Meet the Team

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Nicola Craven


As Principal I am incredibly proud to lead our vibrant, caring and happy college. My responsibility is to lead the college’s strategic vision and values so that all students have access to the very best education. 

The college is committed to providing the highest standards of teaching, learning and support for our students and the local and wider communities it serves and this is enabled by the impressive facilities and highly qualified, experienced and dedicated staff. 

I am passionate about providing an inclusive learning experience in which students are happy, are developing as independent, confident, suitably challenged and well supported individuals who are able to fulfil their potential. This is well evidenced by the high levels of achievement and strong destinations of our students year on year.

I lead Blackpool Sixth with an unwavering focus on meeting the needs and ambition of all students and ensuring the college continues to provide each student with access to an inspiring curriculum. Upon starting college, it is often the case that students are not clear on what they want to go onto beyond college. Blackpool Sixth has a successful track record of leading on a curriculum offer which has something for everyone and is locally and regionally responsive and innovative such that students gain the right knowledge, skills, attitudes and attributes to go and succeed during and beyond their time at college.

Gail Yeadon

Deputy Principal

As Deputy Principal I am responsible for the quality of the academic curriculum, in particular, in A level and GCSE courses, and teaching, learning and assessment across the whole college.

I am passionate about providing learning opportunities for our young people that allow them to flourish. For our students to thrive they need high quality, purposeful and engaging teaching and assessment and, importantly, they need to be happy.  

This is one of the reasons that working collaboratively with our remarkable staff has such a positive impact on our students' experience here at college and their journey into their next steps. Such positive relationships between staff, students and their parents and carers lead to our continued celebration of outstanding achievements and destinations year on year.

Tina Cooper

Vice Principal

As Vice Principal I am responsible for the quality of the vocational curriculum at level 2 and 3, such as BTEC, CTEC and T Levels. Additionally I am responsible for the cross college curriculum offer, adapting that offer in response to student and employer needs and to national education developments.

I believe that education has the power to transform a young person’s life and am passionate about providing students with choice and opportunities that fulfil their higher education and career aspirations through high quality education and support.

I firmly believe in equality of opportunity and that all young people can develop in a safe and happy environment - that is what is so wonderful about Blackpool Sixth. I am proud to lead and be part of a team that has a focus on the whole person, going beyond their academic studies, enabling students to develop a broad range of skills through their studies and extracurricular opportunities, raising their aspirations, self-belief and confidence, and helping them to be happy and successful.

Stuart Ormson

Assistant Principal (Student Support)

As Assistant Principal of Student Support, I lead a team of dedicated and caring staff who are passionate about helping young people to overcome any obstacles they may face to achieve success. Student wellbeing and inclusion is at the core of my duties, ensuring we have everything in place so students feel safe, can flourish in their studies and develop into kind and responsible young adults. 

My personal aim is that we deliver the best possible support, at the earliest opportunity and in the right way so all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential. It's crucial to get the support right, as it paves the way for students to succeed at college and be ready to achieve their hopes and dreams for the future.

Amanda Crumblehulme

Assistant Principal (Business Support)

As Assistant Principal of Business Support, I oversee the teams across college who are responsible for our campus, our technology and our people. We collectively endeavour to create the very best learning environment for our students and ensure that they have first class technology available to meet the needs of their courses.  What is absolutely critical too is that the staff who teach and support them are of the highest calibre and that their wellbeing is supported also, which enables them to provide such fabulous education and support for our students.

As part of this role I also lead on our digital and sustainability strategies. These strategies are designed to ensure that our students are equipped with the digital skills that will help them in their next steps and that they think and work in a sustainable manner to help build a better future.


Assistant Principal

As Assistant Principal I am responsible for both curriculum facing and support departments which are key to the success of our college and the students who attend. 

I manage our admissions, liaison and marketing team who provide information, advice and guidance in their respective fields. I am also responsible for is our MIS and examinations team who are committed to providing a first class experience for our students. 

I am proud to work at Blackpool Sixth supporting teams to ensure students receive an outstanding experience, secure outstanding results and progress on to exciting opportunities, either in education or in the world of work.

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