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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811

Strategic Leadership Team (SLT)

The Strategic Leadership Team of Poynton High School is made up of the following members of staff:

1.       Matthew Dean, Head Teacher 

2.       Catherine Holyland, Deputy Head Teacher (Standards & Student Progress)

3.       Debra Howells, Assistant Head Teacher (Director of Curriculum and Progress)

4.       Richard Hardman, Assistant Head Teacher (Director of Sixth Form)

5.       Wendy Ryder, Assistant Head Teacher (Director of Standards and Subject Progress)

6.       Andy Bennett, Assistant Head Teacher (Director of Standards and Student Progress)

7.       Simon Hoyle, Assistant Head Teacher (Director of Teaching, Learning and Research)

8.       Jenny Sykes, Director of Business and Operations

For a summary overview of each person’s key focus and role please see attachment below.

Please do not hesitate to contact the relevant member of the team if you wish to discuss any aspect of our school work either by e-mailing on or using the direct e-mail address as given in the table below:


Mr Matthew Dean

Head Teacher 


Miss Catherine Holyland

Standards & Student Progress


Mrs Debra Howells

Director of Curriculum and Progress


Mr Richard Hardman

Director of Sixth Form


Miss Wendy Ryder

Director of Standards and Progress


Mr Andy Bennett

Director of Standards and Student Progress


Mr Simon Hoyle

Director of Teaching and Learning email

Mrs Jenny Sykes

Director of Business and Operations