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Meet key staff members

Dear Year 7,

To make your Transition into Secondary less daunting in September, please read on to find out a little about some key Y7 staff members you will get to know at Merchants' Academy Secondary.


Sian Hook

Head of Learning Year 7

​I have been a teacher for 17 years and have been teaching English at Merchants’ Academy since 2013.  I am also the Head of Learning for year 7.  In my spare time I enjoy reading, shopping and having lived in Australia as a child ,I also love hosting BBQs for my family and friends.  What I am looking forward to most in September is getting to welcome a whole new year group to the school and the start of their secondary adventure.


Adaora Nwegbu

Tutor 7M        

I am a Maths teacher, KS4 Maths Co-ordinator.  I love swimming and going to the gym, being outdoors with my children, and learning new things this keeps me curious but grounded at the same time. I am looking forward to meeting new staff and students in September.


Florence Cotton

Tutor 7E          

I am a Spanish teacher and have been working at Merchants' Academy for nearly a year now. As a languages teacher, I love all things to do with languages. Alongside Spanish, I also speak German and have been learning Welsh over the last few months. I'm not only looking forward to meeting my tutor group in September, but hopefully teaching some of you Spanish too. 


Lucy Weatherall

Tutor 7R         

Hello, I’m Miss Weatherall and I’m an English teacher. I’ve been a teacher for 3 years and this is my 1st year at Merchants’ Academy. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my son, going for little day trips and spending time with friends and family. In September, I am looking forward to getting back to somewhat of a normal routine, working with my colleagues again and teaching students in person.


Kim Lane

Tutor 7C          

I have been teaching ICT/Computing for many years and I am glad to rejoin Merchants academy again and equally excited to have a year 7 tutor group.  In my spare time I love to play computer games, I love to read, I dance modern jive and enjoy time with friends and family. In September I am really looking forward to seeing your minds develop and grow and getting to know you all.


Tom Harrington

Tutor 7H          

I have been in the PE department for 5 years and I love teaching lots of different sports and having lots of fun!. When I am not in school I play sports such as, football, golf, tennis and badminton. I enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as taking my dog on long walks. I am really looking forward to helping my new tutees make friends, learn lots of new stuff and have an amazing time at Merchants’ Academy.


Claire James

Tutor 7A          

I have been working at Merchants Academy for two years; I really like our school and I love teaching and learning. I am passionate about travel. I have been to many places, including: Lapland, Thailand, Australia and several Greek Islands. I love spending time with my family and friends and I enjoy cooking too. I am really looking forward to meeting y7 in September!


Stacey Pearson

Tutor 7N         

I am a PE teacher here at Merchants’ Academy and have worked here for 4 years. I am also Head of the House system so you will see my face a lot during tutor times and when there are house competitions running. In my spare time, I am a FIFA referee which means I sometimes have to travel abroad to referee women’s international football. I also referee in the Barclay’s Women’s Super League and get to travel the country at the weekend to visit some nice stadiums. I enjoy reading, spending time with my friends and family and keeping myself fit. I am looking forward to meeting you all in September and seeing what ideas you have to help contribute to your house.