Meet the Senior Leadership Team

Dr S. Coulton, Head Teacher

Photo by David Baird ( joined the school in April 2012 as Headteacher and I am very pleased with the progress that the school has made over the past four years, culminating in our Good Ofsted judgement in June 2015. Before coming to Ellis Guilford I was the Head of a school in Birmingham, although I had worked in Nottingham previously as a Deputy Head and a Partnership Manager across five City secondary schools.
I have a strong commitment to improving the life chances of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and believe that schools have a responsibility to provide the experiences afforded to those from more affluent backgrounds. My subject specialism is Physical Education and I strongly believe in the power of teamwork and the values such as humility, industry and integrity that you gain from participating in sporting activities.
This year I am taking on a new role as Executive Head. This means I will be responsible for the strategic direction of the school and establishing effective working relationships with the Local Authority and other secondary schools and academies. I will be leading the plans for the future to ensure that Ellis Guilford continues to be a school that the local community is proud of.

Mrs A. Mellors, Deputy Head Teacher


I have been Deputy Headteacher at Ellis Guilford since September 2010, and before that I was on the Senior Leadership team in a large secondary school in Derby for 6 years. I lead the Achievement Strand of the Senior Leadership team, which has responsibility for the curriculum, assessment, teaching and learning and transition, and ensuring that every student makes the best possible progress during their time at Ellis Guilford. I also work closely with the Faculty Leaders who oversee achievement in their own subject area. I believe that “education is the most powerful weapon that can change the world”, and want to ensure that every Ellis Guilford student leaves us with the best possible qualifications that they can achieve, as well as the skills to put their qualifications to good use and the character to make  a positive contribution to their community and society.

Mr A. Ellerby, Deputy Head Teacher

I oversee the ethos of Ellis Guilford School. This includes student behaviour and attitude to learning, the pastoral systems and structures, safeguarding and attendance. I am also responsible for the line management of the Inclusion faculty; this includes all students who access alternative provision on-site and off-site as well as any student who has special educational needs. My role is to ensure that all students have a real opportunity to engage in as many positive activities, events or skill sessions as possible, which will help them develop their skills, strengthen their knowledge and deepen their views of themselves, their community and the wider world in which they live in. I have worked at Ellis Guilford for three years as a member of the senior leadership team and before that I worked at several secondary schools in Derbyshire.

Mr S. Roper, Assistant Head Teacher

I am now in my 27th year at Ellis Guilford School after arriving in October 1989 as a supply Physical Education teacher following teaching posts in Lincoln, Leicester and coaching and teaching in the USA. Over the years I have witnessed some unbelievable changes both in terms of the physical appearance of the school and the improvement in academic performance.
My current role as Assistant Headteacher has provided me with the opportunity to work in new areas, notably with the line management for the Knight house, enterprise and careers across the school. I now have responsibility for overseeing the areas of enrichment, rewards, students’ spiritual , moral, social and cultural development as well as supporting careers and student leadership programmes. My role also involves working with staff in coordinating both curricular and inclusive extra curricula opportunities for all.
Every year brings with it a set of new challenges and new opportunities and in my twenty eighth year, I look forward to both in helping the students develop into confident strong citizens ready for their own individual journeys that lie ahead.

Miss A. Fuller, Assistant Head Teacher

a-fuller-crop-finalI have worked at Ellis Guilford since 2007 and joined the school as a Newly Qualified Teacher of Geography. My role involves the development of Initial Teacher Training and Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) of current staff with a focus on Teaching and Learning. I also manage the partnerships we have with the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Derby University. As a school we are also part of the LEAD Teaching School Alliance and I am the coordinator for Ellis Guilford. Access to all of the above means that staff at Ellis Guilford get the best possible CPL that in turn has an impact on student outcomes.

Mrs L. Kirkham, Assistant Head Teacher

My role is Acting Assistant Head with responsibility for the Discovery Curriculum and Transition. I am extremely proud to work at Ellis Guilford and have worked here for 15 years in various roles, predominantly around transition and year 7. I teach English currently and have taught humanities and PE during my time at this school. Before I came to Ellis Guilford I taught PE and Geography at a secondary school in Bloxwich in the West Midlands before moving to Derbyshire to bring up my family.


Mrs C. Eaton, Assistant Head Teacher

c-eaton-crop-finalI manage the Senior Pastoral Support Workers, ensuring that vulnerable children are protected from abuse or neglect and that they get access to the care and support they need to empower them to move forward. I also oversee the House Leaders in their management of the day to day life of the students in their care; this could be academic, emotional or behavioural support.
I have now worked here for about 27 years; there will be people reading this that I have taught Science, Maths, PSHE and Health & Social Care or I may have been your Support Worker, Year Manager, Vocational Co-ordinator or even Pupil Premium Manager!

Mr J. Williams, Assistant Head Teacher

j-williams-crop-smallI started work at Ellis Guilford in 2001 as a teaching assistant. The following year I trained as a teacher on the Graduate Teacher Training Programme and began my teaching career teaching ICT and RE. I have worked in many roles at Ellis Guilford School including Tutor, Year Support, Year Manager, Head of ICT and Director of Student Achievement (KS4) before being appointed as Assistant Headteacher in 2014.
My SLT role is to oversee student intervention. This involves the identification of students who are underachieving, addressing the underachievement and reviewing the impact this has on whole school performance measures. I also manage the Pupil Premium funding. This involves working with all departments to ensure students identified as disadvantaged receive additional support to improve their academic performance. I line manage the Examinations Officer and oversee all GCSE entries, GCSE examinations and appeals. I also line manage the Design Faculty.

Mrs H. Mumford, Assistant Head Teacher

h-mumford-crop-finalMy role is leading the curriculum by working with heads of faculty and subject leaders to ensure we are delivering an exciting, broad and balanced curriculum. I also oversee options evenings, option choices and home learning.
I am starting my fourth year at Ellis Guilford. I have been a qualified teacher since 1998 and was previously assistant headteacher for 5 years at a school in north Dorset. Before that I led several art and design departments. I have worked in several schools with different challenges including a semi remote school in Australia, schools in the West Midlands and a rural school in Dorset. During that time I have taught art which is my main subject, drama, English, design and introduced prince’s trust here at Ellis Guilford. I am currently also the staff governor and thoroughly enjoy working with the staff, students and parents in a hardworking and ambitious school.

Mr M. Astill, Business Director

As Business Director I have responsibility for the support functions within the school, with particular focus on Finance, HR, Premises and Marketing. I have been with Ellis Guilford since April 2015, prior this I worked in two other schools in business or finance roles. Before that I worked for the local authority in their Children’s Services department. My priority is to ensure that resources are used effectively in the school to ensure every student’s experience is as good as it can be.