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26th April 15


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Welcome to Shuttleworth College!

I am very excited to have just taken up my new post as Headteacher at Shuttleworth College this September.

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with staff, students and parents alike to build on the existing strengths of the College and continue the journey to become an outstanding institution; and the school of choice for local parents and young people.

I have been overwhelmed by the warmth, positivity and commitment of the staff and students at the College.  I chose to come and work here in Padiham as it was clear from visiting the College that there was a huge amount of potential here which I am determined to harness and develop to ensure all the young people here have the best possible educational experience.  As I am sure you will appreciate I have not taken the decision lightly to become a Headteacher.  I am well aware of the responsibility that entails and the commitment I am making to you as parents to ensure we deliver on all that we promise.

The College achieved its best ever results in English and maintained our excellent performance in mathematics and saw many students with high numbers of qualifications at the highest grades leave this summer.  Equally many young people made outstanding progress in a whole range of subjects and left well prepared for their next stages in life. Our newly restructured Senior Leadership team has plans in place to offer a wide range of support, enrichment and holiday classes to all our young people, particularly in Year 11 to ensure they fulfil their potential in every area.  It is my firm belief that every child can leave this school with a set of qualifications and experiences which truly prepare them for the next stages in their lives. 

We are all aware of the challenges facing many young people growing up in Burnley and Padiham, which makes the need for a high qualiy education all the more vital.  There are some real signs of regeneration in the locality with developments such as new Burnley College Campus and the redevelopment of key sites likes the Weavers Triangle. These should offer some exciting opportunities for our young people.  I am determined to put Shuttleworth College at the heart of this Community and most importantly equip our learners both academically and socially with all the skills and highest level of qualifications that they need to follow their dreams once they leave us at 16, and make the most of opportunities both locally and farther afield.

Shuttleworth is beginning a very exciting phase of its development and it is a great time to be on our team; either as a member of staff or a student.  Let me take this opportunity to offer current or prospective parents an open invitation to visit the College at any time for a look around and to meet me and let me share my vision and future plans for the College.  Just get in touch and make an appointment; I look forward to meeting you!

Yours sincerely


Ruth England