Leadership Team

Simon Smith

Simon Smith

Principal

I joined the school in September 2005 following six years of 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 an MA in Subject Leadership in the early stages of my career.  I started at Castle Community College (now Goodwin Academy) as Director of Specialism and I then joined the Senior Leadership Team a year later. I was appointed Assistant Principal in April 2008 and then Deputy Principal in September 2012. Following the completion of the NPQH qualification, in September 2013 I became Head of School of the Salisbury Road site as Castle Community College became a split school.  I have three main aims for the students in my care. Firstly, that they receive the best education and therefore attain the best grades they can achieve. Secondly, that all students plan their future after compulsory education and thirdly, that each student becomes a more rounded individual.

Ann-Marie Thompson

Ann-Marie Thompson

Vice Principal/ SENCo

Having graduated from Imperial College, University of London, I initially worked outside of the education sector, working locally for Sea Containers as a Freight Manager. In 1989 I took my PGCE in Secondary Science locally at Canterbury Christ Church. Following a placement at what was then Castle High School, I badgered the Headteacher for a job. During my first ten years here, I was promoted to Head of Department and worked with subject heads on curriculum provision. Aiming to broaden my experience, I took up post at Dover Grammar School for Girls as Head of Sixth Form in 2000. Seven years later, I returned to Castle Community College (now Goodwin Academy) as Deputy Head, returning initially to curriculum provision. When the opportunity arose, I moved to the pastoral side and have since held posts connected with safeguarding and external agencies; students with SEND, the disadvantaged and those in care, and more recently as Head of School on the Mill Road site, drawing on my NPQH for the latter and my National Award for the post I hold now as the school’s SENCo and Vice Principal with responsibility for student groups, for whom I hold the highest expectations and an unshaking belief in their right to a bright future.

George Rorke

George Rorke

Vice Principal/Director of Salisbury Road Site

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 Principal/ Director of Mill Road Site

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. This role has developed to oversee Maths and English as the core focus on outcomes and I am now the Director of the Mill Road Site. This exciting role involves the strategic lead for KS3 outcomes and QTLA, working with the Academy lead of QTLA, Standards and Behaviour and the development of the KS3 Curriculum Model.
Ben Chidwick

Ben Chidwick

Assistant Principal

I began teaching in 2002 after completing my BSc in Physical Geography and have taught and led a range of subjects including geography, history, physical education and public services.  My leadership experience began with managing a successful geography department, before being tasked with the launch of a public services department. Following this I led Key Stage 4 and 5 humanities, before embarking on a new direction; I became one of four Progress Directors within my school and had accountability for behaviour, attendance, safeguarding and outcomes.  I then took my current position at Goodwin Academy, where I have enjoyed- and continue to relish- my role as Assistant Principal and all of the associated challenges.

Helen Rose

Helen Rose

Assistant Principal

  Having graduated with a Masters in Fine Art Sculpture I started my journey within education in the summer of 2004 at Castle Community College (now Goodwin Academy) as the teacher in charge of Resistant Materials. I quickly fell in love with profession and the young people in our care. I progressed into additional roles including Head of House and Head of the Creative Quarter where I had the opportunity to gain a wealth of experience in both developing students, staff and a multi-disciplinary curriculum. I moved into the role of Lead Practitioner in 2014 where I designed and delivered whole school CPD, coached staff and had an integral part on the pedagogy ethos of the global school community. In April 2016 I progressed to be the Assistant Principal responsible for the quality of Teaching, Learning and Assessment. This privileged position allows me to lead and collaborate on equal basis for the ideal outcome; to develop the young and vibrant young people in our care to be lifelong learners and to develop the careers and minds of our professional staff body to be best they can be. I have discovered a taste for developing excellence in the learning and performance of others. I have come to a realisation that creativity is not something you individually own. It is also something you share with others so that it can also support their own individual journeys.

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”

—B.B. King

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

―Malala Yousafzai  
Jamie Partridge

Jamie Partridge

Director of Student Services

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.