Leadership Team

Russell Clarke

Interim Principal

My teaching career began in Birmingham after completing my BSc (Hons) in secondary design and technology Education at Nottingham Trent University in 1998. Much of my experience is in pastoral support within mainstream schools. My previous leadership roles have included Senior Head of Learning and Guidance, Assistant Head Teacher and Deputy Head teacher. My family relocated to Devon in 2016 and I was appointed Vice Principal of School’s Company North Devon in July 2017.

Jo Parker

Assistant Principal

After completing my degree, I worked in several mainstream schools delivering both GCSE and A level Society, Health and Development vocational courses. Following completion of my GTP in Science and time teaching in mainstream schools, I then moved to work with pan disability young adults at a charity in Cornwall where I delivered vocational courses, leading a team to ensure their medical and educational needs were met. Ultimately, I gained a position at North Devon Academy where I was able to combine my subject specialism whilst offering effective support to students with additional needs. Whilst initially employed as a Science Teacher I moved to take the lead teacher role for students with medical needs before being appointed as the Assistant Principal in January 2017.

Kay Herbert

School Business Manager

My role is to lead, manage and develop the administrative function effectively and efficiently.  I enjoy the challenges of this busy post and am impressed by the dedication shown by our staff to each and every one of our students. I have a degree in French and Business Studies, worked in France for 2 years and was then appointed Bilingual Secretary to the Regional Manager of a French bank in Bristol.  School-based employment commenced in 1992. I recently completed my Level 4 Diploma in School Business Management and am exploring the possibility of undertaking the Level 5 qualification.

Russell Clarke

Interim Principal

My teaching career began in Birmingham after completing my BSc (Hons) in secondary design and technology Education at Nottingham Trent University in 1998. Much of my experience is in pastoral support within mainstream schools. My previous leadership roles have included Senior Head of Learning and Guidance, Assistant Head Teacher and Deputy Head teacher. My family relocated to Devon in 2016 and I was appointed Vice Principal of School’s Company North Devon in July 2017.

Jo Parker

Assistant Principal

After completing my degree, I worked in several mainstream schools delivering both GCSE and A level Society, Health and Development vocational courses. Following completion of my GTP in Science and time teaching in mainstream schools, I then moved to work with pan disability young adults at a charity in Cornwall where I delivered vocational courses, leading a team to ensure their medical and educational needs were met. Ultimately, I gained a position at North Devon Academy where I was able to combine my subject specialism whilst offering effective support to students with additional needs. Whilst initially employed as a Science Teacher I moved to take the lead teacher role for students with medical needs before being appointed as the Assistant Principal in January 2017.

Kay Herbert

School Business Manager

My role is to lead, manage and develop the administrative function effectively and efficiently.  I enjoy the challenges of this busy post and am impressed by the dedication shown by our staff to each and every one of our students. I have a degree in French and Business Studies, worked in France for 2 years and was then appointed Bilingual Secretary to the Regional Manager of a French bank in Bristol.  School-based employment commenced in 1992. I recently completed my Level 4 Diploma in School Business Management and am exploring the possibility of undertaking the Level 5 qualification.