Meet The Staff

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Senior Leadership

Derek Hobbs

Derek joined The Nottingham Emmanuel School as Principal in September 2015. He is passionate about the role of Church Schools in delivering high-quality, distinctive, inclusive education for all children. Derek’s work is focused on leading the staff team at Emmanuel, working closely with the governing body to sharpen the School’s performance and, of course, spending as much time as possible in corridors and classrooms.

Jo Green

Deputy Principal
Jo leads the team of Achievement and Pastoral Managers across the school, ensuring that standards of behaviour both in and out of school  are high. Along with the members of staff who oversee the personal development and welfare of the year groups, she ensures that timely interventions are put into place for individuals as necessary and that all young people are supported to achieve their potential. Jo also works closely with other senior staff in the area of Teaching and Learning and line manages a range of curriculum areas.  She is the Senior Designated Leader for Safeguarding and leads a team of staff who are trained DSLs, ensuring that appropriate action is taken when referrals to other agencies is necessary.

Laura Woffindin-Taylor

Laura leads on Teaching, Learning & Assessment across the school, leading a team of excellent middle leaders to ensure that our students access quality lessons and make good progress across all their subjects. Laura also leads the Mathematics & Computer Science Learning Community as well as being responsible for numeracy and literacy across school.

Sarah Anderson

Assistant Principal
Sarah joined Emmanuel as an NQT in MFL in 2004 and is a determined advocate for language learning.  Sarah has lead the MFL department and the Humanities and MFL Learning Community and in all her work, ensures on a daily basis that all students are working to their God-given potential in order to make a  positive impact in the future on the world around them.  This year, Sarah is leading on Christian ethos and distinctiveness, leading both the Chaplaincy and HOH Teams. She is passionate about linking the strong and distinctive Christian ethos of the school to strong educational outcomes for all.

Jonathan Saunders

Assistant Principal
Jonathan relocated from an ‘Outstanding’ school in London in September 2017 to lead on ‘Student Outcomes’ at Emmanuel. Having originally trained as a History teacher through the ‘Teach First’ programme, Jonathan’s responsibilities now include overseeing curriculum and assessment design, with a focus on developing the school’s systems of tracking and reporting pupil progress. Jonathan works with teachers and leaders across the school to ensure excellent progress for every student in every year group across all subjects.

Liz Barratt

Whole School Lead; Staff Learning & Leadership
In 2003 Liz relocated from Durham City to join Emmanuel as a teacher of Geography and ICT. Liz has shown her passion for both Teaching and Learning and staff development as Head of Geography, DLC for Humanities and Social Sciences, as the school-wide Teaching and Learning Coach and most recently as Assistant Principal. Liz regularly supports primary and secondary schools across Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in developing their CPD, T&L and Leadership provision. Fully committed to student success at Emmanuel, she is now very excited about working alongside new and experienced teachers and leaders to grow their capacity and develop their skills to ensure the very best provision for our students.

Ben Dobbs

Whole School Lead; Data
Ben joined the school in 2009 having begun his teaching career in London. His areas of responsibility include curriculum design and the strategic use of data to ensure that every student makes excellent progress at Emmanuel. As well as teaching Maths, Ben leads the Duke of Edinburgh programme, working with students to achieve the award at both bronze and silver levels.

Lucy Tickle

Head of Sixth Form
Lucy joined Emmanuel in 2016 having previously enjoyed 17 years working in a local Church of England Academy where she led and managed both pastoral and curriculum teams. Lucy passionately believes that the work of the Sixth Form should be underpinned by the ethos of the school and that students should be provided with opportunities for exploration, discussion, challenge and debate. Lucy is committed to ensuring that the education in Sixth Form is about inspiring a thirst for life-long learning, equipping each child with the confidence, knowledge and skills that will enable them to reach their academic potential, while providing the opportunities essential for students to develop socially, morally and spiritually.

Curriculum Leaders

Laura Woffindin-Taylor

Mathematics & Computer Science

Elaine Wainwright

Humanities & Modern Foreign Languages

Kate Simpson

Humanities & Modern Foreign Languages

Robin Vasey


Gareth Clarke

RS, PE & Social Sciences

Kev Aistrup

English & Media

Kat Carrick

English & Media

Meg Norridge

Arts & Design Technology

Suzannah Diamantis


Year Leaders

Shana Featonby

Year 7 Achievement and Pastoral Manager

Oliver Marsh

Year 8 Achievement and Pastoral Manager

Greg Jackson

Year 9 Achievement and Pastoral Manager

Julie Morley

Year 10 Achievement and Pastoral Manager

Matt Irons

Year 11 Achievement and Pastoral Manager

Joe Irons

Sixth Form Achievement and Pastoral Manager

Meet The Staff