New Vice Principal appointed

We are delighted to announce that a new Vice Principal has been appointed. Catherine Fitzsimmons will take up her new post on 1st June, joining the academy from her current post as Senior Leader at Knowsley Park School where she has worked for five years. At Knowsley Park School Catherine has played a lead role in improving the quality of teaching and learning and, as head of Information, Advice and Guidance, she led and coordinated a highly successful personalised Careers Education Programme.

Catherine has also worked in a consultancy role for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) where she has led a series of seminars and raising attainment workshops.

Supporting our new Principal, Philip Grant, Catherine will lead on the day to day running of the academy and, in particular, improving the levels of behaviour, expectations and results that students achieve.  She has an excellent track record of improving school performance and having a huge and immediate impact on the schools she is based at.

Catherine commented: “I am delighted to take up the post of Vice Principal at The Whitehaven Academy! I am excited about working with governors, staff and students and other members of the local community in order to ensure that the academy becomes a first class learning community where all students can achieve their absolute best.”

Philip Grant said: “We are very lucky to have Catherine’s expertise and I know the students and staff will benefit hugely. I for one am particularly looking forward to welcoming her to the academy.”