I have great pleasure in welcoming you to North Shore Academy. I hope you find our website useful to gain an insight into our daily routine. Since my arrival we have made many changes to the way the academy operates and this website is very much a work in progress with lots of updates to come over the next few months.
I am delighted to be the Principal of North Shore Academy. I arrived in September 2017 and was pleased to find that the students who left in the summer of 2017 gained some solid exam results. I see my job as ensuring that the outstanding students that we have here now go on to start to achieve outstanding outcomes at the end of their studies. I expect the current year 11 cohort to achieve record results when they leave us in the summer of 2018 which will hopefully set them on course for great pathways in the wider world.
There is a huge amount to celebrate here at North Shore. Standards of conduct around the academy are now excellent and students have stepped up to the mark in their efforts to behave well, show respect towards each other and all adults and just generally be outstanding young people. We have improved the structure of our school day, introduced an enrichment programme that has already had over 3000 attendance hits in just 5 weeks, have a very successful Student Voice programme running and also launched a Pledges initiative to challenge students to achieve in their wider personal development.
Our changes to teaching and learning are ensuring that students get good delivery in a consistent way that they now come to expect. All teachers use timers for pace in lessons, random student selectors for varied questioning, Challenge and Aspire learning outcomes are displayed in every lesson and there are regular applause moments to celebrate successes in student performance. We have a recognised hands up silent signal and collaborative learning and brave teaching techniques are supported and encouraged. We recently launched a PROUD campaign to ensure students present their work well and many students have received individual praise and rewards as a result of their brilliant response. Our students look happier and they are visibly keen to achieve.
I am a passionate, committed leader and I am, quite simply, determined that my students get the best opportunity they can when they are in my care. Similarly, I want my staff to feel supported in their endeavours to deliver these high standards and I want this academy to be somewhere people want to work.
North Shore is an academy on the up and I believe it will be an outstanding place to come and learn; please enjoy your journey through our various website pages and do feel free to visit the academy for a learning walk or meeting with me or any of my team.