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Alison Padgett

Alison Padgett

Associate School Governor
Alison Padgett

Alison Padgett

Associate School Governor

Type of Governor: Associate School | Term of Office: 02/12/2015 - 02/12/2018
School Links: Child Protection & Special Educational Needs | Committees: Student Achievement

I became a governor of Accrington Academy when I took on the role of Acting Headteacher at Peel Park.  Our schools work very closely together and a large percentage of our pupils transfer to The Academy in Year 7.  I believe it is very important that the primary and secondary sector work to support each other and enhance the education and opportunities available to our young people.  Sharing knowledge, experience and expertise is beneficial to both schools. Working together means we can prepare our students for a smooth transition and they can make a flying start when they begin the next stage of their education.

Graham Wilson

Graham Wilson

Foundation Governor
Graham Wilson

Graham Wilson

Foundation Governor

Type of Governor: Foundation | Term of Office:  28/03/2012 - 28/03/2018
School Links: Finance | Committees: Resources (Chair)

I have been a Chartered Accountant since 1980 and been involved in the education sector, on a professional basis, for most of those years. Having been educated in the state sector and got where I am today, despite my education not because of it, I never cease to be amazed at the level of commitment and professionalism that I see at Accrington Academy, and have seen ever since my first Governors’ meeting in January 2012. If only my teachers had shown the same level of enthusiasm! I am also pleased to chair the Resources Sub-Committee and bring to the role my thirty-five plus years’ experience in commerce as well as the view from the other side of the fence; a reference to my professional role as auditor of Independent Schools as well as Academies (both stand alone and multi-academy trusts), Free Schools and University Technical Colleges. The education sector is an exciting one to be involved with; ever-changing but never afraid to look back at what has worked well in the past, giving us an eclectic mix of “iPads” and “times tables”.

Joanne Leach

Joanne Leach

Parent Governor
Joanne Leach

Joanne Leach

Parent Governor

Type of Governor: Parent | Term of Office: 01/09/2015 - 01/09/2018
School Links: Enrichment | Committees: Student Development

I was delighted to become a parent governor of Accrington Academy in July 2015. I find it refreshing that there is a general cheerfulness around the Academy, promoted by the staff, which filters down to its students. I believe that all children should receive a quality education, which in years to come they can look back on, knowing that they were given the best opportunities in a well resourced, quality environment.  For thirteen years I was involved in buying and administration with the John Lewis Partnership and travelled extensively as an elected member of their Regional Council. I have had experience as a primary school governor and currently have major involvement in the local swimming club, Pioneer '79 which enjoys the Academy's outstanding facilities. The Academy's growth in stature and reputation since its inception in 2008 is remarkable. In the future I wish to do all I can, alongside other governors, to enhance this growth with the "end result"  being the best education possible for all the children. The current team of governors, together with the Principal and staff,  have the mind-set to achieve this goal, underpinning the Academy's reputation as a leader in this area.

Julia Mustoe

Julia Mustoe

Community Governor
Julia Mustoe

Julia Mustoe

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: 16/05/2014 - 16/05/2020
School Links: Behaviour & Technology | Committees: Student Achievement

I was educated at Westholme School. My father, Colin Mustoe, is the founder of Senator International which is now one of the largest local employers. My daughter Millie shares my love of horses and we both compete in various horse disciplines both locally and on the national circuit. I combine my work at Senator with running a busy home and caring for our horses.

Lillian Croston

Lillian Croston

Chair of Governors
Lillian Croston

Lillian Croston

Chair of Governors

Type of Governor: Foundation (Chair) | Term of Office: 01/09/2008 - 05/09/2020
School Links: Sixth Form,  Science & Behaviour | Committees: Resources & Student Achievement (Chair) 

As a former student I am privileged and proud to Chair the Governing Body. I bring to the role many years experience of working across several sectors of education including teaching, headship, recruitment,  mentoring, school inspectorate and as a former examination board scrutineer and chief examiner. My recipe for success is straightforward. Maximum attendance levels, high standards of behaviour coupled with top quality leaders, teachers and resources. The Academy prides itself on the wide range of extra curricular activities on offer and the first class individual care and guidance which is given to every student whatever their needs. Our positive ethos ensures that our students enjoy their learning and aspire to maximise their own potential and achieve great things. Long may this continue.

Miss A. Christian

Miss A. Christian

Teacher of Business Studies & Social Sciences
Miss A. Christian

Miss A. Christian

Teacher of Business Studies & Social Sciences

Awaiting bio...

Miss A. J. Brady

Miss A. J. Brady

Subject Leader of Art & Design
Miss A. J. Brady

Miss A. J. Brady

Subject Leader of Art & Design

P.G.C.E / B.Des (Hons)

Since graduating with a Design Degree I have taught Art & Design for sixteen years as a Head of Performing Arts Faculty in Liverpool and a Subject Leader at Accrington Academy with a team of three and still love what I do. I have always been very passionate about art and creativity and am really intrigued about project based learning, cross curricular projects across subjects and enthusing students to work to their strengths. In my career I have led Gifted and Talented projects, coordinated large full year enrichment projects and Big Draw (Art & Science projects) projects with whole year groups. I am proud of the fact that I have been given the opportunity to lead a large European Erasmus project with students from Accrington Academy along with five other countries to make an European Funded collaborative animation. Accrington Academy is a fantastic place to work and consistently challenges my approach to teaching and leading.

Miss B. Johnson

Miss B. Johnson

Teacher of RE
Miss B. Johnson

Miss B. Johnson

Teacher of RE

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.

Miss D. Mistry

Miss D. Mistry

Teacher of Technology (Product Design, Resistant Materials & Food Technology)
Miss D. Mistry

Miss D. Mistry

Teacher of Technology (Product Design, Resistant Materials & Food Technology)

I have always had a passion for Design and Technology combined, with a father who is a design maker, I had a great influence right from the start. I grew up his apprentice and through education I was able to channel what I enjoyed into a career. Having graduated from Derby University in sustainable design and practice, I decided to go to event and craft fairs and sell my own products which ranged from ceramics to jewellery. I was later inspired by a close friend to share what I love and teach. Having decided design and technology was the area which best suited me I went on to complete my PGCE. I haven't looked back since. I love what I do and working with young students is very rewarding. I am passionate about my subject and cannot imaging doing anything else. It really is a rewarding feeling when students enjoy lessons and get to make a product they know they have designed themselves. I love travelling and exploring different creative fields, I am a professional henna artist in my spare time and love using different medias. I have taught in different parts of the UK and Madrid, teaching has been a career that has given me many opportunities and a job I could never get bored of because it is so diverse. 

Miss E. Samworth

Miss E. Samworth

Teacher of English
Miss E. Samworth

Miss E. Samworth

Teacher of English

Awaiting bio...

Miss H. Gregory

Miss H. Gregory

Assistant Head of Sixth Form - Teacher of Physical Education
Miss H. Gregory

Miss H. Gregory

Assistant Head of Sixth Form - Teacher of Physical Education

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.

Miss J Crompton

Miss J Crompton

Teacher of MFL
Miss J Crompton

Miss J Crompton

Teacher of MFL

Awaiting bio

Miss J. Evans

Miss J. Evans

Director of EBacc - Subject Leader History - Associate Assistant Principal
Miss J. Evans

Miss J. Evans

Director of EBacc - Subject Leader History - Associate Assistant Principal

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.

Miss K. Cavanagh

Miss K. Cavanagh

Teacher of Technology (Food & Textiles, Product Design)
Miss K. Cavanagh

Miss K. Cavanagh

Teacher of Technology (Food & Textiles, Product Design)

My favourite part about Technology is the Graphics and Design side of the topic. I love being able to teach a concept to pupils and they always surprise me with the creative interpretations. Design Technology was always my favourite subject at school and I use to enjoy designing and making in my spare time. I have designed jewellery for different shops in Lancashire and during my degree was fortunate enough to design for brand names such as Abercrombie and Fitch and Marks and Spencer’s. I am interested in fitness and nutrition and enjoy keeping fit. I am fortunate enough to be able to teach this interest in cooking and nutrition in the department of technology too!

Miss L. Tickle

Miss L. Tickle

Teacher of Photography
Miss L. Tickle

Miss L. Tickle

Teacher of Photography

Awaiting bio...

Miss N. Broadway

Miss N. Broadway

Teacher of Science
Miss N. Broadway

Miss N. Broadway

Teacher of Science

Awaiting bio...

Miss S Simpson

Miss S Simpson

Assistant Principal | Director of Sixth Form | Teacher of Law
Miss S Simpson

Miss S Simpson

Assistant Principal | Director of Sixth Form | Teacher of Law

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!

Miss S. Blades

Miss S. Blades

Cluster Director of Inclusion | Safeguarding Lead | Child Looked After Lead
Miss S. Blades

Miss S. Blades

Cluster Director of Inclusion | Safeguarding Lead | Child Looked After Lead

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.

Miss S. Kirkwood

Miss S. Kirkwood

Teacher of Mathematics
Miss S. Kirkwood

Miss S. Kirkwood

Teacher of Mathematics

I have had a passion for Mathematics ever since I can remember. I love the fact that Maths is a Universal language that remains the same in every country. My favourite area of Mathematics is Algebra as it is so diverse and can be used to solve almost any Mathematical problem. I find that students enjoy seeing the relevance of Mathematics and strive to bring the lessons to life by showing them where their learning fits into the real World.

Miss S. Lawson

Miss S. Lawson

Teacher of Physical Education
Miss S. Lawson

Miss S. Lawson

Teacher of Physical Education

From a very young age I have had a passion for sport and exercise. I have always wanted to become a PE teacher and inspire others to have a love for all things active. My favourite part of teaching PE is working with students with a wide variety of talent and skills and encouraging them to reach their potential. I like to ensure my lessons are creative and fun to keep pupils engaged throughout their time in PE. My aim is to ensure that students enjoy taking part in physical activity, understanding the benefits that it can have, and can maintain this mindset long into the future.

Miss S. Mukhtar

Miss S. Mukhtar

Teacher of Health & Social Care
Miss S. Mukhtar

Miss S. Mukhtar

Teacher of Health & Social Care

 It was whilst I was studying at University when I decided to challenge myself and become a teacher, I graduated from the University of Salford with a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Criminology. In order to achieve my dream and passion for teaching I successfully completed my PGDE at The University of Bolton. Throughout my career I have taught A Level Sociology, Health and Social Care and Child Care. I truly believe Health and Social Care is an important subject as it provides students with a vast range of knowledge and expertise necessary for a career in Health and Social Care. I love teaching this subject because it’s never dull; every topic brings a new discussion to light and can be applied to todays fast pace diverse society. I believe teaching was the right choice for me as I can make a big difference to young people’s lives and my passion for the subject is what makes my teaching enjoyable and fun!

Miss S. Tahraoui

Miss S. Tahraoui

Subject Lead - Physical Education
Miss S. Tahraoui

Miss S. Tahraoui

Subject Lead - Physical Education

I have had a passion for Physical Education and Sport for as long as I can remember, especially enjoying my time at Sixth Form College, where I had a fantastic teacher who made both practical and theory elements fun and interesting! I have always been an active person and encourage others around me to be active also. I currently take part in Crossfit and look forward to entering some competitions soon as my skill level increases. My favourite aspect to the PE curriculum is Fitness Training as well as Anatomy and Physiology. I find it really interesting to learn about the body and how it can be affected by exercise, so much so that I still enjoy taking the time to research and broaden my own knowledge base. Hopefully students will find that this passion and enthusiasm for these topics is evident within my teaching.

Miss S. Willis-Hicks

Miss S. Willis-Hicks

Teacher of English
Miss S. Willis-Hicks

Miss S. Willis-Hicks

Teacher of English

Awaiting bio...

Miss T. Gunston

Miss T. Gunston

Teacher of English
Miss T. Gunston

Miss T. Gunston

Teacher of English

Awaiting bio...

Miss Z. Disley

Miss Z. Disley

Teacher of English
Miss Z. Disley

Miss Z. Disley

Teacher of English

Awaiting bio...

Miss Z. Griffiths

Miss Z. Griffiths

Teacher of English
Miss Z. Griffiths

Miss Z. Griffiths

Teacher of English

Awaiting bio...

Mr A. Jeffries

Mr A. Jeffries

Teacher of Physical Education
Mr A. Jeffries

Mr A. Jeffries

Teacher of Physical Education

I have had a passion for Physical Education and Sport for as long as I can remember, especially enjoying my time at Secondary School, where I had a fantastic teacher! My experiences throughout my early life really spurred me onto become a Teacher with a love for sport. I particularly enjoy seeing pupils reach their potential and introducing them to new sports and talents that they were not aware they had. My favourite sports are football and skiing, whereby I am a ski instructor and often head out to Europe at Easter to work. I support Blackburn Rovers and try to see as many games as I can throughout the season. I really enjoy travelling to new places in the world and soaking up their culture, I have recently returned from Poland whereby I visited Auschwitz, which was a very harrowing experience.

Mr A. Lindon

Mr A. Lindon

Executive Head of Mathematics
Mr A. Lindon

Mr A. Lindon

Executive Head of Mathematics

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.

Mr A. O’Brien

Mr A. O’Brien

Executive Principal
Mr A. O’Brien

Mr A. O’Brien

Executive Principal
Mr A. Westlake

Mr A. Westlake

Teacher of Science
Mr A. Westlake

Mr A. Westlake

Teacher of Science

Awaiting bio...

Mr B. Mears

Mr B. Mears

Teacher of Geography
Mr B. Mears

Mr B. Mears

Teacher of Geography

Of course, I love all the topics in Geography, however I have always been biased towards Physical Geography.  I have always had a love for the outdoors and our planet ever since childhood! I try to convey this enthusiasm over in my teaching in an attempt to not only cover the important physical aspects of the subject such as rivers and coastlines but also that it is vital we look after this earth of ours! Human Geography topic would have to be Tourism. I love travelling and love learning about new places in the world and the culture that is there. I like to inspire students using examples in my lessons from the places I have visited, hoping that one day my students will travel across the globe discovering exciting new places and experiencing a whole new culture. In my lessons I always try to incorporate different learning styles to enable each child to access the curriculum. I also feel it is crucial to give students and GCSE students in particular the tools and knowledge to answer GCSE questions. This then gives the control to the students and ultimately leads to a greater level of confidence with the question and lead to a positive grade achieved.

Mr D. Burrows

Mr D. Burrows

Technology Lead Practitioner | Teacher of Technology (Resistant Materials & Product Design)
Mr D. Burrows

Mr D. Burrows

Technology Lead Practitioner | Teacher of Technology (Resistant Materials & Product Design)

From the age of fourteen whilst sitting in a design and technology class at St.Augustines RC High school in Whalley I made a considered decision to become a mechanical engineer. This passion led me to complete an engineering apprenticeship at the age of 17 till 21 working in an engineering company in Accrington called TML Plastics whilst also attending training 2000 in Blackburn. Every Friday I was given the day off work to attend Manchester University to complete a BSC (hons) in Engineering (I was awarded grade 2:1). Following completion of my engineering apprenticeship I became a project engineer manufacturing an array of automotive components for companies such as Ford, Nissan and Landrover. In 2005 following 10 years in engineering I suddenly had a change of mind over my chosen career path. Whilst still highly passionate to continue in the field of engineering I also wanted to embark on a career in education took a year off work to complete a PGCE to facilitate me teaching the subject Design and Technology at high school and post 16. I have enjoyed a 12 year teaching career across three different schools teaching subjects such as Resistant Materials, Electronics, Engineering and Food Technology. I am a massive Star Wars fan and have filled my home with figurines, artwork and sculptures related to this theme. I also am an amateur magician and die hard Liverpool FC fan. I have one daughter who attends 6th Form at Accrington Academy; our favourite thing to do together is Saturday dinner time trips to Nandos Restaurant in Preston.

Mr D. Farmer

Mr D. Farmer

Teacher of Science
Mr D. Farmer

Mr D. Farmer

Teacher of Science

I've always been the sort to ask questions, and if you keep asking 'Why?' long enough you'll end up as a scientist.  This is exactly what happened to me, I graduated from a Physics degree at the University of Nottingham in 2011, before completing a PhD in experimental Nano science. 
More recently I worked in university outreach; I'm passionate about people finding the right path in their education.

Mr G. Davies

Mr G. Davies

Subject Leader Mathematics
Mr G. Davies

Mr G. Davies

Subject Leader Mathematics

I have always been interested in mathematics and I find great satisfaction in solving any kind of problem that I come across.  I find the range of applications of the subject to be of immense use to students as they leave school.  In the classroom I enjoy finding problems from real life that students can try to solve, in particular those that make use of algebra as I understand that many young people do not see the reason for this incredibly versatile tool.  At the University of Warwick I spent time studying how a disease may spread within a population, an application of many topics first introduced in year 7 that are developed further by A level study and beyond. Mathematics is a powerful and unique subject.

Mr G. Weir

Mr G. Weir

Assistant Subject Lead Physical Education
Mr G. Weir

Mr G. Weir

Assistant Subject Lead Physical Education

PE is an integral part of the school curriculum; it provides students with the opportunity of developing their skills in sport and also helps develop qualities such as teamwork, leadership and communication. I have always had a passion for PE and sport ever since the age of 10, when I begun to have aspirations of being a PE teacher. I enjoy all aspects of PE, but my favourite would have to be GCSE and A level PE courses, because they are a combination of both theoretical and practical elements and it allows me to transfer my knowledge of both these areas to the pupils in my class. I do this by maximizing pupil participation and differentiating to suit all pupils needs to ensure everyone gets the best of their PE experience.PE is an integral part of the school curriculum; it provides students with the opportunity of developing their skills in sport and also helps develop qualities such as teamwork, leadership and communication. I have always had a passion for PE and sport ever since the age of 10, when I begun to have aspirations of being a PE teacher. I enjoy all aspects of PE, but my favourite would have to be GCSE and A level PE courses, because they are a combination of both theoretical and practical elements and it allows me to transfer my knowledge of both these areas to the pupils in my class. I do this by maximizing pupil participation and differentiating to suit all pupils needs to ensure everyone gets the best of their PE experience.

Mr J. Else

Mr J. Else

Mathematics Mentor
Mr J. Else

Mr J. Else

Mathematics Mentor

As a maths mentor working mainly with Year 11 students, my aims are:
to increase students’ confidence in their ability to do mathematics; to tackle their misconceptions in mathematical processes; to challenge students to solve problems that they would initially pass over; to promote an enjoyment (yes, really!) of mathematics and the satisfaction of finding solutions to complex problems.  I love the logic of algebra and am fascinated by the properties of shapes, by the inter-relationships of mathematical topics and how mathematics is used in the world around us.

Mr J. Kerfoot

Mr J. Kerfoot

Headteacher
Mr J. Kerfoot

Mr J. Kerfoot

Headteacher
Mr J. Peel

Mr J. Peel

Associate Assistant Principal - Teacher of Science
Mr J. Peel

Mr J. Peel

Associate Assistant Principal - Teacher of Science

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!

Mr J. Scholes

Mr J. Scholes

Teacher of Science
Mr J. Scholes

Mr J. Scholes

Teacher of Science

BSc Marine Biology/Zoology – Bangor University, Wales

I’ve always had an interest in the ocean and its organisms, so my love of science and biology comes from my passion for Marine Biology. I am particularly interested in the behaviour of sharks and how they interact with humans. Most of my hobbies involve being outdoors, I love scuba diving (you could have guessed that!) because it provides me with the skills I need to explore a unique place few people have the opportunity to see; I have dived up to 35m in the Red Sea, off the coast of Egypt and seen all manner of creatures from octopus to sharks. At A-level I studied Biology, Chemistry and Geology, my teachers helped me achieve the best possible grades, which is why my favourite topic to teach is ecosystems; it combines all 3 of my A-level subject an often involves going outside!

Mr J. Tong

Mr J. Tong

Teacher of History
Mr J. Tong

Mr J. Tong

Teacher of History

BA Hons Archaeology - University of Chester; Practitioner of the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists

I have been fascinated by the stories from history from a young age, especially when my father told me stories from our own family history and I realised I wanted to learn as much about history as possible. I have been a professional archaeologist managing projects throughout the UK and even as far as Bulgaria! For me, history is an active subject where people can bring it 'back to life' through re-telling stories from the past and putting their own interpretations of who, what, where, why, when and how it happened. My favourite time period is the time of Rome leaving Britain and the Anglo-Saxons arriving because of the stories which come from this time such as King Arthur. In my free time I support Walsall FC and I like to keep myself busy with my hobbies which include playing music, surfing, diving and binge-watching Netflix. 

Mr K. Croniken

Mr K. Croniken

Subject Leader of Geography
Mr K. Croniken

Mr K. Croniken

Subject Leader of Geography

BSc Geography – Edge Hill University 

I have had a passion for Geography throughout my time in education and my love for the subject developed from an early age. I find applying concepts to the great outdoors one of the strengths of the subject and this has led me to understand the landscape and the people within it. I enjoy travelling and have been to many exotic and far off places including Hong Kong and Bali. As a teacher I try to inspire the next generation of geographers and encourage them to see the world through a geographers eyes. I am a keen musician and play both the guitar and bass guitar. I support Manchester United and try to attend as many matches as possible. I also enjoy playing football.

Mr K. Moore

Mr K. Moore

Teacher of ICT
Mr K. Moore

Mr K. Moore

Teacher of ICT

Awaiting bio...

Mr L. Croniken

Mr L. Croniken

Subject Leader English
Mr L. Croniken

Mr L. Croniken

Subject Leader English

As the Subject Leader for English, you would hope I have a love of words and I do! I am an avid ‘Scrabble’ and ‘Countdown’ fan! My favourite text to teach is ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ as the themes of the text really provoke classroom discussion and it remains relevant to this day. I strive to make use of multi-media in my lessons through IWB and iPad use. My choice of thematic music have sparked many a comment at the start of a new topic!

Mr M. Henderson

Mr M. Henderson

Teacher of RE and Ethics
Mr M. Henderson

Mr M. Henderson

Teacher of RE and Ethics

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 M. Holmes

Mr M. Holmes

Teacher of English
Mr M. Holmes

Mr M. Holmes

Teacher of English

Awaiting bio...

Mr N. Donnolley

Mr N. Donnolley

Teacher of Music
Mr N. Donnolley

Mr N. Donnolley

Teacher of Music

BA (Hons) Popular Music and Recording & PGCE Secondary Music

I have always loved music, at a very young age I would stay up late listening to my parents’ Led Zeppelin records when they thought I was in bed, and in primary school I realized that taking up the clarinet meant I could play in a band!
In high school a friend told me that if I learned the guitar I could play in his band – this decision led to me performing in every school performance and on through university and professional life.
My passion for teaching stems from all the positive experiences I have of secondary music and I count myself lucky that I get to teach such a fantastic subject every day.
In my spare time I enjoy hiking, swimming, reading and performing with the band.

Mr N. Hughes

Mr N. Hughes

Subject Lead RE and Ethics
Mr N. Hughes

Mr N. Hughes

Subject Lead RE and Ethics

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 P. Brown

Mr P. Brown

Subject Leader Computer Science, ICT Lead Year 7
Mr P. Brown

Mr P. Brown

Subject Leader Computer Science, ICT Lead Year 7

If you asked my 10 year old self what I wanted to be when I was older I would have said a train driver! Nobody would have predicted I would be a teacher. I found that school got in the way of my play time with friends. The advice of one teacher had an impact. I tried and when it resulted in rewards, I was hooked! It became a competition to work my way up to the higher sets. It was only at college that I started to be interested in computers and University seemed to be the obvious next step. After working in web design and completing my MSc, I decided that I wanted a career where I could pass on my passion of computing and new technology. At Accrington Academy I see many young people who remind me of my younger self. I may not be a train driver but I am taking students on a journey through school and helping them reach success.

Mr P. Morgan

Mr P. Morgan

Teacher of ICT
Mr P. Morgan

Mr P. Morgan

Teacher of ICT

Awaiting bio...

Mr P. Motteram

Mr P. Motteram

Teacher of Business Studies
Mr P. Motteram

Mr P. Motteram

Teacher of Business Studies

I fell in love with teaching when I was in school myself. I had some really amazing business teachers who truly inspired me; igniting a passion in me for the subject. I went on to do my degree in business and marketing and eventually a PGCE in business education. Teaching business gives me freedom to develop student skills. I am able to deliver a range of fun and engaging activities which allow my students to gain real-world skills, whilst also developing socially as individuals to become a key part of the society in which they live.

Mr R. Ashton

Mr R. Ashton

Sixth Form Pastoral Manager
Mr R. Ashton

Mr R. Ashton

Sixth Form Pastoral Manager

Secondary school wasn’t the most pleasant of experiences for me; I moved from Rochdale with my parents and younger brother when I was 12. I didn’t like the school and found the studies boring apart from PE!! Things didn’t improve much Post-16 but my father made me apply for an electrician apprenticeship. Things quickly went from bad to worse; I was a sixteen-year-old lad thrown into the adult world of work which I truly did not understand. This was the biggest turning point of my young life.
An agreement was made with my father that if I passed my first year electrical exams I could return to college to study my one true love at the time: sport. I attended Accrington and Rossendale College to complete my Sports and Outdoor Education Diploma and from then on learning became easier due to having an interest in something.
College gave me many opportunities, one of these being spending the summer working at Camp America, where I found my calling in life: working with young people. After spending a number of years working for an outdoor activity company and travelling the world I saw an opportunity that I couldn’t truly miss.
I applied for the post as a Learning Mentor at the Academy in 2005, a new initiative that the government created and it was a role I wanted to make my own. I knew there would be hundreds of students who would be feeling the way I did about school in my teens but I could make this a different learning experience for them by providing guidance and support. Ten years on, and with the job title and role changing slightly, I still love my work as the Sixth Form Pastoral Manager, always remembering that learning is easy when you want something so bad.
My love for sport has continued and this is shared by my three children. As such I coach the Sixth Form 1st XI football team, run a range of enrichment projects and volunteer with local sports clubs. Through my experiences and the things I have learnt, I hope my own children and the students I support grasp the opportunity to learn about things they truly love and want to aspire towards.

Mr S. Carmichael

Mr S. Carmichael

Teacher of Mathematics
Mr S. Carmichael

Mr S. Carmichael

Teacher of Mathematics

Mathematics has always underpinned aspects of my life. Having studied it in numerous forms and using the subject to inform my work as an architect. I decided to leave architecture behind after I found a passion for teaching whilst traveling. This combined with my love for maths saw me dedicate myself to helping young people find the joy in the subject. To me mathematics is more than just calculating and working with numbers. Maths orders our thought processes and creates logic out of chaos. I love that my subject can help to define beauty, predict future discoveries and allow us to think more clearly about ourselves and the world around us on a day to day basis. I attempt to engender this wonder and love of the wider subject in my students through the individual discovery of mathematical principals whilst encouraging independent research into more abstract areas of mathematics.

Mr S. Qayum

Mr S. Qayum

Personal Tutor
Mr S. Qayum

Mr S. Qayum

Personal Tutor

Awaiting bio...

Mr W. Aitken

Mr W. Aitken

Teacher of Mathematics
Mr W. Aitken

Mr W. Aitken

Teacher of Mathematics

Awaiting bio...

Mrs A. Hardy

Mrs A. Hardy

Associate Assistant Principal - Subject Leader Business Studies & Media
Mrs A. Hardy

Mrs A. Hardy

Associate Assistant Principal - Subject Leader Business Studies & Media

I was always told I would be a teacher but since my mum was a teacher, I wanted to rebel and I rejected this idea until I was a bit older. When I left Leeds University with my English and Media degree, I was determined to work in the Media so I wrote to every radio station in the area and eventually landed a job doing the competitions at WISH FM in Wigan. I then decided to go into Marketing and did a stint at two theatres in St Helens and Lancaster before I managed to achieve my dream job of working at ITV. I used to organize the competitions and votes for all the regional programmes across ITV working out of the old ITV Granada building. Eventually I realized that working in TV, although exciting, just wasn’t going to be fulfilling enough for me. My best friend was an English teacher and she very kindly let me visit her school to see what it was like and I loved it. I decided to study for a GTP programme and had a fantastic mentor teaching English and Media at Standish High School in Wigan. I then moved on to be Head of Media at Ribblesdale School in Clitheroe and then became Assistant Head of New Technologies at Accrington. The favourite part of my job is seeing the students grow in confidence throughout the years and sharing my passion for film and television with the students. Outside of school I have two little girls who keep me busy and I’m involved with my local am dram group acting, singing and dancing.

Mrs A. McDonald

Mrs A. McDonald

Teacher of English
Mrs A. McDonald

Mrs A. McDonald

Teacher of English

I love to read! Whether it’s Victorian Literature or an article online. I think the English Language is fascinating and I always wanted to find out more about it. My favourite topic to teach is poetry, as I like to show that poetry is not so difficult to understand and is full of information to analyse. I like my lessons to be full of discussion and creativity.

Mrs A. Mulla

Mrs A. Mulla

Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs A. Mulla

Mrs A. Mulla

Teacher of Mathematics

Mathematical studies have always fascinated me and having a special flair for the subject, I’ve never been in doubt about teaching. The world depends on mathematics, hence it is quite an awe-inspiring universal subject. Amongst many of the challenges that mathematics provides, I relish problem solving the most - it will never stop intriguing me. Problem solving allows scope for further studies and research seeing that the methods are almost limitless. The best part of my job is teaching my students to tackle Problem Solving questions confidently and independently. Equipping my students with the different mathematical strategies to approach these problems is the delight of my job.

Mrs B. Lovell

Mrs B. Lovell

Teacher of Humanities
Mrs B. Lovell

Mrs B. Lovell

Teacher of Humanities

I first became inspired to teach History from my own History teacher. I was always interested and enthused by the subject, but my own teacher really helped me to understand and relate to the topics we covered. I would say I am a social historian, and particularly enjoying learning and teaching about the pasts of ordinary people. Before I became a teacher, I did actually help to create a book for a local war veteran of his memoirs during World War II. This was something I particularly enjoyed as it was a real ‘active historical’ project.

Mrs C. Mallinson

Mrs C. Mallinson

Personal Tutor
Mrs C. Mallinson

Mrs C. Mallinson

Personal Tutor

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Mrs D. Devine-Harding

Mrs D. Devine-Harding

Excellence Lead in Technology
Mrs D. Devine-Harding

Mrs D. Devine-Harding

Excellence Lead in Technology

BA (HONS) Visual Arts / PGCE

My passion for Art first started when I was at primary school. Having been told from an early age I was creative and hands on. I found I had a skill for drawing and creating 3 Dimensional work from either the eye or igniting my imagination. Whilst I was at University, I was adamant to start a career in teaching.  I volunteered at my previous high school to gain experience within the Art department which I took part in Art sessions to students interested in taking part in a community based project.  I helped students find a skill that they didn’t think they had and turned into something they achieved successfully. I love to teach Art and Photography.  When I am not working with students at school I am keeping active at Crossfit. And to squeeze more time out I create and make keepsake items for family and friends as gifts.

Mrs J Leighton

Mrs J Leighton

Teacher of MFL
Mrs J Leighton

Mrs J Leighton

Teacher of MFL

I worked for 23 years in local government and I decided it was time for a change.
I've always loved languages and love to deal with children, so teaching seemed like the obvious answer for my career change.  Having graduated from the Open University in December 2015 after what seemed like an eternity of part time study, I was accepted on the Schools Direct teacher training programme with United Learning.  
I'm looking forward to developing as a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages at Accrington Academy,
obtaining my PGCE, and lobbying to bring German lessons back to the school

Mrs J. Wharmby

Mrs J. Wharmby

Teacher of Science
Mrs J. Wharmby

Mrs J. Wharmby

Teacher of Science

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Mrs L. Braysford

Mrs L. Braysford

Assistant Principal
Mrs L. Braysford

Mrs L. Braysford

Assistant Principal
Mrs L. Clarke

Mrs L. Clarke

Subject Leader Music
Mrs L. Clarke

Mrs L. Clarke

Subject Leader Music

BMus (Hons) & PGCE Secondary Music 

When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a pilot in the RAF. When I discovered that I was too small to do this (couldn’t see over all of the dials in the cockpit) I decided that I would become a music teacher. All the way through school music was a huge passion of mine. I was in every singing group, and as many instrumental groups as I could be, and I made sure that I was at every concert and performance. I am a keen composer and I love to write music for different events, ensembles and purposes. My love of being a musician really drives my love of teaching- I am so lucky that I get to make music and share how fantastic being a musician is with students, every day!  In my spare time, I enjoy singing with my dog (he’s very talented), going hiking or doing water sports.  I also enjoy reading and baking.

Mrs L. Heyes-Mullan

Mrs L. Heyes-Mullan

Teacher of Media
Mrs L. Heyes-Mullan

Mrs L. Heyes-Mullan

Teacher of Media

I have been working as a professional photographer and videography for 20 years. I completed my degree in photography at Blackpool and the Fylde College. I have been very lucky to have worked all over the world taking photos and making videos. I have been teaching Photography and Media for 13 years.
Most of my teaching has been in Further Education and Higher Education and I continue to engage in professional photography and video work outside of my teaching.

Mrs L. Smith

Mrs L. Smith

Subject Lead Technology (Fashion & Textiles, Product Design)
Mrs L. Smith

Mrs L. Smith

Subject Lead Technology (Fashion & Textiles, Product Design)

I had one of those inspirational teachers who could see I had a talent in Art. When I was choosing my options to study, I really wanted to focus on Fashion and was given the opportunity to do this. This was the first time I had ever used a sewing machine! I can still remember the 3D flowers escaping from a hat I had made and a bright red jacket that I had painstakingly put together and then embellished to within an inch of its life. I had finally found my vocation. I went on to study at Blackburn College of Art and Design where I chose fashion and textiles. I then chose to study Fashion at De Montfort University in Leicester. This course really opened my eyes to the fashion industry. I was able to learn about footwear, contour, eveningwear and costume. I eventually graduate with a BA (Hons) 1st class. After working in the fashion industry for several years, I realised that there was a gap and a need for young, talented and skilled designers. I decided to go and complete a PGCE in secondary education at Edge Hill University. I was so excited to be able to teach fashion and textiles as a new subject at Moorhead High School. I have been teaching now for 14 years and still have that same passion for the subject that I did when I was 14. To see students create their own fashion garments, then go on to study the subject at university is what first encouraged me to become a teacher. I have taught a range of subjects whilst at Accrington Academy – from GCSE Expressive Arts to GAT year 9 students to BTEC Fashion and Clothing at Post 16. When I am not scouring the pages of Vogue, I do like to watch sci-fi (so happy The X Files has returned!) or the latest Real Housewives series.

Mrs N. Grace

Mrs N. Grace

Subject Leader Drama
Mrs N. Grace

Mrs N. Grace

Subject Leader Drama

My career before teaching went from being an actor and waitress whilst at college and university to working as a Human Resource Manager for first the NHS and then De Vere Hotels.  Upon realising that an HR career was never going to fuel my passion for English and Drama, I returned to university to complete a PGCSE in English with Drama and Media Studies and I've never regretted that move!  Every day as Subject Leader of Drama, I get to share my subject with bright, entertaining students and watch them develop as people, performers and creative thinkers.  What a great job!

Mrs N. Hussain

Mrs N. Hussain

Teacher of Pyschology
Mrs N. Hussain

Mrs N. Hussain

Teacher of Pyschology

I began my teaching career in 2008 after completing a post 16 PGCE with UCLAN. At the time I worked for Lancashire Constabulary and did the post 16 qualification with the intention I would continue in the police force within their training department. However being in the classroom and working with young adults allowed me to realise teaching young people is what I wanted to do! Completing my BA Honours in Social Sciences and then the post 16 qualification was only the first steps into education. I then completed a QTLS which allows me to work with 11+. I completed my NQT year at St Wilfrid’s in Blackburn and have since worked in the post 16 sector teaching Sociology, Psychology and Law. I joined the Academy in September 2015 as a Social Sciences teacher and love teaching Psychology and Law in my current position. Outside of school I love socialising with family and friends, enjoy travelling and try and visit the gym on the odd occasion!

Mrs N. Sultan

Mrs N. Sultan

Second in Science
Mrs N. Sultan

Mrs N. Sultan

Second in Science

BSc Biomedical Science- University of Lancashire; PGCE-university Of Leeds

I have had a passion for Science ever since I started High School, where I had a fantastic teacher!! I love creating a sense of excitement, it is something I am passionate about. I have many favourite topics in Science so it is difficult to choose one as my favourite, but the one I enjoy teaching the most is pathogens and disease. The way our body defends itself against those foreign bodies to protect us on a daily basis, its fascinating. My passion lies in Science and I thoroughly enjoy sharing that with the students at Accrington Academy.

Mrs P. Smith

Mrs P. Smith

Teacher of Business Studies
Mrs P. Smith

Mrs P. Smith

Teacher of Business Studies

I have always found Business an interesting subject to teach because it is so relevant to our everyday lives.  Students enjoy learning about how businesses operate and react to the external world, especially if those businesses, whether local, national or international, are contemporary to them. I particularly enjoy showing how the local business environment has changed over time so that students have an awareness of what has happened in their own locality. It gives me great satisfaction to know that what I am teaching students will be relevant to them in their future lives and careers as many of the skills they learn in Business can be taken straight into the workplace.

Mrs R. Fairey

Mrs R. Fairey

Subject Leader Science
Mrs R. Fairey

Mrs R. Fairey

Subject Leader Science

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Mrs R. Kissock

Mrs R. Kissock

Teacher of Dance
Mrs R. Kissock

Mrs R. Kissock

Teacher of Dance

After studying GCSE and A Level Physical Education I decided to complete a degree in Secondary Physical Education with Qualified Teacher Status to become a secondary PE teacher. I studied for three years at the University of Cumbria and completed secondary placements in a variety of schools before beginning my teaching career at Accrington Academy. I specialise in Dance, Gymnastics and Cheerleading and also have my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and B.E.L.A. I love learning about Anatomy and Physiology and educating about choices to a healthy lifestyle.

Mrs S. Broom

Mrs S. Broom

Subject Leader MFL
Mrs S. Broom

Mrs S. Broom

Subject Leader MFL

MA Education (Cumbria), PGCE MFL (St Martin’s), BA Accounting & Spanish (Lancaster)

I am a passionate believer that speaking another language opens many doors, and my own love of language learning stems from a childhood of visiting other countries, in particular Spain. I have lived and worked in Bilbao, in the north of Spain, and I still spend summers in the south of the country. I began my teaching career with teaching English as a foreign language abroad, and this led me to train as an MFL teacher. I am an enthusiastic user of technology in the classroom and I am rarely seen without my iPad!

Mrs S. Iqbal

Mrs S. Iqbal

Teacher of Science
Mrs S. Iqbal

Mrs S. Iqbal

Teacher of Science
Mrs S. Lomax

Mrs S. Lomax

Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs S. Lomax

Mrs S. Lomax

Teacher of Mathematics

Awaiting bio...

Mrs S. Mahmood

Mrs S. Mahmood

Teacher of English
Mrs S. Mahmood

Mrs S. Mahmood

Teacher of English

My love of English is always being reinforced through language analysis.  Whilst I could happily analyse any piece of text, there is a special place in my heart for poetry. I think of poems as multi-layered riddles that need de-coding; each piece of the puzzle unlocks another yet another possibility.  Poems are simply ‘the gift that keeps giving’ for students of all abilities.  The new GCSE specifications value contextual knowledge, which is a superb gift for someone who initially couldn’t pick between history and English; I now have the best of both worlds!

Mrs S. Pankhurst

Mrs S. Pankhurst

Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs S. Pankhurst

Mrs S. Pankhurst

Teacher of Mathematics

Awaiting bio...

Mrs S. Shah

Mrs S. Shah

Teacher of Mathematics
Mrs S. Shah

Mrs S. Shah

Teacher of Mathematics

Awaiting bio...

Mrs V. Lane

Mrs V. Lane

KS5 Strand Leader English
Mrs V. Lane

Mrs V. Lane

KS5 Strand Leader English

I have had a passion for English for as long as I can remember! It is the subject that always came naturally to me and teaching others felt like the perfect way to pass on my knowledge and enthusiasm. I am definitely a logophile (a person who loves words) and therefore enjoy reading texts and analysing their purpose, as well as the effect they have on readers. My students joke that I could analyse anything… and I often do. I struggle to choose a favourite book, however I love teaching texts that grip my students. For example, “Blood Brothers” (which never fails to entertain), “The Lovely Bones” (that shocks you in the opening pages) or “Touching the Void” (that leaves you gripping your chair in suspense). I feel it’s important to suit the needs of my students and therefore strive to make my lessons engaging and varied- One day you could be literally building paragraphs (I’m a fan of Duplo), another quizzing each other on what you’ve learned and the next you could be enacting a play or novel… The options are endless.

Mrs V. Rush

Mrs V. Rush

Executive Business Manager
Mrs V. Rush

Mrs V. Rush

Executive Business Manager
Mrs V. Thornber

Mrs V. Thornber

Teacher of Drama
Mrs V. Thornber

Mrs V. Thornber

Teacher of Drama

I have always loved reading and at school English was my favourite subject. When I was at school I was shy and didn't have the confidence to voice my opinion, until my English teacher made me realise that everybody's thoughts and opinions are worth hearing. I completed my degree in English and my PGCE in English and Drama, I was initially employed as an English and Drama teacher. Drama quickly became my strength and I thoroughly enjoy seeing the students building their confidence and finding their voice. I hope that I help my students in the same way that my English teacher helped me.

Ms A. Farrar

Ms A. Farrar

Teacher of English
Ms A. Farrar

Ms A. Farrar

Teacher of English

Awaiting bio...

Ms L. Johnson

Ms L. Johnson

Information, Advice and Guidance Co-ordinator - Assistant Principal
Ms L. Johnson

Ms L. Johnson

Information, Advice and Guidance Co-ordinator - Assistant Principal

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!!!'

Ms S. Sajid

Ms S. Sajid

Teacher of Science
Ms S. Sajid

Ms S. Sajid

Teacher of Science

Awaiting bio...

Ms S. Sajjad

Ms S. Sajjad

Teacher of Science
Ms S. Sajjad

Ms S. Sajjad

Teacher of Science
Neil Smith

Neil Smith

Type of Governor:  | Term of Office: 23/11/2017 - 23/11/2020
School Links: | Committees: Student Development

Awaiting information

Nick Hughes

Nick Hughes

Staff (teaching) Governor
Nick Hughes

Nick Hughes

Staff (teaching) Governor

Type of Governor: Staff (Teaching) | Term of Office: 01/09/2013 - 01/09/2020
Committees: Student Achievement

After attaining my Theology Degree from Bristol University, I subsequently trained as an actor and pursued a career in performing arts before committing to a life in education.   As an RE teacher 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.  I became Staff Governor in 2013 as I wanted to help craft the strategic vision of the Academy and I am very proud to represent this incredible group of professionals.

Nora Clay

Nora Clay

Community Governor
Nora Clay

Nora Clay

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: 06/05/2015 - 05/05/2018
School Links: | Committees: Student Development

Although only a Governor of the Academy since May 2015, I already feel part of a team which is striving to bring out the very  best in everyone – adult and pupil alike.  Hopefully, as a past SENCo in the primary sector for many years, I will prove to be of use in this area of the Academy and I look forward to my involvement.  My experience of education extends beyond that of teacher, previously having been a Governor of both a Blackburn primary and high school.  On retirement, I spent several months as a volunteer with a small charity in a very poor village outside Mombasa, Kenya, working in both school and orphanage.  This experience proved, without doubt, that success  can be achieved when confidence is shown in individuals, coupled with unfailing encouragement.  This is something in which I firmly believe.

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Community Governor
Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: 25/09/2013 - 24/09/2020
School Links: Pupil Premium & New Technologies | Committees: Student Achievement

I was delighted to become a governor at Accrington Academy. I have a background in technology and for the past decade I have been involved in working with schools in how they can use technology to support learning and helping improve the outcomes of the children and students.  Accrington is a fantastic Academy and has a growing reputation for the way in which it supports students and helps them to achieve their goals. I am impressed with the way the entire team is always looking on how we can improve further and enjoy being a part of that challenge.

Phil Skupski

Phil Skupski

Type of Governor:  | Term of Office: 01/10/2017 - 04/10/2020
School Links: | Committees: Resources

Awaiting information.

Purves Ali

Purves Ali

Community Governor
Purves Ali

Purves Ali

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: 05/09/2008 - 05/09/2020
School Links: Physical Education | Committees: Student Development

I was born in Accrington and still live locally, I am a former pupil. I attended the University of Central Lancashire.  I am currently working as a freelance Business Advisor and a football scout for Manchester United FC.  My other interests include being a Governor at Peel Park Primary School in Accrington, a director of the New Era Trust in Accrington and Chairman at Whinney Hill FC which is a local community football club. I am married with a son and daughter, both of whom attended the Academy.

Tony Cann

Tony Cann

Foundation Governor
Tony Cann

Tony Cann

Foundation Governor

Type of Governor: Foundation | Term of Office: 05/09/2008 - 05/09/2020
School Links: Literacy & Numeracy, English &  Maths  | Committees: Resources & Student Achievement

I have lived and worked in East Lancashire for most of my life.  I set up several businesses over the last 50 years and am still involved in some. A key company is involved in education technology. My interest in education derived from the time I was the first Chair of the local Training and Enterprise Council 25 years ago. I was instrumental in setting up Accrington Academy and its relationship with United Learning Trust. I was the first Chair of the Governing Body.

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