Kenilworth School

Meet The Senior Leadership Team


Introduction from Hayden Abbott, Executive Head, 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.

Hayden Abbott, Executive Head


I am immensely proud of pupils at Kenilworth School and I am supported by an amazing team of staff and leaders.

I have been a head of two secondary schools yet I am still learning.  I am constantly adapting what I do and reflecting on the best ways to make Kenilworth School one that students are proud to attend because they enjoy their learning, make a valuable contribution and feel that they are fully prepared for life beyond school in a society that is rapidly changing around them.  I don’t believe in standing still and when I am not in school I can usually be found on the treadmill at the gym.  Every day brings new challenges and opportunities and, with many years of Headship behind me, every year is different from the previous one and but nevertheless rewarding. 

I was a teacher of modern foreign languages and a member of the Institute of Linguists for several years prior to becoming a senior leader. I really enjoy observing all curriculum areas, and although my language teaching days are in the past this gives me the opportunity to understand the experience of my students as learners and helps me to reflect on what I can do to make their studies and opportunities in school even better.

I very much enjoy the challenge of supporting other school leaders and teachers as a National Leader of Education (NLE). Kenilworth School is now a founding member of the Kenilworth Multi-Academy Trust and this has brought new and exciting opportunities to share best practice across our collaboration of schools to narrow gaps in attainment for disadvantaged students and to raise aspirations for all.

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.

Deborah Talbot, Assistant Headteacher (Coaching)


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. 

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. 

Nicki Dandy, Assistant Headteacher (Inclusion and SEN)

NDI 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.

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.