Introducing our new Principal

Date Published:
Thursday 28 March 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am delighted to announce that I will be taking on the role of Principal at our wonderful school, Great Park Academy, from 15th April 2024. Our current Principal, Denise Waugh, has been promoted and joins our Trust’s executive team as Executive Director of Teaching & Learning and Communications, and I wish her the very best of luck in her new role.

As Principal, I bring a wealth of experience obtained here at Great Park Academy as Assistant Principal; as Leader of Teaching and Learning for Key Stage 3 at Gosforth Junior High and in a variety of roles within the secondary education sector in Merseyside and North Tyneside. Having worked at Great Park Academy from the day the school opened, and having been involved in its planning stage, I'm proud to say that I have been instrumental in establishing the school's culture and ethos, something which I intend to develop and embed.

On our school website you will see our mission statement, 'Create Your Future'. It is a mission shared between all schools within our Trust.

Here at Great Park Academy enabling our young people to achieve their potential and fulfil their ambitions underpins everything we do.

To this end, our curriculum is designed to help our young people develop academic skills and quality of character to succeed: we create learners who are resilient, ambitious, respectful, innovative, imaginative, problem solvers and effective communicators.

Our mission is upheld by ensuring that the things that matter most to us - our values - are taught inside and outside the classroom and embedded in school life.

We are respectful – We are courteous and considerate in our interactions with others.

We are tolerant – We understand and value diversity. We respect diverse perspectives.

We recognise and celebrate everybody's achievements.

We are aspirational - We aim high.

We are collaborative – We work together.

We are inclusive – We value everyone.

We are resourceful and creative – We are forward thinking.

We are responsible – We act professionally, ethically and with integrity. We take ownership for the well being of others.

If you are a current or prospective parent, I invite you to meet me and our inspirational pupils and staff. Please visit our website regularly where you will find opportunities to learn more about our vibrant school, our mission, our values and aims.

I look forward to welcoming you.

Katherine Billingsley


Katherine Billingsley, Great Park Academy Principal