After gaining my History and Politics degree I decided very quickly that teaching was my calling. I began my teaching career at the inner-city Cathedral High School in Wakefield and left after 9 years for Bradford Cathedral Community College as Head of Year 7, 15 years ago. For a number of years I focused on my role, and being a good dad, subsequently progressing from Head of Year to Head of House, then to Director of House, before joining Bradford Academy’s SLT, first as Assistant Principal and then as an Assistant Vice Principal at the beginning of this year.
I teach GCSE History and KS4 PSHE, and am Assistant Vice Principal in the Support and Guidance Team with specific responsibility for SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools) and SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) amongst other things. My job ranges from teaching about the consequences of intolerance throughout history to making sure that, as a school community, we know the value of reflection, patience and understanding so that we recognise how everyone influences their own community and the world in which they live.
My ambition for our students is that they grow to become good people and valuable members of their own and the wider community; that they have ambitions beyond what is immediately around them and that they have the confidence to step out and take a risk to improve their own destiny.