Leadership Team

Simon Smith

Simon Smith

Principal

I am proud, honoured and privileged to be Principal of Goodwin Academy. I joined the school in September 2005 following six years’ experience as a teacher, Head of Year and Head of Department at Chatham House Grammar School in Ramsgate. Prior to that, I graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Sports and Exercise Science with Business Management which was followed by studying a PGCE in Secondary Education; I also achieved a MA in Subject Leadership in the early stages of my career. I started at Castle Community College (now The Goodwin Academy) as Director of Specialism and was appointed Assistant Principal in April 2008, and then Deputy Principal in September 2012. In September 2013, following the completion of the NPQH qualification, I became Head of School of the Salisbury Road Site as Castle Community College became a split school. I became Principal in September 2016 after the school was sponsored by SchoolsCompany Trust and renamed Goodwin Academy.
Ann-Marie Thompson

Ann-Marie Thompson

Vice Principal - Student Groups & PDBW

Having graduated from Imperial College, University of London in Biochemistry, I initially worked outside of the education sector until taking my PGCE, prior to working at what was then Castle High School for 10 years. I moved to Dover Grammar School for Girls as Head of Sixth Form in 2000, to broaden my experience on the pastoral side. In 2007, I returned to Castle Community College as Deputy Head, and have been responsible for both curriculum and pastoral areas during that time, drawing upon both my NPQH and National Award for SEN. As Vice Principal with overall responsibility for the elements of the Academy provision which support the personal development, behaviour and welfare of students, I look forward to making sure that our youngsters are ready to learn, participating fully in their own education and contributing to our community with energy and enthusiasm. I believe that when we know our students well as individuals, then together we can expect to celebrate the highest achievements, without limits.
George Rorke

George Rorke

Vice Principal - Outcomes & QTL&A

I began my teaching career in 1993 having graduated from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, with a BSc degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry and a Post Graduate Higher Diploma in Education. My main teaching experience has been in the subjects of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics mostly at GCSE and A level. I moved to the United Kingdom to take up a teaching position in Kent in 2002. During my first ten years I was promoted to Second in Department and received Advanced Skills Teacher (Science, Teaching and Learning) accreditation in 2006 which allowed me to work with schools across the county of Kent. Being a firm believer in continuous professional development I embarked on and completed an MA degree in Education with Canterbury Christ Church University and the NPQSL with the National College for Teaching and Learning. Aiming to broaden my experience, I was appointed to the post of Assistant Principal – Outcomes at Goodwin Academy in May 2014, and promoted to Vice Principal in November 2016.  
Matt Evans

Matt Evans

Assistant Vice-Principal - Curiculum

After graduating in 1998 from Canterbury Christ Church University and I spent some time working in Industry. This time gave me a valuable insight in to the skills students would need once they left a formal education setting. Since 2000 I have worked within Mathematics developing my craft initially in a large Kent based secondary school. During these informative years of my career I had the privilege to lead Mathematics but also worked in the pastoral setting, coordinated work experience and linked to Specialist Sports College status. I joined Goodwin Academy in 2011 as Assistant Principal in charge of Mathematics. Over the last few years at Goodwin Academy I have immersed myself professionally to develop academic and pastoral standards. At present I am the Assistant Vice-Principal in charge of Curriculum and oversee Science and the EBacc subjects with a core focus on progress and outcomes. This exciting role involves the strategic lead for curriculum development, working with the Academy lead of QTLA, Standards and Behaviour here at Goodwin Academy.
Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Assistant Vice-Principal

I graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University in 2005 where I studied Sport and Exercise Science. Playing sport of all varieties has been a passion of mine since a very young age, and the experiences, friendships and skills that I have developed through participating in sport inspired me to become a Physical Education teacher. I entered the secondary setting after my graduation in 2005, and followed the pathway of completing a GTP before securing a full time teaching position. Over the next few years I continued to learn from those around me, but developing and refining my own practice remained high on my agenda. It was clear that not only was my interest in teaching Physical Education, but exploring and helping other colleagues enhance their performance became of interest to me. I became involved in the SSAT’s TEEP (Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme) and now hold Level 3 status which allows me to deliver this initiative in schools across the country. As my career developed at Sandwich Technology School I obtained a post as Head of College and took a more pastoral approach in my career alongside continuing to teach PE. I am now delighted to become part of the team at Goodwin Academy with my role having responsibility for the quality of teaching, learning and assessment across the school. The opportunity excites and enthuses me as I believe the experiences our students receive in school are vital in shaping life long learners.
Jamie Partridge

Jamie Partridge

Assistant Vice-Principal

I joined the Goodwin Academy team in May 2005 following ten years serving around the world with the British Army. I  spent the last year of that time working with young people displaying challenging behaviours in schools across the country as part of the Army’s Outreach Team. I feel passionately that student wellbeing and welfare is a key factor in supporting the whole student and have experienced most of the roles within the Student Services Team before becoming the Director. This experience has led to me being the school’s lead  contact for internal and external stakeholders ensuring strategic relationships and partnership building. My key focus areas are Behaviour Management, Safeguarding, Attendance and Alternative Curriculum provision within the mainstream sector.

Sharon Leach

Sharon Leach

Principal's PA

Prior to working at Goodwin Academy, I was a Branch Manager for Skipton Building Society and Santander in Yorkshire and Northamptonshire.  Having worked in Financial Services for nearly 20 years, when I moved to Kent I thought it would be an opportunity for a change in career. I started working in the school in 2007 and have never looked back.   My role as the Principal’s PA is very demanding and extremely rewarding.  I work alongside the administration team ensuring it is efficient, effective and working to capacity.