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Amy Deane - Inclusion Manager, DEPUTY Safeguarding Lead & SENDCO

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 SENDCO, Amy achieved the National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination in 2017. 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 L ead 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.   

Leianna Boodaghian - Learner support assistant

Leianna graduated from LIPA with a degree in community drama in 2016 and last year completed the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Playwrights’ Programme. Leianna has a passion for creating and performing in her own work - she was inspired by reading Unprotected (Everyman 2006) to write plays that she feels need to be heard, and to create conversation. Previous to starting her role at LSFC Leianna worked as an arts award advisor and drama Teaching Assistant at an alternative provision school in Liverpool for 3 years. Leianna feels her new role brings her passions together and she is able to support students in a creative environment in order to help them to succeed in their chosen discipline

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.

Ruth Crane - Careers & Progression Coordinator

Prior to this role, Ruth worked for Liverpool Hope University as part of the student recruitment and outreach team, delivering outreach and support sessions for schools and colleges and providing UCAS  guidance. After this Ruth moved on to the Education Faculty at Liverpool Hope, where she supported recent graduates, communicating and supporting professional development events for graduates in their Newly Qualified Teacher Year, as well as tracking their destinations. Having gained her undergraduate degree in Education and Special Educational Needs in 2017, Ruth continues to work towards her Masters qualification in the area of Disability Studies. 

KIM MCMANUS - Counsellor

Prior to joining LIPA Sixth Form College, Kim worked for a national organisation called We Are With You for 11 years in the substance misuse field whilst also working towards a career in Counselling. After 6 years of study she graduated with a BSc Hons First Class Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Staffordshire University. As an Integrative Counsellor she is qualified in various therapeutic models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy and Person-Centred Therapy. Following her degree, Kim worked as a Young Person’s Recovery Worker. 

Kim is here to provide a confidential counselling service that is accessible to all students. She is passionate about providing a safe space for students to share their struggles and truly be themselves so that they can feel heard and supported without fear of judgment.

As a result of attending a full-time performing arts school in Liverpool throughout her childhood, Kim has a natural passion and understanding for this industry. This coupled with her experience and love for counselling enables her two greatest passions to work in collaboration. 

ADAM WARD - Learner support Assistant

Adam received a BA in Drama from Liverpool John Moores University, then a PGCE from Huddersfield University. Since then, he has been a Lecturer in Performing Arts, Drama and Theatre Studies at Harrogate College and Cirencester Sixth Form College. While at Cirencester, Adam also ran the Sundial Youth Theatre Company. Adam has worked for Opera North, Altru Drama, the Storybarn and Liverpool Arts Society as well as writing and directing his own work which has featured at the Hope Street Theatre, Liverpool Fringe Festival, Next Steps Festival, and Show Face Festival. Recently, his short play ‘Genius at Work’ won the Congress Theatre’s Virtual New Writing Festival. Adam greatly enjoys working with students to help them to achieve their goals and hopes to continue to do that in his role here at LIPA Sixth Form College.

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.