Meet The Team

Gemma Peebles – Principal / Director

Gemma has over a decade of experience working in Post-16 education, both in teaching and senior leadership. She has specialised in school improvement and improving outcomes for young people. In her last 3 posts she has taken the provision successfully to Ofsted ‘Good’. Gemma is a Business and Enterprise specialist with a BA in Accounting and Financial Management and Business Studies.

Her mantra ‘tell me what you want to achieve and we will make it happen.’

Gemma is also the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Careers Lead

Paul Thorpe – Teaching and Learning Team

Paul is a qualified teacher with over a decade in working in a range of education settings ranging from Primary through to Secondary Schools and Academies. Paul specialised in Business and ICT education and is therefore a fantastic asset to the teaching and learning team, he also brings a vast knowledge of business and industry from his roles prior to beginning his teaching career.

Katy Read – Administrator

Self motivated, caring and dedicated, Katy is a key part of team, ensuring that the daily routines run smoothly and that someone is always on hand to answer any questions or queries.

Katy is our Designated Safeguarding Officer and on site First Aider.

Martin Fittes – Director

Martin’s post graduate career stared with five years in sales and marketing with the Mars Group.

His subsequent education experience includes middle leadership in a secondary school and a headship in a special school with an autism specialism. He was a senior inclusion officer and Assistant Head of Service for an LA. He worked nationally with colleges implementing the SEN Code of practice in 2015 and more recently with the National Autistic Society in opening a college with a focus on preparing Autistic pupils for the world of work. Most recently Martin was head of a specialist further education college, where, with Gemma, they led the college through a very successful first OFSTED. He is passionately committed to ensuring that young people are given every opportunity to overcome the barriers they face, by ensuring they have safe but challenging education and work placement opportunities.

Tony Hirst – Director

Tony has lived and worked in Doncaster all his life, working in one of Doncaster’s longest established manufacturers for over 50 years. Tony is working with the college to ensure that students and parents receive the best value for money and that spending is kept to budget.

If you would like to join our team please have a look at our current vacancies