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Our Schools

Feversham Nursery Undercliffe

About our school

Key Staff

We have a dedicated team of talented and inspirational staff who are committed to delivering the highest standards for each and every child in the school.

The school is led by Richard Hanson, who is supported by a dynamic team of senior leaders and staff. We strongly believe that outstanding staff are essential to delivering an outstanding education. We put a lot of effort into recruiting the very best people. We then invest heavily in their continuing professional training and development.

Richard Hanson (Principal)

Mr Hanson has worked in education for 25 years, including 17 years as a senior leader.
Throughout his career Mr Hanson has held a wide range of leadership roles; the knowledge and experience gained from these have enabled him to forge and then exhibit his genuine passion for ensuring every child, regardless of background or starting point, has high aspirations and achieves their full potential by developing their qualities and skills to prepare them for employment or further and higher education.
For the last five years Mr Hanson has been part of the Senior Leadership team within the Outwood Grange Academies Trust where he has demonstrated a consistent record of leading rapid school transformation from Special Measures to Outstanding.
Being born and raised in Bradford, Mr Hanson was excited and proud to be appointed Principal at Queensbury Academy and looks forward to embedding his principles to ensure the best educational provision for the pupils of this academy to make them highly employable individuals and respectable members of the local and wider community.
Mr Hanson has an Honour’s degree in Musicianship from Salford University, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Leeds University and an NPQH from EMLC. ​

Maria Monaghan (Vice Principal)

Ms. Monaghan is Vice Principal at Queensbury Academy.

She has worked in education for 23 years; 11 years as a senior leader.  She began her teaching career as an English teacher with Blackpool Borough County Council and joined Blackburn with Darwen Borough’s School Improvement Team for 3 years, developing outstanding teaching and learning in the secondary schools in the area. She remained in the Blackburn area for a further 13 years, as a senior leader where during this time Ms. Monaghan delivered training for the SSAT (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust). Her areas of responsibility have continually been raising standards of education for all students through excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Ms. Monaghan has an Honour’s degree in English with Music, from Surrey University and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Edge Hill University.

Graham Waters (Assistant Principal)

Mr Waters has worked in education for 32 years; 13 years as a senior leader. He began his teaching career as a Maths teacher at Hymers College, Hull then progressed to subject leader for mathematics at Priory School, Barnsley in 1996, before becoming first an Assistant Headteacher and then a Deputy Headteacher for 8 years at Mexborough Academy in Doncaster. Mr Waters has since held the post of SENDCO at Netherthorpe School, Chesterfield before joining the senior team at Queensbury Academy.

Being born and raised in Portsmouth, Mr Waters was happy to move away from his roots to undertake his first role in teaching in 1987! He then joined Queensbury Academy as Assistant Principal for Inclusion in April 2019.  Mr Waters is determined to ensure that any barriers to learning are broken down so that all students at the academy can leave with the best possible life chances for their future career.

Mr Waters has an Honour’s degree in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics from Warwick University.

Esther Waters (Assistant Principal)

Mrs Waters began her teaching career in Physical Education with English and Music as second subjects some 27 years ago. She then moved her teaching career to warmer climes and has taught English full time as a classroom practitioner for the past 5 years. Previous to this Mrs Waters held a variety of leadership roles in schools within Derbyshire for 10 years and leading teams has always been her passion.

She sets exceptionally high expectations for herself and others and has a 'can do' attitude to success at all levels, with a firm belief that each individual has talents that should be nurtured and developed to allow them to be their very best. Mrs Waters has a genuine enthusiasm and a determination to contribute to the continued success of Queensbury Academy.

Sohaib Tanvir (Director of Learning: Science & Sports)

Mr Tanvir is Director of Learning: Science and Sport,  Assessment, Reporting and Recording.

He arrives with a track record of developing strong departments that deliver good results. Alongside line managing Science and Sport, his new role includes: data & exams / internal & external exams / intervention management / report card systems / performance review meetings / Duke of Edinburgh award / interim responsibility for pupil premium

Mr Tanvir is a firm believer in developing independence through strategies that improve a pupil's ability to evaluate their learning.

Mr Tanvir has an Honour’s degree in Pharmacy, from the University of Manchester and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Edge Hill University. He has also completed the NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership) and has recently started the NPQSL (National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership.