Offering the Support that Students Need
Principal & Proprietor
Shelley has a BEd Hons (Mathematics and Special Educational Needs); National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH) and is a qualified SENCO. As well as having an extensive teaching career Shelley has held a number of leadership roles in secondary schools. She completed the National Qualification for Headteachers in 2004 and was involved in producing a DVD and training handbook for the DfES 2008 project - Exclusion of black pupils priority review: Getting it Right. Shelley has chaired and driven a number of network initiatives throughout her career and was a Leading Teacher of Mathematics for Stoke on Trent City Council for a number of years, providing support and teaching demonstrations to other teachers of mathematics. Although she has provided consultancy support to schools on a range of educational strands, Shelley’s passion has always been around inclusive learning and giving every child the opportunity to achieve successful outcomes.
Jacob has previously worked in mainstream schools with students across the 11-18 age range. He has a BA Hons in Business Management and a PGCE in Business & Economics. Jacob has worked with numerous business start-ups, bringing this experience into the classroom to stimulate interest and enthusiasm. He also teaches ICT as an optional subject for interested students. Jacob is an avid travel and sports enthusiast and is keen to inspire young people through looking at the wider world. Jacob believes in empowering self-belief and high aspirations.
Stephanie has extensive experience in the careers and recruitment industry as well as experience in the social care sector. She is currently completing a BSc in Science through the Open University. Stephanie’s key role is in making sure the school runs smoothly to allow staff and students to be as effective in their roles as possible. Stephanie works closely with families and family support services to make sure that students and their families have access to any support needed. She makes sure that all students are signposted to appropriate external support networks. Stephanie also makes sure students have access to quality careers information and have secure plans for post 16 destinations. Stephanie is the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school.
Assistant Vice Principal
Amy’s key role is also in supporting the smooth operational running of the school. She works closely with students, families and support services. Amy monitors attendance and punctuality and works with families and the educational welfare service in making sure good school attendance and punctuality is achieved. Amy also runs the creative arts department with examples of her talents evident across the school building. In her spare time Amy is also completing a Ba(hons) in English Literature. Amy is the Deputy, Designated Safeguarding Lead for the school and a qualified Sign Language Tutor.
Jim has over twenty years’ teaching and leadership experience in secondary schools. In 2001 Jim completed his Masters Degree at Keele University in International Relations. In his spare time Jim keeps himself busy coaching two local youth football teams and taking care of his six children. Jim believes that pride and respect, resilience and tenacity are essential to the healthy development of young people and aims to be a role model in building these qualities amongst students.