As Principal, I am responsible for ensuring the quality of your student experience with us. This means providing you with high quality teaching and learning and first class pastoral support to enable you to achieve your goals and develop lifelong skills, confidence and knowledge. I lead a senior team who are passionate about making sure you get the very best out of you time with us. Each of them has a special responsibility for a different aspect of your “Learning Journey” – your move from school to college, the support and guidance you will need as you settle down to sixth form work, your experience in class and outside and the College campus itself. Your success is at the heart of our planning and we will ask for your views, and listen to them and act on them. My career has included working at senior level in several sixth forms, with a brief spell leading on developing education in the prison service. When not in college (or thinking about it!) I love the outdoor life, rowing, fell-walking, cycling and the English teacher in me means I love reading, theatre and films without subtitles! I’m looking forward to meeting you.
As Associate Principal it is my job to ensure students have an outstanding college experience from transition to progression and achieve their personal best. I believe a smooth transition from Year 11 to Year 12 is extremely important so bridging the gap between high school and college is a big priority of mine. With this in mind providing the right curriculum for students to progress onto is also something that I constantly review and aim to improve. In addition I am also ultimately responsible for the support and guidance that our students receive whilst at college. Prior to working at New College I was Assistant Headteacher at Castleford High School for 10 years, where I was responsible for whole school achievement. Out of college I spend most of my time playing rugby and helping to run a junior football team. For the record, from 1992-1994 I was a student at NEW College.
Jo Vickers – Vice Principal
I started at New College in September 1992 following a career in commerce and industry. I was Head of Business Studies from 1995 to 2002 and Faculty Manager for Business, Maths and ICT from 2002 – 2006. I love working at New College, our students are amazing, talented and hard working young people and the staff are dedicated and committed to getting the best from our students. The main focus of my current role is to develop the Curriculum and look at ways of introducing new courses which meet the needs of the current and future students. I also prepare the College timetable which is like doing a huge Sudoko puzzle! I am still involved in teaching and currently teach AS/A2 Accounting – still the best part of my job. Outside of college I am a big football fan having supported West Ham for years and I also try to attend the gym regularly and keep fit!
Brendon Fletcher – Vice Principal
One of my main responsibilities is to make sure that students and teachers across College have a clear sense of how students, groups and courses are performing throughout the year. It’s my job to make sure your performance is assessed frequently so that you and your teachers are given really helpful information that helps you set appropriate targets and which helps your teachers to provide valuable support. I’m there checking the numbers to make sure things are going as they should be. I’m also responsible for the new Cedar system – a one-stop-shop for you, your teachers and your parents to monitor your attendance, performance, teacher concerns and your achievements. I’m also responsible for developing College standards – setting out what we expect of our students, and of our teachers. I’m part of the Quality Team – that means we look at what’s happening inside of your lessons and in your courses so we can be confident that you’re receiving great teaching. Your success depends on these key things: high standards and effort from you and outstanding teaching from your teachers.
Stuart Nash – Vice Principal
My main focus at New College is to promote learning and place it at the heart of everything we do here. When I am not getting excited about volcanic eruptions and other spectacular natural phenomena whilst teaching A level Geology, I spend my time supporting staff in developing really effective learning environments for the students. Prior to coming to New College I worked for 12 years as a Senior Manager in charge of Teaching and Learning at a Sixth Form College in Lancashire, and for 9 years as a Head of Department in an 11-18 Comprehensive School in Shropshire. Out of college I spend most of my time with my family, as well as climbing, canoeing, fell running and mountain biking.