Chris Newiss – Headteacher

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.



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.