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We have a highly trained and experienced team who work effectively to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum which meets the needs of all our learners.

Staff provide support in all aspects of school life and are dedicated to improving our learners life chances and developing “character and currency” for all.

Senior Leadership Team

Lindsay Regan - Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Lindsay Regan -  Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Lindsay graduated from Salford University with a degree in Visual Arts before qualifying as a Teacher of Art from MMU in 2006. Lindsay enjoyed 10 years of teaching Art as an Assistant Headteacher in a Secondary Mainstream School in Rochdale before relocating and joining the team at Kassia in 2016. Lindsay is passionate about working with the most vulnerable children and strives to improve their life chances through therapeutic care and inclusive education.

Karl Hanna - Deputy Headteacher

Karl Hanna - Deputy Headteacher

Karl graduated from Hope University in Liverpool in 2004 and has worked in Liverpool, Knowsley and Salford LA’s. He has worked across mainstream and specialist provisions with children’s best outcomes at the forefront of his drive. He has worked within different management structures affording him a broad and balanced approach to championing education. He is focused on giving children the inspiration and belief to be the best individual they can grow to be.

Joanne Taylor - Head of SEND and Inclusion

Joanne Taylor - Head of SEND and Inclusion

Jo completed a Maths degree and trained as a teacher before working in a mainstream setting for 7 years.  

She has been at Kassia for 15 years and in that time has trained further as the SENDCo with the SENDCo qualification and a post graduate degree in Specific learning difficulties.  Jo is a qualified Access Arrangements Assessor and is currently completing the Inclusive Leaders Course to ensure that every learner gets the support they need to thrive.

Gwyn Owen - Assistant Headteacher

Gwyn Owen - Assistant Headteacher

Gwyn graduated from Liverpool's John Moores University in 2009 with a degree in Sports Development and Physical Education. He has worked at The Kassia Academy for 10 years and is responsible for all sporting and outdoor education activities across the school including, Duke of Edinburgh, Forest Schools and the Salford Sailing Club/Oarsome Project.

Gwyn has a passion for improving the life chances of young people and believes that every child should have the opportunity, regardless of background or circumstance to achieve success. 

Kirsty Cooper - Inclusion Manager, Senior Mental Health Lead & DDSL

Kirsty Cooper - Inclusion Manager, Senior Mental Health Lead & DDSL

Kirsty has worked within education for over 17 years. She joined The Kassia Family in 2011 and has had many different roles within the school. She has achieved many qualifications in therapeutic work, pastoral care and safeguarding and is a qualified mental health first aider. Her passion has always been pastoral care and supporting young people by working closely with education and external agencies to ensure learners get the support they need. 

Teaching & Support Staff

Teaching and Support Staff

Name Role
Jo Taylor Head of SEND and Inclusion
Karl Hanna Deputy Headteacher 
Gwyn Owen Assistant Headteacher 
Heather Burke Teacher/Staff Governor
Corran Meldrum Teacher
Lyndsey Cannell Teacher
Robert Sinclair  Teacher 
Anna Lee Teacher 
Jessica Holmes Teacher/Literacy Lead
Kirsty Cooper Inclusion Manager, Senior Mental Health Lead and DDSL
Emma Wilcox Learning Mentor and DDSL
Tracy Willcock Learning Mentor and DDSL
Danielle Proctor Careers Lead/HLTA 
David Montoya  School Counsellor
Jordan Murphy Teaching Assistant 
Danielle Lewis Teaching Assistant 
Joe Green Teaching Assistant 
Mike Packer Teaching Assistant 
Daniel Hutchinson Teaching Assistant
Stephen Gaskell  Teaching Assistant 
Naomi Angel Teaching Assistant 
Mia Vizard Teaching Assistant 
Vacancy Teaching Assistant

Administration and Site Team

Name Role
Colette Heavey School Business Manager 
Beverly Lowe  Pupil Services, Assessment and Exams Officer 
Lyne Graham Receptionist and Administration Officer
Martin Bonner  Site Manager
Kathy Woodrow Catering Supervisor