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Strategic Leadership Team (SLT)

The Strategic Leadership Team of Poynton High School is made up of the following members of staff:

  1. Matthew Dean, Head Teacher 
  2. Catherine Holyland, Deputy Head Teacher (Standards & Student Progress)
  3. Debra Howells, Assistant Head Teacher (Director of Curriculum and Progress)
  4. Andy Bennett, Assistant Head Teacher (Director of Sixth Form)
  5. Wendy Ryder, Assistant Head Teacher (Director of Standards and Subject Progress)
  6. Simon Hoyle, Assistant Head Teacher (Director of Teaching, Learning and Research)
  7. Emma Greenfield, Acting Assistant Head Teacher (Director of Standards and Student Progress)
  8. Stephen Kettle, Associate Assistant Headteacher (SENDCO)

For a summary overview of each person’s key focus and role please see attachment below.

Please do not hesitate to contact the relevant member of the team if you wish to discuss any aspect of our school work either by e-mailing on or using the direct e-mail address as given in the table below:

Mr Matthew Dean



Miss Catherine Holyland

Deputy Headteacher: Standards & Student Progress


Mrs Debra Howells

Director of Curriculum and Progress


Miss Wendy Ryder

Director of Standards and Progress


Mr Andy Bennett

Director of Sixth Form


Mr Simon Hoyle

Director of Teaching and Learning


Mr Stephen Kettle

Associate Assistant Headteacher (SENDCO)


Mrs Emma Greenfield

Acting Assistant Head Teacher (Director of Standards and Student Progress)


Poynton High School & Performing Arts College

Yew Tree Lane, Poynton, Cheshire SK12 1PU

01625 871 811