King George V (KGV) College has recruited a diverse range of talented new teachers to take students’ learning to the next level.

Principal Adele Wills says KGV is going from strength to strength, and is injecting new teaching talent into the college’s ranks.

The college in Southport recently celebrated a 99% A Level pass rate and is now welcoming students for the new college year.

“This has been an action-packed year for KGV,” she said.

“We’ve opened our £4million state-of-the-art creative arts building and welcomed new governors to the college’s board. The exam results last month were really the ‘cherry on top’ and demonstrate the hard work teachers and students consistently put in.

“We’ve now employed six new teachers across a range of subject areas including languages, media, electronics and science.

“On behalf of all staff and students I’d like to welcome them to the team and look forward to working with them to help continue to give students the excellent standard of teaching they are used to.”

The mark of any college’s success is its students and this summer KGV’s achieved outstanding A-Level results with a 99% pass rate. Grades A* to C were achieved by 80% of the college while more than 53% received the highest possible grades.

Ms Wills said she and the whole staff body were delighted with the results across the college’s 38 A-level subjects, it was particularly impressive that a significant number of subject areas achieved 100% high grades (grades A* to B).

The college also achieved a 100% pass rate for BTEC Advanced Level Extended Diplomas with 95% of these at distinction grade or above.

She said now is the “best-time ever” to study at KGV.

“We have a fresh focus on excellence. We have made dynamic changes across the college to ensure we’re providing the best education for our students,” she said.

“We value our students and work with them to build their futures.”

New teachers:

Mark Hughes, Course Leader, Film and Media

Originally from the north east, Mark comes to KGV from West Lancashire College where he worked as Head of Film and Media.

Claire Barre, Course Leader, French

Claire is fluent in French having lived and studied in France for two years. She holds a joint BA degree in French and English from Sheffield University, and is also a qualified journalist who has previously worked for The Liverpool Echo.

Fernando Alvarez Gonzalez, Course Leader, Spanish

Fernando is a native speaker of Spanish and is also fluent in French. He lived in France for five years and has taught Spanish to all age groups. He moved to England in 2005 where he has taught GCSE and A-Level Spanish.

Mark Tompkins, Course Leader, Physics and Electronics

Mark graduated from Lancaster University in 1994 with a BEng in Mechanical Engineering. After university he spent two years working in the automotive manufacturing sector. He taught physics at Maghull High School for 14 years, 10 of which were spent as Head of Physics, before moving to Wigan UTC where he established the science faculty.

Stuart Royle, Course Leader, English Literature and GCSE English

Stuart studied English and American Literature at Manchester University where he obtained his BA. He stayed at Manchester to obtain a MA in Post-1900 Literature. He taught for four years at an international school in Lisbon and will now head up the college’s A-Level English Literature course.

David Linley, Course Leader, Maths

David has been teaching since 1999, beginning his teaching career in Southport at Greenbank High School where he taught Maths and guitar. He taught at St Mary’s College in Crosby for nine years where he was instrumental in running the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.


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