The Senior Leadership Team

Joanne Tunnicliffe – Headteacher

Jo took over as Headteacher at NK in September 2018, following previous roles as Assistant and then Deputy Headteacher.  Jo is a modern foreign languages specialist with many years teaching experience in several different schools.  Her vision for the Academy is clear and the focus at NK is on developing the whole child in every subject and on supporting their development in an increasingly complex world. 

Alex Sandbrook – Assistant Headteacher

Alex joined NK from a North London Academy in 2014 as Assistant Head for Behaviour and Safety.  A qualified drama teacher, Alex’s current role is to concentrate on ensuring top quality teaching and learning based on engaging and creative practice is in place for every child in every lesson at the academy.  Alex line manages Science, Social Science and Geography.

Fiona McGrath – Assistant Headteacher

Fiona has taught English at NK for over 20 years and has a wealth of experience in most aspects of our Academy life. Her remit as Assistant Headteacher is safeguarding and culture, and she is responsible for leading our brand new Year system and our excellent pastoral care. Fiona line manages PE, MFL, and the SEND Coordinator.

Kate Warburton – Assistant Headteacher

Kate has taught a combination of subjects at NK over the past ten years, chiefly in English and Modern Foreign Languages.  The Academy’s data expert, Kate leads on our Curriculum, timetable, and examinations, and is also responsible for raising the achievement of disadvantaged and high achieving students.  Kate line manages Maths, Art, Performing arts, and Technology.

Romina Goldsworthy – Head of Human Resources & Company Secretary

Romina joined NK in 2011 and leads the management of our most important asset – our staff.  CIPD qualified, she has over 20 years HR experience across several sectors.  Romina also works closely with our Governing Body in her capacity as Company Secretary, and manages Health and Safety, and Marketing and Publicity.

Paul Allison – Head of Finance A qualified Chartered Accountant, Paul joined NK in 2017 bringing significant experience of public and charity sector finance.  In addition to leading all things financial, Paul is also responsible for the Academy’s Site, Catering, IT systems, and all contracts and procurement.

Rachel Yarsley – Associate SLT

Rachel has taught drama at NK for 15 years, much of that as Head of Department where she also enjoyed great success leading our annual Academy productions.  Currently, Rachel heads up the Academy’s sixth form and is also responsible for raising the academic achievement of students in years 11 and 13.  Rachel line manages English and History.

Lee Athersych – Associate SLT

Lee is a highly experienced teacher of Business and has been at NK for six years, working across a range of subjects.  Lee is responsible for improving and maintaining student attendance, trips and visits, stakeholder engagement, and the transition from year 6.   As well as being responsible for leading our brand new house system Lee also line manages Business, Media and ICT.

Leanne Parker – PA to Headteacher

Leanne has worked at NK Academy in administration for almost 6 years and became the headteacher’s Personal Assistant in September 2017. Working at the heart of the Senior Leadership Team, Leanne assists with a vast variety of tasks including time daily management , scheduling of meetings, correspondence, and note-taking. She is also one of the first aiders within the school.