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.


Rowena Kidd

Rowena Kidd. Deputy 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.


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.


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.


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.


Faisal Ahmed LLB (Hons). MA (Education). NPQML.  Assistant Headteacher: Faisal Ahmed has a background in law and started as a trainee teacher at Stretford High School in 2010 going on to gain full time employment as a Teacher of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2011. He completed his NPQML qualification in 2014 followed by his Masters in Education in 2016. He has been a student council leader, Head of Department and recently taken up the post of Assistant Headteacher. Mr Ahmed believes in developing the whole student with a lifelong love for learning.


Sarah Eggleton. Assistant Headteacher: A Yorkshire teacher on the wrong side of the Pennines; Ms Eggleton has life long love of reading, leading to studying English Literature at Lancaster University. After graduating Ms Eggleton started her teaching career as a Teach First participant at Stretford High School in 2009, teaching English. Three years later Ms Eggleton left Stretford to work; first as English teacher at a school in Altrincham; and then as assistant head of the English at a school in Salford. During this time she achieved a Masters in Education and Leadership from The University of Manchester and completed the NPQML. After four years away, the pull to return to Stretford was too great and Ms Eggleton was thrilled to rejoin the school in 2016 as Head of English, and joined the leadership team as Assistant Headteacher in 2018. Although she will always call Yorkshire home, Ms Eggleton is very proud to be a Stretfordian too.


Ellie Lioudaki. Assistant Headteacher: Ellie originally qualified as a Chemist in 2008 and went on to be trained as a Science teacher in Greece. She holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Chemistry and a Master’s Degree in Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs (SEN). Ellie has completed professional development training with Teaching Leaders, NPQML, holds the National SENCo Award and is also a qualified assessor for exam access arrangements.  Ellie has 10 years of experience working with SEN students and a real passion for inclusion and advocating for people with learning needs. Her current post is Assistant Headteacher Strengthening Provision/ SEND Coordinator.