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Our Mission:

The Tameside Virtual School and College exists to ensure that all cared for young people in Tameside, from nursery to university, receive the best educational opportunities possible and are able to realise and reach their potential. We work with around 200 schools and colleges, SEND support services and Social Care both in and out of Tameside to provide guidance and support around all educational issues. We monitor attendance and attainment across all schools and offer advice and support to resolve problems if they arise. We are also a helpful source of advice support for professionals and families involved with any children who have been previously cared for; have a social worker or who are involved with the youth justice service. We may not have a building, but we exist to support you, your families and carers throughout your educational journey.

Please explore our page for helpful resources and information or follow the link below to contact a member of our team.

Meet the Team

Amanda Aylward
- Virtual School & College Headteacher
I have been lucky enough to have been Virtual School Headteacher for the last 4 years. Prior to that I worked as an Assistant Headteacher and SENCO in a Tameside Secondary School after starting my teaching career in a secondary 11-18 school in Oldham where I was a teacher and Head of Year. Before I started teaching I worked as a professional freelance musician.

Rosie Spiers - Education Welfare Officer
Hello. I have worked in Tameside for a number of years and joined the Virtual School 3 years ago. I love working here and meeting the young people who we support in Education.
I have 3 grown-up children and 4 little grandchildren who keep me busy.

Kath Hankinson
Kath Hankinson - Education Welfare Officer
I joined Tameside Virtual School and College in April 2020 – a month after we went into lockdown! Over the past 18 months I’ve been lucky to meet and work with some amazing people in supporting our children and young people in Tameside.  Prior to joining the Virtual School, I worked as an Attendance Officer in a Tameside Primary School and before that, worked as a Placement Manager for Cared for Children for Oldham Council.
Outside of work I enjoy walking and travelling with my husband and two daughters. I come from a large family and I’m the second youngest of 7 children, so there’s always a family get-together and birthday cake to enjoy!

Rachael Weeden - Education Welfare Officer
I joined the Virtual School and College in August 2021. My role is to work with schools, social workers and carers to promote attendance and outcomes for all our cared for young people. Prior to working for the virtual school I worked as a secondary school History teacher, and assistant SENCO, at a Tameside school. I have a particular interest in working with and supporting young people with SEND and have also worked for a short time in a specialist primary school for children with autism. Outside of work, I love to bake and go on adventures with my two children.

Sally Courtney - Post 16 Achievement Coordinator
I joined the Virtual School and College in November 2019 and my key focus is supporting our students in to further education, higher education and beyond!  I have previously worked in further education in a range of settings including Sixth Form, Vocational Colleges and alternative provisions.
We are a cricket loving family and so most of our time is spent on the pitch or at the club!  During the winter we enjoy walking our adorable dog.

Helen O’Connor
- Finance & Information Officer
I have only joined the team recently and am enjoying working for the Virtual school. Every day is interesting and varied. I have worked in many different departments of the Council and so have lots of experience. I have a lovely daschund called George. He likes to go for walks as long as it is not raining and his favourite thing to do is to lay on the sofa in the sun.


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