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Meet The Team

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    Patrick Taylor

    Head of Business and Computing

    Originally from Bolton, Greater Manchester I now reside in Sheffield. I came into Education after I spent some time in Industry.

    I graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BSC(Hons) Information Systems and from Manchester University with a Master’s in Business Information Systems. 

    I have worked within the construction, rail and oil industries and as such I was fortunate enough to work in the middle east for some time before starting my PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University.

    I have been Head of Business & Computing for 5 years at Barnsley Academy and thoroughly enjoy being part of our school community. 

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    Gavin Cowell

    Teacher of Business and Computing

    From Castleford. I studied Business Information Technology at Bradford University, and qualified as a teacher in 2005. I began my teaching career at Barnsley Academy in 2006 as a teacher of ICT.

    Teaching ICT gives me the opportunity to pass on my enthusiasm for computer technology in an ever changing digital world. I want to provide children with the skills and knowledge to succeed when they leave Barnsley Academy.

    In the Business and Computing department we tailor our teaching and learning strategies to highly motivate and engage our pupils, ensuring we are providing them with an innovative and creative curriculum. 

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    Luke Sutton

    Teacher of Business and Computing

    I studied Business and Economics with Japanese at Sheffield University. After which I moved on to my PGCE at Sheffield Hallam and eventually became a “Teacher of Business and Computing” here at Barnsley Academy.

    I adore learning about different cultures and am interesting in how economies and businesses operate, which I luckily can pursue my understanding of here at Barnsley Academy as I teach GCSE Economics and run a Japanese Language class.

    My belief is that given a chance every child wants to succeed and be the best that they can be and I see my role as a teacher and facilitator of learning to give 110% towards ensuring that your child has that chance and support.

    My past 3 years at Barnsley Academy have been eventful but I can honestly say that the students and staff here are phenomenal and with their hard work and commitment we will no doubt continue to get better and better!

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    Julie Broomhead

    Teacher of Business and Computing

    From Barnsley, I  graduate from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree (BA Hons) Business Studies and went on to work in industry for several years before I decide the enter into teaching. I completed my PGCE at Sheffiled Hallam University in 2006 with my teacher training at Maltby Comprehensive and Priory School. I then went on to work at Priory and Shafton before joining Barnsley Academy in 2014. 

    In the Business and Computing Department we strive to be forward thinking and creative with technology to allow our students to develop a board understanding of ICT, computing and Business.  


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    Jane Cartwright

    Teacher of Business and Computing

    I studied Business Studies at University graduating in 1999. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, following in my mums footsteps, but didn’t feel prepared enough to do this at 22 years old, I felt I needed some life experience.

    My first job after university was working with extremely vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds on a daily basis. I found I had a natural rapport with this age group and the work I put into my caseload helped to transform many young people’s lives; whether that was getting them a stable place to live, or helping them get onto a college course, every day was different and every day was rewarding in its own way.

    In 2003 I made the decision to leave full time employment to return to Sheffield Hallam University to complete my PGCE in ICT.  I did my teacher training at what was then the Elmhirst School and Priory School, and secured a position at Elmhirst starting in 2004.

    I have worked in this community ever since, I have built my career in a school that I love and working within a community that I love, I am now one of those teachers who is working alongside former students, that doesn’t make me feel old it makes me feel proud.

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    Mark Aveyard

    Teacher of Business and Computing

    Qualified as a teacher in 1994 specialising in Business Education and PE, teaching both subjects in my first role at Thorne Grammar School. Since then in my 22 year career, I have taught at several schools in South Yorkshire and Hull, initially progressing into a pastoral role, firstly in KS3, then in KS4. I have also been Head of Department, before moving into Senior Leadership at Trinity Academy where I was part of this Academy's improvement to an Outstanding Ofsted judgement. 

    I have used my educational experiences to present at National Conferences for Optimus Education and the Regional Training Agency on a wide range of subjects including Teaching and Learning, Middle Leadership and Performance Related Pay, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I moved to become Vice-Principal at Barnsley Academy in January 2012, became Senior Vice-Principal in 2015 and have relished the challenges that I have faced here over the last four and a half years. 

    Myself and my wife Hayley recently were blessed with a daughter Freya, and due to this I am taking the opportunity to take a part-time contract this year to look after Freya on a Friday. This means that I won't be answering emails or calls on that day!  

    Being part of Barnsley Academy over the last five academic years has been a bit of a roller coaster, and definitely a challenge, but I am really confident that we are now moving positively forwards again and will soon start to see the change in culture and outcomes that the students deserve.


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