Our Staff and Local Academy Board.

We're proud of all the people that work hard to make Burnley such a unique and innovative school.


Phill Walmsley, Head Teacher

Phill is the Head Teacher of Burnley High School and brings to the role a wealth of experience in the secondary sector. Formerly the Deputy Head Teacher at BHS (specialising in progress, outcomes, curriculum and logistics), Phill has also worked as the Head of Mathematics at Mount St Josephs in Bolton for 5 years. Phill has a special interest in curriculum and assessment development and its importance in delivering the best all round experience and outcomes for the pupils and community.

Emma Starkey, Deputy Headteacher

Emma is the Deputy Headteacher (Teaching and Learning) at Burnley High School

Emma’s previous roles entailed the leadership of ITT, developing and delivery an extensive CPD programme and overseeing the Quality Assurance of STEM. Emma is embedding originative teaching and learning strategies that match the innovational curriculum to ensure engagement and progress of all learners at Burnley High School.


Contacting the school, key roles:

Member of staff: Mr Walmsley
Role: Head teacher
Enquiries regarding: All enquiries / concerns

Member of staff: Mrs Stakey
Role: Deputy headteacher
Enquiries regarding: Teaching and learning, curriculum

Member of staff: Mrs C Walmsley
Role: Assistant Headteacher
Enquiries regarding: Safeguarding and well-being

Member of staff: Mrs C Cragg
Role: Assistant Headteacher
Enquiries regarding: Progress and Outcomes, reports, setting.

Member of staff: Mr Nicolson
Role: Head of Pastoral
Enquiries regarding: Safeguarding. Pastoral / well-being concerns

Member of staff: Miss Campbell
Role: Head of Year 7
Enquiries regarding: Year group enquiries of a pastoral or progress nature

Member of staff: Mrs Brody
Role: Headteacher’s PA
Enquiries regarding: Admission enquiries


Miss A Israr Science Teacher/Head of Science
Mrs A Jawaid Science Teacher/Head of Science
Mr R Counsell Science Teacher
Miss S Livesey Science Teacher


Mrs D Ormesher Area Lead Creative Arts/English Teacher
Mr D Plowes Head of English
Miss V Yates PP Co-ordinator/English Teacher
Miss J Holt English Teacher
Miss H Romasanta English Teacher


Miss A Boardwell SENCO/MFL Teacher
Miss H Cross-Costello Head of Year 8/MFL Teacher


Miss A Abid Maths Teacher/G&A Co-ordinator
Mr A Hassan Maths Teacher
Mr J Williams NQT Co-ordinator/Maths Teacher
Mr P Patel Head of Maths
Mr P McDermott Lead Practitioner Maths


Mr S Bradley-Green History Teacher/Head of Year
Mrs R Metcalfe Humanities Lead/RE Teacher
Mrs B Byrom Lead Practitioner/Geography Teacher
Mr J Armitage Geography Teacher


Mr O Baybut-Peyton Technology Teacher
Miss A Taylor Human Development Lead/Technology Teacher
Mrs K Tunney Art/Technology Teacher
Mr D Jeal Head of Alternative Curriculum/Art Teacher


Mrs E Shaw Head of Year 7 and Transition/Drama Teacher
Mrs K McEvilly Music Teacher


Mr C Brandwood IAG Co-ordinator IT/Science Teacher
Mr R Holding IT Teacher


Mr M Nicolson Head of Pastoral/PE Teacher
Miss A Brennan PE Teacher

Mr M Nicholson Head of Pastoral/Head of Year 10
Mrs E Shaw Head of Year 7/Transition Co-ordinator
Miss H Cross-Costello Head of Year 8
Mr S Bradley-Green Head of Year 9
Mrs B Byrom Head of Year 11
Miss E Anderson – Apprentice Administration Assistant
Miss C Barras – Attendance Officer
Mrs L Brody – EHT and Headteachers PA/Office Manager
Miss K Dawson – Learning Support Assistant
Mrs C Di Michele – Science Technician
Miss J Fenn – Learning Support Assistant
Miss B Jackson – HLTA
Miss D McNamara – Catering Assistant
Mrs J Nicholas Data – Administrator/Exams Officer
Miss N O’Hagan – Cover Supervisor
Mrs S Pendlebury – Catering Supervisor
Mr A Scott – IT Services
Mr M Scott-Ninnis – Apprentice Administration Assistant
Miss E Smith – Catering Assistant
Mr S Walsh – Site Manager
Mrs S Woodward-Massey – Administration Assistant
Mrs J Wright – Catering Assistant
Miss A Hassan – Finance Administrator
Miss A Asghar – Learning Support Assistant

Jeff Brunton, Chair of Local Academy Board (Complaints Handling)

Please contact Jeff at:

Burnley High School
Byron Street
BB12 6NX
Email: Jeff.Brunton@burnley-cs.org

Jeff is the senior leader of Life Church, Lancashire and has been part of the leadership for 30 years including the last 16 years as Senior Minister.

He has overseen the church move into a £3 million purpose built centre, is passionate about community transformation and greater opportunity for all.

Over the last 15 years he has visited Crimea, Ukraine, Poland, Serbia and Spain many times running leadership training conferences and supporting community projects. Married to Trish, Jeff has one son Matt, and two stepchildren Adam and Amie.

He is a keen golfer, coffee drinker and boyhood Sunderland AFC fan.

Gary Entwistle

Married with 3 children, Joe, Josh & Lyd, Gary is Managing Director of Cherrytree Bakery, a business that he helped to start-up 30 years ago. Their mission is to be a great place of work making great cakes for great customers. Gary enjoys his work and making terrific cakes for the high street coffee chains and supermarkets.

Gary has been a believer for 28 years which forms the central part of his life. He also enjoys football, walking, mountain biking, keeping fit & occasionally diving.

Gary said “On a recent governor’s course I was reminded that I came from what was at one point a disadvantaged background, and so I appreciate the role a teacher can make in making a difference in a person’s life to influence and encourage them to make something of themselves. I believe they do a great job.”

Sharon Roscoe

As Chief Executive of the EPT, Sharon project managed the successful opening of The Heights Blackburn, Eden School and The Heights Burnley. She led the academy conversions for Coal Clough Academy and Pleckgate High School and more recently the re-brokerage and transfer of Atherton High School and Burnley High School into the EPT. Sharon was formerly chief executive of the Education Improvement Partnership (EIP), a formal collaboration between all secondary phase schools in Blackburn with Darwen which raised educational outcomes, developed business links and delivered national education conferences. She was Vice Chair of the governing body for a primary school which was judged as outstanding by Ofsted. Sharon worked as Strategic Manager (Operations) for CXL and Area Manager for Connexions Lancashire Ltd. She graduated as MBA in 2011 from Lancaster University.


Pete Baker

Pete is married to Bryony and they have two wonderful children. Pete lives locally and is part of the leadership team of Life Church in Burnley. He also leads a national Christian organisation that helps serve schools, Churches and community organisations across the UK called the Pais Project. The local Pais team serves the ethos of Burnley High School and also serves other schools in the Burnley area.</ p>

One of Pete’s role on the Local Academy Board is as part of the Ethos sub-committee.</ p>

Local Academy Board Report to Parents and Associated Documents

The Local Academy Board has a wide range of skills and experience, supporting our school community. Our Christian ethos is paramount in carrying out our diverse responsibilities and promoting our school values for the benefit of our children, parents/carers and staff.

We hope that you find this report of interest and would welcome any comments or questions that you may have.

Mr Jeff Brunton Chair of Local Academy Board

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