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Amy Deane - Inclusion Manager, DEPUTY Safeguarding Lead & SENCO

Amy was previously Curriculum Leader for English at St Helens College. She studied BA French and German at the University of Liverpool before completing a masters’ degree in English Language at Lancaster University. Our SENCO, Amy achieved the National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination in 2017 through Edge Hill University, and is currently enrolled on the PGCert Dyslexia with a view to becoming a specialist Dyslexia teacher and assessor. She is responsible for overseeing additional learning support in college, leading on the student bursary, and overseeing GCSE English and maths courses. Amy is also Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead at the college. Amy teaches GCSE English Language and the highlight of her week is finding ways to capitalise on students’ creativity in her English classes through collaboration with the creative department staff.  

Julie Borkwood - Learner Support Assistant

Part of our Inclusion Team, Julie has previously worked in a learning support capacity at the City of Liverpool College Arts Centre, Liverpool Hope University, Edge Hill University and Southport College. She has also worked in technical theatre in the West End, North West and Liverpool, for companies including English National Opera and the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse theatres. She has a BA (Hons) in Imaginative Writing, and qualifications in TV and media techniques, vocal tutoring and workshop skills. Julie has previously run her own theatre company and continues to write, songwrite and perform at events and festivals.

Kitty Cooper - Learner Support Assistant

Kitty joined LIPA Sixth Form College’s Inclusion Team in September 2016 from her role as Staffing Associate for the not-for-profit organisation National Citizen Service (NCS) with The Challenge. Throughout her study of Drama at Liverpool John Moores University and subsequent employment, she has worked as a Senior Mentor and Assistant Programme Leader (behaviour specialist) with NCS. Kitty completed the scriptwriting course at Young Everyman & Playhouse and is now the writer and director of Doolywho Theatre Company. Kitty enjoys working with the students in a creative and pastoral setting, and runs a number of extra-curricular activities, including scriptwriting.

Joe Cornmell - Lecturer in Maths

Joe joined us from Wirral Metropolitan College, where he spent two years teaching GCSE and Functional Skills Maths to a wide range of vocational students. Having gained his PGCE in 2015, Joe continues to study, working towards a Masters’ in Education. Joe has also previously worked in the arts, within the finance department of the Liverpool & Merseyside Theatres Trust. Joe’s role is to deliver GCSE Maths to those students needing to re-sit exams, and he builds technology into his planning process. Joe particularly enjoys finding innovative ways to engage the students in Maths alongside their creative studies.

Raquel costabile - learner Support assistant

Raquel has a degree in Music Education from FMU University (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and in July 2017 she completed a Master’s degree in Education at Liverpool Hope University. She has studied singing, piano and recorder and is also a qualified fitness instructor - she delivers many classes in the Liverpool area. With over 15 years of experience in education, Raquel has worked with students of all ages as a music teacher and learning support assistant. In her current role, she provides academic and pastoral support to students across the college and runs extra-curricular activities such as fitness classes. Raquel really enjoys working in a performing arts environment as she believes students can develop confidence and become more equipped to face the challenges they might pursue in the future.

Tracy Ryan - Learner Experience/Engagement Officer

Tracy taught A-Level English and Film and GCSE English for two years at The Academy of St Francis Assisi, where she was also Pastoral & Academic Mentor for seven years. She also taught for a further ten years at the City of Liverpool College. In addition, she worked for the University of Liverpool and spent six years in small-scale local touring theatre and arts organisations. Tracy has a degree in English Literature from Edge Hill University and particularly enjoys working alongside students to enhance their educational and enrichment opportunities and support their applications to Higher Education. She is responsible for coordinating student engagement in College decision-making, participation in enrichment activities and in widening participation events such as careers fairs. Tracy is particularly eager that students make the most of their time with us through such engagement.

Victoria smith - learner progress & safeguarding manager

Victoria initially trained as a retail banking graduate, then trained and qualified as a teacher. She has come to LIPA Sixth Form College from Xaverian College in Manchester, where she spent six years as a teacher of business studies, becoming pastoral manager and eventually marketing manager. Victoria’s role is to ensure that all students make positive progress and enjoy their time with us. She is particularly impressed by the passion and commitment students show to their disciplines, and is proud of the fact that students do what they love every day in college.

CARL Turner - Counsellor

Before joining LIPA Sixth Form College as a Counsellor in January 2019, Carl previously worked for a number of years as a manager for services in the Liverpool area, supporting those with suffering from enduring poor mental health and substance dependency. He then went on to study for a BA (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Edge Hill University. Since the completion of the degree and alongside the work he does at LIPA, he works as a counsellor in sexual violence and as an associate lecturer at Edge Hill University with students looking to enter into healthcare professions.

Adam George - Lighting & IT Technician

A LIPA graduate from the BA (Hons) Theatre & Performance Technology degree, Adam specialises in Lighting and Control Programming. He has worked successfully in the corporate sector and live events industry. He has also toured with one of the largest constantly touring UK Rock and Roll shows, and is Lighting Designer for the annual youth carols concert at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. At LIPA Sixth Form College, Adam manages both the running of the IT systems and the technical aspects of shows in the College’s theatre. He also assists with Production Arts classes.

John Kershaw - Sound/ICT Technician

A LIPA graduate in Sound Technology, John joined us in September 2017. He is a professional sound engineer with a Masters’ degree in new media production. He has worked as a sound technician in several schools in addition to working as a studio and live sound engineer. John supports staff and students with ICT-related issues and demonstrates the use of sound equipment in studio and live settings. He particularly enjoys working with young people who have a passion for the performing arts.