Willow Park – Our Team

Rebecca Slayford
Director of Education Services
Rebecca is a fully qualified teacher with over 20 years’ experience. Rebecca has worked in mainstream and SEND, she is a specialist in supporting children presenting with social, emotional and mental health difficulties to access education successfully. Rebecca has worked in a wide range of roles across education as a teacher, advisory teacher to mainstream, SENCo and headteacher. Within her current role as executive head teacher, Rebecca oversees Compass Community Schools and a national education service which supports looked after children to access education provision.
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Christopher Hughes
Executive Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead
I have been teaching for 20 years and have spent a considerable amount of my career in inner-city schools in Manchester, predominantly working as part of the Pastoral team as well as teaching ICT and Business lessons. I have been working with Compass since 2016 and love being part of this exciting and developing service.
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Matthew Galvin
Deputy Head Teacher
Michael Rayner
Stacey Richardson
My name is Stacey Richardson and I am a HLTA at Willow Park Sowerby Bridge. I have worked in both primary and secondary settings for the last 6 years and have a degree in Primary Education. I am married with two children and my interests include shopping, travelling and spending time with my family.
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Ben Williamson
My name is Ben Williamson. I have a degree in Music and a QTS (Secondary Music). I have been teaching for 5 years in both Primary and Secondary settings. I have a Siberian Husky. My interests are Muay Thai, meditation, music and reading.
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Sasha Hewson
Teaching Assistant
My name is Sasha Hewson, I have a degree in Sport Science and I have worked in SEN Education for over a year. I hold a huge passion for dance, cheerleading and green tea! I have previously taught Zumba in America, and travelled the West Coast of America, Europe and South East Asia. I look forward to working with and teaching young people to achieve their dreams, and make positive changes to their lives.
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Sarah Thornton
Regional SENCO
Sarah Batty
Senior Compliance and Support Service Coordinator