New Elizabethan School
Steve Ogara


Steve O'Gara

I am proud and privileged to be the Head Teacher of New Elizabethan School. I have been leading schools for over 20 years now: as a Head Teacher; Principal; Executive Principal; and Operations Director. I have spent all of my career with young people who are facing challenges and it is simply joyous to see the students at New Elizabethan make significant progress both academically and emotionally.


We see it as our responsibility to promote the skills of our students, broaden interests and to develop personal qualities. To achieve this, we aim to: foster confidence, perseverance, tolerance and integrity; enhance communication skills; encourage teamwork; and to promote an open-minded and outward-looking mentality. We are committed towards ensuring that all students are ready to make a positive contribution to their wider community, once they are ready to transition into the wider world.


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Deputy Head (Behaviour and Attitudes)

Martin Roadknight

"I Joined CNES as Deputy Head (Head of Education) in September 2018. I have enjoyed a twenty year career in teaching to this point and have specialised in behaviour and pastoral care for the last ten years. My career has included roles in SLT at mainstream schools with responsibilities for areas such as safeguarding, attendance, behaviour, inclusion, SEN and enrichment. Within my previous role I worked closely with the schools mainstream autistic base and this involvement led to my interest in developing the life chances for pupils facing barriers to learning.


In addition to my work in my previous schools I have worked with local authorities supporting on Special Educational Needs panels and behaviour and attendance panels. I also sit on the management board of a Pupil Referral Unit for pupils with a medical need in Sandwell. I believe that all students have the opportunity to succeed at a level appropriate to them and we at CNES are in a fantastic position to develop the whole young person and give them the tools to do this."



Deputy Head (Quality of Education)

Richard Upwood

I am proud to be the Deputy Head and the senior leader responsible for the Quality of Education at CNES. I joined the school in 2022 having spent my career 15-year career to date in mainstream education and I have experience teaching key stages 2 to 5.

It was very early on that I discovered I had a passion for supporting the children and young people who through no fault of their own face significant barriers when it comes to their education. I specifically have a lot of experience working with those pupils who struggle with their SEMH and in November 2021 I became a certified trauma and mental health practitioner after completing the Trauma Informed Schools UK Diploma.

It is of no surprise to colleagues, friends and family that I am now working in a specialist provision and I can’t see myself returning to mainstream education. At CNES it is my responsibility to ensure the overall effectiveness of the teaching and learning for all our pupils is of the highest quality and that our curriculum is adapted and delivered in such a way as to meet the diverse needs of all our learners so that they may achieve their potential.      



Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist Clinical Integration Lead (CNES), Clinical Specialist Lead- SLT

Sarah Starbuck

“Hello, my job as the Speech and Language Therapist in school is to assess the students to give a profile of their speech, language and social communication needs. The students then have targets that are worked towards as a whole school approach. Every day is varied from running group interventions, 1:1 sessions, staff training, classroom support and observation to general advice and strategies. The main goal is to be an integrated member of the team that is able to up skill others to offer an inclusive communication environment for our students, enabling them to access the school day, curriculum and social situations to the best of their ability”.


General Enquiries


Telephone: 0161 507 3723


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Governance Board

Termly Governance Board meetings are held at New Elizabethan School to ensure that the management of the school is closely scrutinised and held to account in all areas of responsibility.


The agenda comprises of:


✓ Voice of the Child - student feedback


✓ Head Teachers Highlight Report outlining achievements and challenges and progress against school improvement report


✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Care


✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Education


✓ Outcomes for Children and Young People - Therapy


✓ Commercial Performance


✓ Staffing and Personnel


✓ Estates Report


✓ IT report


The Governance Board contain key individuals from outside and within the school who attend this meeting each term and parental and staff feedback is always welcomed.

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