Meet Our Achievement Directors

Mr Swinnerton

Year 11 and Executive Achievement Director

Mr Swinnerton has an Education honours degree from Exeter University specialising in PE and Maths.

Mr Swinnerton works across all the year groups to support the Achievement Directors and SLT, working closely with both staff and parents. In his limited free time he enjoys most sports as a spectator, reading and the cinema. He also has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the worlds pre-eminent mathematicians.

Mr J Kirby

Year 10 Achievement Director

Mr Kirby has a Bachelor of Science in Wood Science and Technology and a Professional Masters of Education in Technological Education. He earned each qualification at the University of Limerick, Ireland.


Mr Kirby is responsible for the smooth progression of students transitioning from year 8 to year 9. In year 9, students engage with their first of a three year flight path to GCSE. Mr Kirby leads a highly respected and capable team of mentors who engage with students on a daily basis to develop standards of learning, both in and outside of the classroom.


Outside of school, Mr Kirby plays music on banjo, mandolin and guitar. He holds a title for All-Ireland Senior Mandolin Champion. He has played in many bands in Ireland and has travelled across Europe playing in festivals and gigs.

Miss S Towns

Year 9 Achievement Director

Miss towns has worked in education for 8 years including working in mainstream secondary, a special needs school and abroad in China as an EAL Teacher.


 In my spare time and any given opportunity she will be found on a flight to her next destination. Miss towns has been travelling for the past 6 years including living in Australia and volunteering at a special needs summer camp in California. Asia is her favourite place to go. On her down days she likes to hang out with her dog on a country walk or at the beach.

Miss H Marks

Year 8 Achievement Director

Miss Marks has a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the university of York including a year abroad in France working and studying.


Miss Marks is responsible for year 8s to keep up the motivation to find subjects they are passionate about in order to make a wise choice in later years for GCSE. Miss Marks leads a great team of mentors in order to maintain the well being and motivation to work hard both inside and out of school. 


Miss Marks has a passion for sport, including being part of a hockey team and is going to be running her 3rd marathon this year. She also loves a road trip exploring new places around the UK and Europe.

Miss S Hayward

Year 8 Achievement Director

Miss Hayward has a Bachelors and Masters degree in History. She studied at the University of Essex for both of her degrees.


Miss Hayward is responsible for the new year 7's and ensuring they make good progress whilst at Ormiston Rivers, and be there to support each student in the year group with their transition into secondary school. She will encourage students to take on new challenges and build new friendships for their time at Ormiston Rivers and beyond.


She has a dog called Bella which is her fur baby and loves taking her for walks and having snuggles in the evenings whilst watching TV

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