, DT, Psychology
  • Suzanne Wood- PE, Citizenship

Admin and Site staff

  • Barbara Dent – School administrator
  • Danielle Harker- Site staff
  • Chloe Wright – Site staff

Education Support Staff

  • Keira Coombs-Prole – GTA (SEND)
  • Julie Cooper – Attendance and Behaviour Officer/ CCF
  • Emma Ellis- GTA (SEND)
  • Helen Hargrave – GTA (SEND)
  • Lindsey Hennigan- GTA (SEND)
  • Dr Vincent Lien -GTA (SEND)
  • Julian Nelson – ICT Support
  • Katie Sowerby – GTA (SEND)
  • Helen Sunter – GTA(SEND)