Waterhead Academy

Principal's welcome

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and for the interest you are showing in our Academy. Whether you are already connected with the Academy or are a prospective parent or student, may I extend a very warm welcome from all of the staff and students of Waterhead Academy.  


Waterhead Academy has a reputation for being a caring community and I am committed to building on this. Our aim is simple, it is to ensure that all of our young people benefit from a broad range of high quality experiences, within and beyond the classroom and that they are supported to be the very best that they can be.  

I joined the Academy as Principal in June 2020 after two years as Head Teacher of a British International School in the Middle East which spanned all age groups from nursery to 6th form. Prior to this I spent 6 years as Head Teacher of a very successful Secondary Academy in Buckinghamshire. 

After an early career as a tax specialist working within both the accountancy profession and the accounting software sector, I followed both my parents into teaching. I worked initially as a teacher of mathematics and progressed through Head of Year, Head of Department, Assistant Head and Deputy Head in schools in the South East of England before taking up my first Headship post in 2012. I now have some 25 years of teaching and leadership experience and have worked across the full range of formal education settings from nursery to university.

As an experienced school improvement partner, I have had the privilege of having supported and worked with schools in both the UK and abroad. This has given me the opportunity to observe many teaching and learning approaches and I hope to use this experience to build on the excellent work already evident at Waterhead Academy.

I am married with three grown up children, two of whom live and work in Manchester. I am also an avid Liverpool fan with a passion for military history.

Mr Darren J Lyon