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.
Mr A. O’Brien
Mr J. Kerfoot
Ms L. Johnson
The road to a profession is very rarely a straight one and mine certainly wasn't. Whilst at 6th Form a lot of my friends knew exactly what they wanted to do; I on the other hand had no idea. I think that’s why I can help students who are unsure which route to take because I can identify with that. On completing my A-levels I decided to go to the University of Lancaster to study Psychology, I always loved this subject especially Social Psychology and the analytical aspect of why people behave and act the way they do. Towards the end of my degree I went to see a university careers adviser who I have to say wasn't the most helpful, again something that influenced my current position and the way I carry out my job with our students. After completing my degree I volunteered with the Prince’s Trust and worked with young people who had various different barriers preventing them from gaining employment. This is when I realised I wanted to work with young people in a supportive role. I really loved this work but it was voluntary and I needed to earn so I went on to secure a job working for Connexions, a service supporting young people into employment. After 3 years doing this role, I was employed at Accrington Academy, in 2009.
The best part of my job is the one to one work I do with students. listening to their career aspirations and supporting them with any concerns or difficulties. It's really rewarding when you see students who come to you with no idea what to do and eventually leave Sixth Form and venture down the road that they know is right for them.
Outside of work I have a partner, Jamie, and my family has very recently grown as I have just had a baby boy and also have a 4 year old daughter. They take up all my time and my energy at the moment but they are great fun. Pre-children I did have a life! Mainly playing netball, I love reading and was into the music scene when I lived in Manchester. I am very much planning to revisit my hobbies when my kids are a bit older!!!'
Miss 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!
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!
Miss 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.