Senior Leadership Team

Michael Muldoon


Mr Muldoon studied at the University of Liverpool where he gained an honours degree in Geography. He spent time working in deaf-blind education before completing his Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Birmingham University in 1997. His first teaching post was as Head of Geography at Sir Charles Lucas, Colchester. He went on to lead a very successful Humanities faculty which consistently achieved outstanding results.

His first leadership post was as Assistant Principal when he joined Tendring Technology College in 2008. He became Vice Principal of the College in 2013 and one of his first achievements was to help lead the College to Ofsted Outstanding within that year. He also leads the Tendring Teaching School Alliance which, in partnership and collaboration with others, has seen educational standards rise across the area.

Mr Muldoon is in the final stages of completing his MBA in Educational Leadership (International) with the Institute of Education. He was appointed as Principal of TTC in September 2016.

Gavin Byford

Vice Principal

Gavin is based at Frinton Campus. His main responsibility is whole college pupil outcomes and working with Mark Rowson & Michael Muldoon on college finances. He also works with Tim Paternoster in developing the whole college curriculum and leading the ICT innovations at TTC and the college website.

Other elements of his role include leading and managing the data & examinations support team.

Christopher Collins

Head of Frinton Campus

Christopher is Head of Frinton Campus and is responsible for standards, achievement, quality of learning and progress for 14-16 year old.

He is also responsible for the Learning Teams and works closely with the Directors of Learning and Faculty Leaders to improve student learning and outcomes.

Christopher also has responsibility for the provision of the more able students. He works closely with April Ablett to provide a challenging education for students in Year 7 through to Year 13.

Daniel Woodcock

Head of Thorpe Campus

Dan Woodcock is Head of Thorpe Campus. He is responsible for teaching and learning, student outcomes, curriculum and behaviour across Years 7 to 9. He works closely with the Assistant Principals, Curriculum Leaders and Learning Teams to ensure the College ethos is shared and our high standards are maintained.

Dan's priorities are ensuring that students make a smooth transition into TTC from primary school and that they make excellent progress during their time at Thorpe Campus so that they are well prepared for GCSEs when they move to Frinton Campus.

As well as being a Geography Teacher, he also works as a Specialist Leader in Education and as the Geography Schools Programme.

Co-ordinator with the Princes Teaching Institute.

Mark Rowson

Business Manager

Mark is based at Frinton Campus, with whole College responsibilities leading in Finance, HR, Estates, Health & Safety, Kitchens, Admin, and Resources.

Mark also works closely with Gavin Byford to oversee our IT systems and network.

Mark's other duties include procurement, staff census returns, premises lettings and snow closure.

Tim Paternoster

Assistant Principal

Tim is based at Frinton Campus and is responsible for the curriculum offering within the college for all students and subjects. He also has the responsibility for the college timetable and assisting the Principal with the creation and implementation of the College Development Plan.

Richard Rodd

Assistant Principal

Richard is based at Thorpe Campus. He has the responsibility for standards of behaviour at Thorpe Campus. Working closely with Daniel Woodcock, Richard ensures that the day-to-day running of all aspects of Thorpe Campus are effective. Richard also has the oversight of the provision that we provide our vulnerable groups at Thorpe and Frinton Campus. He works closely with the Challenge the Gap Team, Learning Teams and Curriculum Leaders, to ensure that all students respond positively to interventions and as a result make rapid and sustained progress. He also works closely with the Attendance Team and the Assistant Directors of Learning to monitor and raise the importance of attendance.

His other duties include leading community engagement and has the oversight of Student Voice, ensuring that every student has a say in the running of the College. Richard is an Educational Visits Advisor for AET, working closely with Derek Griffiths in ensuring that AET Academies or Schools within the Teaching School Alliance are meeting government requirements when running educational visits and events. Richard is also a member of the Humanities Curriculum Area and teaches History at Thorpe Campus.

Martin Watson

Assistant Principal

Martin studied at The University of Greenwich where he gained an HND in Computer Science. He went out to work and having spent a couple of years as a maintenance engineer in a London hotel he went back to University. Martin went back to study at The University of Greenwich where he gained a B.Ed. in secondary school teaching with a specialism in Design and Technology.

Martin started at Tendring High School in 1995. He has taken on a range of roles both academic and pastoral.

Martin is currently responsible for standards, achievement, learning and progress of vulnerable students, aged 11-16. He holds a PG Cert for National Special Educational Needs Coordination.

Working on both sites enables him to work with both the heads of campus and make links with curriculum leaders and teachers.

His other duties include coordinating parent training within the college, devising CPD to support teachers’ knowledge of SEND and working closely with the year teams. Martin is a director for MTEP (Mid Tendring Educational Partnership) set up to deliver a range of support for local schools.

Catherine Muldoon

Assistant Principal

Catherine is the Director for whole college Literacy strategies, with responsibility for developing the quality of teaching and learning.

Alison Johns

Director of Mathematics

Ali is Director of Mathematics with responsibility for the strategic development of the curriculum and whole-college teaching and learning in mathematics at TTC.

Ali is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and as such supports both primary and secondary schools within TTSA. She is Co-Lead of the Matrix Herts and Essex Maths Hub and also works closely with the Norfolk and Suffolk Maths Hub.

Ali holds an MA. Ed. Mathematics from The University of Exeter.

Stephen Edgell

Associate Assistant Principal

Stephen has more than 30 years of teaching experience to bring to TTC and the TTSA; having taught across the 11-18 age range as a head of department; Deputy Head of Sixth Form and as an AST / SLE since 2008.

Stephen’s main focus at TTC is the continued improvement of teaching and learning throughout the College. This has involved leading a range of whole school initiatives and he is currently heading up the embedding of the OLEVI framework as a transformational tool for use throughout the College environment.

Stephen has taken a lead role in developing and implementing high quality CPD, from delivering sessions to the whole staff to working with NQTs and colleagues in training. He has helped shape the new Teaching and Learning Communities as a new model for professional growth.

In the last two years, Stephen has been actively working with colleagues across the TTSA and now with the AET network. He has delivered whole staff CPD sessions in Primary and Secondary settings, both in the UK and abroad and has advised on school improvement with SLT teams.

Stephen’s own recent professional development has included working with European colleagues on two separate projects related to ‘Innovative Educational Methodologies’ in the Netherlands (2011) and at the University of the Aegean, Greece (2013); qualifying as a licensed School Trainer for Kagan Cooperative Learning (2013 and 2016) and completing the OLEVI Outstanding Facilitation Programme (2014) and Train the Trainer (2016).

Simon Harding

Associate Assistant Principal

Curriculum Leader Science 11-18 / Specialist Leader in Education (SLE).

Simon is based at Frinton Campus. He has responsibility for leading teaching and learning in the Science department across Thorpe and Frinton Campus. He is also responsible for the day-to-day running of the department. As an SLE Simon has worked with a number of other primary and secondary schools, supporting them in leadership and delivering the Science National Curriculum.