John Higgins

Principal - Ash Hill Academy

John joined the Trust in 2016 and leads Ash Hill Academy in Hatfield.

John left university without a job and decided to up sticks to Canada for a while. When he came back, he decided that teaching was for him and joined a PGCSE course at Sheffield University. John's first teaching job was in Liverpool before his adventurous side came out again and he travelled to Gran Canaria to teach for two years.

In a strange turn of events, John saw the film Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in Spanish while there, and on the same day, Amman Baccalaureate School, Jordan, advertised for a Head of Computers.  John was successful in securing the role, working for the Hashemite Royal family, and he stayed in Jordan for four years before moving to Kuwait where he stayed for 10 years.

The pull of John's homeland eventually got the better of him so he returned to the UK, working for 5 years for Outwood Academies Trust before taking up post at Delta.

John has a BA, an MA and PGCE and his areas of expertise include Curriculum and Teaching and Learning.

An average day for John is very active! He gets up around 4.30am; in summer he either kayaks or runs and in winter he rows indoors before leaving the house at 5.45am. He arrives at work around 7.20am and spends his days visiting almost every class in school. John tries to avoid holding meetings during the school day so that he can focus on teaching and learning, making sure our students are focused and that staff are getting the support they require.

After school, John attends meetings, facilitates and observes CPD and catches up on emails etc. that have been received throughout the day.

Outside of work, John is a very keen cyclist, having cycled across Europe, Mongolia and Alaska! He loves to run and has finished 26 marathons to date, 7 being 30+ miles and even a 70 miler! And we can't forget his love of kayaking - anytime, anywhere!

When asked why Delta, John explained that his philosophy is aligned perfectly with Delta's. Students come first; we get one chance to shape them into responsible members of society. We really are 'Changing Lives.'

I work in a challenging school; my students get one chance, one time! Let's make a difference!