Senior Leadership Team
Senior Leadership Team
The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) is made up of senior members of staff. Through their wide range of expertise and experience, the team work together to ensure that every student enjoys their time at the Academy and reaches their full potential.
After four years as the Vice Principal at the Academy I took over as the Principal in September 2014. Our excellent exam results in 2014 have ensured that the start to this academic year has been vibrant, energetic and successful. The Academy is an amazing place to work not simply due to the outstanding facilities but mainly due to the hard working and dedicated staff and successful and considerate students. I have worked in a variety of schools in the West Midlands and Greater Manchester, all of which have offered opportunities and challenges, but it is this community that I have grown to love. I have spent many years as a history teacher and more than most , I understand that in order to move forward you need to learn lessons from the past. We are always trying to move forward at the Academy and consider how we can improve in order to provide our students with the best education in the city.
I care deeply about the future of this community. This community needs a forward thinking, successful and inclusive Academy to successfully ensure that all students in the local area contribute to the long-term success in the North of Stoke-on-Trent. To that mind, we are more than simply a school that ensures its students achieve high levels of qualifications. We have a responsibility to produce well-rounded and well-mannered young people who we would all like to have as a son or daughter. As Principal I have the privilege of working very closely with the sponsors, the governors, the staff, parents and students to ensure that this vision come to fruition.
We all ultimately want the same thing; a successful future for this city and its people.
You can contact me at or follow me on twitter @principallowry.
I entered teaching from an engineering background and have held several positions of responsibility during my teaching career. I teach mathematics but have been known to teach physics and music.
I joined the predecessor school in 2002 and currently have responsibility for Community, Innovations and Specialisms within the Academy.
Having been born in Tunstall I have a passion to ensure that children from this area fulfill their potential to become successful, valued citizens.
Vice-Principal (Director of Finance & Operations)
I joined the Academy as Vice Principal, Director of Finance & Operations in June 2010. My background is a Chartered Accountant and have worked in the Education sector for 10 years.
My main responsibilities are the Academy finances and ensuring the smooth running of the day to day operations.
I am proud to be part of the Academy and love that in my role I can ensure the funding is spent on the best resources and facilities to support the excellent teaching and learning. Our students deserve nothing less.
I was appointed in 1996 as a temporary English Teacher to the predecessor school Brownhills High School. After a year I was promoted to Assistant Head of KS4, taking on a pastoral role with Y10. I continued to work in this area achieving several promotions to Head of Year, Head of Lower School and then finally Head of Upper School.
I became Acting Assistant Head teacher in 2007 and was then appointed to Assistant Vice Principal when the Academy opened in September 2010. Last year I was honoured to receive my current promotion as Vice Principal.
My role and responsibilities have changed considerably over the years from a nurturing caring role as a Head of Year to a more strategic focus on students’ achievement and ensuring that the Academy has a curriculum in place that meets all students’ individual needs. This year I feel that I have been at the heart of shaping the learning experience for all students with my work leading staff and teaching and learning.
I love my job. Working with young people; helping them to believe in themselves and reach their full potential is the reason I teach.
Senior Assistant Vice-Principal
I have been teaching in the Tunstall area for all of my working life. Nearly twenty years later and I can sincerely say that I have never regretted a single moment.
It has been wonderful to see the Academy grow into such a diverse, strong and reputable school to which Ofsted judges as 'Good with Outstanding Features'.
My role as Senior Assistant Vice Principal for Inclusion and Behaviour celebrates the fact that there is social harmony within the Academy with over 33 languages spoken and that poor behaviour is kept to a minimum. Any barriers to learning are addressed and removed. It is an inclusive Academy where students feel safe, valued and supported.
My other role as the Lead Designate Safeguarding Officer sees me relentlessly serving this community to ensure that our children are protected and safe.
Working in partnership with our parents/carers is the key to the Academy's success. Attendance is improving along with our attainment outcomes.
My vision is to see that all students are learning to the maximum, reaching their full potential regardless of their background or ability. My door is always open so please do not hesitate to contact me on
SENDCo - Senior Leader
I am proud to have been born and to have lived in Stoke on Trent for all my life. Over the last 34 years I have worked in schools in Stoke on Trent where I have gained a wealth of experience in being able to manage and support many of the complex needs and issues that young people encounter during their lives. I was extremely happy to be appointed as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at the Academy in 2015 and have become part of a very special community.
During my time as a teacher and a senior manager I have been responsible for the care, support and guidance of many students and I have been involved in offering services and interventions with the overriding aim of enabling young people of all abilities and backgrounds to achieve their full potential.
I firmly believe that the SENDCo’s role in school is to ensure that all children with SEND achieve well so that they can lead contented and fulfilled lives. The SENDCo is vital to the success of these young people because they ensure that the support they require to help them achieve their goals and become independent is provided. I have always cared deeply about the young people with whom I have worked in enabling them to achieve their full potential.
I began my career as an English teacher in 2002 at the predecessor school, Brownhills High School. In 2005, I was appointed as Second in charge of the English Department and, in 2010, I became Head of the Communications Faculty at the academy. Leading the English Department was a huge honour but I am now looking forward to my new role as Assistant Vice Principal in charge of KS4 and Progression.
I am extremely proud to be from Stoke-on-Trent and I care a great deal about our city and the local area. The academy plays an important and integral role within the community, supporting students and instilling in them the confidence and self-belief to enable them to fulfil their potential and achieve their goals and not to be afraid of doing so.
Since the academy opened, I have seen the success of our students grow, year upon year, and I believe that this will only continue. Working at this academy has clearly demonstrated to me that a positive attitude, plenty of determination, and sheer hard work can achieve a great deal, for the benefit of our students and our city.