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Senior Leadership Team

 Susan Dench - Executive Headteacher

Susan is the Executive Headteacher of The West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s, and has taught at schools in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.  The highlight of her teaching career was being awarded a Teaching Award in 2009, and was invited to Downing Street by the Prime Minister in recognition of her services to education.  Following this, she was invited by the Ministry of Education, Singapore to present two papers on literacy, and teaching in the digital age, at their National teachers’ conference.

Previously, she worked in pharmaceuticals after completing her degree.

Susan is committed to working with us to secure improvements in teaching standards at the academy, and ensuring all students reach their potential. 

Favourite song: The House of the Rising Sun

Favourite film: The Bourne Identity

Favourite place: The Norwegian Fjords (in the winter)

Favourite biscuit: Rich Tea

Favourite book: Wuthering Heights 

Kirsty Kuffour - Deputy Headteacher

Kirsty is the Deputy Headteacher of The West Grantham Academy St Hugh's, having worked for the Trust since 2010. She has taught in schools in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire and is passionate about improving standards in teaching and learning. Kirsty is proud to have successfully trained teachers through PGCE, School Direct and Teach First, as well as overseeing the provision of continuing professional development across the academy.

Emily Mann - SENCo

Emily has worked for West Grantham Academies Trust since 2014, having previously worked as a nurture group teacher having qualified as a music teacher in 2009 following her graduation from university with a BA (hons) in Music in 2004.  She plays the viola, violin and sings.  She has also worked for Lincolnshire Children's Services, Music for Youth and The National Children's Orchestra. Emily recently achieved the National Award for Special Needs Co-ordination from Nottingham Trent University.  She grew up on a rare breed sheep farm in rural Kent and was herself in receipt of a Statement of SEN whilst at school, hence her passion for SEN and Safeguarding.  Emily is married to a Firefighter, has two young daughters, one cat, one dog and three guinea pigs!

Favourite song: One Day Like this by Elbow

Favourite film: Shawshank Redemption

Favourite place: Bedgebury Pineatum

Favourite biscuit: Mcvities Digestive... HAS to be Mcvities

Favourite book: Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume