Meet Our Senior Leadership Team
Mr Phil Lloyd
Mr Lloyd joined the Senior Leadership Team here at NLA, to work alongside the Principal as Executive Principal in September 2020. He was previously Principal of Liverpool Life Sciences UTC and North Birmingham Academy
Mrs Emily Vernon
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 Iain Robinson
Vice Principal & DSL
Mr Iain Robinson has been teaching for over 25 years, working at various secondary schools across the north-west of England. In 2004, he lead a sports college as Director of Sport, and he has held a full range of senior leader roles since. He joined NLA in 2020, and is currently the NLA Designated Safeguarding Lead.
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.
Mr Ian Mooney
Strategic Lead on Partnerships & Assessment
Mr Mooney leads on assessment across the Trust to analyse reading and ability. He also develops strategies for enhancing literacy and oracy. This has included the introduction of Latin at NLA. Separately, he works on forging links with other schools with a view to staff working together on projects and students gaining access to scholarships to further their education.
Meet our Director of Inclusion
Ms Gemma Perischine
Director of Inclusion
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 SEND Co
Meet our Support Staff
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
KS3 Progress and Scholars Lead
Mrs Johnston has worked at NLA since 2009 as a member and leader of the MFL department. She is now working as the Key Stage 3 Progress Leader, focusing on the transition from primary to secondary, alongside the primary liaison team as well as tracking the progress in the Key Stage 3 years in preparation for their Key Stage 4 learning journey.
Mrs Sonia Johnson
KS4 Progress and Careers Lead
Mrs Johnson joined the Business Department as a Business and Economics teacher in September 2019. She is now working as the Year 11 Progress Leader, focusing on the preparation for the end of Key Stage 4 exams. She also works with the sixth form team, with a focus on the transition between Key Stage 4 and 5.