I am excited to be writing to introduce myself to you as Principal and explain how I intend to build on the Academy’s recent improvements to make the Skegness Academy the very best it can be and to enable every pupil to truly shine.
Having started my career in Skegness in 1998, when the school was known as The Earl of Scarbrough High School, I do feel like I am returning home with this appointment. In fact, I may well have taught some of you back then. I was brought up in Skegness and my parents still live in the same house just down the road, so I feel part of the local community. Like many of you, I danced with Janice Sutton and had a summer job on the seafront. After working on cruise ships for a few years, my husband and I chose to raise our family in Skegness and now live in Boston, so I truly feel part of this community.
I have a passion for enabling young people to identify their goals and provide them with the skills, knowledge and ambition to achieve these and more. We will continue to maintain high expectations for teaching and learning but our next phase will include a clear focus on ambition for pupils and for staff.
My key focus areas as Principal will be to establish a strong sense of achievement and ambition, continue to embed good teaching and learning and support where this is not the case. I promise you that every pupil will be supported and cared for, but that they will also be challenged to be the very best they can be. I have high expectations of behaviour and uniform because I want each and every pupil at the Academy to project the very best version of themselves at all times. We will build a strong moral curriculum which goes beyond a simple behaviour policy and includes what it means to be successful and productive members of the academy and society. It is my desire that the Academy becomes one which is celebrated, not just locally but further afield and an Academy of which we can all continue to be proud. I know that by working together, we can really achieve the extraordinary and it is my plan to involve pupils, teachers and parents in the next phase of our journey to excellence.