Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageI 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 renamed Goodwin Academy.
Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageAfter 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.
Assistant Principal – Attitudes, Behaviour & Safeguarding
Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageI 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.
Assistant Principal – Data Systems & KS3 Curriculum & Achievement
Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageYour preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pagePrior to becoming a teacher, I served 23 years in the Armed Forces as a telecommunications engineer, deployed in a number of countries and operational theatres. Whilst serving, I graduated from the Open University focussing on the teaching of mathematics, a subject that I was drawn to by a truly inspirational secondary teacher. I decided to train to teach and qualified in 2008. Since qualifying I have worked in a number of roles and settings, from classroom teacher, subject leader, pastoral leader and senior leadership. Whilst leading in these roles it became clear that there was a need to monitor progress and attainment at all levels, ensuring interventions are targeted effectively. Over a number of years I focussed on the development of deep tracking and monitoring systems, devising a system that has been adopted in all TSAT secondary schools.
I am delighted to be given the opportunity of joining Goodwin Academy as Assistant Principal with responsibility for Data Systems and KS3, and will endeavour to ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed at Goodwin Academy.
Assistant Principal – Teaching & Learning
Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageFrom 2003 -2009 I worked outside of the education sector as a Bio analytical Chemist for Pfizer, during this time I studied part time. In 2008, I graduated from Greenwich University with a HNC in Chemistry and a 1st class BSc (Hons) degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2009, I entered the secondary education sector through the GTP program at Sandwich Technology School gaining QTS in 2010 and I became a full time science teacher. In 2014, I joined Goodwin Academy (formally Castle Community College) as a Lead Practitioner with a focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning across the academy then in January 2019, I became an Associate Leader responsible for teaching and learning. This opportunity excites me as I believe that teaching is about inspiring the students to discover their purpose and potential through the art of learning.
Assistant Principal – Personal Development
Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageAfter graduating from Aberystwyth University with a Bachelor of Theology and Philosophy degree, I embarked on a career in breakfast television production. I came to realise that this was not my vocation and after some thought I moved to Canterbury to start my PGCE in RE and Philosophy. I have worked in many schools across the South East and Wales, ranging from teaching RE and PE in a boarding school outside London to the second largest secondary school in Britain in Cardiff. I am now in my fourth year at Goodwin, having joined as Head of Faculty for Humanities in the spring of 2015 and am now working as Associate Principal for Personal Development. I am passionate about providing young people with an opportunity to achieve their very best and there is nothing that gives me more of a sense of fulfilment than when a student leaves my classroom with the knowledge that they have achieved.
Assistant Principal – SEN/AEN
Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageHaving graduated with a Chemistry degree I decided to complete my teacher training and obtained my first post at The Rochester Grammar school in 1999. Since then I have developed a passion for pastoral care and working with students with SEND. As someone with a SEN myself I understand the significance of obtaining the correct support at the correct time. Whilst working for The Thinking Schools Academy Trust I have been supporting some of the secondary schools to develop their provisions for students with SEND.
This year I have been given the opportunity to work more closely with the Goodwin Academy. I am very excited to be joining the SEND team at Goodwin and look forward to seeing the students flourish.