Principal, Mr Chris Drew, returned to his North East roots in 2003 to help establish The King’s Academy. He has been Principal from 2005 to present.
A geography and economics graduate, who studied at the London School of Economics, King’s College London and the University of Cambridge, his early career focused on teaching geography, economics and history at schools in central and western England, notably Warwick School for Boys and Rossall School.
Mr Drew attributes his love of teaching to his own positive school experience, shaped by several inspirational teachers. His role as leader of the school allows him to influence all aspects of the organisation, remaining keenly focused on seeking to continually raise standards and expectations. His ambition and vision has contributed to the school’s progression from a GCSE pass rate of 34% (2004) to 87% (2014). Sixth Form results have been equally pleasing over time.
When citing the reasoning behind his vocation he said:
Watching students achieve their personal best, unearthing their hidden talents and charting their growth into adulthood are among the many highlights I have encountered throughout my career and my time at The King’s.
As well as inspiring students to achieve academic success, we have a desire to prepare them to become responsible husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, employers and employees, all of whom will be a credit to society.”
Mr Drew spends much of his free time with his wife, daughter and son. He is also an avid photographer and musician who cites hill walking as one of his favourite pursuits.
With 1,200 students and 250 members of staff, The King’s has a bright future, as Mr Drew explains:
We have made outstanding progress in the few years we have been open. We are very proud of the success we have enjoyed to date, but we are not complacent.
We are on a journey of improvement, striving to maintain and improve on the high standards we set and seeking to provide Middlesbrough’s young people with the best possible teaching and learning experience. It is our wish that The King’s students receive an excellent education that they will look back on with fondness.”
The vision of The King’s Academy is to provide excellence in academic achievement for students of all abilities within a Christian framework which allows for personal, spiritual, moral and social development.
The mission of The King’s Academy is therefore to establish and maintain a disciplined and sensitive environment in which such development can take place, through the design of effective pastoral structures, the delivery of appropriate academic and vocational courses and a clear and consistent spiritual and moral lead.
The King’s Academy is designated as a school of religious character. It has a clear and distinctive Christian ethos and is committed to upholding Biblical values, concepts and morality.
We aspire, whether we be students or staff, that all of our work will be characterised by the following values:
We aim to be positive in everything, doing what is good and aiming to benefit others as well as ourselves.
We seek to do our personal best without bragging and to encourage others to achieve their best without being critical or jealous of their efforts.
We care for those who are in difficulty and who are hurting, recognising that the world does not exists for us alone.
We can be trusted to be honest and truthful, to say what we mean and to do what we say.
We recognise that having the freedom to express ourselves means we must also accept responsibility for our words, thoughts and actions.
We aim to do what is right, whatever the cost; we stand up for the weak, whatever the danger; we face our fears and find ways of defeating them.
We know that hard work and the refusal to give up are essential if we are to achieve anything worthwhile.