Meet our SLT
Simon Lett – Principal
My role as Principal is to ensure that Greenhead College is the best place to study A Levels. This means making sure that we deliver a high quality learning experience for all our students, including outstanding pastoral care, enriching extra-curricular activities and careers guidance which enables young people to progress successfully to the next phase of their education and training. I am able to do this through the commitment, dedication and support shown to our students by the teachers, support staff and managers who work at the College.
I was appointed Principal in 2016, having previously worked in two Sixth Form Colleges and three Further Education Colleges. I am passionate about education and how it can transform people’s lives. Outside College I am an avid film-goer, have a strong interest in jazz and enjoy circuit training in my spare time.
Mo Bunter – Deputy Principal
My role as Deputy Principal, is to ensure that every student at Greenhead College has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, both personally and academically. This involves ensuring that we have a curriculum that meets our students’ needs, an inclusive yet challenging learning environment. As part of their study programme all students have a dedicated Personal Tutor to provide pastoral care and support, additional subject support where appropriate to help them when they need it, an enrichment programme that offers over 100 activities for students to take part in every week and a project or work experience opportunity that is closely linked to their career aim.
We are able to deliver outstanding outcomes due to the personalised and innovative approach to teaching, learning and assessment across the College. Students have regular assessments and supportive monitoring points, which allow them to identify quickly what they need to do to improve, with the support of their teachers, Personal Tutor and learning support team.
Before working in the education sector I was National Marketing Implementation Manager for a large national organisation and towards the end of my career there, my job satisfaction came from training graduates. This experience gave me the motivation to retrain to become a teacher. I love my job and enjoy working with a dedicated and committed team, who together try and provide the same high quality of educational experience that we would want for our own children. Job satisfaction comes from knowing that I have made a positive difference to young people and the teams that I work with; helping them to be more aspirational and to work hard to achieve their dreams. On a personal note family is very important to me and in my spare time I enjoy walking, gardening and trying to keep fit!
Kate Abel – Assistant Principal
As Assistant Principal for Student Support and Welfare (SS&W), I am the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and work alongside Dr Usman Anwar on Safeguarding issues across college. Some of my other responsibilities include the development, review and implementation of the College’s Safeguarding, Prevent and online safety policies. I also have overall responsibility for the College’s tutorial programme and work with the Senior Tutors and Personal Tutors to develop and deliver a high quality programme for all students. I am also a Personal Tutor myself.
I came to Greenhead College in 2003 as a Teacher of Law, having completed my Law degree at Lancaster University and then my PGCE in 2002. I was appointed to Second in Law in 2008 and then moved into Pastoral, becoming a Personal Tutor and then a Senior Tutor. I have also been a member of the Liaison and Marketing team, the staff Health and Safety Officer and Charity Officer during my time at the college. Having worked at Greenhead for such a long time, I remain passionate about the quality of education young people receive here and believe we have an immensely positive impact on students’ lives.
Dr Usman Anwar – Assistant Principal
As Assistant Principal for Student Support and Welfare (SS&W), I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Some of my responsibilities include the development, review and implementation of the College’s Safeguarding, Prevent and online safety policies. I also have overall responsibility for the College’s tutorial programme and work with the Senior Tutors and Personal Tutors to develop and deliver a high quality programme for all students.
I was appointed at Greenhead College in 2008 and have been involved in several roles including Teacher of Chemistry, Personal Tutor and Liaison and Marketing. Outside college I enjoy spending time with my family and playing football.
Mark Mitchell – Assistant Principal
I am Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Quality and Student Outcomes. I attained a B.Ed (HONS) degree in Business Education at Sunderland University. At Greenhead I was formerly the Head of Business and Economics, having huge successes mentoring students in many Business competitions such as being UK runners up in the ICAEW Base Competition and twice visiting Hong Kong as finalists of the Global Enterprise Challenge, winning several awards. I have written, developed and edited the Friday Afternoon series of teaching and learning resources for Hodder Education and also set up the first ever New York educational visit, which has since become an annual event for Business and Economics students. I hold a black belt in Judo and relax by playing in a band and fishing for pike.
Tom Rowley – Assistant Principal
As Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Quality and Student Outcomes, my role includes monitoring the quality of Teaching and Learning in the college, student progress and developing staff CPD. A keen historian, I studied at Sunderland and then completed my PGCE at Bristol University. I have worked in education for over 20 years, teaching History firstly to undergraduates at Huddersfield University, then 11-18 year olds in Hertfordshire before specialising at sixth form level here at Greenhead College. Deeply interested in developing pedagogy, I have played an active role in attending and presenting at teaching conferences, Teach Meets and running Greenhead’s own CPD programme. I supervise our London PAWS placement students every summer and enjoy the experience since that is my home town.
Prior to a career in teaching, I worked for Local Government across the capital in Housing and also Finance. In the summer break, I volunteer for the Newman Holiday Trust charity which provides holidays around the U.K. for over 120 children with disabilities and special needs aged 4-16 each year. My other interests include travel, current affairs, following and playing sport.
John Blake – Director of Finance and Resources
I was appointed Director of Finance and Estates in 2008 having previously undertaken a similar role in an 11-16 secondary school in Scarborough. In my role I am responsible for the College finances, the upkeep of the College estate, Health and Safety, catering, cleaning, Data Protection, Audit and most of the support staff.
I am passionate about improving the College site for students and over the past ten years I have organised the building of two new classroom blocks, a total refurbishment of another and many more site improvements.
As part of a brief to reduce costs in College I have made significant improvements within the college to reduce energy costs. These include the installation of Solar Panels, installing LED lighting throughout the college, connecting a Voltage Optimiser and using timers to reduce power usage overnight.
Outside of College I read, listen to a wide variety of music, go walking and enjoy traveling whenever I have spare time.