Sale High School

Senior Leadership Team


Lynn Nicholls

Lynn has been the Head teacher at Sale High School since 2009, having served as a deputy Head teacher in two schools, Harrop Fold School in Salford which she helped to move out of special Measures and Culcheth High School in Warrington an 11-18 setting which moved from Satisfactory to Good.  Sale High School has also been on an improvement journey and was rated as Good with many outstanding areas in June 2015. (Lynn is determined that the school is rated outstanding in all areas at the next inspection.)

Lynn sits on the School Improvement Board for Cedar Mount Academy within the Bright Futures Trust, is a strategic partner within the Alliance for Learning, a strategic board member for the SCITT, (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) at Bfet and she chairs the NW1 Maths Hub.

Lynn has chaired the Trafford Head Teacher Forum for a number of years and represents Trafford Head Teachers at the Funding Forum. She also works within the Hamblin Trust supporting trust wide school improvement.


Kathryn Chapple
Deputy Headteacher, Safeguarding

 Kath has been the Deputy Head Teacher at Sale High School since 2009, initially leading on curriculum, timetabling and teaching and learning. Kath’s focus now is on inclusion, achievement and safeguarding. She has driven improvement across a full range of departments and her skills from her previous role as Teaching and Learning consultant ensured the focus was on the learner. Kath works as a Specialist Leader in Education across a number of North West schools supporting senior leadership teams drive improvement across key subject areas and so helping raising standards for students.

Kath represents the school on numerous safeguarding platforms developing strong links with other agencies to ensure Sale High School students and families receive appropriate support.

Kath links with the Governors’ Standards and Achievement committee to support safeguarding.

James Reeve
Assistant Headteacher, Curriculum and Timetable

James has been Assistant Headteacher at Sale High School since 2012 having worked in three previous schools. James started his career at Brookway High School in Baguley and served in a number of roles at Trinity C of E High School in Hulme, helping it to achieve an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding in all areas.’ As Head of the Humanities Faculty at Failsworth School, Oldham he led each of the four areas of the Humanities faculty to the best results in the history of the school and helped the school to achieve an Ofsted rating of ‘Good.’ At Sale High he has previously led on safeguarding, careers education and the pupil premium. His role now includes leading on curriculum, timetabling and school-wide literacy and he links with the Governors’ Standards and Achievement Committee to support the quality of teaching and stretch and challenge.



Kath Scott
Business Leader

Kath has been in post as Business Manager at Sale High School since 2008.  She holds the CSBM and DSBM qualifications in School Business Management and holds the CIPD Intermediate Certificate in Employment Law.

Kath leads on all aspects of Finance, HR, Premises & Contracts, and Administrative services.

Prior to working at Sale High School, Kath was employed in the training industry for over 15 years in various roles, including delivery of IT Training, Operations Management, Resource Management and Business Management.  After becoming a Parent Governor at her son’s primary school in 2002, she developed a strong interest in the field of education.  Kath now supports the Governors on the Business Committee.

Kath is a member of the North West School Business Managers’ Forum and ASCL.




Jo George
Assistant Headteacher, Culture and Ethos

Jo joined Sale High School as a science teacher in 2006 after completing her NQT year at in Winsford. Jo has been a member of the school leadership team since 2011 and has held a number of roles including personal development and social sciences, careers education and whole school curriculum. She now leads whole school culture a role that encompasses behaviour, safeguarding, inclusion, attendance and admissions. Jo is passionate about the school’s role in ensuring students’ well-being and in developing an open ethos.

Jo is a trained Pivotal Curriculum Instructor and holds a role as staff governor at Sale High School linking with the Standards and Achievement committee and is also the Vice Chair of Governors at Trafford High School (Pupil Referral Unit).


Melissa McMillan
Assistant Headteacher, Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Melissa qualified as a teacher in 2004 and spent her NQT year at a school in Yorkshire. Melissa worked in Didsbury as a teacher of History and also held responsibility for PSHE and Citizenship. In 2008 she started at Sale High School as Head of History and then became Associate Headteacher 2 working with the Deputy Headteacher with a focus on teaching and learning. In 2015 Melissa was appointed to the post of Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for Teaching, Learning and assessment.

Melissa is an accredited Specialist Lead in Education and supports a number of schools in the North West to improve the teaching and learning of Humanities. She works closely with Altrincham Girls Grammar School’s teacher training programme and plays a role in the direction of the SCITT by being part of the SCITT partnership board.

Melissa links with the Governors’ Standards and Achievement committee to support the quality of teaching/stretch and challenge.



James Scully
Assistant Headteacher, Transition and Careers

James began his career in in Manchester in 1997 quickly becoming 2nd in department. and the gifted and talented co-ordinator.  He then went on to become head of mathematics and head of year at a school in Tameside, raising the achievement of the department and the whole year group.

James joined Sale High School in 2009, first as head of mathematics then associate leader for achievement and assistant headteacher with responsibility for raising achievement across the school.  He currently leads on KS2-3 and KS4-5 transition and KS3 achievement, this encompasses primary liaison with local schools and working closely with post-16 providers and the Connexions careers service. James has recently supported Sale High School achieving the gold award for CIEAG.

James links with the Governors’ Standards and Achievement committee to support KS2-3/KS4-5 transition and events.

Louise Rainey
Assistant Headteacher, Raising Standards Leader

Louise has worked at Sale High School since 2004. Louise previously worked in a technology college in Middleton, leading on Gifted and Talented. She came to Sale High School as a Science teacher and has risen through the ranks becoming a KS3 coordinator, then Head of the Science department and has recently been appointed as an Assistant Head teacher. Louise is now leading on raising standards through close analysis of data and supports all departments in meeting their targets. Louise is the schools link with PIXL and attends network meetings with WISH (Women into Secondary Headship).

Louise links with the Governors’ Standards and Achievement committee to support data tracking and pupil progress.




Mike Kelly
Associate Headteacher
, Rewards and Achievement

Mike worked in industry for many years for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank and spent several years in the United States as a football coach.

Mike joined Sale High School a PE teacher in 2004. During his time at Sale High School his roles have included KS3/4 Coordinator, KS3 Progress Coordinator, Assistant Middle Level Leader and more recently he has taken up a secondment and became an Associate Headteacher responsible for Tutoring and extended schools. Mike leads on extra-curricular activities, rewards and inter-house competition, promoting the house ethos across the school.

Mike links with the Governors’ Standards and Achievement committee to support pastoral, behaviour and attendance.


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