Senior leadership team further strengthened

We have further strengthened our senior leadership team with the appointment of Craig Ivison as Seconded Vice Principal.

Craig is an Education Adviser for Bright Tribe Trust and has been working closely with the academy since conversion on its curriculum development and improved post-16 offer. In his new role, Craig will now spend 50% of his time in the academy and will be concentrating on launching and embedding the new Learning and Skills Programme.

The programme is built around providing a set of personal pathways for each individual that change and grow alongside each student. The pathways include: Engineering & Construction, Enterprise, Health & Wellbeing, and Higher Academic, and we are working with local and national employers, and university partners to ensure that the subjects delivered are appropriate and challenging and meet local, national and international skills needs.

Craig has previously worked for Cumbria County Council as a Post-16 Adviser, leading education providers in developing innovative provision to meet the needs of young people and employers in the area. Prior to this, he worked for the Learning and Skills Council as a Senior Policy Manager, leading on the development of national policies and strategies to establish apprenticeships as a mainstream education and training option, and as Partnership Manager leading partnerships to secure improvements in post-16 education. Craig has also worked for Cumbria Training and Enterprise Council.

Philip Grant commented: “We are delighted to welcome Craig to the academy in his new role and we look forward to benefitting further from his extensive experience and knowledge. We now have an extremely strong senior leadership team and an outstanding wider teaching and support staff to deliver the best possible education for our students.”