As Principal, I am responsible for ensuring that the student experience at Huddersfield New College is an outstanding one. This means making sure that students receive high quality teaching and learning and first class pastoral support to enable them to achieve their goals and to progress successfully and with confidence to the next phase of their lives. I started my career as a History teacher at Shelley High School way back in 1985 and have worked in comprehensive environments since. I was appointed Principal of Huddersfield New College in 2007. I am passionate about education because I genuinely believe that education has the power to transform lives. It transformed my life, and I am incredibly proud of the many lives we have helped to transform here at Huddersfield New College through our unswerving commitment to excellence for all. Outside of college, I cannot leave the historian behind and drag my family to castles, churches and many other places of historical interest. I love reading, dining out and shopping! I am a scouser and have supported Liverpool Football Club since birth!
Assistant Principal, Finance and Resources
As Assistant Principal Finance & Resources, it is my responsibility to look after the College’s finances, and oversee the smooth running of the College’s buildings, resources (such as IT and other equipment), and other facilities (such as College transport and catering).
I work to maximise the amount of funding that the College receives and assist the Senior Leadership Team in deciding how best to make the best use of these funds, to enable students to achieve their potential academically and as an individual. By using funds in the best way, the College can then support students travelling to College, employ the best possible staff to help them realise their potential, invest in state of the art new and refurbished buildings to enhance their learning environment, continually expand and update its wide range of resources and equipment to support their learning and development, and support those who may need financial help with studying at College.
I have a long and proud association with Huddersfield New College. I was born in Huddersfield, half a mile away, and attended the neighbouring high school before studying A levels here. I later returned to Huddersfield, and after working for KPMG at Huddersfield New College, I caught the attraction of this fantastic College again, and returned to work here over 20 years ago. I have a son and daughter who both progressed to university from sixth form college, so I feel I understand the enjoyment, pressures and emotions of being a student at College from their point of view.
Vice Principal, Student Support and Guidance
As Vice Principal for Student Guidance and Support it is my responsibility to ensure students are supported pastorally and academically throughout their time at college. I work with a team of guidance and pastoral experts whose remit involves monitoring student attendance, progress and welfare. They are part of the wider safeguarding team who also work with me to ensure outstanding safeguarding is provided across the college. Other aspects of my role include working with a highly dedicated team of professionals who provide outstanding support for students with additional needs. I also work with a highly skilled team of careers advisers who work with students on a wide range of career and advise related issues including work relatedness and university applications.
I love working at HNC and believe whole heartedly in the ethos of the college. I feel privileged to work with our students.
Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Teaching and Learning
As Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Teaching and Learning, I have responsibility for the assessment of teaching and learning within College and our CPD for staff to ensure that the quality of lessons for students is the best it can be. I also oversee our Honours and Futures Programmes.
I have a long history with HNC. As an ex-student, I take great pride in what we offer for young people at the College.
I also have a remit that encourages all students to be able to access fun and recreational physical and sporting activities in their free time, using state of the art sports facilities. These include the new multi-purpose sports barn with international standard cricket lanes, the new full size 3rd generation astro-turf football pitch, full size sports hall and well equipped fitness suite. The Enjoy Programme gives our students the opportunity to express themselves, try new activities and socialise through physical activity; I believe that physical literacy should be for life.
I have worked as a Manchester United Academy football coach since 2005 and have been privileged to work with some fantastic young footballers over the years. The environment that is created by the staff at Manchester United allow these players to flourish and develop and it is this environment that is created at Huddersfield New College that is essential to allowing current and prospective students the opportunity to fulfil their potential and realise their dreams.
Assistant Principal, Curriculum and Student Progression
In my role as Assistant Principal for Admissions and Student Progression, I am responsible for the progression pathways within college for students studying with us at Levels 1, 2 and 3. I organise the initial meeting up experiences at the College; the Taster Days, followed by Open Events and a Welcome Day. These offer potential students and their families an opportunity to visit our fantastic campus, to experience our first class facilities first hand and to consider their course options carefully from the huge range of courses we offer. Within this role, I also ensure that every student who applies to study at Huddersfield New College receives an interview by one of our specialist admissions team. The admissions tutors review the application and advise students as to most appropriate courses to study to meet their career aims and aspirations.
The highlight of my year is enrolment. This is where all the admissions work comes to fruition and we ensure that students are enrolled onto courses on which they can be successful and then they fly!
When I am not at work I really enjoy time with my family. This ranges from baking with my daughter, to allowing my youngest son to educate me in our prehistoric past. My eldest son, recently built on his success at Huddersfield New College, to follow his ambition to read for a degree in Physical Geography at university
Assistant Principal, Vocational Curriculum and Skills
As Assistant Principal for Vocational Curriculum and Student Employability, it is my responsibility to ensure students have access to a high standard of vocational courses and to ensure consistency in quality is adhered to at all times. I work with Heads of Department and Vocational Course Leaders to ensure that the planning and delivery of all vocational programmes respond effectively to external changes to the framework and meet the requirements of vocational qualifications in the future. Within my work experience remit, I work closely with a large team to enhance students’ employability prospects by providing extensive and appropriate work experience and work shadowing opportunities, both in the UK and abroad. I have always enjoyed working at Huddersfield New College in the various roles that I have been fortunate to have. The students and staff are always very friendly and in my opinion we are the best Sixth Form College in Huddersfield!
Assistant Principal, People and Place
As Assistant Principal I have responsibility for leading and managing the College’s Human Resources department and services, and promoting and raising awareness of equality and diversity themes.
I take the ‘human’ element of Human Resources very seriously and work hard to ensure that from the moment an employee joins the College, they are given every opportunity to thrive and fulfil their potential in a supportive and encouraging environment. Having a College of committed, enthusiastic and well-motivated staff is fundamental to ensuring our students receive the best of us all and that they too are able to develop into mature, responsible young adults, well equipped to face the future challenges of higher education and/or employment.
Within my equality and diversity remit I aim to ensure that the College fulfils its legal responsibilities in line with the Equality Act 2010. I am proud to have led the College to achieve Investors in Diversity at Level Two and more recently the BIG Award (Bullying Intervention Group Award). Encouraging debate and discussion around equality and diversity matters can be challenging; the Diversity Group’s aim is to help individuals and groups of people to develop good relationships with others and to treat people with respect, while having fun. Each year we plan a number of activities and events to encourage people to talk to each other, share their experiences, and to make equality and diversity real and accessible concepts.
I enjoy my roles and am proud to be part of a fantastic College. Outside of College I enjoy spending time with my family and keeping fit through a combination of aerobics, running and being a chauffeur for my two daughters!