New role for Newton Rigg director

Date: Monday 2nd February 2015
Philip Grant
Philip Grant

THE Whitehaven Academy has appointed a new principal to replace Jacki Smith who was acting principal until 31st December.

Philip Grant (pictured) will join the academy from his current post as director of studies at Newton Rigg College, Penrith, where he has worked for six years.

Philip has played a lead role in improving the delivery of teaching and learning across the college and developing a curriculum that is relevant to the needs of students, employers and the community, including subjects not traditionally delivered by the college.

He led the development of high quality facilities to support and inspire students and engaged the community in the development of the college, the facilities and the curriculum. During his time at Newton Rigg student numbers increased from 350 to more than 800 full-time students.

Philip said: “I am thrilled and honoured to take up the post of principal at the Whitehaven Academy. I am looking forward to meeting the students and working closely with the governors, staff and community to ensure the academy is the natural school of choice in the region.

“I strongly believe in developing the individual and building on their talents. Exposing them to high quality education and teaching to maximise the potential of every learner and ensure they have the right skills and qualifications to develop their potential and take their place in the future whether that is further education or the world of work.”

Wes Johnson, principal of Newton Rigg College, said: “Philip has been an important and significant member of the senior team, both here and before that at our campus in York, at Askham Bryan. We wish him every success in this exciting new role.”

Philip will take up his new post after the Easter break.