Head of Year, Teacher of History


Mr S Cross
Mrs S Cross


Mrs N Edge


Hi I’m Mrs Fenner. I started working at The Oaks Academy just over a year and half ago as part of the SEND team. 
There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing students grow and achieve more than they ever thought they could  I can also help with any worries or issues that occur during your time here to help make The Oaks Academy a fantastic journey.


IT Assistant
Mrs M Gherghiceanu
Governors' Clerk
Mrs C Gritton
Cleaning Team Lead
Mrs J Griggs

I have been an Art Teacher at the school since 2005, but have also taught Textiles and Graphics.  I feel that I have the best job in the world being able to do creative things that I love and help to inspire our pupils to achieve amazing work , and build confidence in their own ability.  As well as teaching Art I enjoy being a form tutor which helps in building positive relationships with our pupils and part of this is being form tutor, at times I have been known to be quite a competitive tutor!  I look forward to seeing you at The Oaks Academy.


I have worked at The Oaks Academy since 2014 as a Learning Support Assistant. My role enables me to work with students in ways that support them academically, pastorally and socially.  I am passionate about supporting students through their time at The Oaks and thrive on the sense of achievement we gain from our student’s successes.

I am the Pastoral Manager for Year 9 and what I love about pastoral work is building positive relationships with our students and getting to know individuals.  It is incredibly important that our students enjoy every moment and every experience of their journey in school until they become young adults in Year 11.   It is my responsibility to ensure that our students meet their full potential throughout their time here. I work alongside Mr Austin, Head of Year 9 to eliminate any obstacles, to support and nurture our students when experiencing difficulties.  

Teacher of History and English
School Governor
Mr P Howell
Director of Quality- The Learning Alliance
Mr A Howells
Teacher of English and Business Studies

I joined the school in 2002 and have never looked back, believing in our pupils and their futures. During my time I have taken on a number of different roles, in a number of different areas of the school but throughout my passion has always been Mathematics.

In my new role as Assistant Head for Mathematics it is my aim to ensure that all pupils are inspired to learn Mathematics, seeing its importance and the opportunities it creates for them in their future. I know that our pupils can achieve great things in their lives and it is my role, alongside Mathematics, to provide them with opportunities and experiences that enable them to find their own successful path in life.

Assistant Headteacher: Maths and Work Related Learning

Cover Supervisor Team Leader

‘I started working at The Oaks Academy back in 2005 so I have been here for quite a while! My role is school Cover Supervisor so I cover lessons when your teachers are not in school. This means you will definitely see me in one of your lessons at some point, as I cover all year groups and all subjects.

I have a Geography degree and a Masters in Education so I have spent most of my adult life not only working in education, but studying it too. In school I have taught a range of subjects including KS3 and GCSE Geography, online Maths classes and even BTEC Childcare a few years ago.

I enjoy how every day in school is different. I am always learning something new and there is never a dull moment!’

Assistant Head of Science

I joined the Oaks Academy as Assistant CTL for Science in 2019, after working in West Cheshire for 17 years. I am passionate about the wonders and potential of science, and I am privileged to be able to share this passion with the students. I hope to develop inquisitive and resilient students who have the self-belief and skills to have successful STEM based careers. Science lessons have a strong focus on practical work to enable students to develop these skills. In lessons I encourage students to question the world around them and challenge them to find possible solutions these questions and problems.

 I have found it inspiring to work along staff who are passionate about raising the aspirations and attainment of students, and who work tirelessly to ensure learning is enjoyable for all. 


Teacher of History and English
Mr A Jones

I work as a Learning Support Assistant at The Oaks Academy. I enjoy working with students in and out the classroom. My role gives me great satisfaction as we all work together to achieve your maximum potential. I look forward to working with you all.


The Oaks Academy is a school which promotes high aspirations and expectations for all our students. We aim to place ourselves at the heart of our community. Our staff value knowing our students well and we are keen to provide a caring yet ambitious learning experience for them.

We aim for all students to achieve their potential, and to recognise and nurture individual strengths. To this end we offer a broad and balanced Key Stage 3 provision from which students can opt for a range of GSCE options. We emphasise the importance of academic progress, nurture a balanced outlook and positive attitudes, and at the same time encourage our students to contribute meaningfully to our community.

Our pastoral provision is focused on nurturing individual needs whilst helping the children develop into well-rounded and responsible young people. We attach an emphasis on our students being safe, happy and successful, whilst being prepared for their futures – in further or higher education, apprenticeship or employment.

Whether you are reading this and considering whether the Oaks is the right school for your child, or a parent or carer of a child who currently attends our school, and looking for more information, I hope you find our website useful. If you would like any more information or to meet or visit us, then please do not hesitate to get in contact.


Hello, my name is Mrs Leech and I would like to welcome you to The Oaks Academy.  I have worked at this school for over 20 years and have enjoyed supporting our students on their high school path and beyond.   I am here to help you settle in at The Oaks Academy, and will help you with any concerns or worries you may have, and also celebrate your successes in school.

I look forward to meeting you all.

My name is Nina Lockett and I am the Year 11 Pastoral Manager and Year 11 Lead, together with this I am also the Careers Lead for The Oaks Academy.  I have worked in education for over 25 years, previously spending 15 years working for The Academic Division of Child Health at The University of Nottingham and then 11 years working at The Rudheath Senior Academy in Northwich.  My role is to support Year 11 throughout their final year at The Oaks Academy and make their transition into College or an Apprenticeship as smooth as possible. I understand the importance of good careers advice and options and it is my job to ensure that this process is seamless and that they enter into further education fully aware of what options are open to them to ensure they make the right choices post 16. 


Chair of Governors
Mrs M Massey

I am the Year 7 Pastoral Manager and Transitional Lead and I work closely with the Year 7 Head of Year and the Form Tutors. 

I have previously worked in Key stage 2 education in a primary school setting therefore, I have relevant experience of the transition process from KS2 to KS3. I completely understand the wellbeing of a child is fundamental in encouraging them to attain academically and socially and I am always here to offer support, guidance and information to pupils and parents, to ensure their journey to The Oaks Academy is seamless and supported in Year 7.  

I joined The Oaks Academy in 2019 after having had the pleasure of working in other schools in Cheshire West and Chester for the last 14 years. When offered the role of Teacher of Mathematics at the Academy I chose to move here predominantly because of the welcoming atmosphere and stimulating learning environment created by students and staff alike. Since working here I have experienced what an amazing community has been built at this school, staff and students alike show genuine support, pride and respect for each other.

I love teaching maths and am passionate about engaging students in the language of maths, encouraging them to experiment and learn through peer collaboration, building resilience and independent learning skills.  I believe it is important for everyone to develop logical thinking and reasoning strategies as it is at the core of our everyday lives.

I am also currently a year 7 form tutor, a role I really enjoy. I consider this to be a very important role as it gives me the opportunity to support students not just academically, but pastorally as well.  I am incredibly proud of my form, it has been a great pleasure to see their personal growth throughout the year, they have worked hard to meet the Academy’s high standards and expectations.

Welcome to The Oaks Academy, I look forward to working with you. 

I started my teaching career at the school in 2004, however I attended Kings Grove as a pupil from 1992-97. I have always felt a close affinity to the school and pride at being able to educate the local community.  During my time at the school I have fulfilled several roles that of Teacher of PE, form tutor, Primary PE teacher and Head of House.  I have delivered initiatives such as the Twista Project to help encourage and engage pupils on the importance of school. I oversee the annual Sports Week to help raise the profile of the subject and give pupils the opportunities to take part in new sporting activities.  I am passionate about creating opportunities for pupils to access PE and Sport both in curriculum and extra-curricular time.  As I have been at the school for 16 years it has helped the progression of pupils from Year 7 to those who leave at Year 11 who have taken the GCSE PE course.

As part of the PE department we over the previous 18 months have tried to reward pupils by organising trips to Ninja Warrior, Ice Skating, Go Karting, and Flip out.

In my spare time I am keen sports fan, I enjoy watching Crewe Alex and have helped to organise many PE reward trips.  Over the previous 10 years I have enjoyed watched the England Cricket team at various test match venues around the country and had many trips to Twickenham to watch the England Rugby team in World Cups, Six Nations and Autumn internationals.  In my younger years I enjoyed watching Spurs both at the old White Hart Lane and various Premier League venues around the country.  I now have a young family and enjoy spending more family time together; however my passion for sport is one that will continue into my later years.

I look forward to meeting you when you join The Oaks


I joined the school in 2017 as assistant CTL in Maths after having previously worked at a school in Northwich. I feel privileged to work at The Oaks Academy inspiring and believing in the young people of Crewe. My mission is for everybody to enjoy maths, however difficult it might be. I want to encourage pupils to explore and discover new aspects of maths and question why it works, can they find an alternative method that may be better for them.  I am a bit of a geek I love problem solving, sudoku and decoding and love to involve pupils in similar tasks to encourage independence.

One of my highlights of working at The Oaks Academy is winning the world book day fancy dress as Princess Fiona from Shrek – I love that green dress.


I joined The Oaks Academy in 2016 as a Teacher of Geography from a school in Liverpool and settled in straight away. The first thing I noticed about The Oaks Academy is the sense of community that you get from working in a small school. The staff are incredibly supportive and welcoming and made joining a new school easy.

I am the Teacher of Geography at The Oaks Academy and I teach most students from Years 7 to 9. I also teach Geography at GCSE and am an examiner for the AQA exam board. I am hugely passionate about Geography and the importance of a subject that allows students to travel the world from their classroom and look at and think about their world differently. Through sharing my enthusiasm and subject knowledge I hope to inspire the next generation of Geographers. After all, it’s really hard to change the World if you don’t know that much about it! Before I became a Geography teacher, I worked in a museum, for the Civil Service and at a law firm. All of these experiences have taught me that you can always do something different and achieve something new with hard work.

My other role is as a form tutor and I have had the privilege to welcome two groups of year 7 students to the Academy.

One of my biggest highlights at The Oaks Academy is being part of the winning staff relay team at sports day2019!

I have always had an interest in Science (especially Biology) having taught the subject in a variety of schools in Cheshire for many years.

Science helps you to understand the world around you.

I joined the Oaks Academy in 2012 as a teaching assistant working in the Science Department. My role now is that of Science Technician.

As Science Technician I support the Science team and make sure they have the equipment for practical work and demonstrations to enrich your learning experience and make your Science lessons interesting and fun.

I look forward to seeing you at the Oaks Academy.

I have worked as a Learning Support Assistant at the Oaks Academy for over 15 years – a long time! I enjoy supporting pupils on different levels, academically, pastorally and socially. I am looking forward to meeting you soon.



I joined The Oaks Academy in 2018, as a member of the English department. Prior to that I trained and worked in London for 12 years, before moving back to my home county – just over the Cheshire border in Staffordshire. I chose to work at The Oaks because of it’s supportive staff and welcoming atmosphere; I feel very fortunate to work with such fantastic staff and students every day. 
I have a love for language in all it’s forms, whether it be a book, play, poem or article. I find it remarkable the difference a word can make to the overall meaning of a sentence and I’m fascinated by the way language has evolved over time. I am passionate about Shakespeare and the layers of meaning that can be found within his plays – I hope that those in my classroom would say that whilst Shakespeare might be challenging, it is definitely not boring! My favourite book is Mists Over Pendle and an enjoyment of reading is something that I hope to pass on to all students – there are few things better than getting lost in the story of another world.  

Head of Humanities Faculty

I am Curriculum Team Leader for Humanities and Modern Foreign Languages. I have been at the Oaks academy since day one and I am as motivated now as when it first started. I teach Religious Studies, PSHCE and sometimes History and Geography. I don’t read many books but i like to read about articles about religion and politics. My hobbies are Football and Fortnite. I try to make all of my lessons fun, engaging and challenging to help you all maximise your potential.


Head of Student Support & Deputy Safeguarding Lead

My number one motivation is that our pupils are supported to develop into well-rounded individuals who know how to keep themselves safe. My belief is that all pupils should have a personal and specific hope for their own future, one they can articulate, believe in and share with others. I am committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and it is a privilege to work with such a strong and dedicated Pastoral team, whose daily focus is to make all of this possible.

Teacher of PE, Health & Social Care, Science

I am an exceptionally experienced teacher with over 25 years in the profession under my belt. I still really enjoy teaching and I am just as passionate about it as I was on my first day. I particularly like using my skills, knowledge and experience to make a difference to pupils’ futures. This led me to complete a part- time university course to become a Specialist Dyslexia teacher. This means as part of my role at The Oaks Academy, I undertake all the testing to assess if you will need any extra support, such as, extra time, readers or even scribes in your GCSEs (Access Arrangements).

I am one of the longest serving members of staff at this school, so I might have taught your older brothers or sisters. Naturally when you have taught at the same school for as long as I have there is a tendency to fill many different roles. My first love is PE and that is what I taught at the school when I first started and I still teach some of that today. Then I became a Schools Sports Coordinator which was an advisory, guidance and supportive role for the local primary schools. I have also taught History, Geography, Religious Education and French at the school. I was Achievement Leader (Head of Year) for 6 years but more recently I have been really enjoying teaching English at The Oaks Academy and if I do not teach you in PE you may well see me in the English classroom. Furthermore, I also support the SEND department delivering literacy interventions, Irlen’s screening, supporting dyslexic pupils and helping other teachers in the school by making sure their lessons are “Dyslexic friendly”. Most recently, I have been teaching Yoga relaxation techniques to pupils (and staff) and have seen it make a real impact to some pupils’ learning.

Outside of School you are most likely to find me on a tennis court still working hard to improve my game after 40 years of playing. I captain the A team for my tennis club, winning the South and Mid Cheshire league for the last 10 years in a row! I am extremely proud that I represent my county and hope one day to make the GB squad.

I look forward to seeing you in my classroom or the sports hall soon!



Having grown as a qualified teacher, from the Grass roots at this school I have been a Teacher of PE at the Oaks Academy for 15 years. I am very passionate about developing skills and techniques in a variety of sports to improve your performance in a game’s situation. I am immensely proud of the pupils that I teach, predominantly in the representation we display against other local schools in fixtures across a range of sporting activities. My passion continues in the delivery of GCSE PE, which then allows our sports enthusiasts to pursue sport in the future, beyond the academy.  

Throughout my years of teaching I have always dedicated the time to develop positive relationships with pupils, both in my form and teaching groups, to ensure that learning can excel. To continue this sentiment, I am privileged to hold the position as Head of Key stage 4, and therefore responsible for the wellbeing and academic achievements of each, and every pupil at some point on their journey at The Oaks Academy. Success is achieved academically via the opportunities and experiences we provide at the academy. 

My most favourite achievement recently has been the promotion of Crewe Alex FC, after a fantastic season, that has been cut short! Up the Alex!!!  

I look forward to welcoming you to the Academy, and more so into the PE family at The Oaks Academy.  

Having started my teaching career in Chester I moved to The Oaks, known then as Kings Grove, in September 1997. I’ll let you do the maths as to how many years I have taught here in Crewe.

As the longest serving member of teaching staff, I believe that is testament to the community and family ethos that we have developed here at The Oaks.  I often get asked, “Did you teach my mum, dad, brother, sister?”  and the answer is probably yes if they were a pupil here.

I began my journey here at The Oaks as a PE teacher, hence my competitiveness and love of sport.  For many years I had a role as a Head of Year taking on the responsibility of the Pastoral care of our students. Part of that role meant I was responsible for the transition of our Year 6 pupils from their primary school all the way through to the end of Year 7. 

In 2016 I made the exciting move upstairs to the Maths Department which is where you will now find me.  In order to make the move from PE to Maths I went back to night school to retrain as a Maths teacher. This goes to show that you can always learn new skills, no matter how old you are.

Through teaching maths, I am passionate in inspiring all our pupils to believe in themselves. To believe that they can do it, that they can achieve and help them strive to be the very best that they can be.

I look forward to working with you as you begin your journey at The Oaks.


Hello all. My name is Mrs Williams and I am the Head of Year 7 as well as a Teacher of Technology (main subject is food). So, welcome the The Oaks Academy. I know this is going to be a great year for all of us to grow and learn together.

Before I became a teacher, I had the opportunity to hold several very different professional positions over a period of nearly 30 years; where “Pride and Respect” played an important role in being part of very different working communities. These positions varied from being a professional chef, catering manager, President of a students’ union to managing an educational charity; I have even DJ’d in Ibiza. All these opportunities have given me a wealth of experience and knowledge that I  share with the pupils I teach and support.

I started at the Oaks Academy, as a Food Teacher, in September 2013, and have been here ever since; this is testament to how great the school really is. I feel incredibly excited and privileged to be able to work at such a supportive and community focused school.

Teaching here has enabled me to see how our pupils develop and grow; and I am so proud of them when their hard work leads to great accomplishments, they can take with them into the future; striving to make a difference in the support of tomorrow’s decision makers.

I also have the great privilege of being Head of Year 7; the main purpose of this post is to support our Year 7 pupils to develop their own character through the promotion of self-awareness and responsibility; with the aim of instilling high expectation in the conduct and activities our pupils undertake as members of this Academy.

I look forward to working with you all as we together make The Oaks Academy into an academy to be proud of.

Welcome to The Oaks Academy.

Head of Creative Arts Faculty

Having previously taught in two other schools in the area, I joined The Oaks Academy in September 2015. I teach both Music and Photography and am proud to lead the work of the Creative Arts and Technology subjects as the Curriculum Team Leader of the faculty.

What impresses me so much on a daily basis is our ability to work together as a school community to support our students to be the best they can be and build on their strengths and interests.  

Becoming a teacher was always my chosen vocation enabling me to share my enthusiasm and subject knowledge with young people and to inspire future generations. I strongly believe in the value of Creative Arts and Technology subjects and how they help young people to develop their creativity, confidence, communication, team work, resilience and independent learning skills, as well as subject specific skills and understanding.

In addition to the curriculum, our enrichment programme offers a rich and diverse range of opportunities for our students. Opportunities include Choir, Ukulele Band, Drama club, Art and Textiles club, Happy Snappers Photography club, rehearsal opportunities for soloists and ensembles, the National Connections theatre project, the Future Chef competition, the Dot Art competition, an annual Photography competition, concerts, shows, exhibitions and a range of workshops and educational visits.


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