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, 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, Student Support
As Assistant Principal Student Support, I am responsible for ensuring that students are happy and safe whilst at College. This includes all aspects of safeguarding, but also our pastoral care and support. The outstanding services we offer to students is at the heart of ensuring that they can excel academically and personally. Our team, which includes Student Welfare and our Mental Health Champion, works to ensure we tackle any barriers to student success. I am responsible for our Progress Tutor team and the tutorial programme which helps our young people to become rounded and resilient, and prepared for their next step to university of employment. I really enjoy working with students, and I am also a Progress Tutor. This is of course a great way to find out how we can further develop the support for students, and it is incredibly rewarding being able to work with them on an individual level to help them to achieve their ambitions. As a former PE teacher who is passionate about cricket, it is great to be able to be part of a warm and welcoming College community that is helping to educate some great sporting talent, including our Cricket Academy!
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.