New headteacher to take charge at two town schools

Newly appointed Executive Headteacher of James Calvert Spence College, Neil Rodgers
Newly appointed Executive Headteacher of James Calvert Spence College, Neil Rodgers

A new executive headteacher has been appointed to lead an Amble school federation.

Neil Rodgers said he is delighted to take on the role at James Calvert Spence College (JCSC).

The 43-year-old has been teaching for two decades and is due to start at JCSC early in the new academic year, which begins in September.

Interim executive headteacher Jonathan Heath will remain in charge until then.

It comes after Christine Graham stepped down from the post in the spring, having started in September 2010.

Mr Rodgers said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the executive headteacher of the federation.

“I am looking forward to working with students, parents and the wider community to further improve the life chances of the young people served by JCSC.”

JCSC consists of the high school on Acklington Road and the South Avenue middle school site.

Father-of-two Mr Rodgers, from Whitley Bay, added: “I have already been hugely impressed by the friendly atmosphere of the schools and feel privileged and excited to have been given the opportunity to make a real difference.

“As a teacher of 20 years, I will bring all of my accrued knowledge and expertise coupled with a determination to ensure that all students leave the college having maximised their potential achievement, and as well-rounded young people ready to contribute to society.”

Chairman of governors Scott Dickinson described Mr Rodgers’ appointment as fantastic.

He said: “I am excited to welcome him to our team so he can work with us to further excel the offer at JCSC. He will be an experienced addition to the JCSC team.

“Our interim executive headteacher remains with us through to September to ensure a smooth handover and ensure no disruption is caused during the start of term.”