I am delighted to have been appointed to the position of Vice Principal at Haywood Academy. Prior to this I have spent my teaching career as an Assistant Headteacher, Head of Year, Head of Department and teacher of Religious Education and English in three high schools across Stafford and Stoke on Trent. My main priority as an education leader is to ensure that all students are able to optimise their own learning and celebrate all of their achievements. My main responsibilities have focussed on leading and managing behaviour and attendance initiatives, offering relevant support and guidance and ensuring that policies are being consistently applied and are communicated to all members of the school community; developing support mechanisms that ultimately underpin teaching and learning; and, overseeing all aspects of safeguarding as the Designated Safeguarding Lead. In addition, I lead a Pastoral Hub for the Blackfriars Teaching Alliance where I am an SLE. I have a Master’s Degree from Keele University in Education Management, with a focus on the management of special educational needs.
My philosophy on education has inclusion at its centre where barriers to learning are removed and students are supported in order to achieve their potential. This enables us to changes lives and empowers students to access the skills and knowledge to become independent learners and challenges them to have high expectations of themselves and others. Modern school life must stimulate enjoyment in learning, build upon individual strengths and ensure confident, independent and responsible adults. School must equip young people to be self- reflective and disciplined, whilst allowing them to develop emotionally, socially and intellectually in a safe and secure environment.