Kenilworth School and Sixth Form

Meet The Senior Leadership Team


Introduction from Darren Nicholas, Headteacher, Kenilworth School 

Welcome to our senior team. 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 starting points, socio-economic background, gender, ethnicity or religion.  

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. We share a goal to provide our students with an enjoyable learning experience that nurtures a keen interest in life-long learning and develops ‘etiquette for success’ in our students.

We are a dedicated team who support and challenge each other through the highs and lows of running a school. We all have different strengths and abilities but, with mutual respect for one other and our unshakeable belief in the value of what we are doing for our pupils, we enjoy creating a ‘world class’ school that is a flagship for inclusion.

Darren Nicholas, Headteacher


Nick Mummery, Senior Deputy Head


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. As well as being the Head of Sixth Form I am also the Senior Deputy Headteacher. With further responsibilities for School Direct and PGCE trainee teachers as a professional mentor, as well as being one of the school's Child Protection Officers, the school's Quality Nominee for all the BTEC courses and deputising for Mr Abbott.

Simon Bennett, Deputy Head (Pastoral Care)

SBI 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.

Paul Hoverd, Deputy Headteacher (Curriculum and Data)


I have 16 years of teaching experience and 9 years of working in industry. I started my teaching career 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 Whitley 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. I joined Kenilworth school in 2013 and my main responsibilities as Deputy Head are Curriculum, timetabling, data and pupil progress.

Richard Garratt, Assistant Headteacher (E-Learning and Communications)


I have been teaching for 26 years, within this time I have been a Head of Geography for 10 years in a previous school and 12 years as an Assistant Headteacher here at Kenilworth. 

My areas of responsibilities include E-Learning and communications as well as transition. I have been involved in the school’s successful applications for being accredited with Flagship status – Inclusion Quality Mark, and being awarded World Class School status.  

I work closely with the students to support community and charity events which helps build the character and culture of our students outside of the academic subjects. 

Alastair Evans, Assistant Headteacher (Teaching and Learning)

AEI 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.

Lianne Jordan, Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion)

After studying Philosophy at Nottingham University, I spent some time working in HR. I then decided to change career and became an RS teacher and completed my PGCE at Warwick University. I worked at a Leicestershire Upper School before moving to Kenilworth. Since starting at Kenilworth in 2012 I have been KS5 RS coordinator, Head of Year and now Head of Inclusion. Part of my role as Head of Inclusion includes managing the Personalised Learning Centre and responsibility for pupil premium students, more able students and children that are looked after.