Paul cornish

Staff and Governers
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Job titlePrincipal

Paul has dedicated his entire career to the education sector. Following completion of his A Level Studies at Torquay Boys’ Grammar School, he attended the University of Exeter, where he read Theological Studies. After finishing his degree, he remained at the University of Exeter to obtain his PGCE in Religious Studies with a supplementary subject of Science.

His teaching career began at Torquay Community College, spending two years teaching Religious Studies, before heading to South Dartmoor Community College to take up the position of Head of Religious Studies. Throughout his seven years at the College, Paul undertook many roles, including Student Council Coordinator, Citizenship Coordinator and Deputy ITT/NQT Coordinator. 

Promotion to a leadership position followed swiftly after; Paul travelled to ISCA College of Media Arts in his university town of Exeter where he assumed the role of Assistant Principal with his responsibilities lying heavily in Pastoral Care. 

It was during this time that Paul attended a seminar, delivered by the Principal of Bodmin College, titled ‘Aspiring Head Teachers’. Paul cites this experience, and the man who delivered it, as his inspiration to become Principal of an education establishment. It seemed a natural progression, therefore, to begin his National Professional Qualification for Headship soon after.  

This training commenced upon leaving ISCA College after three years; Paul travelled to Bodmin College to assume the position of Senior Vice Principal and, during his four years at the College, he undertook many responsibilities, including Head of Pastoral Care, Safeguarding, Student Rewards and Sanctions and heading up overall College improvement plans.

In 2014, Newton Abbot College was thrilled to announce Paul’s appointment as Principal at Newton Abbot College. In his first sixth months in position, Paul completed his NPQH and the College has gone from strength to strength under his strong leadership. 

“Successful leadership comes from a true belief in any organisation. I not only truly believe in our vision for the College’s future, but I am also extremely proud to see the effects of this belief being played out, by both staff and students, every day within the College environment. Their celebration in achievement is perfectly balanced with their sheer determination to continue improving. This improvement is something I will lead on, to ensure Newton Abbot College is the best school it can possibly be.” 

Successful leadership comes from a true belief in any organisation. I not only truly believe in our vision for the College’s future, but I am also extremely proud to see the effects of this belief being played out, by both staff and students, every day within the College environment.

Paul cornish
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