Mr C. Lowe
I have now been teaching for 13 years, with the last 7 of those here at Accrington Academy as Subject Leader for PE and currently as Director of Sport working with the School Sports Partnership, National Governing Bodies and using Sport to drive other improvements here at the school. I teach all ages across the school, including BTEC Sport at Level 3 in the Sixth Form. Extra-curricular and giving pupils the same opportunities I had at school are important for me. I enjoy being a Sixth Form tutor, seeing our pupils take the final steps in their education journey here at the Academy and then onto University. I am married to Emma and have 2 children, Matthew and Millie. Family is the priority in life but I also like the social butterfly lifestyle taking every opportunity to enjoy life. Sport and Leisure is a big part of my life, taking part in numerous activities.
Mrs J. Johnson
I am the Partnership Manager and School Games Organiser for the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley School Sports Partnership and have worked in this role since 2011. I started my career in sport with a degree in sport and Exercise science but was not really sure which direction I wanted to go in when I left university. Two years later I found myself as a business manager for McDonalds Restaurants Ltd after following their graduate trainee programme! I quickly realised that this was not the career path that I wished to follow so began some volunteer coaching work whilst completing numerous coaching qualifications. This lead to coaching work in schools and I undertook a variety of sport development roles before becoming a schools competition manager in Cheshire. The senior competition manager role in Lancashire came up shortly after this which I took up until the funding cuts in 2010 when I started working in Hyndburn and Ribble Valley. Outside of work I enjoy lacrosse and netball and love travelling as much as possible. I have a two year old daughter and a one year old Labrador that take up much of my time!
Mr G. Martindale
I am the assistant School Games Organiser for the partnership and have been involved since 2012. I studied sports coaching at University of Central Lancashire leaving with a BA Hons Degree. For the partnership I assist the School Games Organiser with events and the overall running of the partnership but I also plan, organise and manage the central venue football leagues, deliver the playground leaders project to the primary schools as well as curriculum and after school delivery. I am qualified in a range of sports including Level 2 Football, UKDBA Level 2 Dodgeball, Community sports leaders’ award level 2, Ultimate Frisbee leader’s award, Community athletics activator, Athletics leader’s award, BISI Badminton Primary teachers award, Level 1 Badminton coaching qualification, Basketball Activator Qualification, Fencing Leaders Award, Cycling Training Instructors Award as well as being 1 of only 6 people to hold the Lancashire Multi Games Award. As part of my curriculum teaching role I regularly plan lessons from the Lancashire scheme of work to deliver in primary school lessons and as CPD for class teachers. My main sport is football and I enjoy both watching and playing the game when I can. I also enjoy walking, cycling, fishing, camping, farming and gardening in my leisure time.
Miss K. Alcott
I studied dance through secondary school before being auditioned and offered a place by the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. I trained there for four years and graduated in 2011 with a degree in Contemporary Dance Performance majoring in my final year in Dance Artists in Education. After completing my degree I was offered a position as a teaching assistant at an international English school in Kuwait. While there in addition to my classroom-based work I established an extra curricular dance programme for students aged from 2 to 15. With this experience I was encouraged to plan, develop and then lead a foundation stage dance curriculum for the school. Shortly after, I set off on a six month travelling adventure, which included one month of volunteering in Nepal teaching dance and drama. In addition to the above I have for the last few years worked with the International Theatre Schools Association as an 'ensemble leader'. This involves creating and leading dance and drama workshops with students from around the world in a variety of venues including the Eden Project and Brussels International middle school. Recently I have completed my postgraduate certificate of education at the University of Exeter, specialising in Secondary dance. I started teaching at Accrington Academy in 2014, teaching BTEC/ A Level Dance and GCSE Drama. I also design and deliver tailored Primary Dance schemes for learning, visiting a range of Primary Schools around the Hyndburn and Ribble Valley district additionally offering continued professional development lectures for teachers.
- The organisation and Delivery of level 1, 2 and 3 of the Sainsbury’s School Games across Hyndburn and Ribble Valley
- The organisation and delivery of Primary School Sports Competitions, Inclusion Events and Gifted and Talented Events
- The Delivery of Change 4 Life Sports Clubs to educate children about Health and wellbeing.
- The delivery of Sports Leadership Training
- The delivery of Bikeability training to ensure that children are safe to cycle on the roads
- The delivery of P.E and sport related Continual Professional Development to teachers.
- The deployment of a team of School Sport Specialists to deliver high quality curriculum Physical Education (using the Lancashire Scheme of Work) and work alongside Classroom Teachers and teaching assistants to develop their knowledge and confidence in PE.
- The delivery of after school sports clubs