Since Caron Kerr was appointed Headteacher in 2014, St Helens College 14-16 Academy has consistently achieved exceptional progress. A recent Ofsted inspection awarded St Helens College 14-16 Academy with the highest possible grading with 'significant progress' reported across all six areas of inspection.
Caron has over 15 years’ experience of leadership within secondary education, and has accomplished a number of achievements, including the National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2012, being described by Ofsted as a ‘dynamic leader’ and the Times Educational Supplement dubbing her community work ‘ground breaking’.
Caron said, “We have made a real impact in creating a highly aspirational culture, focused on student challenge and progress within St Helens College 14-16 Academy. I believe education has the ability to transfer young people’s lives and that every child no matter their background or social status has the right to an outstanding educational experience and people that believe in their ability to succeed.
“Our students’ career goals and academic needs are both taken into consideration to ensure that they not only thrive in the local economy, but gain a head start in achieving their career aspirations, with the full support of the teaching staff at each stage.
Students at St Helens College 14-16 Academy benefit from smaller class sizes, industry experienced teachers, a free bus-pass and a free breakfast each day.
Caron adds, “As we continue to go from strength to strength, I am driven by the desire to see that every child is successful in terms of their examination outcomes but also believe that it is vital to create a supportive community to equip them with a strong sense of self-belief and motivation.”
"Expert tutors and links with employers help to develop key employability and transferable skills."
"Parents and students state that the Academy is well led and that staff are approachable, know the students well and help them to aspire to achieve."