Meet your teachers

Mr Carling

Deputy Head and Teacher of History

Mr Carling studied History at Sunderland University and has a Master’s degree in Education from Manchester Metropolitan University. He joined Laurus Ryecroft as Assistant Headteacher from a South Manchester school, where he had built up many years’ experience in a variety of roles of responsibility including Head of House, Head of Year, Assistant Head of Behaviour and Assistant Head of Pupil Progress.

He relishes meeting new students and exploring History together. He believes that studying History is incredibly important as it allows us to understand our past and how cultural, social and societal values developed, which in turn helps us to understand our present. Students at Laurus Ryecroft are encouraged to want to know how and why our world is the way it is today and to do this we have to look to history for answers.

Mr Davidson

Assistant Head of School

​Mr Davidson graduated from Manchester University in 2006 with a BA (Hons) in Business and Economics, before completing a PGCE at the same institution. He has worked in a range of school contexts and experienced a variety of roles throughout his career which have focused on achievement, behaviour and pastoral care and effective teaching and learning. He is committed to creating the best possible opportunities for his students to succeed and firmly believes in the importance of a rigorous and consistent approach to school discipline. Mr Davidson is passionate about enabling students to develop a love of learning that will support them as they take their next steps in life.

Miss Clifton

Assistant Head of School and Head of Science

Miss Clifton studied Biology at Durham University before completing her PGCE, and more recently, her Master’s in Education here in Manchester. Miss Clifton has been teaching Science at schools in the North West for the past 10 years prior to joining Laurus Ryecroft.

Miss Clifton fully believes that Science is for everyone as it is such a broad subject which has so many fascinating areas to explore. She enjoys enabling students at Laurus Ryecroft to discover their own passion for Science.

Mrs Shelley

Head of Year 7

Mrs Shelley’s passion has always been helping children achieve.  She studied Primary Education at Manchester Metropolitan University and went on to teach reception and year one children at a Primary School in Oldham for three years.  While exploring how students are significantly impacted when there are barriers to learning, she developed an interest in child protection, and pursued a career with the NSPCC developing a greater understanding of child protection and safeguarding. Mrs Shelley has joined the Head of Year team at Laurus Ryecroft with the drive to meet the pastoral needs of every student, using her teaching and safeguarding skills.

Miss Alexander


Miss Alexander is extremely passionate about ensuring every student, regardless of ability, has the chance to succeed. She believes it is important that students with SEND receive equal opportunities to allow them to develop academically, socially and emotionally by providing an inclusive environment that develops confidence and resilience.

Her role as the SEND Lead is to support staff to recognise and cater for the individual needs of the students, enabling them to fully access the curriculum through differentiation and support in and out of the classroom.

Miss Alexander is a qualified dance teacher and has many years of experience working with young people of all ages.