I am extremely proud to be the Principal at Bruntcliffe Academy. I came to this school as I felt compelled to make this ...Read More
I am extremely proud to be the Principal at Bruntcliffe Academy. I came to this school as I felt compelled to make this school the first choice for parents and families in the local area. We have already achieved a lot in a relatively short period of time and have seen the performance of the school improve from the bottom 8% of schools nationally in 2015 to the top 45% of schools in 2016.
Although we still have some way to go to achieve our ambition of becoming a truly outstanding school, the improvements that have already been achieved place us at a position of advantage whereby our ambitions can be realised in the very near future.
I am fortunate to be joined on this journey by a committed and hardworking staff body who work tirelessly to make sure that all students, regardless of background, make exceptional rates of progress. This, combined with young people who arrive to school everyday, ready to work hard and to learn makes Bruntcliffe Academy a vibrant and exciting learning environment.
Prior to taking up this post at Bruntcliffe Academy I was the Deputy Headteacher at Todmorden High School, Calderdale. Over the two and a half years I was at the school student performance improved from the bottom 5% of schools nationally, placing the school as the most at risk school in the local authority, to the top 15%. The school received an Ofsted inspection in March 2015 as was judged to be ‘good’ in all areas and ‘outstanding’ for safety. This transformation gained national recognition, when Todmorden High School was featured in the 2015-16 Parliamentary Review for Secondary education.
Having taught for 13 years, and throughout my leadership of an Outstanding English department, I have sought to inspire and engage young learners ...Read More
Having taught for 13 years, and throughout my leadership of an Outstanding English department, I have sought to inspire and engage young learners through excellence in teaching. I am a passionate believer in the potential of every child and from the moment I began teaching, I have endeavoured to ensure that every child, each uniquely different, is celebrated, supported and given every chance to succeed. The classroom is a special place, where a thirst for learning should be cultivated, and where our students can grow. Yet we must ensure that we create a passion for learning that continues to grow beyond the classroom and inspires life-long learners.
In my previous role as Assistant Principal with responsibility for Achievement, I sought to celebrate learning and to always expect the highest of standards in all areas of school life. We are preparing our students for future careers which may not even exist yet, as technologies move forward at an incredible pace, and so our young people must be resilient, skilled and adept learners. But we must always ensure that we shape young people who are compassionate, have integrity and who are ready to face the exciting challenges of post sixteen life.
It is with pride that I take up the role of Vice Principal at Bruntcliffe Academy. I join a senior leadership team which is deeply and utterly dedicated to the success of every child and staff who strive for excellence at all times, but with compassion and warmth. I am incredibly excited to be joining Bruntcliffe Academy and to part of its future successes.
I was appointed as Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning in 2014. I consider myself fortunate to be working with the students and staff ...Read More
I was appointed as Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning in 2014. I consider myself fortunate to be working with the students and staff at Bruntcliffe Academy.
My teaching career began many years ago in Harrogate as a History and Politics teacher. Prior to joining Bruntcliffe I worked at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy. I was appointed as Head of History and worked my way up to Assistant Principal Director of Humanities Specialism, raising standards in Humanities and across the whole school. During this time I also became a Lead Practitioner delivering national training.
I enjoy teaching today as much as when I first started and I have always been passionate about education spreading beyond the classroom.
I have been a member of the senior leadership team since April 2014 and my current role is to lead Assessment within the ...Read More
I have been a member of the senior leadership team since April 2014 and my current role is to lead Assessment within the academy. This involves working closely with teachers and leaders to ensure that assessment is accurate, giving us the best possible understanding of the progress that students are making. This enables us to put effective interventions in place to raise achievement even further.
I am also the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the academy, which means I oversee all Safeguarding matters and lead our team of Designated Child Protection Officers.