New vice-principal for academy

ONE of the county’s best-performing schools has appointed a new vice-principal.

Sam Strickland has taken up the role at Brooke Weston Academy in Corby, and will take over pastoral support for students in Year 7 to Year 11.

After studying history and politics at university and gaining a masters degree, Mr Strickland taught in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, progressing to head of department and then senior management level.

He said: “It sounds really clichéd but teaching is about making a difference, to know that you have helped someone, either turned somebody around or helped somebody reach their full potential is incredibly rewarding. That, for me, is why I have gone into this profession. I had two history teachers who were just phenomenal. I would hang on to every single word, they were captivating and I really looked forward to their lessons.

“My impression of Brooke Weston is really positive. The first thing that struck me is the expectations here seem very high.”