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The Executive Team



Stephanie Neill

Principal

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead 
CCA and work with such a talented group of students and staff and with the support of Caroline Haynes, Executive Principal and the governing body. It will be a privilege to lead the Academy on the next step of its journey, ensuring that every child is provided with the best opportunities in life through an outstanding education.



Shirley Young

Vice Principal for Student Development and Well Being

My journey into teaching came from a childhood passion for music which led to me finally completing a degree in the subject.  The particular degree I studied had a focus of music in education and music for people with special needs.  Naturally I ended up in the classroom.  I began my teaching career in 1995 as a head of music  in a school in Braintree.

Since then I have held a variety of posts which have tended to lean towards the nurture and care of our students that are in our day to day care.  To date that is still where my passion lies.  I have worked in the  academy since its inception and previously in the predecessor schools, totalling 13 years and I now hold the post of vice-principal for Student Development and Well-being where I oversee the pastoral teams and the day to day well-being of your children. Making a difference to a young persons life is what keeps me here and continues to energise my day.



Richard O’Connor
Vice Principal, Teaching Learning & Outcomes

Having worked at CCA since its inception, my role as Vice Principal for Teaching, Learning and Outcomes involves me having a strategic overview for the day to day quality and provision of teaching within the Academy. I am also responsible for ensuring the organisation, quality and logistics of Continuous Professional Performance for all of the staff in the Academy, making sure that they are always developing as teachers to become better practitioners within the classroom. As a passionate believer in making sure that all students within the Academy are given the best opportunities in life, as a result of their learning experiences within the classroom, I relish in the position where I can help all people as learners to develop. 






Sandy Tate
Assistant Vice Principal, Student Safety and Curriculum Design

I have been at Clacton Coastal Academy since the inception of the Academy and with the predecessor school I have been here for the last 13 years. Previously to joining the academy I completed a degree in Music and have always wanted to teach. I have worked in the Tendring and Colchester area since 1986. Currently I teach Sociology which I hugely enjoy since the subject enables me to spend time debating with students. I still maintain my links with the music world outside of school.

I am passionate about the nurturing of students to attain beyond their best. My role at CCA follows this passion in that I am  responsible for ensuring that our students are safe within the academy and that where issues occur they are dealt with quickly and sensitively. A key element of my role is ensuring that students understand how to use e- technology sensibly and responsibly to gain the most out of their education using the most up to date tools and that they know how to report and respond to any concerns they have. I am committed to the inclusion of all students and am proud that CCA has been recognised nationally by IQM as a flagship school for inclusion. 


Lorna Lafford

Assistant Vice Principal – Curriculum Development


I joined the Academy as Assistant Vice Principal in January 2010, just at the start 
of its journey to merge the two predessor schools and have been proud to be part of the
team that has led the steady process of improvement over the past six years.  An English teacher by trade, I have a passion for improving the standards of literacy and reading for all our students to enable them to become effective communicators who are employment ready and more than able to hold their own with students from all parts
of the country.

Diane Reed

Assistant Vice Principal – Raising Standards

I have been at Clacton Coastal Academy My role on the Executive Team  is to monitor student achievement and identify areas for improvement.  I originally trained at Clacton County High School as a Science Teacher and then went on to become an Advanced Skills Teacher.  Previous to coming to the Academy I worked for the Stanway Federation in Colchester as an Assistant Head Teacher.  I am passionate about seeing students achieve at every level of ability.



Laura Leatherby

Assistant Vice Principal for Key Stage 5 and Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

My responsibilities are split in two halves: information, advice and guidance and innovation. My role is to ensure that all of our students and their parents are receiving good quality information, advice and guidance throughout their time with the Academy. This includes co-ordinating careers advice, parental events and the CCA website and newsletter. In addition to this, I work closely with the local primary schools to ensure the transition from primary to secondary educations passes as smoothly as possible by organising taster days and open evenings. 

The innovation part of my role has enabled me to push forwards our drive to embed the latest learning technologies across the academy, including iPads and Chromebooks. I am a Google Certified Teacher after completing the Google Teacher Academy and have also received Google Educator status for successfully passing the online programme of exams. 


Connie Kerr

Business Manager

I am responsible for Associate Staff. My key areas of responsibility are: Financial Management and Premises Working to the Principal I advise on these specific areas to ensure that the resources available to CCA are directed towards the continued improvement of CCA to the benefit of all students.




April Crawford
Associate Business Manager

My role encompasses the management of Human Resources and the strategic overview of Health and Safety. My background is in Finance, originally with the MoD moving into education in 1993.  The academy provided the opportunity to specialise in Human Resources and I oversee all areas of personnel management including recruitment, employment contracts and safeguarding.   

I am committed to raising Health and Safety awareness in the Academy and our achievements in this important area have been recognised by the accreditation of 3 stars by the British Safety Council.





Richard Battye  
Associate Assistant Vice Principal / Learning Director Maths