Meet The Headteacher


Mark qualified as a teacher in 2000 after successfully gaining a BA.(Hons) with QTS in Primary Teaching.  He started his career at St Paul’s Primary Blackburn, later joining Cribden House Special School, Rawtenstall.  In 2012 Mark moved to Belmont School, Rawtenstall where he has experience as a school governor, teacher, Deputy Head and for the last three years, as Headteacher.  Mark took up the headship at The Holden School, in March 2020.

At The Holden School, Mark works closely with James Joyce (Assistant Director) to lead strategic direction of the school, overseeing the school curriculum, teaching and learning, pupil progress and pupil safety and, well-being.

“I am very fortunate and privileged to be the Headteacher here at The Holden School.  This recently opened school will give an incredible opportunity for our children and their families, providing them with the best possible outcomes”.

“I enjoy leading a dedicated and passionate Staff Team.  The passion our Team displays, helps our pupils to achieve their full potential and it is very evident each and every day.  Working with our young people is incredibly rewarding and enjoyable.  I feel very honoured to be the Headteacher of such a lovely school”.