Derek Hobbs
Headteacher

Derek gained a Joint Honours degree in Music and German at The University of Nottingham and, after embarking on his first teaching post at a school in Derby, completed a Masters Degree in Education.

He spent many years working within a Multi-Academy Trust in Nottingham as Head of Year, Head of Sixth Form, Head of School and Principal, as well as working as an accredited Local Leader of Education (LLE), before joining Wilsthorpe as Headteacher in 2021.

Andrew Rose
Deputy Headteacher

Andrew gained an Honours Degree in Mathematics from the University of Durham and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Nottingham. He then spent five years in his first teaching post at a school in South Derbyshire.

After a short period of time as Head of Maths at a school in Nottingham City, Andrew returned to South Derbyshire, as Head of Maths then as Assistant Headteacher. He moved to Wilsthorpe in January 2009 as Deputy Headteacher. He believes that all children have a right to be taught well throughout their time in school, enabling them to develop into well-rounded citizens who, after achieving the best possible grades, are fully equipped to be successful throughout their adult lives.

Helen Scott
Assistant Headteacher

Helen joined Wilsthorpe School as SENCO – Assistant Headteacher in 2013. After completing her BSc Hons Degree in Sport Science, she worked in a number of secondary schools across Birmingham, holding a wide variety of Middle and Senior Leadership positions. Her experience in working within successful curriculum areas and leading pastoral teams means that she has a broad range of experience that she is able to bring to her role at Wilsthorpe. Helen has a passion for supporting students to develop their full range of qualities, both academically and in becoming well rounded and valued member of our community.  She wishes all students to leave Wilsthorpe School as happy and confident young adults.

Matt Gray
Assistant Headteacher

Having completed a Biology Degree and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Sheffield Hallam University Matthew started teaching in 1996. Since then he has worked in a variety of schools as an Advanced Skills Teacher, Head of Faculty and Leader of Science Specialism and since 2012, a Senior Leader at Wilsthorpe School. It is his firm belief that a good education is the key to providing students with as many life choices as possible and it is this belief that has informed the decisions that he has made throughout his career. Matthew currently contributes to developing the quality of the Wilsthorpe school curriculum by championing ‘Excellence in Learning’ and also leads the careers offer that supports students making successful next steps into employment, education and training.

Brendan Parker
Assistant Headteacher

Brendan started his teaching career at Wilsthorpe School in 2004, after studying an English Degree and attaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Edge Hill University. During his tenure at Wilsthorpe Brendan has undertaken many roles, including Progress Manager (Year 7 through to Year 11) and Curriculum Area Leader for English – with the success and development of young people always being a motivating force. In 2018, Brendan was designated as a Specialist Leader of Education by George Spencer Academy and employed System Leadership as a means to support schools within the East Midlands. Brendan was promoted to the Senior Leadership Team in 2019 and has embraced roles that facilitate ‘Excellence in Learning’ as well continuing to provide support for Early Career Teachers and being responsible for the Continuing Professional Development of all staff.

Lucy Tickle
Assistant Headteacher

Lucy joined Wilsthorpe School as an Assistant Headteacher in 2021. After completing her BA Hons Degree in Social Science (Psychology and Sociology) at Manchester Metropolitan University, she worked in a number of secondary schools across Nottingham City, holding a wide variety of Middle and Senior Leadership positions. Her experience in leading both curriculum and pastoral teams means that she has a broad range of experience that she is able to bring to her role at Wilsthorpe. Lucy is committed to ensuring that young people are supported to achieve their very best, both academically and personally, so that they are able to become valuable members of society and enjoy happy and successful lives.