Meet your teachers
Assistant Head of School and Teacher of Languages
Mrs Lambert studied Spanish, French and Marketing at Salford University. Before she came into teaching, she worked across the world using her languages as part of an aviation company. She has taught for 10 years at Cheadle Hulme High School prior to joining Laurus Ryecroft.
She is really looking forward to helping students to find their voice in a new language and becoming confident communicators. She is also excited about helping students to find out about the exciting culture and history of the Spanish speaking world.
Assistant Head of School and Teacher of History
Mr Carling studied History at Sunderland University and has a Master’s degree in Education from Manchester Metropolitan University. He is delighted to be joining Laurus Ryecroft as Assistant Headteacher from a South Manchester school, where he has 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 is excited to meet the new students and to explore 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 allows us to understand our present. Students at Laurus Ryecroft will be 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.
Head of Humanities
Mr Booth graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2011 with a degree in Geography. He will be commencing his sixth year in teaching upon starting at Laurus Ryecroft, having previously taught at two outstanding schools in Greater Manchester and Worcestershire. He is really excited about teaching humanities to the students in order to enhance their understanding of the world in which they live. This will give the students the cultural literacy that they require to go on and live a successful life beyond the classroom.
Head of Science
Miss Clifton studied Biology at Durham University before completing her PGCE, and more recently, her Masters in Education here in Manchester. Miss Clifton has been teaching Science at schools in the North West for the past ten years and is excited to be joining Laurus Ryecroft this year.
Miss Clifton fully believes that Science is for everyone; it is such a broad subject which has so many fascinating areas to explore. She is very much looking forward to enabling students at Laurus Ryecroft to discover their own passion for Science.
Trust Director of Physical Education and Sport
Mr Haslam studied Sport Science and Business at Liverpool John Moores University, gaining a first class honours degree before completing his PGCE at the same institute. Mr Haslam spent 3 years at a school in Macclesfield before obtaining the role as Head of Boys PE at Cheadle Hulme High School. In June last year, Mr Haslam was appointed as Director of PE and Sport across the Laurus Trust. In September last year, he successfully completed his Masters degree in education.
Mr Haslam is excited about enthusing the new Ryecroft students with his love of sport. He wants to develop pupils physically and mentally in order for them to reach their full potential.
Head of English
Miss Iwantschak studied English and History at the University of York before completing her PGCE and Masters at the University of Manchester. She initially taught in Tameside and then taught in an international school in Madrid. She has taught at Cheadle Hulme High School for three years and is very much looking forward to starting at Laurus Ryecroft in September.
There is nothing Miss Iwantschak loves more than a good book and is fascinated by stories, texts and poems throughout the history of the English language; she cannot wait to share them with the new students at Laurus Ryecroft. She hopes to encourage the creativity of every student and to help them find their creative voices through their writing.
Teacher of English
After graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in English Literature, Mr Lassandro spent two years as a HLTA in a Tameside school before training with the Altius Alliance at Cheadle Hulme High School to gain his PGCE. Since then, he has worked as a Teacher of English at CHHS and is now very excited at the amazing opportunity of returning back to Tameside in helping to establish an exciting new school.
An avid reader, Mr Lassandro can’t wait to share his love, passion and intricate specialist subject knowledge with students to help kindle a love of Literature and spark creativity in the English classroom in studying the richness of the English language.
Mr Lassandro is also passionate about all things drama and theatre and he is a keen member of the local amateur dramatic scene. He can’t wait to establish extra-curricular drama activities at Laurus Ryecroft and encourage students to develop an appreciation, talent and love for all things theatrical!
Teacher of Languages
Mr Merrett studied Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Cambridge and subsequently gained a Master’s degree at the London School of Economics. He worked for over 10 years in campaigning and communications roles in the UK and European Parliaments and in the Trade Union movement, before joining the Laurus Trust as an Associate Teacher in September 2017. He is looking forward to helping students at Laurus Ryecroft become confident, articulate speakers with broad perspectives – both in Spanish and more widely across the curriculum.
Teacher of Mathematics
Mr Roberts-Harry studied Classics at Oxford University before working for an intellectual property law firm in London. His passion for academia has led him to teaching, and he is excited to be part of the growth of Laurus Ryecroft.
Mr Roberts-Harry believes that mathematical reasoning is a learnt skill and not an innate talent. He is eager to help all students in their development to become critical and analytical thinkers.
As a keen sportsman, Mr Roberts-Harry recognises the importance of extra-curricular pursuits, and would encourage students to get involved in clubs and societies on joining the school.
Head of Mathematics
Miss Taylor studied Mathematics and Education at Loughborough University. She has taught for 21 years at two different schools across Stockport prior to joining Laurus Ryecroft.
She is excited about helping students unlock their mathematical potential and helping students find out what works for them to learn best. She believes that maths is like a gigantic puzzle, a puzzle that we can all attempt and aim to solve.
Trust Director of SEND
Miss Warrington has a deep rooted commitment to ensuring that students with SEND have an equal opportunity to become the best that they can be, both academically, socially and emotionally. Within each school within our Trust, she will engender an ethos of inclusion, supporting staff to recognise the individual needs of our students, and to differentiate their approach in order to remove potential barriers to learning.
Miss Warrington has 12 years of experience working with students with SEND in a broad range of roles, before joining the Laurus Trust in September 2017 as Trust Director of SEND. She has established an excellent reputation for supporting students with complex needs within a mainstream environment, and has been commissioned to work alongside local authorities to support schools in the wider local area, at a strategic level.
Miss Warrington is highly experienced in delivering training and support to school staff, to ensure that their knowledge and expertise in relation to SEND is appropriate to the needs of our students. She is a qualified Mathematics teacher with a vast amount of experience in developing numeracy and literacy intervention programmes at a school wide level, which have had a demonstrable impact on pupil progress and attainment.