Senior Leadership Team

Nicola Doward

Nicola Doward BA (Hons), H Dip Ed, NPQH Head Teacher: Mrs Doward was born and bred in Dublin’s fair city, Ireland. Her love of literature led her to Limerick where she studied for her degree in English Literature and Theology. The call to teach brought her back to Dublin where she completed her Higher Diploma in Education. Before settling in England in 1999, she spent a year in Slovakia teaching English and learning about a wonderful culture and people. She has lived in England since 1999 working in education as an English teacher, Head of Year, Head of Faculty, Assistant Head teacher, English Consultant, School Improvement Officer and Deputy Headteacher. She took up post as Headteacher of Stretford High School in September 2015.

Mrs Doward has two children and feels that of all the roles she has held in education, it is actually being a ‘mammy’ that has best prepared her to lead Stretford High . In her words, ‘ a mammy keeps you safe, supports you, pushes you to be your best, picks you up and brushes you down when you fall and never, ever stops wanting the best for you. That is what drives me in my role as head too.’


Lindsay Brindley

Lindsay Brindley BSc (Hons). MSc. NPQH. Deputy Headteacher: Mrs L Brindley qualified as a Science teacher in 1993 and has taught in Stretford High School since training. Mrs Brindley has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Biochemistry and Nutrition from Newcastle University and a Masters Degree in Food Science from King’s College, London. Mrs Brindley has been Head of House, Head of Science, Assistant Head and Deputy Headteacher.


Claire Reynolds

Claire Reynolds Assistant Headteacher: Mrs Reynolds qualified as a Languages teacher in 1993 and has taught in 4 schools over 21 years, providing her with an extensive range of experience by working in 4 very different schools. Mrs Reynolds was part of the team that moved Stretford High School from being in special measures to outstanding in 2007. Mrs Reynolds achieved her NPQH in 2007 and her current post at Stretford High School is as Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for Learning Support.


Linda Smith B.A.,PGCE Assistant Headteacher: Mrs Smith is responsible for professional development, leads the schools commissions with Schools Direct, Future Leaders NPQSL, Teaching Leaders NPQML and leads our partnerships with Edge HIll and Manchester Metropolitan University. Mrs Smith qualified as a History teacher in 1982 and has taught in Trafford Schools since 1983. She has worked at Stretford High School since it opened in 1990, being appointed as Head of Humanities. Mrs Smith has experienced all phases of the development of the school from its much smaller beginnings to the vibrant community school that has doubled in size since.


Rowena Kidd

Rowena Kidd. Assistant Headteacher: Having had a successful career in Animation and TV after leaving Art school, Mrs Kidd decided to go back into education and gained an English Literature and Art History Degree with the Open University and then went on to gained her Master’s Degree in Art History from Manchester University. Mrs Kidd qualified as an Art teacher in 2006 and has taught in 2 schools before taking up the post of Assistant Head for data and curriculum at Stretford High. Mrs Kidd has completed her training with Teaching Leaders, NPQML and is now part of the Future Leaders programme.


Emma Bolton

Emma Bolton. Assistant Headteacher: Emma gained her Masters Degree in Modern Studies: Spanish, English & Philosophy from Staffordshire University. Having had a career in Sales & Marketing, Emma decided to travel the world and then decided to become a teacher in 2004. Emma qualified as a teacher of Spanish & French in 2005 from Liverpool Hope University. Emma has taught in 2 schools in Liverpool and Manchester and is now in her tenth year of teaching. Emma has spent 5 years as Director of Academic School for Languages and has recently begun her new role as Assistant Headteacher for Key Stage 3. Emma has completed professional development training with Teaching Leaders, NPQSL and is now part of the Future Leaders programme.


Leila Murton

Leila Murton. Assistant Headteacher: Leila originally trained as an actor and has worked with young people for the Youth Service and in schools. She has always had a passion for drama and how it can be used as an educational tool as well as to enlighten and entertain. She believes that creativity is the foundation for all learning and that there are never mistakes in the arts only discoveries. She has been teaching at Stretford High as a drama teacher since 2003 and has been an active member of Traffords community as a Mediator and Volunteer Police Cadet trainer. Leila has been Head of Drama, Head of House and Director of Behaviour for Learning at SHS and has now taken on the role of Assistant Headteacher for KS4.


Vicky Arrowsmith

Vicky Arrowsmith Director of Finance: Vicky Arrowsmith AAT qualified in 2012. Educated at Flixton Girls’ High School and worked in administrative and financial roles up to joining Trafford Council in the School Improvement Service in July 2003 as Senior Business Support Officer until November 2011, then spent a year as a School Finance Support Officer before being appointed at Stretford High School in April 2013.


Sue Simons

Sue Simons Director of Human Resources: Sue Simons graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in Human Resource Management in 2007, and is a member of the CIPD. Prior to her appointment at Stretford High School in February 2013, Sue was employed by Trafford Council for 23 years. Sue initially worked as an admin officer in the social services department, and in 1995 joined the social services staffing team as a personnel officer. Sue progressed through the department, and moved to the schools HR team in 2008, as a Senior HR Adviser. Following an HR review in 2011, Sue was appointed to the post of Assistant Business Partner.