The central focus at Hazel Grove High School is the achievement of our students. This is not solely defined by academic standards as we recognise that achievement will take many forms depending on the individual potential, interests and talents of each young person. We want all students to fulfil their ambitions whether they be academic, musical, sporting or creative, and to reach their full potential.
We believe a rich and varied curriculum is important to shaping a young person’s potential. We judge the learning experiences at Hazel Grove to be exceptional, from the varied teaching techniques our staff employ to the wide variety of foreign and residential trips, from the extra curricular offers in Sport, Theatre and Music to the rich pastoral and personalised Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) programme.
Our ultimate aim is to take children beyond what they would be expected to achieve after consideration of initial attainment and background factors. We do this by being optimistic about young people and employing enjoyable and challenging learning opportunities. We have relentlessly high expectations of everyone who chooses to learn at Hazel Grove.
At Hazel Grove, we have established a purposeful and caring atmosphere which caters for the needs of the individual child. In a pleasant and well ordered environment students are encouraged and expected to work to the very best of their ability.
Head of School, Hazel Grove High School
When Hazel Grove High School joined the Laurus Trust, Martin was delighted to be appointed as Head of School. Prior to this, Martin was Deputy Headteacher at Cheadle Hulme High School, where he was a senior leader for six years. He is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and is passionate about improving the educational opportunities for young people.
Martin graduated with a BA (Hons) in English and Sport in 2005, and then went on to complete his PGCE. He has been teaching for 14 years and began his teaching career in Tameside before joining CHHS in 2011. Martin has experienced a variety of roles throughout his career which have focused on achievement, behaviour and pastoral care and effective teaching and learning.
In his role as an SLE Martin has supported underperforming schools and has successfully taken on the role of Acting Headteacher in these circumstances. He has completed his National Professional Qualification for Headship and has a Masters degree in Education. Martin is committed to creating the best possible opportunities for his students to succeed and develop a love of learning that will last and that will support them as they take their next steps in life.
Executive Headteacher of Laurus Ryecroft, Hazel Grove High School and Priestnall School
Martin was a Deputy Headteacher at Cheadle Hulme High School for six years. He is a Specialist Leader of Education and committed to providing the very best education for his students. He was delighted to become the founding Head of School for Laurus Ryecroft.
Martin graduated from Manchester University with a BSc (Hons) in Physics in 1998, before completing a PGCE at the same institution.
Martin has worked in a variety of contexts and previously worked in inner city Manchester before joining CHHS in September 2005. He has always been focused on effective teaching and learning and the improvement of classroom practice. In 2008 Martin was awarded Secondary Teacher of the Year in the North West.
As an SLE Martin has had considerable experience of working and supporting underperforming schools. He has successfully gained his National Professional Qualification for Headship and a Masters degree in Education.
Martin is married and has two daughters.