Staff Profiles

Stephen Curran - Headteacher 

 

How long have you been at Tong? Since 2010.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong? The fantastic students.  At Tong we work hard and have high expectations of ourselves and others but we also do it with a smile on our faces!

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong... Tong High School is my fourth school and I have spent four or five years in each of my previous schools.  Each time I moved, I moved for a promotion and left behind me an improving school.  In my last post I was lucky enough to work with, and learn from, a very experienced and effective headteacher called David Lack with whom I was able to share some of the headteacher duties and benefit from some expert training for this job.  The main thing I learnt in this role is that if you work as a team anything is possible.  In that school we rapidly improved results and, in two years, moved the school from special measures to one that was judged “Good with outstanding leadership” by OFSTED.

‘Other hats’ (what do you enjoy or think you are particularly good at besides your role?) In my spare time I love spending time with my family, I have four young children who run me ragged!  I hope, therefore, at least some of the time, I’m a good dad.

  

Anne Reilly - Deputy Head Teacher

Department: Senior Leadership Team, Performing Arts.

How long have you been at Tong? 11 years.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong? Working with young people who make me smile every day.

What do you enjoy most about the main subject your role? I believe drama changes lives by the way it makes young people feel. 

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong... I have worked in three schools in Bradford - St Josephs College, Yorkshire Martyrs Catholic College and Tong High School. I'm a Bradford girl who believes in promoting all things positive that Bradford has to offer.

‘Other hats’ (what do you enjoy or think you are particularly good at besides your role?) My most important job is being Mum to my two boys.

Julie Birkett - Business Manager

Department: Leadership Team

How long have you been at Tong? Since 1990.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong? The chance to make a difference.

What do you enjoy most about your role? The immense variety! This includes helping associate staff team members develop and progress in their careers, the contact with students through duties etc and seeing them develop and progress in their five or seven years with us.

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong... I worked in training and development and came to Tong with the introduction of Local Management of Schools after being involved in the training to prepare head teachers for their new responsibilities. I have generic management qualifications.

David Spencer - SLT Lead Practitioner

Department: Senior Leadership Team, Science.

How long have you been at Tong? Since 2008.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong? Fantastic colleagues and pupils.

What do you enjoy most about the main subject you teach? Intellectual challenge.

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong... I have been teaching for 18 years in a variety of schools.

‘Other hats’ (what do you enjoy or think you are particularly good at besides your role?) I like to spend time with my kids and also go mountain biking.

 Simon Ford - Assistant Head Teacher

Department: Year 11 Student Progress Team, PE.

How long have you been at Tong? Since September 2009.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong? I have worked at Tong High School for 5 years and have thrived upon seeing students continue to fulfill their potential. The fantastic facilities at the school have allowed the students to flourish in a variety of ways.

What do you enjoy most about the main subject you teach? I enjoy seeing students grow in confidence and in their understanding and ability in a variety of activities.

‘Other hats’ (what do you enjoy or think you are particularly good at besides your role?) I am a huge fan of many sports and enjoy keeping fit and spending time with my family.

Sarah Dunne - Executive Assistant to Head Teacher and Deputies

How long have you been at Tong? Since September 2013.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong? It is rewarding knowing that I am contributing towards student achievement.

What do you enjoy most about your role? The variety, as no day is the same. I enjoy being able to get involved with different projects and taking on new challenges.

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong... I had been a PA for over 8 years working in both the public and private sector for senior management before coming to Tong High School as the Executive Assistant to the Headteacher. I studied Business Studies at University and have always taken advantage of training opportunities to support my career.

  

 Curriculum Leaders

Alison Cairess - Curriculum Leader

Department: Art

How long have you been at Tong? Since 1998.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong? The diversity and the students.

What do you enjoy most about the main subject you teach? Art is all around us and developing how students see and feel art.

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong... I have always taught art and have been at Tong since 1998.

‘Other hats’ (what do you enjoy or think you are particularly good at besides your role?) Being a good parent to my son and I enjoy running.

  

  Laura Grey - Curriculum Leader

Department: Health and Social Science

How long have you been at Tong? Since September 2014.

What do you enjoy most about the main subject you teach? I am passionate about teaching Health and Social Care as it prepares students for futures within the sector. The skills that students develop through the course ensure that they are equipped to successfully move onto employment or fruther studies.

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong.... After completing my A levels at a sixth form college in Rotherham, I completed by BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology at Durham University. On completion, I returned to South Yorkshire and secured a job in community development. After this sector experience, I began teaching Health and Social Care at a Rotherham secondary school  and gained QTS thorugh the graduate training programme at Sheffield Hallam University in 2008.

Brid McLoughlin - Curriculum Leader

Department: Humanities

How long have you been at Tong?

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong?

What do you enjoy most about the main subject you teach?

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong...

 Dominique McDonagh- Curriculum Leader

Department: Modern Foreign Languages                                                                                                                                                                  

How long have you been at Tong? Since June 2014.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong? The dynamic atmosphere, friendly staff and lively pupils.

 What do you enjoy most about the main subject you teach? Speaking in a foreign language can give you such a buzz and I enjoy watching pupils acquire and develop their language skills.  Even if you are not necessarily going to use it in a future career, speaking another language helps you develop confidence; communication skills; problem-solving skills and an awareness of other countries and cultures.

 

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong... I studied Languages and Management at Leeds University.  Before training to become a teacher, I worked for the Denby Pottery Company and then Experian liaising with customers all over Europe.  I taught English in Mexico and Germany.  I worked at a large comprehensive school in North West London before moving to Tong.

‘Other hats’ (what do you enjoy or think you are particularly good at besides your role?) I am a keen netballer and enjoy cooking and walks in the countryside; one of the main reasons for moving back to Yorkshire.

 

Jon Murby - Curriculum Leader

Department: Physical Education

How long have you been at Tong? Since 1999.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong? The day to day interaction with students and seeing them enjoying partaking in physical exercise and developing their skills in a wide range of sporting activities. It’s also fantastic to work alongside a committed and talented group of teachers within the department, who strive to provide students with a wide range of sporting experiences.

What do you enjoy most about the main subject you teach? The diversity of the role of being a teacher - no two days are the same – developing students’ understanding of the importance of having a healthy, active lifestyle, and providing students with the opportunity to access a wide range of sports and pursuits that they may not have experienced before.

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong... I have A-levels in Geography, History and Sports Science, a degree in Leisure and Recreation and a PGCE in Physical Education.

‘Other hats’ (what do you enjoy or think you are particularly good at besides your role?) I am interested in personal fitness and am a member of a gym. I also play football at a competitive level in the Yorkshire League as captain of the team.

Sally Harington  - Curriculum Leader

Department: Performing Arts

How long have you been at Tong? Since 2003.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong? The diversity of students that we teach.

What do you enjoy most about the main subject you teach? I love the creative aspect of our subject, it always amazes me how creative our students can be. I also love that our subject gives the students so much confidence which can be used within all other subjects.

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong... I completed my BA Honours in Dance at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. After this I performed professionally and became a freelance dance teacher which led me to Tong. My first project was to create an all boys dance group and I am happy to say that I am still in contact with some of those students and two are working as professional dancers and through this have travelled the world.

Aadil Laher - Curriculum Leader

Department: Science.

How long have you been at Tong? Since 2007.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong?  I really enjoy working with the students and the fast paced and vibrant working environment. I enjoy each day being different and bringing new challenges, The high expectations of staff and students to make a real difference. On a personal level, I really value the opportunities provided to me develop myself professionally.

What do you enjoy most about the main subject you teach? Science has the answers to all thing. It is a subject which links to everyday life and one which is continuously developing. It allows us to continue to find answers to questions. I like that it allows us to develop skills across the curriculum and can have links to almost any other subject.

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong... Tong was my first job since completing my PGCE and I am still here. Prior to starting teaching, I studied at the University of Sunderland where I completed my degree in Chemical and Pharmaceutical sciences, as well as my PGCE. I have always lived locally apart from when I studied at university.

 ‘Other hats’ (what do you enjoy or think you are particularly good at besides your role?) I love watching and playing football especially following the exploits of Liverpool FC. I also like to go rock climbing and spending time with my family.

 

Jeanette Pickersgill - Curriculum Leader

Department: Accelerated Learning.

How long have you been at Tong? Since 2005.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong? Working with young people and supporting them achieve their goals. The fact that every day is completely different and embracing change.

What do you enjoy most about the main subject you teach? Whilst teaching the Year 7 & 8 Nurture groups, I feel I have the opportunity to make a significant difference in the students' education, supporting them to make good progress.

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong... I studies at Leeds Metropolitan University, completing a BA (Hons) in Design Technology- Leading to QTS. Unlike many teachers, I decided to take a degree route which allowed me to study the subject I enjoyed, whilst training to be a teacher over the four year course.

‘Other hats’ (what do you enjoy or think you are particularly good at besides your role?) Away from the classroom, I am actively involved with and enjoy raising my 2 year old daughter. I love spending time with my family and enjoying holidays in the Lake District.

Richard Morgan - PSHCE Co-ordinator

Department: PSHCE and Curriculum Leader of Citizenship.  

How long have you been at Tong? Since 2000.

What do you enjoy most about working at Tong? Every day is different. I work with fantastic staff and students.

What do you enjoy most about the main subject you teach? The Humanities curriculum allows us to make all lessons fun while developing the skills students need in almost all walks of life.

Tell us a bit about your professional background and studies before Tong... I began teaching in Bradford Middle Schools in 1983. I taught at 3 different schools including Undercliffe Middle School where I was a Senior Teacher. When Bradford adopted a two-tier system in 2000, I moved to Tong High School as a Head of Year.

‘Other hats’ (what do you enjoy or think you are particularly good at besides your role?) I enjoy lots of activities including sport and gardening.

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