Our People

Everyone who works at Little Lever is part of a team whose purpose is to ‘help every person achieve things they never thought they could’. Everyone has their part to play and every part is important and valued. We recognise that people make the biggest difference to helping us achieve our core purpose!

Teaching Assistant Vacancies



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Work With Us

I am delighted that you are interested in joining the team at Little Lever.

Everything we do at Little Lever operates around our core purpose; ‘To help every person achieve things they never thought they could’

We are very proud to be one of the most improved schools in the country and we feel this is merely the start of more great things to come.  In March of 2022 we received a full Section 5 Ofsted inspection. The school was judged ‘GOOD’ in all areas…Ofsted Report 2022 – Little Lever School (little-lever.bolton.sch.uk)

We have great facilities and always want to be at the ‘cutting edge’ of education so we can give our students a truly world class education.  We have a dedicated, friendly and passionate team who are determined to improve the life chances of every child no matter who they are or where they come from.

We want to recruit staff who are keen to work with us to deliver our core purpose and create a world class school.  Little Lever has a great school community, its vibrant, purposeful, caring and an enjoyable place to learn for students and staff.

Continuous professional development is at the heart of what we do and we invest heavily in the learning and development of all staff to support their career and personal development.  Please visit the ‘Our Teaching’ section of the website for more details on this.

Our Teaching page

If you meet the criteria for the post, I hope you will make an application to join us.

In the meantime if you have any queries or would like to visit the school please contact the school on 01204 333300 or email mke@little-lever.bolton.sch.uk to make an appointment.

Thank you

Mr Mckeon


Meet the Team

  • Trustees

    Paul Hodgkinson: I am the Chair of the Trust and Chair of the Standards Committee. I am Link Trustee for Personal Development / Life Chances, Disadvantaged Students, Behaviour & Attitudes. I am a National Leader of Education.

    Sally McFarlane: I am the Vice Chair of the Trust. I attend the Full Trust meetings and sit on the Resources Committee. I am Link Trustee for Leadership & Management and SEND. I am a National Leader of Education.

    Jane Jones: I am a parent trustee at Lever Academy Trust. I attend the Full Trust meetings and I sit on the Standards Committee. I am Link Trustee for Quality of Education and Community. In my previous role I was an Assistant Headteacher of a secondary school.

    Paul Philbin: I am a parent trustee and Chair of the Resources Committee. I attend the Full Trust meetings and I am Link Trustee for Health & Safety. I am a manager at Bolton at Home.

    Mike Isherwood: I am a trustee at Lever Academy Trust. I attend the Full Trust meetings and I sit on the Resources Committee. In my previous role I was Senior Associate in Assurance at Price Waterhouse Cooper.

    John Cornally: I have recently retired form my role as  Executive Headteacher at Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College. I have been a headteacher for 20 years. I am a National Leader in Education working with other schools across Greater Manchester.

    Victoria Gavin: I am a trustee and attend the Risk and Audit Committee and Full Trust meetings. I am also Link Trustee for Wellbeing. I am Business Development Manager at Bolton Impact Trust.

    Rachel Foster: I am a trustee and attend the Risk and Audit Committee and Full Trust meetings. I am also Link Trustee for Human Resources. I am Director of HR and Education Strategy at One Education.

    Alyson Middlemas: I am a trustee and attend the Risk and Audit Committee and Full Trust meetings. I am also Link Trustee for safeguarding.

  • Members

    Kristian Halliwell: I am a Member of Lever Academy Trust I attend the Members meetings.

    Anthony Connell: I am a Member of Lever Academy Trust I attend the Members meetings.

    Edward Mellor: I am a Member of Lever Academy Trust and I attend the Members meetings.

Meet The Team

  • Senior Leaders

    Principal: Mr D Mckeon

    Associate Principal: Ms L Emmett

    Vice Principal: Mr P Davies

    Assistant Principals: Mr S Cordwell, Ms M Moore, Ms G Hutchinson, Ms L Grellier


    Associate Assistant Principal: Mr K Wilson

    Designated Safeguarding Leader: Ms S Leigh

    Head of Inclusion (SENCo): Ms V Coope

  • Subject Teams


    Leader of English: Ms J Calvert

    Assistant Leader of English, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Mr S Reynolds

    SENDCo: Ms V Coope

    Aspiring Leader: Discuss & Debate: Ms H Crook,

    Teachers of English: Ms A Hughes, Ms J Sofokleous, Mr D Seddon, Ms K McCarten


    Leader of Mathematics: Ms Liebling-Davis

    Teachers of Mathematics: Ms K Gilbert, Mr P Stanley, Ms J Chew, Ms S Daynamawala, Ms L Golding, Ms A Riley, Mr S Harrison


    Leader of Science: Mr I Rowlinson

    Assistant Leader of Science, Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead: Ms S Hargreaves

    Teachers of Science: Mr C Woodward, Ms T Mistry, Mr S Harte, Ms S Craven, Ms J Rawstron, Mr S Devanzo, Ms Z Akhtar


    Leader of Computing, Business & Media: Ms S Farrimond

    Teachers of Computing: Mr J Bell, Ms M Moore, Mr K Calderbank


    Leader of MFL: Ms J Rogers

    Teachers of MFL: Ms E Jordan


    Acting Leader of Geography: Ms R Sutcliffe

    Teachers of Geography: Mr K Wilson, Ms B Baker-Haslam, Mr L Allen


    Leader of History: Mr M Sale

    Teachers of History: Mr F Barrago, Mr S Morrison, Ms L Grellier


    Leader of Technology: Ms L Ward

    Teachers of Technology: Ms A Hopkinson, Mr C Lambert

    The Arts

    Faculty Leader of The Arts: Mr R Poole

    Teachers of Art: Ms A Struthers, Ms B Sulek, Mr S Cordwell

    Teacher of Drama: Ms M Higgins

    Teacher of Music: Mr M Cornish

    Teacher of RE: Ms S Morris


    Faculty Leader of Life: Mr M Welch

    Teachers of PE: Ms J Bannister, Ms H Ely, Mr M Nield, Ms O Edwards

  • Support Staff

    Deep Support Team

    Designated Safeguarding Lead, Learning Leader Manager (including Transition): Ms S Leigh

    Deputy Safeguarding Lead: Mr A Cook

    Learning Leaders: Ms T Guerry, Ms S Guy, Ms N Parkinson, Ms H Thompson, Ms K Wilson, Ms H Kowalski

    Attendance & Welfare Leader: Ms V Parrish

    PLB Coordinator: Ms D Leigh

    Behaviour Admin Support: Ms N Devaney

    Hub Manager: Ms C Barron


    TA4 Emotional & Mental: Ms J May, TA3: Ms E Preston TA2: Mr A Campbell, Ms L Grimes, Ms S Barlow, Ms D Ainsworth, Ms S Matadar, Ms K Patel, Ms L Williams, Ms R Nield, Ms R Devenport, Ms A Beatty, Ms M Kerr, Ms N Marothi, Ms A Marothi, Ms S Beaumont, Ms D Lawson, Ms L Royds

    Cover Supervisor: Ms K Calderbank

    Business & Administration

    Business Manager: Ms G McFadden

    PA to the Principal and Secretary to the Trust: Ms M Kelly

    Finance Manager: Ms N Harrison

    Finance Assistant: Ms S Buckley (3 days)

    Administrator / Reception: Ms S Flannigan

    Office Manager: Ms J Rothwell

    Systems Manager: Ms J Lord

    HR Officer: Ms L Holt

    Librarian: Ms V Gee

    IT Technicians

    IT Manager: Mr S Kay

    IT Technician: Mr P Whittaker


    Operations Manager: Mr P Donnelly

    Assistant Site Managers: Mr C Smethurst, Mr A Turner


    Technology Technician: Ms L Ferns

    Science Technician: Ms A Garbutt

    Food Technology Technician: Ms D Rothwell

    Midday Supervisors: Ms L Yogunali, Ms S Taylor-Jones, Ms H Ozard, Ms S Hassan

Staff Well-being

  • Well-being Credits

    Every member of the Little Lever Team receives three two-hour Well-being Credits each year.  These can be used whenever staff want to use them and can be used for a range of things.  Many staff will use them to see their children’s nativity play or sports day or finish early on a Friday to enjoy a long weekend away with their family or friends.

  • No Meetings After School

    We organise our curriculum intelligently so we maximise the time we spend in school.  Our teachers have no meetings after school.  We want teachers to spend their time designing great lessons, delivering great lessons, assessing students work and giving feedback in the most impactful way.  This is all we want them to concentrate on!

    Leaders do have meetings after school but this is an essential part of evaluating the impact of our strategies and adjusting these to ensure they have the desired impact on students’ learning.

  • Directed Time

    We use directed time for one simple thing… so we have maximum impact in helping every person achieve things they never thought they could.  We cut out any none essential work that detracts from our core purpose and regularly review our practices to ensure we do this.  As a result, Directed Time at Little Lever is typically 100 hours less than the recommended time stated in the Standard Teachers Pay and Conditions Document.  Our aim is to work as efficiently as we can with the sole aim of achieving our core purpose.

  • Collaborative Planning

    Every Wednesday at 2.45pm dedicated time is given to allow subject teams to meet together to collaboratively plan the curriculum and monitor and evaluate the impact of their teaching practices on students’ learning.