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.

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.


Mrs H. Mumford, Deputy 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.


Miss A. Fuller, Assistant Head Teacher


I am originally from Norfolk but moved to the East Midlands in 2002. I have worked at Ellis Guilford since 2007 and joined the school as a Newly Qualified Teacher of Geography. I am now Assistant Head of Teaching and Learning and I am linked to the Panthers House as well as line managing the Design faculty. I also lead a core teaching and learning team who share my passion for quality first teaching across the school. My role also involves the development of early career teachers including Initial Teacher Training, Newly Qualified Teachers and Recently Qualified Teachers. Linked to this I manage the partnerships we have with the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Derby University. Access to all of the above means that staff at Ellis Guilford get the best possible teaching and learning 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


I joined Ellis Guilford School in 2000 as a trainee teacher and took up my first teaching post teaching ICT and RE in 2001. Since then, I have progressed through numerous roles from Year Support to Year Manager, Head of ICT to Director of Student Learning (KS4).

My current role as Assistant Headteacher is to oversee the Mathematics Faculty as Director of Mathematics. I also have line management responsibility for the Performance Faculty and strategic responsibility for home learning.


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.

Downloads and Documents

Senior Leadership Team Structure 2018_19

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