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Meet the Headteacher

Dan Wright, Headteacher

St Anne's RC Voluntary Academy has been providing Catholic education to those of all faiths and none since 1959.  It is a school tucked away in a leafy lane part of Heaton Chapel, one of the four Heatons.  It is a school with Christ at the centre of all that it is and does.  

I joined St Anne's in September 2019 and have embarked upon an ambitious process of renewal for our community.  As of summer 2020, our school has a brand new, dynamic Senior Leadership Team that is overhauling almost every last area, bringing about rapid but sustainable changes.  We know that our students, regardless of their starting point in life, deserve a rich and vibrant curriculum, outstanding teachers and above all, a safe environment in which they can learn.  

St Anne's is one of the first schools to join the Emmaus Catholic Academy Trust in 2020, bringing support to the stability we have already provided through partnerships with other Catholic schools in the Diocese of Salford.  We are a school that now looks outwards to new horizons - and we hope this website will give you a sense of the ambition that I have for this school.

When you are choosing a school for your child, you should feel confident that your Headteacher is qualified to lead the school.  I am proud to lead this school and I want every parent to feel confident that when they are making the choice to send their child to St Anne’s that they are taking the most positive step that they can in their child’s future.  

I have benefited from a Roman Catholic education my whole life, attending St Philip’s RC Primary School in Kersal under the Headship of Mr Jim Keogh, before St Bede’s College for secondary school and 6th Form under the Headship of Mr John Byrne.  A Master of Arts in French and German followed at the University of St Andrews, with an Integrated Year Abroad in Normandy teaching English to primary and secondary school pupils and various stints in Stuttgart, Germany as an EFL teacher.  Immediately following my undergraduate studies, I spent a year as Lecteur d’Anglais at L’université de Paris IV, La Sorbonne.  In 2003 I took my PGCE in secondary and 6th Form education at Homerton College, Cambridge and later completed my Master of Education at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.

I am husband to Georgina Wright and father to three boys in Will, Toby and Teddy.  I am a practising Roman Catholic - and I am humbled to be the servant Headteacher of the community at St Anne’s RC Voluntary Academy.

Daniel Wright
M.A. (Hons) (St And); M.Ed. (Cantab)