Mr R Spendlow, Principal, BA Hons
I started teaching History and R.E back in 1996 in Preston in Lancashire. Then I moved to the Midlands, Leicester and Birmingham, being a Head of Department, then Head of Faculty. After many years in those roles, I then moved to North Devon as an Assistant Headteacher, starting in 2005 and staying until 2013. It was then, I was given the opportunity to move to JWA as Vice Principal and then Principal, a role I am very proud of and enjoy thoroughly.
Mr M White, Associate Vice Principal, BSc
I began my teaching career with a PGCE in Science at The University of Leeds in September 2003. Following this, I began teaching Science in September 2004 at Ossett High School and 6th Form College in Wakefield and then moved to Hanson School in Bradford as Head of KS4 Science in September 2006. I spent 3 years at Hanson School and then moved with my family over to Cleethorpes in the Summer of 2009. In September 2009, I began my first period of teaching at John Whitgift Academy and it was here that I began my role as a leader. I spent 5 very successful years as Head of Science at JWA and then moved on to Havelock Academy in January 2015 as Lead Coach for Teaching and Learning and then Assistant Principal and Head of Sixth Form. During my time at Havelock Academy, I also completed the NPQSL qualification and began the Future Leaders programme in the Summer of 2015. In January 2017 I returned to John Whitgift Academy as Assistant Principal for Science and then began my current role of Associate Vice Principal at JWA in January 2018. In the Summer of 2018, I completed the Future Leaders programme and helped the Academy and its students achieve the best GCSE results ever. I am looking forward to the future at JWA as we continue to work towards becoming an Outstanding Academy.
Miss C Glaves, Associate Vice Principal, BA Hons
My teaching career began after completing my PGCE at the University of Hull, where I trained as a Modern Languages and PE teacher. During my career, I have worked as Head of Department, Curriculum Enrichment Coordinator and Assistant Principal at the former Whitgift School. My responsibilities and experience have been broad and varied, working in both curriculum and pastoral roles, leading to my current position of Associate Vice Principal.
Most recently, I undertook a secondment within Delta to work as Acting Head of Academy at Weelsby Primary. This afforded me the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the invaluable work undertaken by our primary colleagues. I am proud to have worked alongside a fantastic team, achieving rapidly improving outcomes for pupils, with an increase of 49% in this summer's KS3 SATS.
I am passionate about working with young people, to ensure that they achieve their full potential in life, and to continue to work towards John Whitgift Academy becoming an outstanding academy.
Mrs L Westerman-Smith, Assistant Principal, BA Hons English
I trained as an English teacher at the University of Nottingham in 2005/2006 before moving to Grimsby to work at a local school, where I taught English, Drama, RE and PSHE. I became Head of Department in my second year before moving to a school in Cleethorpes in Sept 2010. I began to work at the former Whitgift school in January 2011, becoming Head of the English department in 2013 and Assistant Principal in 2016. During my time as a teacher, I have always been luckily enough to involved in mentoring ITT students, TeachFirst participants and NQTs, as well as coaching teachers and middle leaders.
Mrs S Clark, Assistant Principal, BA Hons English & History
After having worked in a wide range of industries locally, in 2003 I began a graduate teacher training programme at a local school, fuelled by my passion for English.
I have been extremely privileged to have been involved in all aspects of Teaching and learning for most of my career. I began to work within a T&L team as an NQT and then as a Lead Teacher. I qualified as an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2013 and was also fortunate to work with a teacher training agency as a tutor and trainer. Supporting trainee teachers in many roles and working with staff in all areas of the curriculum has been enriching and inspiring.
Working with the Senior Leadership Team at JWA since 2016 has been challenging, exciting and rewarding. I am driven to continually develop teaching and learning and to support staff to ensure that our students achieve above and beyond their potential in a positive, collaborative and supportive environment.
Mrs M Smiech, Assistant Principal, BSc Hons
After leaving Sheffield Hallam University in 2002 with a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, I then completed my Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Mathematics, which gave me my first step into teaching, including a practice placement at John Whitgift Academy 2003. So after going full circle, I’m back there and it’s better than ever. I have worked in several academies across North East Lincolnshire and have made significant contributions to students achieving their GSCE in Maths and other linked courses. I have also helped to develop teachers and departments within academies, something I’m really proud of, especially when you see teachers develop into confident leaders.
I have worked as a Director of Mathematics whereby the academy I orked with had its highest maths results on record, even to this day. I have worked as a part-time teacher after maternity leave, then was given a fantastic opportunity to become a mathematics consultant developing a department from scratch and giving it its highest maths results on record. I then joined John Whitgift Academy as an Assistant Principal leading in Mathematics. I’m very proud to work at JWA and work with an exceptional team of leadership, middle leaders and of course, the maths team.
In 2017 we achieved record breaking results which surpassed those locally and across the Delta Academies Trust and then in 2018, achieved beyond our expectations with even more record breaking results.
Mr M Bee, Associate Assistant Principal, BA Geography
I completed my under graduate degree at Huddersfield University achieving a BA in Geography with a specialism in Human Geography. I completed my PGCE teaching degree at Edge Hill University in Lancashire. My teaching career began at a school in the centre of York where I completed my NQT year. Following my time in York, I have worked in Bridlington as a Geography teacher and Baysgarth School in Barton-upon-Humber as a head of Geography. In 2014 I joined John Whitgift Academy as Head of Humanities and have spent the last three years also on the Senior Leadership Team.