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Our Leadership Team

Dayle Coe 200Dayle Coe - Headteacher

As the new Headteacher at Chapeltown Academy I am extremely proud and excited to have the opportunity to work with the students in the local community and help mould them into successful and aspirational adults. The support they receive here helps all students to achieve their full potential and go on to the top universities in the country. Our ethos is firmly based around a strong pastoral care system recognised by OFSTED in the first inspection and a drive to inspire students to academic and personal success. I very much look forward to meeting many of you on our open days so we can show you our amazing facilities, dedicated and passionate staff and how we have achieved the incredible A level results this year. 


Ali JafferAli Jaffer - Deputy Headteacher

Ali is the Academy’s Deputy Head Teacher, and was part of the original team that set the school up before it opened in 2014. He teaches Modern Languages (mainly Spanish) and Law at the Academy and holds a Law degree from the University of Cambridge. Ali is passionate about helping all students to see their own academic potential and this was a key focus of his work at Yewlands Academy (Sheffield) and Castle Hall Academy (Huddersfield) before he started working at Chapeltown Academy. In his spare time, Ali has a keen interest in sports, languages and politics. He also runs the Academy’s debating society.


Amanda SouthworthAmanda Southworth - Assistant Head Teacher, SENCo, Admissions, Destinations, Safeguarding & Higher Education

I am the SENCo and the member of staff responsible for Admissions, Destinations, Safeguarding and Higher Education. I am also the member of staff responsible for Open Days, Access Arrangements and Curriculum Bonus Time.

I have an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Liverpool and I am currently studying for a Masters.

I have been a maths teacher for 12 years. Prior to this I worked as a Project administrator/engineer for several companies including McLaren Cars. 


Helen Deighton- Assistant Head Teacher, Teacher of Economics and Business Studies

Lesley Starkes

Lesley Starkes - Finance & Business Manager

I am responsible for the Academy finance, including the school bursary fund.  Part of the finance remit includes administering the laptop scheme, free school meals, school travel, book orders and collecting trip monies.

I manage the Academy HR, Health & Safety and the Administration Team.

My role also involves overseeing the Premises, including the Catering Service onsite. 

I am the Academy Exams Officer, and I am responsible for making entries and running the exams in school. 


Antje Pieper

Antje Pieper - German Teacher and Faculty of English and Modern Languages

Antje teaches German and leads the Faculty of English and Modern Languages. She’s also responsible for looking after students’ attendance and behaviour as well as tracking their academic progress over time.




Juliet RowsonJuliet Rowson - Geography Teacher and Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Leader

Juliet teaches Geography and is also the humanities and social sciences faculty leader. She is also co-ordinator for teaching and learning across the college.