Meet The Senior Leadership Team

Introduction from Hayden Abbott, Headteacher, Kenilworth School

Welcome to the senior leadership team.  I am very proud of all of our students, staff, and leadership team who share a vision, drive and commitment, all of which are essential in our journey to become a ‘world class’ school of distinction.

We are pleased to share with you the unique qualities that we have, and the varied contributions that our leaders make in their delegated areas of responsibility. Our aim is to give you an insight into who we are, what we do and what drives us to make a difference to the lives of our students.

The progress of each and every student matters to us, regardless of academic ability. What unites us as a team is our inclusive approach to teaching and learning, combined with our relentless support and ambition for our young people.  All leaders share a common goal to provide our students with an enjoyable learning experience that nurtures a keen interest in life-long learning and develops the ‘etiquette for success’ beyond school.



Hayden Abbott


I started my career as a teacher of modern languages in the 1980s and enjoyed teaching for many years across a range of schools in the West and East Midlands, including leading a modern languages department in a grammar school.  Following my experience in modern languages, I had the privilege of working as an Advisory Teacher and as a part-time Ofsted team member. I then gained promotion to senior leadership positions in two schools; firstly as Director of Studies at a Technology College and then as Deputy Head of a school in Sandwell.

I have been Headteacher of Kenilworth School since April 2008, having been Head of an inner city secondary school for seven years prior to this.  Every day brings new challenges and opportunities and, with many years of Headship behind me, every year is different from the previous one and never less rewarding.  I am constantly learning in my role and I never stop being passionate about improving the educational chances of our young people.

I very much enjoy the challenge of supporting other school leaders and teachers as a National Leader of Education (NLE) and it is gratifying to see the improvements that are gained from sharing one’s experience and resources in partnership with others as a National Support School (NSS). It is exciting to share best practice and to help other young people across a wider community to create successful futures. From a personal perspective, I have also enjoyed providing Executive Principal coaching for one day a week to the Principal and leadership team of a local Academy, and I have been delighted to have been part of their success in the removal of special measures following their ofsted inspection in 2016.

I believe that leaders lead by example, take their job but not themselves too seriously so that they can inspire others. This year, I have amazed myself by completing  the 4x100 staff relay on sports day, staggering to the summit of all of our mountain walks in Snowdonia and in the Lake District and even singing karaoke as part of a fund raising event. 

Business Manager

Alison Pointon

I enjoy my role at Kenilworth School where I have worked for over 13 years. I work closely with the Headteacher and Governors with responsibility for finance, income generation and contracts ensuring that we achieve best value and meet audit requirements. I have a very varied role which also covers working with contractors on the maintenance and upkeep of our buildings, and tenders for the large contracts such as catering. I am also involved with links in with the community and I have completed my Certificate and Diploma in School Business Management.

Prior to this I worked for 10 years at Clinton Primary School after having time out for a family. My first job was in the corporate world at Barclays Bank in Birmingham. I have lived locally for 35 years and have a vested interest in the school as both of my daughters attended here and I now have 2 small grandchildren who will be future students. I was a Guide leader in Kenilworth for 25 years and I am especially interested in taking part and watching sport.

Senior Deputy Head

Nick Mummery

I am a Politics graduate from Lancaster University. Whilst at university I taught English for the Catalan local government during the school summer holidays.


Prior to Kenilworth, I taught at three schools in a different education authority where I had the roles of Assistant Head of Department, Head of Department, Head of Year and Assistant Headteacher/ Head of Sixth Form. This is my sixth year at Kenilworth and before my current additional responsibilities I was 14-19 Assistant Headteacher. My current role still involves being Head of Sixth Form but also includes being responsible for School Direct and PGCE trainee teachers, one of the school's Child Protection Officers, the school's Quality Nominee for all the BTEC courses and deputising for Mr Abbott.

Deputy Head

( Pastoral Care )

Simon Bennett

 I joined Kenilworth School as an NQT in 2002 meaning that I have been at this school for my whole career and could possibly be considered part of the furniture. It also means that I have been here throughout our journey to becoming recognised as outstanding by Ofsted. 



I teach English and have had a number of different roles within the school before my current position as Deputy Head. I began as ICT coordinator for English then became Assistant Head of Year, Head of Year and Assistant Head. My main responsibility is pastoral care and behaviour but other responsibilities I have are Child Protection Officer, attendance lead, admissions and teaching and learning  - specifically Learning Ambassadors. 

Deputy Headteacher

( Curriculum and Data ) 

Paul Hoverd

I have 14 years of teaching experience and 9 years of working in industry. I started my teaching at Finham Park school, Coventry as a teacher of Mathematics after gaining my PGCE from Warwick University. After my NQT year  at Finham Park I gained experience as a Head of House developing an extra curricular programme for the pupils. I then moved to Whitey Academy, Coventry as 2nd in Mathematics and after two years was promoted to Head of Mathematics and then on to the Senior Leadership team as Assistant Head responsible for whole staff training and Year 8 progress and pastoral care. My main responsibilities as Deputy Head at Kenilworth are for Curriculum and Data and Pupil Progress.

Assistant Headteacher

 ( Coaching )

Deborah Talbot

I attended Loughborough University where I studied Chemistry and Sport Science before gaining my PGCE in Chemistry from Birmingham University. I started my teaching career at The College High School in Birmingham where I held the position of Assistant Head of Year 11 for 3 years. In 2008 I moved to Stoke Park School in Coventry, where I worked for 8 years, initially I coordinated KS3 science provision before progressing to become Head of Department. I started at Kenilworth School in 2016 as an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Coaching and Training, I teach both of my favourite subjects Chemistry and PE.

Assistant Headteacher

( E-Learning and Communications )

Richard Garratt

I have been teaching for 16 years and began my career as a Geography teacher at Ash Green School in north Warwickshire. I moved to Light Hall School in Solihull as Head of Geography in 1999 where I was also responsible for E-Learning. 


In 2009 I moved to Kenilworth School as an assistant headteacher with responsibilities for E-Learning, communication and primary transition. Since joining Kenilworth School I have developed the school website and VLE as well as other parent - school communication systems. 


As head of citizenship I have the proud position of seeing a wide variety of projects undertaken by the students to raise awareness of issues such as equal rights and human rights as well as the students taking part in a number of different charity fundraising events. One charity fundraiser that I am most proud to have been part of was organising an event where the students raised over £7000 for Shelterbox in aid of the Nepal Earthquake.

Assistant Headteacher

( Inclusion and SEN )

Nicki Dandy


I started teaching in 1996 at Tile Hill Wood School in Coventry. Whilst at Tile Hill Wood I taught P.E, Dance, English and Drama. I was in charge of the dance department and gained experience as an Assistant Head of Year and also supported the SEN department. I moved to Kenilworth School in 2003 to teach P.E and Dance. Since being at Kenilworth School I have gained experience as a Head of Year in both Key Stage 3 and 4. During academic year 2015/16 I gained valuable experience whilst on a secondment to the Leadership team. In September 2016 I became Assistant Head for Inclusion and SENCO. I also have responsibility for pupil premium students, more able students, LAC and I am the designated lead safeguarding officer at Kenilworth School.

Assistant Headteacher

( Teaching and Learning ) 

Alastair Evans

I completed my degree at Liverpool in English literature (although part of my degree was also in Music). I have been teaching for fourteen years all at one previous school where I spent ten years as Head of Music and 2i/c for the Performing Arts (teaching English also). For the last two years I have been part of a small SLT which has exposed me to many different roles covering school leadership. 


As Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning my areas of responsibility include; classroom strategies, homework and independent learning, marking and feedback and various quality assurance initiatives.