Senior Leadership Team
Welcome, we would like to introduce you to the senior staff at the Academy who have a huge responsibility to ensure that students achieve and that the provision is second to none. Led by Headteacher, Mr James Kerfoot, the team meet regularly to review progress and monitor performance. Following strategic aims set by the governors, the Headteacher and his team look at areas where improvements could be made and put in place action plans to drive progress and challenge both staff and students to achieve ever higher goals towards excellence throughout the Academy.
Mrs R Fidler
Ms C Williams
Ms S BladesAssistant Principal - Inclusion Lead | Child Looked After Lead | Designated Acting SENCO
Ms S Blades
I studied PE and Sports Science at Loughborough University and have worked in Outdoor Education and as a teacher of PE in secondary education. I hold a masters degree in School Leadership and Management and currently lead a large team of staff dedicated to a strong inclusive ethos. My move into Inclusion was for me a natural progression from inspiring students through physical activity into an area where I could influence their success through provision of something a little different in their curriculum. I have a passion for learning in the outdoors through adventurous and environmental activities.
Mr J Kerfoot
Mrs S Simpson
My fascination in Law began when I was studying my A Levels at College. I became completely enthralled by criminal law and the way the justice system strives to achieve a fair balance between the needs of the individual and the needs of society as a whole. I went on to read Law at The University of Liverpool and continued to study at the Bar until I was called to the Bar in 2008. My favourite area of Law to teach is criminal law, I enjoy discussing criminal cases with my students and taking them to witness criminal trials at the Crown Court. I encourage students to develop their own opinions on criminal cases which ultimately can make for very interesting debates in class. I think students love law because they develop the ability to always win an argument!
Ms H Gregory
Since secondary school and a Year 10 work placement, I have always known that teaching was a career that I wanted to pursue for a two main reasons: my love for sport and my fascination in how students learn. As subject leader of PE my passion lies within sport and fitness, and I gain great pleasure in teaching across both theory and practical elements that we deliver as a department. I have been teaching at the Academy for nearly 8 years, and I continue to be driven and enthusiastic and take great satisfaction from witnessing the students’ continuing development and progression across all elements of education. I believe my energy and enthusiasm are what spurs me on to make the Sixth Form the best it can be. Out of school I particularly enjoy running, going to the gym and socialising with friends. I am a keen enthusiast for travelling and sampling various cultures throughout the world.
Mr J Peel
Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium Sodium BATMAN! I have always had a love of the Sciences (and Science jokes!). I have engaged with all three disciplines throughout my career as a Research Scientist and a Teacher. My particular interests are Biochemistry and Proteomics (Protein Chemistry) as such my favourite activity in Science lessons are always the practicals. Experiments, investigations, demonstrations and the occasional (frequent) explosions are the best part of Secondary Science and I aim to please with all of my classes!
Ms J Evans
History has always been a passion of mine. I can still remember family holidays to Europe and visiting the remains of Roman towns or baths, I was fascinated about the fact that people actually lived in these places and what their life must have been like. This was furthered with a visit to Pompeii when I was fifteen, it was then that I knew I wanted a career that centred on history in some form or another. I chose GCSE History and it was by far my favourite lesson. I had a fantastic teacher who inspired me to think about history teaching as a career. Through University I started to volunteer in secondary schools, my first ever lesson, as a nineteen year old student, was on Jack the Ripper. As students tried to figure out who Jack the Ripper was, coming up with their own conclusions and figuring out the past as I had years before in Pompeii, I knew that this was the career for me.
Mr N Hughes
After attaining my Theology Degree from Bristol University, I subsequently trained as an actor and pursued a career in the performing arts before committing to a life in education. As an RE teacher and Associate Assistant Principal, I feel strongly that all students should have an appreciation of different cultures and beliefs and have the confidence and understanding to speak about what they think is right, not only to succeed in RE but also to be well rounded, responsible citizens. I am passionate about teaching and learning and believe in the ability of every student to make a meaningful contribution to their class, the Academy and to the wider community we serve.
Mr A Lindon
Mathematics is always a subject that has fascinated me and that continues to be the case today. The fact that a definitive solution can always be found and that there are always a variety of ways to achieve this is what makes Mathematics so unique. My favourite area of Mathematics is solving complex algebraic equations due to the fact that this skill is first taught in Year 7 and then increases in difficulty all the way through to Year 13. I strive to ensure my lessons are appropriately challenging and varied enough to keep all of my students motivated.