Our staff

Meet Our Senior Leadership Team

Mr Phil Lloyd

Executive Principal

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

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 Kevin Bennett

Assistant Principal - Sixth Form

Mr Bennett joined the Senior Leadership Team as the leader of the sixth form in September 2021 and is a teacher of Computer Science.

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 SEND Co

Mr Alan Gadsby

SENDCo

Mrs Joanne McDonald

Assistant SENDCo

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 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.