I am delighted to have joined Leeds City Council as Deputy Director for Learning. I was particularly keen to work in Leeds after hearing so much about the city’s vision and ambition for all of its children and young people – an ambition to be a truly child friendly city. Since joining and visiting a number of schools and learning settings across the city, it is clear to me that there is a real will and commitment from colleagues in schools, the local authority and other partners to work together to improve outcomes – and in particular for those young people who face the greatest barriers to success, for whatever reason. Clearly a city the size of Leeds will always face a range of challenges, but I believe that if we continue to work together as a strong learning community we will find ways to address these and support our most vulnerable children, young people and their families.
Just to provide you with a bit of background information about me, I have been a teacher since 1993 and did my PGCE at Trinity and All Saints College (now Leeds Trinity University). Since 2004 I have been a Headteacher, an Executive Headteacher, a Principal, an Executive Principal and Head of Virtual School for Looked After Children (not all at the same time!). I am also a Local Leader of Education and a Pupil Premium Reviewer and have led both primary and secondary schools. My most recent role was working for a Multi-Academy Trust in East Manchester. Away from work, I have a lovely wife and four delightful children (I may be biased about this). I play various musical instruments and am also a long suffering fan of Ipswich Town Football Club.
I look forward to working in partnership with you all across the coming years so that we collectively improve the attendance, attainment and achievement of children and young people in Leeds.