Meet The Team

Mr Michael McDonagh

SLE in Mathematics

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.

Miss Jude Wallis

Assistant Headteacher - Curriculum and SLE in Teaching and Learning

Jude has been a teacher for over 20 years.  She has taught a number of subjects, principally History but also Law and English and was Subject Leader for Social Sciences for 6 years.  This included leadership and management of 11 different subjects and over 20 staff.  She is currently an Associate Assistant Headteacher responsible for Teaching and Learning, KS4 intervention and Quality Assurance. Jude was designated as an SLE in 2013 and since then she has worked with a number of colleagues across different schools and departments to raise pupil achievement.  Working with colleagues from other schools and supporting the progression of young people is something she really enjoys and she looks forward to working with more colleagues in the future.

Areas of support:

  • Raising achievement in History
  • Leadership and management of departments
  • Teaching and Learning

Mrs Samantha Ward

Assistant Headteacher - Partnership SLE in ITT/ECT

Samantha has 25 years experience of teaching MFL and was subject leader of the department for 10 years. She is currently an Associate Assistant Headteacher responsible for Teacher Training and coordinates the school based training for School Direct secondary trainees in partnership with the Carmel Teacher Training Partnership, as well as with Durham University PGCE students. She is also responsible for the development of Early Career Teachers, CPD and partnerships.

Miss Sarah Jane Atkinson

SLE in English

Sarah-Jane is an SLE and coordinator within the English Department. She is an experienced English teacher who has worked at St Anthony’s Academy for over four years. Her responsibilities include training, development and leading of staff, coordination and management of whole year groups within the English Department, KS3 curriculum development, and data analysis. Since becoming KS3 English Coordinator four years ago, Sarah-Jane has implemented many new strategies to develop the attainment and achievement within English, including a re-designed KS3 curriculum and the implementation of new marking and assessment policies. Sarah-Jane also works very closely alongside the Head of English to devise and develop new policies and procedures on a department-wide scale, including moderation and standardisation, pupil tracking and staff development. Sarah-Jane also has experience of being an ITT mentor through a range of training providers, and contributes towards the training of student teachers on a school-wide basis.

Mrs Catherine Dugdale

SLE in Science

Catherine is an experienced Science teacher and has been working at St Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy for over 12 years.  In July 2017 she was awarded the level of Leading STEM teacher as part of the STEM Educators scheme.  Catherine has a strong commitment to educational research and has participated in Stage 2 and Stage 3 action research projects aimed at enhancing student performance in Science through the use of oracy and developing metacognitive approaches.  Catherine has achieved her Master’s degree in Advanced Professional Practice in Secondary Education and has much experience in helping teachers investigate their own practice by mentoring colleagues completing action research projects and ITT students.  Catherine has also worked in the Pastoral System as a Year Leader for 9 years and has a proven track record of mentoring disadvantaged and challenging students to achieve positive outcomes across KS3 and KS4.

Catherine is passionate about teaching Science and enjoys the challenge of teaching pupils of all abilities across the secondary age range.  She is skilled at coaching and mentoring staff and students alike and is happy to share her expertise to support others.

Mrs Sarah Marshall


Sarah has been teaching Modern Foreign Languages for 14 years and currently leads the Modern Foreign Languages Department at St. Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic Academy, a successful department with a strong history of results across all key stages.  She is a Specialist Leader of Education in MFL and through this role has worked collaboratively with many colleagues in the area.  Sarah has participated in Action Research and works diligently to raise the achievement of pupils studying languages.  As well as working with teachers at all levels, Sarah is fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with others schools on a diverse range of projects from engaging and motivating pupils at KS5, delivering training sessions to Initial Teacher Trainees at Durham University and working with local primary schools to both upskill primary staff in language learning and also to ensure a good provision of languages at KS2. Sarah also delivers a range of courses to cater for staff development including Teacher Subject Specialism Training.  Sarah 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 our students.

Areas of support:

Raising achievement in Modern Foreign Languages.

Mrs Kate Wallace

SLE in Design and Technology

Mrs Amy Roddam


Amy has been a PE teacher for over 14 years.  She has been the Subject Leader for PE for 9 years.  This includes leadership and management of 6 staff.  Amy has also been an examiner for AQA since 2005 and has a great deal of experience in working with ITTs, NQTs and RQTs.  In terms of professional development Amy completed a Masters Degree to distinction in Practitioner Enquiry in 2013 and has most recently completed the NPQML course in 2015.  Amy was designated as an SLE in 2014 and since then she has worked with a number of colleagues across different schools and departments to raise pupil achievement.  Working and supporting colleagues from other schools and supporting the progression of students is something she really enjoys.

Areas of support:

  • Raising achievement in PE
  • Leadership and management of departments

Mrs Laura Dudley

SLE in Music

Laura is an SLE and Subject Leader for Music. Her responsibilities include leading and management of staff (including a team of peripatetic staff), tracking and assessment of pupils and creating schemes of work, as well as running an extensive extra-curricular programme including management of whole school productions.  Laura has successfully led the department through both a whole school and a thematic department OFSTED inspection, and also has successfully mentored School Direct trainees to ‘outstanding’ level. Her department has been awarded the ISM Bronze award for the last two years for uptake and achievement at GCSE level.  During her career, Laura has worked with colleagues in a number of support roles, including implementing programmes of study, helping to raise achievement and delivering A level Music.

Areas of Support:

  • Achievement and uptake at GCSE level
  • Delivering A level Music
  • Creating and resourcing KS3 programmes of study
  • Developing extra-curricular activities/programmes to enrich the curriculum.