Meet our Senior Leaders

  • Mr Jonathan Budd


Jonathan Budd took up the Headship at Slated Row in September 2014. Previous to this role he was a member of a Senior Leadership Team in an all-age special school (4-16) in London since 2006.
When working for the Specialist Advisory Service in Hertfordshire he specialised in pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and Social Communication Difficulties. Through this role he advised staff and parents and worked with pupils from pre-school to secondary schools. He completed training for individuals, whole school staff as well as centralised Local Authority Training.
Jonathan has his National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH) and has completed a number of post-graduate studies in Special Educational Needs with Cambridge, Birmingham and Hertfordshire Universities. He qualified as a primary teacher (PE specialism) going straight into Colnbrook School, an outstanding special school, where he was the ICT Leader for three years. Previous to that he has experienced a number of roles working with young people including Teaching Assistant (ASD Base), Sports Coach, Lifeguard and Play Leader.
  • Miss Zoe Baines

    Deputy Headteacher

Zoë Baines joined Slated Row School in April 2014 as an Associate Vice Principal. Zoë has been the 'Deputy Lead' for Child Protection in the school since 2016. 

Zoë has her National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH) and has extensive experience leading the pastoral systems in schools. She has held a number of middle management roles, including Head of girls PE, School Sports Coordinator, Key stage three progress leader and a head of year for year groups 7 – 11. During which she demonstrated strong and motivational leadership for students, parents and members of staff for eight years in Hertfordshire.

Zoë has held the positions of Assistant Principal at Bedford Academy and Associate Vice Principal at Sandy Upper School.

At Bedford Academy Zoë was involved in leading all of the Academies’ inclusion and welfare systems, implementing them successfully since the opening of the academy in 2010. Zoë played a crucial role in transforming a challenging upper school into a successful Academy where students are happy and enjoy school life, achieving an outstanding for leadership and management (Ofsted 2013).  Zoë was responsible for raising attendance by 3.5% in her last year at the academy; one of the highest increases in the county.  At Sandy Upper School Zoë was part of the leadership team that achieved the highest increase in GCSE results including Maths and English in 2014.

  • Mr Mark Richardson

    School Business Manager

Mark Richarsdson started at Slated Row in January 2015. He joined the team after working in the Local Authority SEN Team for a number of years. He therefore has an excellent grasp on our context and through his work as the school's SEN Officer the needs of the pupils and staff. He has a background in finance from previous jobs and his studies. He has excellent communication and organisational skills which make him an excellent member of the Senior Leadership Team and an effective Business Manager.
Mark represents the Headteacher for all things non-teaching. He is therefore responsible for a number of areas including finances, human resources and health & safety.  
  • Mrs Dorrie Mutch

    Assistant Headteacher

Dorrie Mutch has joined the senior team in September 2016. She has been a part of the middle leadership team since 2000, holding the posts starting as a curriculum leader, moving on to be Middle School Leader and most recently Head of Post 16. She has her NPQML (National Professional Qualification in Middle Leadership).
Dorrie has been the 'Designated Lead' for Child Protection in the school since 2001, a role she continues to this day. Within this role she has a number of qualifications enabling to complete the role and support others. Safeguarding children is an area that she feels passionately about, and trains staff beyond the statutory requirements.
Dorrie is an excellent classroom practitioner having 7 years experience in mainstream prior to joining Slated Row in 1999. She has been a part of all three 'Outstanding' Ofsted inspections.
  • Mr Jonathan Austin

    Assistant Headteacher

Jonny Austin joined Slated Row September 2016, as Assistant Head. 
He has spent 14 years working in mainstream secondary schools in Milton Keynes, London and the north of England.  His roles have covered both the academic and pastoral, teaching a variety of subjects to the full ability and age range of secondary school.  As well as teaching English and media studies, Jonny was KS3 Co-coordinator for English before becoming Director of Studies and guiding his year group of approximately 220 students from years 7 - 10.  On moving to Milton Keynes he took on the role of Head of House at The Radcliffe School.
Jonny is an experienced practitioner and as an Assistant Head at Slated Row, oversees Reception, Lower school, Middle School and KS3, alongside whole school assessment, EHCP and Student Voice.