Monday, September 14th, 2015.

Claire Goodwill – Excelsior College Director


It’s a big decision to leave a job you love, where you’ve built your reputation over the past 17 years and begin afresh in a new working environment.

But that’s exactly what Claire Goodwill, Excelsior Academy Sixth Form College’s new Director, has chosen to do as she begins the next chapter in her successful education career.

Claire, from Blyth, worked her way up from the role of a young RE teacher in the late 1990s at Walker Technology College, through to its Head of Sixth Form and Director of Raising Participation Age, gaining a reputation as an Advanced Skills teacher and achieving the National Headship Qualification along the way.

She brings with her a wealth of experience, new ideas and a real passion to help each and every sixth former at Excelsior fulfil their potential – relishing her move from the east end to the west end of Newcastle.

“It’s a massive move for me,” said Claire. “Things happen for a reason and part of my ‘turning 40 plan’ was about exploring opportunities for the next stage in my career.

“When I turned 40 I had three things I wanted to do. One was to go to Las Vegas, one was to actively look for a new career challenge and thirdly to take part in the Great North Run.

“I have completed two out of three of my goals and am hoping to take part in the Great North Run in 2016.”

“I loved my job at Walker, it was just so rewarding but I felt like a new exciting challenge would bring out the best in me. It had to be the right opportunity. When I saw the Director of Excelsior College role advertised I decided it was just what is was looking for.

“I liked the sound of it, I like the atmosphere of the school and the staff are very professional and welcoming.”

Claire recognises the undoubted strengths of the educational and vocational offer for Excelsior’s Sixth Formers, which she aims to complement and enhance.

“I would say that Excelsior fosters an ethos of additionality, in as much as it’s not just a case of you come to school to learn,” added Claire.

“There are lots of opportunities to take part in life changing experiences that can shape a young person’s future. One such experience that Excelsior College is in the unique position of running is the successful Rolls-Royce apprenticeship. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience with a world class company providing the engineering of tomorrow.

“Working together with a strong leadership team, highly committed teaching staff and a dynamic curriculum that meets the needs of all learners, ensures all Excelsior students will have every opportunity to maximise their full potential for successful progression.”