I have been in the teaching profession for 25 years and have worked in secondary schools in Leicestershire, Bolton, Burnley, Accrington and Chorley before my current post in Lancaster at Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy. Additionally I am a National Leader of Education and a Professional Partner, mentoring new and aspirant headteachers.

I have been headteacher of two schools; St Michael’s in Chorley (2002-2006) and currently Ripley St Thomas, from 2006. Ripley became an academy in 2011 and is currently the largest secondary school in Lancashire with over 1700 pupils, 400 of whom are in the sixth form. The school was designated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2008 and again in 2011, when the academy was graded Outstanding in every one of the 31categories inspected.

Ripley was designated a National Teaching School in 2013 and currently works across an alliance of primary, secondary and special schools, training teachers and providing professional development, leadership training and school support.

As a National Support School Ripley has played a leading role working over a lengthy period with two particular schools in challenging circumstances in another Local Authority. We continue to do all we can to support high quality educational outcomes for all young people within our sphere of influence.