Helen Atkins (Business Manager)

Business Manager.

Having worked for Derbyshire County Council supporting secondary schools administratively throughout Derbyshire for a number of years, I wanted to experience education at its best. I joined Newbold in 2008 as the Headteacher's Personal Assistant.

Following academy conversion to Outwood Academy Newbold at the start of 2015, I continued as Principal's PA supporting the Principal in all aspects of day to day academy life. Through continuous professional development I undertook my CSBM qualification, with a view to developing my skills to become a Business Manager. In 2016 I was appointed to HR Business Officer, which helped me to gain further knowledge and experience, as well as utilising my qualification, to work towards meeting my aspirations.

As part of the academy’s Deep Structure, I joined the Deep Experience Team. Over the past 3 years I have had the specific focus for Primary Liaison, Community Engagement and Transition, to help to enhance opportunities to both our own students and those pupils from surrounding primaries considering Outwood Academy Newbold for their schooling career.

In January 2018 I was appointed to the role of Business Manager at Outwood Academy Newbold and as part of the SLT I provide strategic leadership and management at an academy level for all aspects of administration, HR support and operations provision, including being the lead for academy support staff. It is vitally important to me that we have the appropriate resources in place and a site that provides an excellent learning platform to enable our staff to deliver good quality provision for our students.

I am extremely proud of the journey that the students, parents and staff at Newbold have taken since conversion and look forward to continuing our journey to Outstanding.