Chris Newiss – Head of School

Chris has worked with young people with special educational needs for nearly 14 years. His experience, prior to joining Acorn Care and Education, included teaching English in both a school in Japan and an orphanage in rural Hungary. Chris is a qualified teacher and also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Management.

Since January 2002, Chris has worked at Belmont School, Rawtenstall.  He has had a number of roles in that time, including classroom teacher, Head of English and Assistant Headteacher. He has held his current position, that of Deputy Headteacher, since September 2012. Chris was part of the staff team which helped Belmont achieve its current Ofsted rating of Outstanding in all areas.


Sarah Makin – Deputy Headteacher

Sarah has worked with young people with special needs for over a decade.  After finishing a degree in English Literature she began working as a support worker for pupils with PMLD before training as a mainstream primary teacher.  Sarah then moved over to the secondary sector, delivering the Key Stage 3 curriculum in English, maths, history, geography and R.S. to pupils who were not ready emotionally or academically for secondary school.  She then worked as Head of Special Needs (SENCO) before taking a position as assistant head at a PMLD school in Manchester.

Sarah started working at Reddish Hall in September 2015.  She is the designated safeguarding lead and SENCO and also the designated person for looked after children.

Sarah has a speciality in teaching children who have ASC.

Jodie Hayes – School Administrator

Jodie is the person you will most likely speak to when you phone. She organises new admissions and the day to day finances.


Dean Beard – Secondary PE Instructor &  KS3/4 Pupil Support Worker

Mr Beard is very friendly and always happy with a good sense of humour.  He is always ready to help and is very approachable.  He is well motivated and keen to help students as best he can.

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Stuart Braidwood – Secondary Science & Geography Teacher

Mr Braidwood is a kind and caring person who looks after others.  He’s very insightful with students and knowledgeable. He is loyal with a warm personality.

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Joe Clark – Secondary Art Teacher

Mr Clark is very reliable, cheerful and friendly. He is very skilled at cheering kids up when they are down. He sums things up concisely. He’s creative and funny and always there when you need him to be.

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Danielle Clayton – Primary 1 Teacher

Miss Clayton is a very good listener. She is a good teacher and leader of the class. She is very approachable, and helpful.  She is funny, kind, caring and a born teacher. She is calm and considerate.

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Elsa Crimmins – Instructor & Pupil Support Worker

Elsa is kind, caring, understanding and nurturing of staff and students.  She is also approachable and easy to talk to.

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Cath Ward – Secondary Pupil Support Worker

Cath is reliable and enjoys helping people.

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Hannah Duffy

Miss Duffy teaches maths to secondary.

Laura Hough

Ms Hough is the pupil support worker for Primary 2.

Danielle Hulme

Miss Hulme teaches Primary 2.


Andy Lomax – Behavioural/Pastoral Lead

Mr Lomax is approachable and easy to speak to. He is calm, supportive and friendly. Mr Lomax is always professional and willing to take on extra responsibilities. He’s an excellent communicator and very organised.

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Bee Mistry – Primary 1 Pupil Support Worker

Miss Mistry is caring, supportive and a good listener.

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Brian Norbury – Secondary Computing & Design Teacher

Mr Norbury has a great sense of humour.  He is helpful and is always looking for ways to support others.  He is calm and dedicated.

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Ella Sherr – Secondary English Teacher

Ella has a good sense of humour and is very creative.  She has the ability to motivate and inspire.

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Tony Ward –  Site Manager

Mr Ward is a chatty and friendly individual, who is always willing to help people.  He is a born organiser.


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