Welcome To Chris Richardson Our New Executive Head Teacher

Welcome To Chris Richardson Our New Executive Head Teacher


We are delighted to announce that Chris Richardson has taken up his new role of Executive Head Teacher of Newcastle Bridges School and Mary Astell Academy this week.

Chris brings a wealth of experience, he started his teaching career as an Economics, Business Studies and Maths Teacher at Cramlington Community High School in 1989. He enjoyed eight happy years there, with the last four as Head of the Business Education Department. In 1997 Chris moved to The King Edward VI School in Morpeth, initially as Head of Sixth Form, joining the School Leadership Team as Assistant Headteacher in 1999. In 2001 Chris joined Ponteland Community High School as Deputy Headteacher and enjoyed seven happy and successful years there working under two different Headteachers. Chris finally left Northumberland in 2008 when he took up his first Headship role at Heworth Grange School in Gateshead. Chris thoroughly enjoyed his time at Heworth, leading the school through a period of significant change and appreciated the opportunity to make a positive difference to a fantastic community in East Gateshead.

Chris said "I am delighted to be joining Prosper Learning Trust at this exciting time in their development. I bring a wealth of experience from 30 years in mainstream secondary education including 20 years in leadership roles."

Chris continued "It was that same opportunity to make a significant and positive difference to a community that attracted me to this post with Prosper Learning Trust. Although our school communities at Newcastle Bridges School and Mary Astell Academy are not as closely defined geographically as in a mainstream setting, we are still very conscious of our responsibility to a wide and disparate group of largely vulnerable young people right across the city of Newcastle and its environs."

"I hope to bring my considerable experience and expertise to help the existing team of dedicated and talented staff to provide the absolute best educational provision in all our settings."

"It is our intention that both schools will work closely together to provide opportunities for our young people to realise their academic potential and ultimately to become active and caring citizens making their way confidently and successfully in the world of work and beyond."

"I have always loved teaching and working with young people. I believe, that after thirty years of doing so, I have a particularly good idea of what makes them tick, the challenges they face and the best ways in which to support and guide them. Ultimately, I just want the best for all the of the young people we work with and I know already that is an aspiration shared by all who work for Prosper Learning Trust. This is a great opportunity for me personally and I am really looking forward to working with our wonderful young people and their families."

Mark Jones, CEO Prosper Learning Trust said  "I am delighted that Chris Richardson has been appointed as the Executive Head Teacher of NBS and MAA. Chris brings a wealth of headship experience and I am really looking forward to working with him."