Academy and College Leaders

Graeme Dow

Headteacher - Anchorsholme Academy

Graeme Dow is the Headteacher at Anchorsholme Academy, having held this post since January 2007. Previously he was headteacher at three other schools, Ribchester CE Primary School, Bispham Endowed CE Primary School and Revoe Community Primary School. He has been a Blackpool resident since 1976. He attended Warbreck High School and Blackpool Sixth Form College before completing his degree at St Martins Lancaster. His drive in education is helping children to find their talents and skills and develop them. He is committed to the development of the whole child including educational, social and personal development. As Headteacher and Governor at Anchorsholme, Graeme strives to provide the widest opportunities for all of our pupils to develop, succeed and establish a love of learning.

Dan Simm

Headteacher - Devonshire Primary Academy

Prior to taking up the post of Headteacher in January 2020, Dan had been the Deputy Headteacher at Devonshire Primary Academy since September 2015. His teaching career spans 25 years, most of which was spent on the Fylde Coast at another local school in Fleetwood. The Devonshire staff, led by Dan, are working together to make sure that the school is ‘the best that it can be’. Staff are committed to ensuring that all children meet their full potential through our new curriculum and other personal development opportunities that are provided by the school. Devonshire Primary Academy prides itself on being outward facing; we are always looking for new and innovative, research- based strategies to assist school improvement because our pupils deserve the best possible education that Blackpool has to offer.

Gill Hughes

Headteacher - Park Community Academy

Gill has worked at PCA for 20 years. Throughout this time she has been team leader for key stage 2 and 3, led the school’s bid to become a specialist Arts College and spent 7 years as Deputy Headteacher, leading on Curriculum and assessment across the school. Gill took up headship in January 2021 and has a clear vision for the school, centred around inclusion, growth, staff development and the mental health and wellbeing of the whole PCA community. Gill is a strong believer in the benefits of extra-curricular activities and set up the key stage 2 residential to Tower Wood and the key stage 3 residential, initially to London and then to York. Gill also established and led the highly successful School Direct programme and is passionate about developing, mentoring and coaching initial teacher trainees and early career teachers.

Dayle Harrison

Headteacher - Revoe Learning Academy

Dayle has been Headteacher of Revoe since April 2014, and previously was Deputy Headteacher. Prior to this, Dayle was Headteacher at Boundary Primary School in Blackpool, which was in special measures. Whilst at Boundary, Dayle was seconded to merge two failing high schools into one sponsored academy. Before qualifying as a teacher in 1991,Dayle was destined to be a professional footballer but injury prevented that dream. Dayle is Chair of Governors at Educational Diversity, Blackpool PRU.

Louise Parrish

Executive Headteacher of Tor View School and Valley College

Sam Dillon

Head of School - Tor View School

Kelly Swindells

Head of Valley College

Kelly is Head of Valley College (Including Tor View Further Education Department) and Director of Adult Learning. She is also a Regional Delivery Manager for the North West for the Church of England. Kelly thoroughly enjoys working for Sea View Trust and the varied role she holds and the opportunities for growth for the whole community. Kelly has worked education for 11 years and held a number of leadership roles during this time, developing her skills and knowledge and learning something new every day. She is a Mum of two boys and enjoys spending quality time as a family, walking, cycling and at football matches.

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