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Leadership Team

Simon Smith

Principal

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.

Matt Evans

Vice Principal

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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 in Mathematics but also worked in the pastoral setting, coordinated work experience and linked within the 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 Vice Principal in charge of the Curriculum and oversee English, Science and some of 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 leads of QTLA, Standards and Behaviour at Goodwin Academy.

Beccy Wright

Assistant Principal – Behaviour, Attitudes and Attendance

Your preferences have prevented this content from being loaded. If you have recently changed your preferences, please try reloading the pageAfter graduating from Canterbury Christchurch University with a (BSc) First class honours degree in Business information management , I began a career with Kent County Council working for their digital curriculum team developing the use of digital technologies in schools. During this time I was tasked with managing the eSafety agenda in schools and rolled out an internet safety training programme to every school in Kent, receiving the ‘Children’s champion’ award from CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre).
I then moved to the Attendance service supporting children to improve their school attendance and working with vulnerable young people. From there I joined Goodwin Academy, initially as a student support officer, then progressing to managing the behaviour team within the school. Despite my passion for pastoral support, I wanted to broaden my skills and trained to become a teacher of English. After I qualified, I took on the role of Head of Year 11 and have thoroughly enjoyed supporting our students in the final stages of their Key Stage 4 journey. I am now working as Assistant Principal responsible for Behaviour, Attitudes and Attendance and I am committed to support our students to uphold our high standards, strive for their best and become responsible independent members of our community.

Clive Kitchener

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. Upon completion of my military service I took the decision to train as a Mathematics teacher 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.  I joined Goodwin Academy in 2019 from Holcombe Grammar School, another TSAT school, and took up the role of Assistant Principal – Data Systems. As part of my role, I oversee assessments, examinations, options, Year 6 transition, Mathematics and Key Stage 3. I find this role extremely rewarding as it gives me the opportunity to ensure that Goodwin students are given every opportunity to be their BEST.

Rachael Moon

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. In January 2019, I became the Assistant Principal responsible for teaching and learning. This role excites me as I believe that teaching is about inspiring the students to discover their purpose and potential through the art of learning.

Daisy Bradford

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.