Victoria Taylor

Senior Vice Principal

I began my teaching career in 2004 after working in the manufacturing industry after a short spell in the British Army. After gaining a First Class Honours at Manchester Metropolitan University,  I took on the role as an Electronics teacher. After two years of teaching, I was successfully appointed as a Lead Practitioner across two secondary schools in urban Manchester and assisted in their amalgamation and new build development.

By 2009, I had been asked to speak at the national NQT conference for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) and also contributed to their publications and regional training events. In 2009, I was invited on a Quest to Brazil as a guest of the British Council to look at improving globalised education, which on return, I spoke about at the SSAT national conference to 3000 delegates.

I became an Associate Assistant Principal in 2014 where I led on Pupil Premium, Curriculum development and Culture. I then went on to secure an Assistant Headteacher position at Trentham Academy, our sister secondary school within the City Learning Trust, in 2015, where I was responsible for Data, Curriculum, Outcomes and Timetabling. In 2015, I secured my Masters in Educational Leadership and Management with Cumbria University. After a secondment position, I was made substantive Deputy Headteacher of Trentham Academy in 2019. I completed my NPQH in May 2019. I joined Haywood Academy as Senior Vice Principal in September 2020. 

 I have a strong track record for school improvement and work relentlessly to ensure that every student can reach their potential; academically, emotionally and socially in preparation for their next steps.

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  • Students have access to a wide range of exciting resources and learn specific skills through well-paced and sequenced activities.


  • Behaviour around the school is consistently orderly and students are polite and helpful.


  • Without a doubt, my time at Haywood firmly placed me on the path to Oxford.

    Jordan Williamson, Trinity College, Oxford