Mr. Darren Christian

Mr. Darren Christian, Principal
01484 657541

I have been teaching for 20 years and in Senior Leadership for 10 years. SNHS is my fourth school. I have held many diverse roles including behaviour management, curriculum, timetabling and line management of teaching and learning. I was also Acting Principal before arriving at SNHS. Becoming Principal at this great school is something that I am immensely proud of.

Mr. Darren Christian, Principal

Specialism: Geography

Key Responsibilities: Leadership & Management

Roles and Responsibilities:

Vision and Ethos


Quality Assurance



Performance Management and pay progression

External Accountability

Communication to parents

Daily Routines


Staff wellbeing

Staff absence management - teachers

Pastoral Year Group: 7

Line Management: Mathematics/MFL/DT/History/ICT Technicians

Mrs. Jenny Hornsby
Vice Principal

I started in the role of Vice Principal at SNHS in September 2019. Prior to this role I have held positions in senior leadership for the past nine years across the country; this is my fourth school. Through these roles I have led on all areas of school life including teaching and learning, curriculum, timetabling and behaviour. I began my teaching career as Head of English at a school in central London and since then my greatest drive has not changed; to secure the very best for every young person, no matter their circumstance.

Miss. Jenny Hornsby, Vice Principal

Specialism: English

Key Responsibilities: Quality of Education - 'Intent & Impact'

Roles and Responsibilities:

Curriculum Planning




Intervention System

Disadvantaged Students (RAG)

Target Setting

Year 7 catch up

Literacy & Numeracy

HoDs meetings

Extra-curricular provision

Leave of absence requests/planned cover

Approval of planning for trips & visits

Pastoral Year Group: 11

Line Management: Literacy/Numeracy Lead/SEN/English/JAR (Data)/BTEC Quality Nominee

Mr. Craig Fenton
Assistant Principal

I joined SNHS as a PE teacher in 2008 and in 2014 I became a Head of PE. In September 2020 I was appointed as Assistant Principal and became responsible for the behaviour and attitudes of our students. My role includes Admissions, Attendance and Behaviour and managing our Head of Year team.

Mr. Craig Fenton, Assistant Principal

Specialism: Physical Education
Key Responsibilities: Behaviour and Attitudes

Roles and Responsibilities:
Management of HoYs/SSMs and meetings
Co-ordinating House Activities
Behaviour Management System
Attitude to Learning/PA
Alternative Curriculum/SSC
Staff Duties

Pastoral Year Group: 9
Line Management: Physical Education/Geography/Head of House

Mrs. Samantha Johnson
Assistant Principal

I was appointed as Assistant Principal at SNHS in January 2014. Prior to this, I spent 12 years at another Kirklees school as a Head of Year, Achievement Coordinator and finally as the school SENCO. I started my career in 1999, teaching Science in Wakefield, gaining promotion to Head of Year at the end of my first year.

Mrs. Sam Johnson, Assistant Principal

Specialism: Biology
Key Responsibilities: Personal Development

Roles and Responsibilities:
CLA Reviews
SMSC/British Values
Equality and Diversity
Community Hubs
School Visitors
Work Related Learning
Business Links/Enterprise/Careers
Public Events Co-ordination
Student voice/Student Council

Pastoral Year Group: 10
Line Management: Performing Arts/Food/Child Development/Re/PME/Art/Photography/Textiles

Mrs. Victoria Mason
Assistant Principal

I joined SNHS as a science teacher in 2003 and in 2011 I became a Head of Year. In September 2017 I was appointed as Assistant Principal and became responsible for the outcomes of our students. My role includes the analysis of assessment data, target setting and reports. My aim is for every student at our school to reach their potential.

Mrs. Vicki Mason, Assistant Principal

Specialism: Chemistry
Key Responsibilities: Quality of Education - 'Implementation'

Roles and Responsibilities:
Staff Development
Joint planning time
CDP Coaching
Induction new staff
PM Support
T&L Monitoring schedule
T&L Research Group
Staff Cover (unplanned absence)

Pastoral Year Group: 8
Line Management: Business Studies/ICT/Science/Learning Mentor/Exams Officer/Cover Supervisors

Mr. Rob Morris
Associate Assistant Principal

I was appointed Associate Vice Principal in September 2020. I am the current Head of Year 11 and I also teach PE. I was previously the Head of PE having been at Salendine Nook since 2002. My new areas of responsibility include our pupil mentoring system, anti-bullying strategies and I also lead the student council and pupil voice.

Mrs. Ginny Wood
Director of Finance and Resources

I was appointed as School Business Manager at SNHS in December 2012 with my role evolving to Director of Finance & Resources within the Senior Leadership Team. The whole of my 37 year career has been within Local Government finance with the last 13 years being specifically based directly in schools, however the previous 13 years to that were also directly linked to providing financial support to schools.

Mrs. Ginny Wood, Director of Finance & Resources

Key Responsibilities: Leadership & Management

Roles and Responsibilities:
Health & Safety
Support Services
Human Resources
Policy admin
Staff absence management - support