I was appointed as the Principal of Spires Academy in September 2012. Spires is a small non selective secondary school in the fully selective county of Kent. It therefore serves a community that is characterised by a high level of disadvantage and low academic levels on entry who suffer from low aspiration and damaged self-esteem. The level of need is high. It is one of the original ‘old style’ academies and benefited from a brand new build that opened as I joined the school in 2012.
I have over 20 years experience of working in schools which has shaped my philosophy and vision. I believe that schools should equip their students with the confidence, competence, knowledge, skills and understanding to fit easily and actively into a rapidly changing society. Partnership working is critical to this.
During my career I have been fortunate to work on projects that have had influence locally, nationally and internationally. This included being the school lead on an EU- funded project “Improving the Quality of Education in Iraq” with the British Council and Iraqi government. The aim being to help rebuild the Iraq school system and community using a model of school to school support. I was fortunate to visit Iraq in November 2011 to visit schools and participate in a joint conference.
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