Two new Heads at JCSC as Federation grows

Posted on 11th August 2015 | in Acklington CE First School , James Calvert Spence College - Acklington Rd , James Calvert Spence College - South Avenue

Claire Cuthbert is the new Head of Acklington First and JCSC South Avenue

Claire Cuthbert is the new Head of Acklington First and JCSC South Avenue

As Acklington First School joins the JCSC federation, another new head has been appointed. Mrs Claire Cuthbert will be Head of School for Acklington First and South Avenue.

She is an experienced Senior Education Leader, coming from a school which caters for ages 3-16yrs.

Scott Dickinson, Chair of Governors at JCSC said “Mrs Cuthbert has a fantastic background and is keen to be joining James Calvert Spence College.
Mrs. Cuthbert said: “I am very proud and extremely excited at the opportunity to be part of leading this federation of schools to serve the needs of the students and the local community.

“I am genuinely looking forward to meeting parents and working in partnership with feeder first schools as we forge together for the greater good of the community of Amble and surrounding areas.”

Scott Dickinson explained that Acklington First will remain with the same name although it will be ‘Acklington First CofE at JCSC’.


Neil Rodgers is the new Executive Headteacher at James Calvert Spence College

Neil Rodgers is the new Executive Headteacher at James Calvert Spence College

A new Executive Head has been appointed at James Calvert Spence College. Neil Rodgers will take over the position as Head of the federation in September.

Cllr. Scott Dickinson Chair of Governors of James Calvert Spence College said:
“This is a fantastic appointment for our federation. I am excited to welcome Neil to our team so he can work with us to further excel the offer at James Calvert Spence College. As the College continues to improve and deliver, Neil will be an experienced addition to the JCSC team. Mr Heath, our Interim Executive Head, remains with us through to September to ensure smooth hand over and ensure no disruption is caused during the start of term. I am sure I can count on a warm welcome to Neil from our local community.”

Newly appointed Executive Headteacher Neil Rodgers said:
“I am delighted to be appointed as the Executive Headteacher of the federation and look forward to working with students, parents and the wider community to further improve the life chances of the young people served by James Calvert Spence College.

“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.”

Mr Rodgers is 43 and lives in Whitley Bay with his wife and two daughters.

“As a teacher of twenty 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,” he said.

Mr Rodgers’ appointment comes after the departure in May of Executive Head Christine Graham who had been in post since 2010. Jonathan Heath was appointed Interim Head in June.

In 2010 three local schools were restructured into the Coquet Federation of schools. Druridge Bay Middle School, Amble Middle School and Coquet High School became known as James Calvert Spence College. The Druridge Bay School premises were closed in 2011.

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