Senior Leadership


Mr Dean Grierson


Dean brings over 22 years of experience in education, leadership and management to Hulme Hall, including ten years at Senior Leadership level. He began his career as a Teacher of Economics and Business Studies in 1996 and has since embraced the Pastoral side of teaching, serving as Head of Year in both KS4 and KS5 at his previous school, before becoming Deputy Headmaster.

His expectations are clear – his pupils must do their best at all times, be honest and respectful to each other and aim high in all their endeavours.

When he isn’t working, Dean enjoys watching most sports and in particular his beloved football team – Manchester City. He likes to unwind by taking his two dogs for a walk with his wife, Sarah.


Mrs Jacqueline Smith

Assistant Headteacher (Pupil Progress) and DSL

Jackie began her teaching career at a large Catholic comprehensive school in Merseyside and joined Hulme Hall Grammar School in 2003. She has since taken on many leadership roles within the school and is currently the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the Senior School.

Jackie is Assistant Headteacher (Pupil Progress) as well as being responsible for C.E.I.A.G. (Careers Education Information Advice & Guidance), Rewards and Sanctions, Attendance and Line Manager of the Pastoral Team.

Jackie’s teaching philosophy is simple: show respect to gain respect; make a difference; strive to be the best you can be; start each day anew.

In addition to a love of teaching, Jackie also values her home life with her husband and two daughters. They like to escape to the family home in Donegal, Ireland – to peaceful sea views, fresh air and no school bells!


Mr Philip Bradford

Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum)

As part of the Leadership Team at Hulme Hall Grammar, Philip holds a number of roles within the school. These include Initial Teacher Training Professional Mentor, Whole School Curriculum Management and Timetabling, Data, Reporting and Tracking, Line Manager to Department Heads, and Head of Physical Education.

Philip leads a hard-working staff team and bases his success on good communication, organisation, leadership and a shared goal to improve the teaching and learning of all the pupils who pass through our care.

Father of two and teaching since 2001, Philip has experienced a number of very different schools, helping to shape his career and giving him the valuable skills for his current position at Hulme Hall Grammar School.


Mrs Harjinder Khinda

Head of Pre-School

Harjinder joined Hulme Hall Grammar School in September 2005 and brought 10 years of experience to the role. Her first experience of independent education was when she lived in Madrid and taught at Numont School. She has previously taught in the maintained sector and held various senior posts of responsibility.

Harjinder has led the Pre-school through two outstanding inspections and believes that this is due to her high expectations not only of the children and staff, but also of parents, who play a valuable role in the school’s success.

Harjinder enjoys spending time with her family. She is married to Ranbir and has two young daughters, Ria and Elia.

Mark Lynch

Mr Mark Lynch

Business Manager

Mark joined Hulme Hall Grammar School in August 2019. He is a qualified CIMA Accountant with a successful track record in several senior financial management positions across different sectors including manufacturing, police and education. He joins us from St Bede’s College in Manchester where he was the Bursar since 2015.

All of his roles have given him experience in strategic leadership, finance and project management together with a proven ability to improve operations and impact business performance.

When not working, Mark enjoys watching sport and travelling with his family. He is a big fan of rugby and in particular following Ireland and Munster.

Full Staff List


Mr Dean Grierson

Senior School

Ms Sofia Ahsan – Head of Drama and Teacher of Religious Education/Teacher of English
Mrs Carol Basu – Teacher of Science, Physics
Mrs Anne Bevan – Head of Music
Mr Philip Bradford – Assistant Headteacher (Curriculum) & Head of Physical Education
Mrs Kathryn Browne – Head of MFL
Mrs Mairead Burge – Teacher of History
Mrs Natasha Caldwell – Lab Technician
Mrs Karen Conway – Pastoral Manager, Key Stage 3 Manager, DDSL
Mr Michael Corker – Teacher of Computing
Ms Christine Greenhalgh – Head of Key Stage 4 English
Ms Elaine Healey – Head of Key Stage 3 English
Mrs Sally Hughes – Teacher of Spanish
Mrs Judith Norman – Head of Food Preparation and Nutrition, SMSC & PSHE Coordinator
Mr Richard Lamerton – Head of Geography, Key Stage 4 Manager, Teacher of Religious Education, and Examinations Officer
Miss Autumn Lucas – Sports Co-ordinator
Mr James McNaught – Head of Mathematics
Mrs Ella Oakes – Head of Art
Mrs Vivienne Pendleton – Teacher of Science, Chemistry
Mr John Ryan – Head of Science & Teacher of Science/ Biology/ Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Coordinator
Mr Michael Savage – Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs Jacqueline Smith – Assistant Headteacher (Pupil Progress), DSL, and Teacher of Physical Education
Mrs Lisa Spragg – SENCo &Teacher of Psychology


Mrs Rachel Gately – Enrichment Manager
Mr Neil Anderson – Teaching Assistant
Mrs Vicki Breen – Enrichment Maths Co-ordinator
Mr Ramzi Darwazeh – Teaching Assistant
Miss Jacqueline Gerrard – Teaching Assistant
Miss Hannah Johnson – Teaching Assistant
Ms Michelle Jones – Teaching Assistant
Mrs Safa Nasher – Teaching Assistant
Mr Max Parker – Teaching Assistant
Mrs Jan Peat – Teaching Assistant
Mrs Katie Watkinson – Enrichment English Co-ordinator
Mrs Helen Walton – Teaching Assistant

Junior Learning Centre

Miss Catherine Keddy – JLC Manager
Mrs Victoria Catanach – Teaching Assistant


Mrs Harjinder Khinda – Head of Pre-School & DSL
Mrs Laura Dawson – Early Years Room Leader
Miss Hannah Lane – Kindergarten Room Leader
Miss Beth Leonard – Early Years Room Leader
Miss Sylvia Chalaris – Nursery Assistant
Mrs Helen Frost – Nursery Assistant

Finance Office

Mr Mark Lynch – Business Manager
Mrs Katie Brooks – Finance Assistant


Ms Viv Mansfield – Kitchen Supervisor
Mrs Jenny Ackroyd
Ms Debbie Ward

Support Staff

Mrs Deborah Cooke – Office Manager
Mrs Chloe Connolly – Office Administrator
Mr Michael Lea – IT Manager
Mrs Kate Nieroba – Head of Marketing
Mrs Atusa Taylor – Administration Assistant


Peripatetic Music

Mr Che Beresford – Drums
Mr Gair Carson – Guitar and Woodwind
Mrs Abigail Perry – Piano and Singing

Site Staff

Mr Jamie Wilks – Site Manager
Ms Susan Brocklehurst – Cleaner
Mrs Sylvia Scruton – Cleaner


Mr Tim Lowe

BA, Cert. Ed., FCollP

Chair of Governors

Previous roles include: Headmaster of two independent schools, Director of Marketing for Wells Cathedral School. Council member of the IAPS and Chairman of the Association for the Midlands.

Current roles: Chairman of the Walklate Educational Foundation, founder of the Little Princess Trust, member of the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

Mr Ian Anfield


Current roles: Managing Director of Hudson Contract Services Ltd and a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Parent of a child in the Senior School.

Mrs Yvonne Bradbury

BA Hons, MSC

Yvonne has a wealth of experience in marketing and promotional work in business, health and education.
Previous Roles: Director of Marketing at Windermere St Anne’s School in the Lake District and a governor of Manchester Polytechnic and MMU.

Mr Laurence Carr


Graduate of the University of Manchester
Previous roles: Mathematics teacher at Stockport Grammar School. Head of Mathematics, Director of Studies, Second Master and finally Senior Deputy at Cheadle Hulme School. HMC Inspector.
Current roles: Education Consultant.

Mr James Dunlop


Previous roles: Factory Director of United Biscuits, Manchester Commissioner of the Equal Opportunities Commission, a Non Executive Director in the Health Service, and a Director of Stockport PCT, Deputy Chair of Stockport and High Peak TEC and a Manager with the Princes Trust in Yorkshire, Council Member of Manchester University and involvement in the merger of the University with UMIST.

Awarded the MBE in 2015 for his work within the Voluntary sector.

Mrs Mary Harris


Graduate of Cambridge University
Previous roles: Former Deputy Head of Stockport Grammar School. Experienced School Inspector and Magistrate.

Mrs Emma Palmer

BSc, MPhil.

Graduate of the University of Manchester
Current role: Managing Director of Teasedale-Karomed Ltd. Chair of Hulme Hall PTA.

Mr John Shackleton


Chairman of the Education Committee

Previous roles include: Headmaster of Royal Grammar School in Newcastle upon Tyne, Fettes College in Edinburgh, King Henry VIII School in Coventry, and finally Hallfield School in Edgbaston.
Current roles: Chairman of Governors of his local village school and a Governor of Solihull School. Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Education Committee. Serving ISI inspector, a mentor for new prep. school heads (IAPS) and an appraiser of preparatory school headteachers.

Mr Edward Nicholls

BA (Hons)

Previous roles include: Air Traffic Control Officer for HMS Queen Elizabeth and Air Traffic Control Trainer for RAF Shawbury
Current roles: Project Manager for BNY Mellon

Governor’s Advisory Panel

Dame Kathy August: DBE for Services to Education

Dr Jane Delfino: Queen’s Award for Enterprise, Promotion Education Consultant, Champion of entrepreneurship education for the greater good.

Ms Sandra Lewis-Beckett: Leader of Educational Leadership and Management Masters programme at Liverpool Hope.

Mr William Wragg: MP and Member of the Parliamentary Education Select Committee.