I was appointed as Principal of Tavistock College in March 2015 following 12 years as Vice Principal in an inner-city academy Plymouth. I started my career in education in 1989 in Penzance and since that time have worked in a range of secondary school settings in Devon and Cornwall. I have held leadership positions since 1993 and senior leadership positions since 2003, for the last 9 years in co-operative schools.
I am a University Approved Tutor for the University of St Mark and St John (2004 to current) and I am a founding member of the Schools Co-operative Society.
Derrick Brett | Executive Principal
Derrick Brett is Principal of Okehampton College. Derrick joined the College as Vice Principal in September 2006 and became Head Teacher in 2016. He has worked in Education since 1990, in Kent, Hertfordshire and Devon and has held senior positions since 2000. Derrick has a BSc Hons degree from Durham and an MEd from Cambridge. Prior to teaching he worked as a conservation Zoologist in Indonesia.
Andrew Sweeney | Lead Principal
Andrew was appointed as Head of School at Holsworthy Community College in September 2018 and then to Headteacher in January 2019. He served for many years on the Senior Leadership Team at Okehampton College where he also taught History. Andrew is passionate about developing Teaching and Learning to support students in achieving to their highest potential to allow them to pursue their life goals after they leave secondary school. Andrew has led and delivered a number of Teaching, Learning and Leadership training courses in recent years and has also been involved in a number of school to school peer review programmes across Devon.