Meet the Team

Mr Vickers

Director of Sixth Form and Deputy Head Teacher

Mr Vickers studied Product Design at Sheffield Hallam University, before completing his PGCE at the same institute. Mr Vickers spent two years at a school in Lincoln before moving to Hazel Grove High School in 2005. He enthuses students with his love of learning and aims to develop students to reach their full potential and has uncompromising aspirations for every individual and for the school to be exceptional and inspirational.

Mr Vickers feels very honoured to be Deputy Head for Hazel Grove High School, helping the young people of Hazel Grove develop the qualities and skills that will enable them go on to the future of their choice. Hazel Grove is a community he very much cares for and is passionate about.

Miss Franklin

Deputy Head Teacher

Miss Franklin has spent almost all of her teaching career at Hazel Grove High School. She completed her first year of teaching at Priestnall High School, Stockport after which she joined Hazel Grove High school starting out as a Mathematics teacher. She completed both her Business and Applicable Mathematics Degree and PGCE in Mathematics teaching at Manchester Metropolitan University.

As well as teaching, she has experienced a variety of responsibilities within the Mathematics Department and then on senior leadership since 2011.  She has focused on achievement of students, behaviour and pastoral care.

Miss Franklin is passionate about helping all students develop both academically and socially, so that they are well-rounded citizens who can go onto follow the future of their choice.  In her current role as Designated Safeguarding Lead she provides support to staff to carry out their safeguarding duties and works with outside agencies creating safe environments for students to thrive.

Mr Evans

Assistant Headteacher

Mr Evans graduated from Manchester University in 2010 with a degree in Chemistry. He has always had a passion for mathematics though, completing a Mathematics PGCE at Manchester University in 2011 and a MA in Education in 2020. He joined Cheadle Hulme High School in 2012 and was a Head of House for three years. This whole school role involved a relentless focus on progress and the behaviour for learning of all students, with an emphasis on high quality provision for disadvantaged pupils.

He then took a sabbatical to work as Director of Mathematics at an international school in Dubai. These experiences led him to specialise in behaviour and discipline as an SLE. Upon returning from Dubai, Mr Evans became Assistant Headteacher at Hazel Grove High School with responsibility for behaviour and attitudes across the school. He believes very strongly that the core functions of any school’s behaviour policy are to ensure that teachers are able to teach their students and make learning students’ first priority.

Mrs Lambert

Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Lambert studied French, Spanish and Marketing at Salford University before embarking upon a career in an Aviation Route Development. However, eager to play a bigger part in shaping the future of young people, she decided to start her teacher training in 2007. She has been teaching within the Laurus Trust since 2008, starting her career as an NQT at Cheadle Hulme High School where she later became Trust Director of Languages.

She then had the honour of becoming Assistant Head of School at Laurus Ryecroft; helping to open one of the new Laurus secondary schools in East Manchester. She moved to Hazel Grove in 2020, as Assistant Head of School, with a desire to continue to strengthen the love of languages within the Laurus Trust. She truly believes that every student should learn a new language, and her goal is to help students understand the link between learning in the classroom and the exciting opportunities that languages bring in the wider world.

Mr Howell

Assistant Headteacher

Mr Howell attended Sheffield Hallam University where he completed a degree in History before going on to complete an MSc in Tourism Management and a PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has been teaching since 2004 and is passionate about supporting all groups of students regardless of their background to ensure that they do not have any barriers to their learning and are able to achieve their potential.

Mr Howell is a champion for Young Carers and Looked after Children and has worked to ensure that these groups of students are recognised across the school and that their needs are met. As well as being an Assistant Headteacher Mr Howell also teaches History, a subject which he cares about as he sees it as a valuable subject that while helping students to develop important analytical and reasoning skills it enables them to learn about different cultures and see how the world has been shaped today. Mr Howell is proud to work at Hazel Grove and wants to make a difference for the lives of the young people that come to our school.

Mr Lancaster

Assistant Headteacher

Mr Lancaster studied secondary education and physical education at Brunel University, London. He spent four years teaching at a school in Southport before moving to Cheadle Hulme High School as a curriculum manager within the PE Department. Mr Lancaster believes the role of PE and physical activity is imperative in young peoples’ lives for both their physical and mental health, and he is passionate about equipping students with the knowledge and skills they require to become lifelong learners in the subject.

In addition to teaching, Mr Lancaster was a Head of House at CHHS for three years. This whole school role involved monitoring behaviour and progress across a range of year groups as well enthusing students about a range of competitive house activities throughout the year. Mr Lancaster is looking forward to working with the Heads of House to help establish the house system at Hazel Grove High School. 

Mr Lancaster is very honoured to be Assistant Head at Hazel Grove High School and is looking forward to meeting the students in September.

Mrs Gannon

Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Gannon has been part of the Laurus Trust since the beginning and is proud to be an Assistant Head at Hazel Grove High School. After qualifying as an English and Media teacher at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2000, she started her teaching career in South London as Head of Media Studies, she then took on the role of Subject Leader in Media Studies at Cheadle Hulme High School in 2003.

Throughout her time in the Laurus Trust  as Subject leader and Assistant Head she has also played an active role in Professional learning and staff development and is currently working towards completing her Masters in Education. In her role of SLE in Vocational Studies, she has also had the opportunity to support other schools and staff.

Teaching and Learning  is at the forefront of Mrs Gannon’s role here at HGHS and she feels passionate about developing Teaching and Learning into our classrooms for all our learners.

Mrs Kelly

Assistant Headteacher

Mrs Kelly has a degree in Economics and she worked in the financial sector for many years however, she decided that teaching was the path she wanted to embark on and completed a PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University. Since 2002, Mrs Kelly has taught Business and Computing at Hazel Grove High School but she has taken career breaks to travel the world and teach in Australia.

Mrs Kelly has a passion for teaching and enjoys inspiring students, her travel and work experience have added value to her lessons. Mrs Kelly is proud to be an Assistant Headteacher and she has experienced a wide range of roles within school that have focused on home learning, intervention, achievement, behaviour and pastoral care. She has been an integral part in introducing the House System here at Hazel Grove High School.

Miss Sham

Assistant Headteacher

Miss Sham is an Assistant Headteacher at Hazel Grove High School and has been teaching since 1999.  She graduated from the University of York with a degree in English and Linguistics, and completed her PGCE in Secondary English at Manchester Metropolitan University.
 
Grammar, and the mechanics and functionality of language, is her absolute passion, as the students she teaches well know!  She loves her subject and believes that literature opens an eye on the world, and affords opportunities that enrich people’s lives.
 
In her teaching career, she has enjoyed many opportunities, from launching and developing the Media department at Hazel Grove at the beginning of her career, to helping to support and grow the early careers of many of the teachers at Hazel Grove with her work in Initial Teacher Training and leading Induction for newly qualified staff.
 
Miss Sham has a huge regard for the students under her care, and takes great satisfaction from seeing them learn and flourish.  She loves being a teacher, and feels very privileged to be working with the fantastic students, families and staff at Hazel Grove.

Miss Parry

Head of Pastoral Care

Miss Parry has worked in pastoral care and safeguarding at Cheadle Hulme High School for 8 years prior to joining Hazel Grove High School in September 2019.

She has significant experience in supporting students and their families, working effectively with a wide range of external professionals and agencies. Miss Parry is the Deputy Designated Safeguarding lead and works closely with the Leadership team, Heads of Year, SEND Department and our Social, Emotional and Mental Health specialists.

Miss Parry believes in the Laurus Trust’s vision and its values. She is passionate and fully committed to ensuring all students have the opportunity to achieve their full potential regardless of background or circumstance with a goal for all students to be inspired, to thrive in all environments, to recognise what it takes to succeed, to set aspirational goals and work hard to achieve them.

Ms Crofts

SENDCo

Ms Crofts graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in French with German.  After completing a PGCE, she joined Hazel Grove High School in 1984 as a Modern Language teacher. She has had many roles and responsibilities over the years, including being Head of French for a while and also a Head of Year for several years. She became the Special Needs Coordinator for HGHS in September 2000.  Ms Crofts and the Assistant SENDCo, Mrs Buckley-Dibben, manage a team of 18 Learning Support Assistants, supporting students with additional needs across the school.

The Team are passionate and fully committed to supporting students and their families, so everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full potential, regardless of circumstance. Ms Crofts also works closely and effectively with professional agencies in Stockport to ensure a holistic approach to student welfare and progress.

Ms Crofts has significant experience ensuring the individual needs of students with SEND are fully recognised by staff.  Working closely with the students, families and colleagues, she develops the personalised support plans for students with SEND. The plans are then implemented bystudents’ teachers and members of the Learning Support Team to remove potential barriers to academic, social and emotional development.

Mrs Buckley-Dibben

Assistant SENDCo and Specialist Teacher

Mrs Buckley-Dibben graduated from Bangor University with a degree in Sociology in 2005. In 2007 she completed a Masters in Sociology at Manchester University, her dissertation focused on provision for young adults with additional needs. In 2009 Mrs Buckley-Dibben completed a PGCE in English and Special Educational Needs. 

Mrs Buckley-Dibben taught for 3 years before fulfilling the role of House and Special Educational Needs Curriculum Coordinator for 2 years. 

Mrs Buckley-Dibben joined the Learning Support Department at Hazel Grove High in 2015 as the Specialist Teacher. Since joining the school Mrs Buckley-Dibben has worked hard to teach, assess, understand, support and advocate for students with Special Educational Needs. In 2017 Mrs Buckley-Dibben completed a Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties. 

In 2019 Mrs Buckley-Dibben completed the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordinators and has worked with determination to fulfil the role of Assistant SENDCo. She has been working with Mrs Crofts to manage a team of 18 Learning Support Assistants, supporting students with additional needs across the school. Mrs Buckley- Dibben works with the whole school staff to ensure the individual needs of students with SEND are fully recognised by staff. Working closely with families, she coordinates and develops the personalised support plans for students with SEND, suggesting reasonable adjustments to ensure that all students reach their full potential.

Mrs Buckley-Dibben has a passion for lifelong learning and over the next year is hoping to commence a Doctorate in Education with a focus on Special Educational Needs and Disability.