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New Heads take up post at JCSC

l-r David Nisbet, Scott Dickinson and Neil Rodgers

l-r David Nisbet, Scott Dickinson and Neil Rodgers

At the start of spring term, children at James Calvert Spence College extended a warm Amble welcome to two Head teachers; Neil Rodgers is the new Executive Head and David Nisbet has just taken up the post as Head of School, Acklington Rd.

Both men were impressed by the friendly nature of the children and are looking forward to getting to better know the Amble community.

Neil Rodgers was Vice Principal of Red House Academy in Sunderland for many years, but knows Amble and Warkworth very well. “My mother-in law was born in Amble and we have come here as a family many times,” he told The Ambler.

David Nisbet is just getting to know the area. Originally from Glasgow, he was Assistant Headteacher at Park View in Chester -Le-Street. “The children have been very welcoming” he said, “They’re a really lovely bunch.”
Co-incidentally Neil and David live in neighbouring streets in Whitley Bay.

In addition to academic achievement, both teachers promote the importance of community and family. Their aim at JCSC is to provide a strong supportive environment for all the children all the way through their educational life.

“We aim for parents to be confident when they leave their children with us – either in Year 5, or for those starting even earlier at Acklington First School, – we will transform their children into well-rounded young citizens, ready to contribute to society, with opportunities maximised and with excellent exam results” said Neil.

“Getting them at Year 5 is very important. This is a relatively small school, where we can give them attention on a personal level, to ensure the best possible outcomes.

“The reason I applied here was because the school gets children from Year 5 all the way through to Year 13. We can really get to know them, their families and the community,” said David.

“David and Neil have joined JCSC at a very positive time,” said Chair of Governors Scott Dickinson. “Over the last three years, we’ve seen sustained improvements in our exams, and results are on par with our neighbouring schools. Our Ofsted results have improved, we are rated a good school.”
Anna Williams

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