Katie Matthews

Head of SLR and Assistant Principal for KS3

Being a sport enthusiast it was obvious from a young age that I would study sport and Physical education pedagogy. Representing at various levels for Football and Hockey, I balanced this with my studies. In 2006 I graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University, qualifying as a teacher of Physical Education, entering the teaching profession immediately in the September of that year. I had previously taught in schools across Wakefield, and an international language school in Swanage. This then lead to me starting here at Bradford Academy as Director of Personalising Learning (DoPL) for Sport, Leisure and Recreation in 2014. I still continue this role today, along with being the Assistant Principal for Key Stage 3, which I was appointed to in 2018. Prior to this I had the privilege of balancing the DoPL role with being the Director Hawking House.  

I am the Assistant Principal for Key Stage 3, and Head of Department for Sport, Leisure and Recreation. As HOD for Sport, Leisure and Recreation I create an engaging curriculum for all learners within the academy, promoting the benefits of physical education. Whilst educating them that sustaining a healthy and active lifestyle will promote life skills and benefits across their multifaceted life path. As Assistant Principal for Key Stage 3, I promote identity and independence within year 7 and 8, building learners that are self-regulating, and proud to be a Bradford Academy learner. Creating opportunities for them to thrive both in character and academia, making choices that will shape their lives both as young adults and GCSE ready learners.

My ambition for our students is that whilst at Bradford Academy they build their very own blue print, that encompasses a healthy and active lifestyle, and a character that exhumes resilience and the confidence, to make difficult life choices.  Not only leaving the academy with opportunities based on their grade profile, but as a young adult that as the courage to follow their OWN life path within the world

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