Meet our staff

Meet Our Senior Leadership Team

Mr Patrick Ottley O’Connor

Executive Principal

Mr Ottley-O’Connor joined the Senior Leadership Team here at NLA, to work alongside the Acting Principal as Executive Principal in September 2018.

Mrs Emily Vernon

Acting Principal

Mrs Vernon has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team since the school opened in 2006. Prior to that she was an Advanced Skills Teacher of Mathematics at Anfield Comprehensive.

Mr Daniel Crabtree

Assistant Principal - Sixth Form

Mr Crabtree joined the Senior Leadership Team as the leader of the sixth form in June 2019 and is a teacher of Biology.

Mrs Helen Darlington

Assistant Principal – Curriculum and Vocational Learning

Mrs Darlington is a Geography and Travel and Tourism teacher who joined NLA in 2013. She is the Quality Nominee, taking the lead for all of the vocational qualifications as well as leading on our ever developing curriculum across the school.

Ms Alex Kennedy

Assistant Principal – The Learning Hub, Community, Enrichment and Wellbeing

Ms Kennedy is a Sports teacher who joined NLA in 2010. She runs our Learning Hub and works with our community partners to ensure that NLA is an active member of our local community. Through enrichment programmes and wellbeing strategies, her teams ensure that NLA is a nurturing and supportive place to be.

Mr Steven McGhee

Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning

Mr McGhee joined our school in 2016 as the Curriculum Leader for Science. He now leads the variety of pathways for the development of Teaching and Learning, which are open to our staff.

Mr Chris Welch

Acting Assistant Principal – Data and Outcomes

Mr Welch joined our Senior Leadership Team in September 2019 in an acting role. He is leading the area of data, tracking and analysis of outcomes in order to target different groups of students and ensure that all students reach their goals.

Meet our Director of Inclusion

Ms Gemma Perischine

Director of Inclusion and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ms Perischine has been a member of the Inclusion team since the school opened in 2006. She began as Head of Redmond House and now leads the team of House Managers, Inclusion Support Staff and the Attendance Team.

Meet our Support Staff

Mr Carl Mumford

Academy Operations Manager

Mr Mumford joined NLA in July 2018 and works with the Admin Team and other support teams to ensure the smooth running of our school.

Mrs Anne Collins

Admissions Officer

Mrs Collins worked as the Senior Office Executive at Anfield Comprehensive before joining NLA in 2006 when we opened, as the Director of Student Services. She is the main contact for all school admissions.

Mrs Vicki Davies

Senior Office Executive – Admissions

Mrs Davies joined our school in 2013 as a member of the Reception team and is now the senior member of the admin support team. She works with Mrs Collins on school admissions as well as her other roles.

Meet the Progress Team

Mrs Kelly Johnston

Key Stage 3 Progress Leader

Mrs Johnston has worked at NLA since 2009 as a member and leader of the MFL department. Her role as Progress Leader includes tracking and monitoring students in KS3 to ensure that they are making as much progress as possible and to help remove any barriers to their learning.

Mrs Sonja Johnson

Assistant Progress Leader for Transition

Mrs Johnson joined the Business Department as a Business and Economics teacher in September 2019. She is now working as a member of the Progress Team, with a particular focus on the transition between Key Stages and managing the process for students choosing option subjects.

Mrs Vicky Davies

Key Stage 4 Progress Leader

Mrs Davies was a teaching member of the Technology Department at Anfield Comprehensive School before joining NLA when we opened in 2006. Her role as Progress Leader includes tracking and monitoring students in KS4 to ensure that they are making as much progress as possible and to help remove any barriers to their learning.

Ms Jess Spencer

Primary Liaison Lead

Ms Spencer joined NLA as a teaching member of the English department in April 2018. She is now working with the Progress Team with a particular focus on primary liaison and engaging with our feeder primary schools.