Principal of The Pingle Academy
BSc in Sports Science and Physical Education, Loughborough University / PGCE in Physical Education and Science, Loughborough University / National Professional Qualification in Headship
“Working within a Trust enables expert support to be given at the time it is needed!
The support of colleagues across the Trust who face the same challenges has been something I have valued greatly.”
I grew up in Preston in Lancashire and attended Walton-le-Dale High School gaining nine GCSEs before moving to Runshaw College in Leyland to study A levels in Mathematics, Geography and Human Biology. After graduating from university, I remained in the East Midlands starting as a teacher of PE at Noel-Baker Community School in Alvaston, Derby before being appointed at what is now The Pingle Academy as Head of PE in 2005. I feel very privileged to be in the position of Acting Principal. No two days are ever alike in this profession and we are all very lucky to work with so many hard working, resilient, talented and inspiring young people on a daily basis!
As a young man I always had an interest in sports coaching and I gained my football coaching qualifications at an early age. This enabled me to coach a number of junior football teams before I became a coach for Derby County Ladies Football Club where I was fortunate to manage the first team for 11 years. I have been fortunate to coach in America on multiple occasions and I would recommend to any student to take up opportunities to travel and develop their skills.