Executive Principal, Outwood Academy Bydales, Redcar Academy.
I began my career in Middlesbrough as a Chemistry teacher in 1994, later becoming a Head of Chemistry, and then a Head of KS4 Science. Later I also picked up responsibility for raising boys' achievement, before becoming Head of Science in 2001. During this time I benefited from the inspirational leadership of the then headteacher of my school, Sir John Rowling, who was knighted for his services to education in 2003. I joined the Senior Leadership Team at Nunthorpe School as a Assistant Headteacher in 2004, before becoming the Deputy Headteacher at Scalby School in Scarborough in 2008. With the support of Outwood Grange that school went from 'special measures' to 'good' in sixteen months. I became an SLE with the Outwood Teaching School Alliance in 2012, and was appointed as an Associate Principal with the Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT) in 2013. Prior to becoming Principal at Bydales, I was Associate Principal at Outwood Academy Acklam in Middlesbrough, following it joining the Family of Schools in 2013. Since conversion, the results have rose by 22% in two years, and the school was judged 'good with outstanding leadership' in 2015. I have been Principal at Bydales since July 2014, and Executive Principal since November 2015, taking on the support of the Principal at Outwood Academy Ripon. I now support Redcar Academy as Executive Principal whilst remaining Principal at Outwood Academy Bydales. It is a privilege to lead our amazing academy, working as I am with such a committed, friendly and positive students, staff and local community.