25 years ago I began my teaching career as a specialist Business Studies teacher having spent 5 years in industry following 7 years working in the financial sector of industry. Within 12 months I became Head of Business Studies and ICT within a relatively small secondary school. My career rapidly progressed as a result of my passion for my subject and students. I became an AST in autumn 1998 proving my ability and success within the classroom. From there my career moved in the direction of senior leadership with the focus on Inclusion and Success for All and enabling me to have a greater influence on a greater number of staff and students.
In 2008 I with a group of 4 other senior staff opened the first Academy in Newcastle upon Tyne. I as the Head teacher ran for 5 years one of the 11 – 16 schools within Excelsior Academy. Success came in raising attainment, attendance and aspirations. For the past two years I have been the Director of Excelsior College with success in increased student numbers, courses on offer and progression routes. My one central focus is the students in my care.