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!
Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality
As Vice Principal, Curriculum and Quality I oversee a team that ensures our students enjoy the best possible experience. This includes working with our Heads of Departments and supporting them to ensure that their teams deliver an outstanding experience, and making sure that the College is at the forefront of the latest developments in teaching and learning.
A large part of my role is reviewing the comprehensive data that helps us to see how we may best support students, and working with staff to respond to this, for example through our support systems.
I joined HNC in September 2018 and am very much enjoying being part of such a warm and welcoming community where young people know they will achieve their very best.
With two young children of my own, I am incredibly passionate about the importance of a high quality education and work to ensure each and every member of our 2500 strong student body enjoy an experience where they can not only access the right courses for their ambitions, but also enjoy an experience where they know that they can and will achieve their full potential.
Assistant Principal, Student Support (job share with Gabriel Mellor)
As Assistant Principal for Student 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 love working at HNC and believe whole heartedly in the ethos of the college. I feel privileged to work with our students. In 2018 I welcomed my first grandchild, and enjoy working at the College on a job share basis and spending time with her also!
Assistant Principal, Student Support (job share with Sonia Ross)
As Assistant Principal for Student Support, I work with Sonia to ensure that our young people have the very best possible experience. With Sonia, I support our young people to understand the high expectations College has, and the wide range of support we have available to help them to meet these.
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 am passionate about our sports provision and work to encourage students to access fun and recreational physical and sporting activities in their free time, using state of the art sports facilities. 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 Quality (Vocational) and Wider College Experience
It is my responsibility to ensure students have access to a high standard of vocational courses and we maintain our position as an award winning BTEC College where students enjoy a fantastic and inspirational learning experience. Within my wider student 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. This includes working with our Careers team so that students have the best possible information and support. 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, Additional Learning Support and Equality and Diversity
In my role as Assistant Principal for Additional Learning Support and Equality and Diversity, I am responsible for helping all of our students progress positively and enjoy the right support. In 2018 I also took responsibility for helping to ensure that the College maintains its position as the number one organisation for Equality and Diversity.
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, Curriculum Data and Planning
As Assistant Principal for Curriculum Data and Planning, I oversee a wide range of our services including; Exams, IT Networks, Management Information, Risk Management and Student Services.
I am responsible for much of our essential planning in College, including ensuring that we respond proactively to student demand in our curriculum in terms of staffing, capacity and resource within the College.
As Head of Admissions, a key part of my role is ensuring that we provide an outstanding and informative experience for all our students so they are placed on courses that meet their needs and support their future aspirations.
I love working at HNC and am exceptionally proud to be part of a College that puts the student at the very core of everything it does. Outside of my role at College, I enjoy time with my fiancé and two step children, who are all quick to volunteer my organisational skills to support their weekend football teams!
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.