School Head Teacher


Dr Paul Doherty has been the Headmaster of Trinity Catholic High School since 1981. It was one of a handful of schools to receive ‘outstanding’ in three consecutive OFSTED inspections, and in 2008, 86% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C’s GCSE’s. Dr Doherty is also a gifted story-teller and published historian; many of his titles have been published into nearly twenty languages, and he has used this talent to raise funds for charity. With his commitment and enthusiasm undiminished, Paul has ensured that Trinity school continues to inspire the young people in his care.


Mr Danvir Visvanathan, Headmaster at Fullwood Primary School, is responsible for giving the school a real community feel. As Headmaster, he has introduced a greater sense of accountability and leadership by setting targets and goals for all. Under his guidance, the IT suite for children has been re-modelled and major building works have improved the school’s efficiency. His philisophy towards education is summed up in the school motto: ‘enabling every child to achieve their best.’ Always a friendly face at school, he is well respected and admired by all staff, students and parents.


Helen Cleland has been Headmistress at Woodford County High School since 1991. The school has outstanding academic achievements both at GCSE and A Level. Helen believes strongly in the importance of a community where students can develop their particular interests and strengths and grow in confidence. The school provides a wealth of opportunities for all pupils – including visits at home and abroad, music, dance, drama and sporting events.  Two highlights of the past year were the opening of an award winning Sports Hall and an expedition to Mongolia and China by senior students.