Catholic education is inspired by a vision of life seen whole. Catholic faith tutors us in reaching out to the fullness of human experience and to its expression in a community of life in society.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols – Archbishop of Westminster

Senior Leadership Team

Chris Gabbett

Born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Chris completed his secondary education at Marist Brothers Rosalie. He attended the University of Queensland before beginning his career as a Head of History in the Gold Coast hinterland.

In 2001, he continued his career in the UK, working in schools in south east England for five years. In this time, he also attended the University of Oxford, completing postgraduate study in curriculum design and pupil engagement.

From 2007 to 2011, Chris was a member of the National Strategies, the field force of the Government education strategy, as an adviser in Behaviour and Attendance and then a Senior Adviser in the Narrowing the Gap initiative. He commenced at Trinity as Deputy in April, 2011, taking on the role of Principal in September, 2012.

He was a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellow in the Field of Education in 2011, researching in Norway and Queensland, Australia. He is a solid devotee of Catholic social teaching and worships at St James, Reading, one of about thirty Pugin churches he has visited in what is becoming an obsession.

Jon Shires
Deputy Principal (Academic Progress and Curriculum)

Jon studied Business at University in Hull after which he completed his teacher training at the University of Huddersfield. Despite moving to the Midlands 21 years ago as a Newly Qualified teacher at an inner city school in Birmingham his accent has remained. He then gained promotions to Head of Department at Myton before joining Trinity in 2007 as the Assistant head teacher for Post 16 studies. In 2012 he became Deputy Principal.

He is married with two teenage children and worships at St Peters RC Church in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Having played both codes of Rugby league and Rugby union he is a committed Leeds Rhinos, Coventry Bears and Worcester Warrior fan.

Matt Alton
Deputy Principal (Inclusion and Pastoral Care)

Born in Manchester, Matt spent his formative years in Cheshire prior to University education in Nottingham. He returned to his birthplace to complete his PGCE at Manchester University.

He began his teaching career at Nicholas Chamberlaine School in Bedworth prior to becoming a member of the pastoral team at Trinity as a Head of Year.

During his time at Trinity, Matt has taken charge of the Sixth Form in addition to joining the Senior Leadership Team as an Assistant Principal with oversight for behaviour and attendance. Matt now works as a Deputy Principal with responsibility for Inclusion and Pastoral Care.

Matt is a keen road cyclist and has competed in many 100 mile sportives around the UK. He is also an average golfer.

Debbie Hayden
Faculty Principal (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Whole school responsibility for KS2-4 progress and Life after Levels.

Debbie started her schooling in York attending a Grammar school and a Sixth Form College, before moving to Scotland to complete an MA in Modern History. After completing an MA She took a year out working for a charity and in the local council offices before moving to Nottingham to complete a PGCE. Her first post as a newly qualified teacher of History and Sociology was at a Catholic School in Gloucester. She taught there for two years before moving back to Nottingham to get married and to take up a teaching post in a Sixth Form College. She relocated to Leamington in 2000, when She was appointed as Teacher of History at Trinity Catholic School. In her time at Trinity She has been a Lead Teacher for Sociology, a Head of History and Sociology before coming a Faculty Principal within the school leadership team.

Seath Crook
Faculty Principal (English and Communications)
Whole school responsibility for Raising Standards, Catholic Feeder School engagement

Seath spent her childhood in Canada and southern England, attending 6 different schools. After A levels, she completed a year’s volunteering at a women’s refuge before working in the travel industry in London. For 10 years Seath worked for American Express and then Air New Zealand in a variety of different roles to do with business and leisure travel.

Whilst working, she studied for a part time degree in English Language and Literature, specialising in linguistics and 19th century fiction and then moved to the Midlands and completed a PGCE in English and Drama.

Seath’s first teaching post was at North Leamington and she moved to take up the Second in English role at Trinity in 2001. She has been happily employed here ever since.

Amanda Woodward (Science, Technology, Engineering,Mathematics)
Whole school responsibility for Teaching and Learning and CPD.

Amanda was educated to GCSE in Birmingham and to A Level at Myton School, Warwick. Her siblings all attended Trinity Catholic School. Amanda completed her degree in Pharmacology followed by her Post Graduate teaching qualification at the University of Sheffield.

Amanda began her teaching career in 2000 in Rotherham and has taught in Doncaster, Rotherham, Solihull and Alcester. Her school roles prior to Trinity have included: Lead GNVQ Science, Head of Chemistry, Head of Science, Head of House and Assistant Head Teacher in charge of a faculty and whole school coaching. Amanda joined Trinity Catholic School in September 2013 as Faculty Principal (STEM) and now also leads Teaching and Learning.

Outside school, Amanda thoroughly enjoys being a busy mum to her two children.