Meet the Team

We have recently appointed our Senior Leadership team, some of which will be in post from April 2016 to assist with preparation to open in September 2016.

Mrs Amanda Downing – Vice PrincipalAmanda

  • Responsible for Student Outcomes
  • Will line manage the academic curriculum
  • Currently Deputy Headteacher/English Teacher
  • Strong pastoral background and experience/expertise in safeguarding
  • Track record of raising attainment in Maths and English departments

“Really excited about being part of new UTC model and working with employer partners to ensure that our students’ learning is modern, relevant, engaging and that their futures are bright and successful.”


Mr James Backhouse – Vice Principal

  • Responsible for Curriculum
  • Will line manage the technical core
  • Currently Vice Principal
  • Chemistry Teacher
  • Level 3 Safeguarding qualified
  • Track record of developing specialist curriculum in 14-19 schools and engaging with employers


Mr Tony Wray – Assistant Vice PrincipalTony

  • Responsible for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare of students
  • Will line manage the SENCO and support staff
  • Currently lead professional for Behaviour
  • PE Teacher
  • Level 3 Safeguarding qualified
  • Track record of developing systems to improve safeguarding, child protection and behaviour of students


Mrs Kris Coates – Director of TeachingKris

  • Responsible for quality assurance of teaching and development of teaching staff
  • Will line manage Maths & English
  • Currently Head of English
  • English Teacher
  • Track record of raising attainment in an under performing English department



Mr Mark O’Donoghue – Director of Science & EngineeringMark

  • Responsible for the delivery and development of the specialist subjects
  • Will lead the Science, Engineering and Design Technology faculty
  • Currently Head of Science
  • Physics Teacher
  • Ex Head of Year
  • Ex Manufacturing & Software engineer
  • Track record of delivering outstanding GCSE and A Level Science results