Senior Leadership Team

Emmanuel Botwe – Headteacher

MBotweEmmanuel Botwe was born, raised and educated in South London. He attended his local comprehensive and then went to Corpus Christi College, Oxford where he gained a First Class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). Prior to joining Tytherington School, Emmanuel was Deputy Headteacher for Raising Standards in a semi-rural school in South Oxfordshire where he had oversight of achievement at Key Stage 4. During his time there, the school moved into the top 3% of all state schools for progress made at GCSE. Prior to this, he taught in an inner city comprehensive in East Oxford. His outside interests include Arsenal Football club and charity work. He lives with his wife and two daughters in Poynton.


Andy Pilbury – Deputy Headteacher (Key Stage 4 – including Safeguarding Oversight)

APilburyAndy Pilbury grew up in a combination of South East Cheshire and Kent before studying a Sports Science and Geography degree and completing his PGCE. Spending the first nine years of his teaching career in Kent, he benefitted from roles as an Advanced Skills Teacher for the Kent Advisory Service and Assistant Headteacher.

Moving back home to Cheshire he now lives in Alsager with his wife and two daughters, feeling blessed for the support that they give to allow him to devote time and energy to Tytherington School. Andy has overall responsibility for standards in Key Stage 4.



Florence Pope – Assistant Headteacher (Teaching and Learning)

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FPopeFlorence grew up in rural Somerset where she attended her local secondary school. She graduated from the University of York in 2002 with a degree in English and Related Literature before completing her P.G.C.E at the University of Leeds.

Florence has spent her career so far working in school in Leeds and has just moved to Marple. She likes to walk, run, read and visit the theatre. Florence is passionate about providing a challenging and exciting education for all students from the earliest stages of their secondary education.



Mary Gannon – Assistant Headteacher (Key Stage 5)

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Mary Gannon grew up in Birmingham and went to a Catholic Girls’ Comprehensive School.  Mary was the first in her family to attend university. She attended Manchester University to study French and German.

Before arriving at Tytherington, Mary worked in Birmingham. Mary is the longest serving member of the Senior Leadership Team having been an Assistant or Deputy Headteacher since 2002. She is passionate about providing the best education opportunities for students so that they can flourish and leave school with the potential to be happy and successful in life. Mary enjoys travelling and reading.  She is a keen football fan supporting her beloved Man Utd and lives in Manchester with her partner and son, Jacob.


Liz Healey – Assistant Headteacher (Key Stage 3 – Deputy Safeguarding Lead and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

LHealeyLiz Healey graduated from Salford University with a degree in English and German in 2001. She worked in industry before completing a PGCE with Manchester Metropolitan University. Liz worked as a teacher of languages at St Michaels C of E High School, Chorley and joined Tytherington as Assistant Head of Elm House in 2006.

Liz is responsible for all matters to do with standards and culture in Years 7-9. She lives with her husband, son and daughter in Marple. Liz also loves travelling. Liz is passionate about providing all students with opportunities to learn and enjoy their time at school.


Caroline Brennan – Assistant Headteacher (Staffing & Well-Being)

CBrennanCaroline 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. She is responsible for staffing, health & safety and well-being.


David Fitzsimmons – Associate Member of SLT (Head of Ethos and PE)

DFitzsimmonsDavid graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Sport and Business. He then completed his PGCE qualification at Liverpool John Moores in 2003. David is currently completing a Masters in Education at Liverpool Edge Hill University. David was joined Tytherington in 2005 having previously worked at Congleton High School. He has overall responsibility for Ethos, student leadership and house system alongside being Head of P.E. David is an exceptional cricketer and was even given the opportunity to take a sabbatical in 2011-12 to play and coach cricket in Melbourne, Australia. He is passionate about providing a wide range of educational and extra-curricular activities for all students.



Peter Watson – Associate Member of SLT (Data)

PWatsonPeter grew up in Gatley, Stockport and studied a Masters degree in Chemistry at Nottingham University. He completed his PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University before joining Tytherington in 2006 as teacher of Chemistry and Physics. He combines his Associate SLT role with responsibility for Key Stage 4 Science. Peter is responsible for ensuring that data is used effectively within the school to help enable progress for all students. He enjoys squash, badminton and supporting Chester Football Club.




Mr D O’Brien – Associate Member of SLT (Head of Middle School – Years 9 & 10)

DOBrienDan O’Brien graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in History in 2007 where he also studied modules in Psychology and Politics. Mixing his love for travel and passion for education, Dan spent time working in India, teaching English in a charity school in Mumbai. For the next two years he worked in a Stockport secondary school as a Learning Supervisor before completing his P.G.C.E at Edge Hill University in 2011. In his time at Tytherington, Dan has worked in the Pastoral Team as both Associate Head of Year 7 and in his current position as Head of Year 9 plus Associate Member of SLT – Head of Middle School.

Dan currently lives in Marple and enjoys the opportunity to go walking in the surrounding countryside. He enjoys reading, squash and travelling to new and exciting places. Dan is passionate about removing the barriers to education and giving every student the opportunity to learn, enjoy and achieve to their full potential.