Rebecca blackshaw

Staff and Governers
Miss Rebecca Blackshaw
Job titleAssistant Principal
Contact number01626367335

Rebecca grew up in Stratford-Upon-Avon, where she started her secondary education at Alcester Grammar school in Warwickshire. At the beginning of her GCSE studies, Rebecca moved to Torquay Girls Grammar School, and remained there for the rest of her secondary education, leaving with A Levels in Geography, German, Mathematics and General Studies.

Rebecca continued into further education, travelling to Bath Spa University to study for a BSc in Education with Geography with a view to teaching in a primary education environment. After discovering a love for teaching in a secondary school setting, Rebecca switched to and completed a PGCE in Geography with ICT, qualifying her as a secondary school teacher.

Her first position as a newly qualified teacher saw Rebecca in post at St Cuthbert Mayne School in Torquay, teaching Geography, ICT, and Music. Her post was made permanent and she remained for one more year before deciding to move on to pastures new.

Rebecca moved to St Boniface’s Catholic College in Plymouth, where she spent four years as a Teacher of Geography before being appointed Head of Department. A string of other responsibilities followed in subsequent years; Rebecca was promoted to Head of Year 12 and 13 before moving up to Head of Humanities, overseeing the Geography, History, Religious Education and Psychology Departments.

Her final position at St Boniface saw Rebecca joining the Senior Leadership Team as Assistant Head Teacher Responsible for Assessment and Achievement. Her position was made permanent after a successful year in post and she continued in the role for a further year before joining Newton Abbot College in September 2019 as Assistant Principal Responsible for Curriculum and Timetable.

As well as her teaching career, Rebecca has also been a senior examiner and CPD trainer for the AQA examination board, presenting and delivering training courses for teachers across the country. Rebecca has also helped write GCSE Geography textbook and revision guides resources that have been published nationwide.

“The students at Newton Abbot College are fantastic; they are incredibly engaging, well behaved and are proud of where they learn. I joined Newton Abbot College because I was so struck by the ethos and culture here; the staff deliver, through their daily interactions with students, everything that they publicly claim to. Students are prepared to learn, as well as getting involved with College events with such pride.”

Rebecca blackshaw