Pastoral Leaders

Key Stage 3

Mrs C Woods – Head of Year 7

Mrs C Woods

Clare grew up and studied locally before moving to Kent for a short time. Before joining Tytherington in 2014 she worked in the recruitment industry for 12 years. She has most recently worked as Transition Coordinator for Tytherington, working closely with Mrs Healey to support the students with their transition to secondary school. She has a passion for providing excellent pastoral care to ensure a smooth move from primary school and to ensure all students are fully prepared for secondary education.

Clare lives in Macclesfield with her husband, 2 children and scruffy jack russell dog, Henry.


Miss C Linaker –  Head of Years 8 & 9

CLinakerCath grew up and still lives in the Rugby League town of Widnes. She qualified with a BA (hons) in Physical Education and Sports Development with Qualified Teacher Status from Liverpool John Moores University. After working in schools in Northwich she joined Tytherington from Wilmslow High School in 2004 as second in PE.

She was an exceptional hockey player, working her way up with her team Poynton Brooklands to the National League Premier division the top division in he country. She was in the top 3 goal scorers in the country, she still features in the top 10 goal scorers in the country. She still plays hockey now and spends most of her spare time playing football with her son Ewan, hoping he will play for Everton and England one day!!

She is passionate about providing the best possible pastoral care for all students.

Key Stage 4

Mrs S Holley – Head of Year 10

SHolleySheila grew up in North Yorkshire & graduated from Coventry University in 1982. After graduating she joined  Greater Manchester Police Force as a Police Constable. Sheila has also worked in the Retail Industry for Next before returning to Education to complete a PGCE with Greenwich University.

Sheila has worked as a teacher of languages in Brentwood Essex before returning to Cheshire in 2007 where she joined Tytherington and became Head of Elm House. It is at Tytherington I developed my passion for Pastoral care and Student well being. Sheila is an avid football fan supporting Leeds United. She loves all thing French and lives in Macclesfield with her daughter.


Ms J Higgins – Head of Year 11


Jessica was born in Cheshire and for most of her life has resided within the county. She initially trained as an actor at Bretton Hall College (Leeds University) and after graduating she followed a career within the theatre. She also embarked upon her teaching qualification and over the years she has successfully combined the two.

Jessica joined the Drama Department at Tytherington School in 2013 and it is during her time here that her passion for the Pastoral Care element of the profession has been fostered. Jessica has always been committed to and relished in her role as Form Tutor and feels the time is right to develop this further as Head of Year. Jessica is passionate about providing the highest standard of pastoral care and well-being for all students and is committed to encouraging and enabling all young people to achieve their potential and be the best versions of themselves they can be.

Jessica loves good coffee, a good book, travelling and most importantly spending time with her family. She believes learning is a lifelong experience and in her spare time this year qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist.

Key Stage 5 (Post-16)

Mrs C Brennan – Assistant Headteacher (Sixth Form)

Mrs Caroline BrennanCaroline Brennan was raised and educated in South Manchester, firstly attending a Catholic Secondary school in Didsbury and later completing a B.Ed (Honours) degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is currently completing a Master in Education at Liverpool Edge Hill University. Caroline was the first in her family to attend University and after graduating taught at two Catholic secondary schools in Widnes before joining the Health & Social Care and Design Technology departments at Tytherington in 1995. She is a passionate advocate of comprehensive education.

Caroline lives with her husband in Poynton, loves to travel and bake and is currently learning pottery.


Miss S Bailey – Head of Year 12


Sarah has moved around all over the UK and abroad throughout her life and is consequently very keen on travel and language learning.

She was born in the south of England but also spent 5 years of her childhood living in Dubai. Her family moved to Whaley Bridge while she was at secondary school.

Sarah graduated in 2012 having read Languages at The University of Birmingham, and then completed a TESOL course. She went on to spend two years teaching English while living in Spain, where she developed her passion for education and pastoral care.
She came back to England to complete her PGDE and Masters in Education in Sheffield, soon returning to her ‘home’ in Cheshire in 2015 to join Tytherington School as a French and Spanish teacher.
In her spare time, Sarah enjoys kickboxing and walking her crazy cocker spaniel in the peaks.