Learner Mentors provide our learners with a wide range of activities through enrichment such as the Enjoy Programme and the Passport to Success programme. They can also offer advice with regards to pastoral matters including accommodation, finance and emotional support.
To contact a Learner Mentor simply call into the Learner Common Room between 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday during term time, where one of the friendly team will be able to help and answer any of your questions.
At enrolment each learner is assigned a Progression Coach who will play a vital role in their learner journey by providing support in areas including attendance, achievement and progression.
The tutorial programme provides individual coaching aimed at monitoring progress, facilitating academic achievement and progression whilst raising aspirations and self-esteem.
Progression Coaches have a cross college working ethos by interacting with all teaching and Learner Services staff in providing a holistic approach in supporting learners during their time at the Institute.
I Support the Senior Management Team by taking control and coordinating all general issues and situations on the Grimsby Institute campus by acting as the direct representative of the Chief Executive, Principal and the Senior Management Team.
I do this by applying and enforcing the Group’s policies and procedures including, but not limited to the Safeguarding policy, Equality and Diversity policy, Smoke Free policy, Health, Safety and Welfare policy and the Crisis Management policy.
I also assist in maintaining the smooth operational day-to-day running of the duty manager process through supporting individuals and/or groups of learners with motivational, emotional and behavioural disorders/difficulties.
Where necessary, I ensure learners have access to the help that they need and to enable the Group to improve attendance and raise standards of behaviour. The following will be pertinent to the role:
Part of my role provides site management on a day-to-day basis. Including such duties as dealing with issues related to disruptive behavior, fire alarm activations, accident and incident, first aid, adverse weather, crisis management, the estate and site security.
Finally I actively promote and encourage a positive health and safety culture and acting upon any unsafe practices or circumstances which may put the Grimsby Institute Group at risk of breaches of legislation, or persons at risk of injury or ill health.
In the interest of all our learners we have a Safeguarding Team who are available to talk to if learners have any concerns, are unhappy, or even if they are worried about the welfare of a friend or fellow learner. They are here to help and can be approached easily. Learners can talk to one of the team about such things as bullying, accommodation problems, abuse (in any of its forms), self-harm or whatever may be a concern.
The Grimsby Institute Group recognises that it has statutory and moral duty towards safeguarding the welfare of its learners - they should feel safe and will be supported if any concerns are raised. Learners can talk to one of the team about such things as bullying, accommodation problems, abuse (in any of its forms), self harm, or whatever may be a concern. They are there to help and can be approached easily.Get more information about Safeguarding
Chief Executive Officer
I grew up in Sheffield and have been teaching for twenty years and will always be a Lecturer at heart. I have a strong passion for Criminology and I still enjoy teaching alongside my busy Managerial role. I led a Grade One Public Services team at a college in South Yorkshire for many years. I then moved to a college in Derbyshire where I took a failing faculty and turned it to Outstanding within 18 months, winning a Beacon Award in the process.
Following on from that came my first Senior Management post as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and, in 2012, I was responsible for Chesterfield College winning an AoC Beacon Award for Innovation in Education. I then became Deputy Principal Curriculum & Quality for the Grimsby Institute Group in February 2013.
If you ask any of my current or former colleagues they would say I am mostly known for being very direct and using funny metaphors to make a point. I love my job. I think we have the best job in the world because we get to make a difference every single day that we come to work. We are the place of second chances, we are the incubators of the next great academics, entrepreneurs and workers. The truth is we change lives - what could be better than that?
I have two Black Belts, one in full contact kick boxing and one in semi contact kickboxing and a Purple Belt in Ju-Jitsu. I really miss martial arts, but don't have the time to practice any more. I also have two Masters Degrees in Criminal Justice and Education Leadership and really want to try and carve out some time over the next few years to finish my PhD.
I have written over 30 books and publications on a variety of subjects, but primarily in the field of Public Services and Security. In my spare time I love spending time with my three young children and am a massive Marvel superhero fan, a science fiction geek and I've been a World of Warcraft Guild Leader and gaming obsessive since the age of four.