College appoints ‘dynamic’ new leader

Carol Kerr
Carol Kerr

St Helens College bosses have appointed “dynamic leader” Caron Kerr as headteacher of their new 14-16 Academy.

The academy, which launches this September, will be led by Caron, a skilled academy vice principal with more than 15-years’ experience in secondary education.

Scottish-born Caron is set to lead the academy, which will givee learners aged 14 to 16 the opportunity to work towards academic GCSEs while also studying vocational courses such as engineering and hairdressing.

Caron achieved a National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2012 and has been described by Ofsted as a “dynamic leader”

Her community work has also been dubbed “ground-breaking” by the Times Educational Supplement.

The newly appointed headteacher is set to welcome the first intake of students this September, coinciding with the opening of the Academy’s state-of-the-art learning environment.

Caron said: “I am delighted to be appointed as headteacher of the 14 to 16 Academy. It represents an exciting new concept for learners in the region who now have an innovative alternative to high school. It presents an opportunity to study a strong academic core combined with specialist training from tutors who know the industry, within industry standard workshops and facilities.

“I have a fantastic team of fully qualified teachers with a wealth of experience to deliver an outstanding programme of education to our students.”

In 2012, the government made it possible for all 14 year olds to leave high school and take up a full-time place at college. The launch of this new provision at St Helens College is further boosted by the recent Good Ofsted inspection that the College announced earlier this year.

There are limited places left at the academy. To find out more call 0800 99 66 99 or go online at: