Mr Andrew Middleton
I joined Holmes Chapel, as Director of Computer Science, in 2020. My immediate impression was the warmth of the welcome to what is clearly both an academic and caring school. As you walk around the building, you feel that real sense of calm and purpose. As a teacher, it is lovely to support children who say ‘thank you’ as they leave the room.
My own teaching began in 1997, in Nantwich, where I was quickly promoted to Head of Department and served as a staff governor for around 5 years. In this role, I worked as vice chair of finance which opened my eyes to the completing pressures within schools. In 2005, I moved to Chapel en le Frith as an Assistant Headteacher responsible for technology college status. This role gave me the opportunity to work beyond the school gate with a range of employers and primary schools, in the town that had invented the brake and is still the home of Ferodo.
I became a father and now I have three children, who are all in school, while my wife works in a local primary school. In 2008, I moved to Knutsford Academy as a Deputy Headteacher. At Knutsford, I had a range of curriculum and pastoral responsibilities (particularly, the oversight of KS3). At Knutsford, I was also a co-opted governor at Bexton Primary School and I was the vice-chair of governors at the Dingle Primary School. In 2016, I moved to an all-through academy in Northumberland where, as a vice-Principal, I was responsible for pastoral provision. After a short spell in that land of castles and coastlines, I moved back home to Cheshire and was keen to return to the classroom, where I feel my own talents lie.
I believe that teaching is the greatest job in the world. You are given a gift, by parents, of the chance to shape and direct the life of their child. A great teacher has an impact far beyond their classroom and a great school in a huge asset to a community. I think every child has their own unique set of talents and we each have a moral obligation to use these talents to the benefit of others. As a staff governor, I will aim to constantly review and challenge our practices, so that we are constantly pushing to be our best.