Leadership Team

Steven Jefferies BA (Hons), PGCE [Warw], MA [Birm], NPQH [DfE]

Head teacher – Policy, Strategy and Evaluation (ADSL)

Mr Jefferies read English Language and Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick, where he also completed his teacher training. He has since gained a Masters degree in Education at Birmingham as well as the National Professional Qualification for Headship. 

Mr Jefferies began his career teaching at schools in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, and also spent time teaching overseas before taking up post at Henley-in-Arden.

Key responsibilities: Policy and Strategic Direction of the school; Financial Accounting Officer; Personnel; reporting to the Full Governing Body; Ofsted and School Improvement Priorities. 

Michael McCulley BA, DipEd (QTS) [Sruighlea], Licentiate [RSAMD], FCCT, FRSA

Deputy Head – Curriuclum, Quality & Standards (ADSL)


Mr McCulley read Expressive Arts with English Studies at the University of Stirling, where he also completed his initial teacher training before pursuing Musical Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (then RSAMD). He was designated an SLE in 2014 and is  currently studying the National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH).

Mr McCulley has taught in city and rural contexts, worked on school improvement at the local authority, on the National Curriuclum (QCA) and as a Senior Researcher (DfE). He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Key responsibilities: Curriuclum and Standards; CPD/staff support; Cover; KS4 Pathways (Options); Examinations; Data, Reporting & Assessment; Catch-up premium; Pupil Premium; Extended Leadership Team; Educational Visits; In-year Admissions; Teacher Recruitment; ADSL; Web Compliance & Social Media; NPQ programme facilitator for the Teaching School Alliance.

Anne Alsop BSc (Hons), DipM, DipMRS [City, London]

School Business Manager – Finance, Estates and Strategy


Mrs Alsop studied Business at City University, London and brings a wealth of professional experience to the team at Henley-in-Arden School.

Previously Mrs Alsop has worked in senior management at large multinational companies such as IBM, The Stock Exchange and Microsoft. 

Mrs Alsop works closely with the Head teacher to lead on all business functions and business support team roles within the Academy.

Key responsibilities: business policy and strategy; fiscal management; business, IT and support team leadership; infrastructure; business compliance.

Laura Laszcz BA (Hons) [Manc], PGCE [Leeds], NPQSL [DfE]

Assistant Head – Teaching Strategy & Enrichment / SLE


Mrs Laszcz read Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Manchester, before completing her initial teacher training at Leeds; she has also gained the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL). 

Mrs Laszcz leads the faculty of Social Sciences and works with new entrants to teaching. She has worked in schools in Leeds and Worcestershire, and works closely with the Shires Teaching School Alliance as a Specialist Leader in Education (SLE) across South Warwickshire schools. She also ensures Henley-in-Arden’s own approach to teaching and learning is outward facing.

Key responsibilities: teaching and learning; South Warwickshire Education Partnership T&L network; Initial Teaching Training & Newly Qualified Teacher Support; Shires TSA; Faculty leadership – Social Sciences & PSHRE; Enrichment Week Programme; Specialist Leader in Education.

Nicola Thompson BA (Hons) [Brun], PGCE [Camb], NPQSL [DfE]

Assistant Head – Pupil Progress and Safeguarding (DSL)

Ms Thompson studied Sports Science at Brunel before completing her teacher training at Homerton College, Cambridge. She has also completed her National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders.

Prior to joining Henley, Ms Thompson taught in Gloucestershire and Solihull. As well as overseeing the work of our progress leaders, Ms Thompson leads on personal development, behaviour and safety and represents Henley at the South Warwickshire Education Partnership (SWEP) Area Behaviour Panel. 


Key responsibilities: Pastoral; Personal Development; Designated Safeguarding Lead; Area Behaviour Partnership; Pupil Progress; Attendance Lead.

Dawn Price BA (Hons) [Cymru], PGCE [Glouc], NPQSL [DfE]

Assistant Head – Teacher Development, Head of Geography


Miss Price studied Geography and Science at the University of Wales, Swansea and completed her teacher training at Gloucester.

Miss Price has completed the NPQSL and is seconded to the leadership team to drive Pupil Futures, which includes careers, work experience and the student aspiration programme on PHSRE days.

Key responsibilities: leadership of the Geography department; careers education, information and academic guidance; pupil aspiration; CEIAG content on the PHSRE programme.