Our Leadership Team

Mrs Monica Shepherd

Head Teacher

Experience as

  • HT Board Member and Director of Hexham and Newcastle RC Partnership
  • Director of Beacon Teaching School Alliance
  • Director of St. Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy
  • Academy Accounting Officer
  • Leader of a National Support School (NCTL)
  • National Leader of Education (NCTL)
  • Member of City of Sunderland Education Leadership Board
  • Mentor for those considering senior leadership within secondary education
  • Head Teacher Governor (secondary)
  • Head Teacher
  • Deputy Head Teacher
  • Assistant Head Teacher
  • Subject Leader/Head of Department
  • Mentor for those considering teaching and trainee teachers
  • Parish Councillor
  • Foundation Governor (primary)

Mr Michael McDonagh

Deputy Head Teacher

Michael has a BSc(Hons) Graduate in Mathematics with a postgraduate MSc in Applied Statistics and Statistical Education. He has been a teacher for over 27 years.  Michael has taught in a number of different schools across the North East an in a number of subjects, principally Mathematics and Further Mathematics but also Economics and Computing. He was Subject Leader for Mathematics for over 10 years.  Michael is currently Deputy Head Teacher responsible for the curriculum, data and assessment. He completed his NPQH in 2016. Michael has worked with a number of colleagues across different schools and departments to raise pupil achievement, both as an SLE and a senior leader over the past 5 years.  Michael’s SLE role is as an SLE for Mathematics however he is able to offer wider support based upon his experience in Leadership

Areas of support:

  • Raising achievement in Mathematics
  • Leadership and management of departments
  • Leadership and management of the curriculum
  • Use of data to inform Teaching and Learning
  • Use of data to inform curriculum planning
  • Use of data to inform intervention

Mrs Marie Lanaghan

Deputy Head Teacher

Marie has taught Religious Education for twenty years.  She was Subject Leader of RE for seven years before being appointed Assistant Head with responsibilities for CPD and Partnerships.  Marie is currently Pastoral Deputy Head Teacher. Marie has recently achieved the NPQSL qualification and has led various successful department and whole-school initiatives.  She has a proven track record of leading a very successful department and has achieved very positive outcomes for students across all ability ranges.  She works with the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle’s School Inspection Team and can offer guidance to schools preparing for Diocesan inspections

Mrs Frances Collins

Senior Assistant Head Teacher

Frances has been teaching Modern Languages in schools across the North East for 19 years. During this time she has built up a broad base of transferable skills having worked as a Year Leader in Key Stages 3 and 5, a Deputy Subject Leader and a Head of Department and currently as an Senior Assistant Head Teacher with a responsibility for Post-16 Education. She has led various whole-school initiatives including developing a Post-16 monitoring and mentoring programme and a diverse range of projects to engage students in the life of the school and the local community. As an SLE, Frances has delivered training to Primary School and trainee teachers on pupil engagement and the challenges faced in Post-16 education. Frances has a proven track record of leading successful teams in the curriculum and pastoral domains and she has achieved very positive outcomes for students across all ability ranges. She has excellent interpersonal skills and can motivate and enthuse others by being a positive role model and by working sensitively and collaboratively to help colleagues and leaders to develop their practice and confidence in order to improve standards. She is motivated not only by the desire to develop her own performance and skills but to help others to maximise their own potential for the good of all students.