In a repeat of last year's blog, we're delighted to introduce the new additions to the teaching team. We're sure you will agree that these teachers will add strength in depth to an already superb group.

Daniel Hughes - Science

Daniel is very much local to this area; he grew up in Cottenham, he went to Cottenham Village College and then to Long Road Sixth Form College. Daniel graduated from the University of Leeds in 1997 with a Degree in Physics with Astrophysics, one year of his degree was spent at the University of Valencia in Spain.

Daniel spent several years working abroad in Spain, Switzerland and Germany, before settling down to start a family and embark on his teaching career. Daniel moved back to this area and completed his PGCE at De Montfort University. Daniel taught Physics (and general Science) at Cromwell Community College for 11 years taking on the role of Head of Physics in his last two years, and he was responsible for the development of A-level Physics there. In 2015 Daniel moved to Witchford Village College to teach Physics, Science and a bit of Maths.

Daniel is a keen skier/snowboarder and has run ski trips with both of his previous schools over the last 5 years. He will be taking some LECA students to Austria during the February half term in 2019. He also loves being outdoors, camping etc. He has been a rock climber since his teens, and has climbed all over Britain as well as parts of Europe. Daniel is a qualified Basic Expedition Leader and has been involved with the Duke of Edinburgh Award for several years. Daniel also plays a bit of football and runs to keep fit. He completed a marathon in 2014.

Daniel loves to travel and can speak fluent Spanish and German.

Daniel has 3 children, his two eldest boys play rugby for Ely Tigers and Newmarket, whilst his daughter does ballet, so a lot of his spare weekend time is spent being a taxi driver!

Daniel is very much looking forward to joining Littleport and East Cambs Academy in September, he can’t wait to fully set up the Science department and get involved in all aspects of school life here.


Christina Emmess - PE

With Dutch heritage, being born and raised in Canada, a traveller through and through, Christina Emmess eventually settled in East Cambridgeshire. Raised in a suburb north of Toronto with 7 siblings they were always moving forward! After completing a degree in Kinesiology and History at Western University, she moved to Queen’s University to gain a Bachelor in Education in Physical and Health Education & History. Always having a keen interest in travel and living abroad, Mrs Emmess moved to the UK in 2006 to pursue a teaching career. Working in London and Peterborough for a year teaching PE and History gave her inner city experience but a permanent role was the next opportunity and she was fully prepared to take this on at Witchford Village College.

Mrs Emmess’ role at WVC developed from being a recently qualified teacher, rapidly moving into International Exchange coordinator and running Duke of Edinburgh with colleagues. Years of leading exchanges and outdoor adventure trips to Wales and the Picos in Spain gave her the chance to give back to the community in the same way as when she travelled as a teen. It was the role of Vocational Coordinator of the BTEC programmes that gave Mrs Emmess the chance to lead staff as a middle manager and she also took on leading the GCSE Child Development course. She took on the role as an examiner for OCR which allowed for a highly successful delivery of the course for the first time.

Mrs Emmess always aspired and knew she would enjoy the challenge of being a Head of Department so enrolled in a Leadership course. This experience gave her great insight into how best to be a leader yet balance this with being an effective manager. Mrs Emmess finally was able to put this into play when she took on the role as Head of Physical Education and has been developing ever since. Taking on new staff and developing those who are training on the job. She takes pride in her mentoring role through the years at Witchford, enabling numerous trainee students to develop their careers. Running large school events seemed to be a great idea and last year’s School House Games Day was a superb success. Events like this would be what Mrs Emmess has in mind to deliver at LECA. She is keen to run traditional and new sports in the curriculum and has a passion for playing netball in the County Prem League, playing with the City of Ely Netball Club.


Mark Jarvis - Design and Technology

With over 26 years experience as an Aircraft Engineer in the Royal Air Force, followed by 5 years teaching at Wisbech Grammar School, Mark Jarvis joins LECA with a highly developed engineering based knowledge, and an enjoyment for teaching the subject that has been an integral part of his life. 

Alongside teaching Design and Technology, Mr. Jarvis is Head of Hockey at his current school, which allows him to pursue his other passion for sport.  As a qualified Duke of Edinburgh assessor, he takes groups of pupils on hiking and camping trips so that they can experience all that the Duke of Edinburgh scheme has to offer.

Outside of school hours, Mr. Jarvis is an umpire within the English Hockey National League, and works with England Hockey to train coaches and umpires.  He has recently completed the final year of a four-year commitment tour in Africa, where he was part of a coaching team developing hockey within West Africa, alongside coaching the Ghanaian women’s national team.

Mr. Jarvis is also a keen fisherman, and can be found around the local waters many evenings and weekends.  He is a qualified angling coach and is committed to teaching students about angling and water management in a safe environment.  He has been a committee member of the charity Stoney & Friends for 10 years, which uses the platform of fishing to raise funds for MacMillan Cancer (£581,000 to date) and he was recently proud to receive recognition of this work from MacMillan.

When asked what he considers to be the highlights of his life to date, Mr. Jarvis’s long list included a wildlife photographic trip whilst in the Falkland Islands, carrying the Queen’s baton on a stage of the Commonwealth Games run, gaining his first Premier League Hockey appointment, flying in a Harrier aircraft, representing the RAF at the Inter-Service hockey tournaments, completing a London to Paris cycle ride for charity, and a parachute jump.  He has been lucky enough to visit most parts of the world, and names New Zealand, Borneo and South Africa as his favourites. He is delighted to be joining LECA and looks forward to working with the staff and students there.


Ashley Radcliffe - English

Mrs Radcliffe has taught English for a number of years and has a passion for the subject and getting the best from her students. Positive relationships within the classroom are particularly important to her, as are engaging activities and perfecting key skills. 

In her previous school, she held the position of Key Stage Three Lead and then moved on to Lead for Teaching and Learning within English. These roles enabled her to build and develop her teaching skills, by sharing ideas and best practice with those from other departments around the school. She worked with the team to develop the curriculum plans to better prepare students for the new GCSE specification, as well as focused on embedding key skills within an exciting sequence of topics. She has an interest in technology within education, creating an online blog which students (and parents) could access and interact with. She has organised many visits to the theatre, as well as taking part in more energetic outings such as the ski trip and assisting with netball practice. (Thankfully, her teaching ability is far better than her skiing!) 

She has been a part of the tutoring team and helped to guide many students through their time in secondary school, helping them with a range of issues and situations. Working with the viewpoint that her door is always open, she is approachable and able to listen and support. After school, she has run a school newspaper club and also a creative writing group. She is looking forward to providing the students at LECA with the chance to try new activities and develop their creativity.

Having grown up in the area herself, she still lives locally with her husband and two young daughters. She is looking forward to giving something back and being part of the successful LECA team. 


Alice Eastham - Humanities

A life-long lover of History and a good debate, Alice has been a teacher of Humanities for 7 years with a focus on making learning fun, accessible and relevant.  Completing a degree in Modern History in 2005, which included an analysis of the nature of the rivalry between Celtic and Rangers football teams for her dissertation, was followed by working in London for several years before some time travelling and teaching English in Vietnam led her to recognise her vocation and retrain as a teacher. 

Alice is a History specialist, with a particular passion for the Cold War, but has taught all aspects of Humanities and has held whole school positions of responsibility including most recently Head of Year 13.  Her love of learning is reflected in her student-led lessons and she prides herself on extensive knowledge of exam success criteria, gleaned from working as an examiner for 3 years, which she uses to prepare her students for the demands of external exams.  A committed Berliner at heart, Alice led a popular school trip to the city for many years and she is working as a team leader on the Germany 1918-1945 GCSE paper this summer.  Alice was lead teacher for the potential Oxbridge students at her last school and also set up and led a Bridge Club.  She has mentored NQTs and was subject tutor for the History SCITT in Milton Keynes which has allowed her to keep a close eye on pedagogical developments to maintain a fresh approach to her own teaching style.  Alice’s students share her enthusiasm for studying the past and take pride in being able to make links between the past and the world around them.

Alice has recently moved to the area, relocating from Northamptonshire last year to be closer to her husband’s job in St Ives.  As well reading a good book, she enjoys walking her dog and is a keen seamstress and general craft enthusiast.  Alice is very keen to become part of the furniture at LECA as soon as possible with plans to establish a ‘Humanities in the News’ feature wall, and at least one club!


Cate Middleton - Maths

Cate Middleton was born and brought up in Oldham. She has degrees from the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield and a PGCE from Chester College.  She has a wide experience of teaching Science and Maths in Secondary Schools and as a class teacher in Primary Schools including Littleport Community Primary School. Her first teaching post was as a Science teacher at Oldershaw School in Wallasey on the Wirral. This was followed by an appointment as Head of Biology at Blacon High School in Chester. After marrying,  Mrs Middleton moved down to Cambridgeshire and taught at Ramsey Abbey. During this time she was a an Assistant Examiner for Modular Science GCSE and Moderator for GCSE Biology.

After starting a family she moved into teaching in Primary schools,  initially as a supply teacher and later in a permanent role. This was at a time of great change in the delivery of the National Primary School curriculum with the introduction of Literacy and Numeracy hours and external assessment of pupils' performance in core subjects. Mrs Middleton's is presently teaching KS2 and KS3 Maths at King's Ely Junior School. She is passionate about her work; how this beautiful subject can be used to explain patterns and concepts and how it can be used and manipulated in so many aspects everyday life.

Mrs Middleton aims to make Maths lessons exciting and engaging, making it 'real' whenever possible. She likes to provide pupils with the opportunity to challenge themselves and also to provide a wide range of different experiences allowing pupils to thoroughly understand how Maths works. Mrs Middleton  is also interested in metacognition, teaching pupils how their thinking can affect their learning, having a positive mindset and having the courage to learn from mistakes.

Mrs Middleton is delighted to be joining LECA in their stunning new school and is looking forward to meeting the students later on this term.

James Mortlock - PE

Mr Mortlock has always loved sport and his career goal has been to work as PE teacher since he was a student at Neale Wade Academy. He went to study PE and youth sport coaching at Staffordshire University and then went to work in a variety of different primary schools around fenland delivering PE lessons and after school clubs.

Mr Mortlock then went into secondary PE working at Arthur Mellows for almost 4 school years and becoming a qualified secondary school teacher in this time. In his years at the school he has taught GCSE and BTEC PE to year 10s and 11s as well as wide range of sports and after school clubs to all years including handball, football, badminton and cricket. Mr Mortlock has also delivered key revision and intervention lessons ensuring all students learn independently and in fun and exciting way. This has allowed students to progress and achieve outstanding results in their GCSEs.

Also in his teaching career Mr Mortlock has had form groups throughout the school. He understands how important this role is in the school is and has helped students realise their career goals when picking their options for GCSE to working closely with the pastoral team to help with any issues. He looks forward to meeting his new form group at LECA.

Out of school Mr Mortlock plays football for March town United and has represented his county and his university in his younger days. In the summer he plays cricket for March town and used to represent Fenland while he was at school. He also tries to play golf!


Maria Gonzalez - Spanish

Miss González is an education enthusiast with a solid knowledge of Modern Foreign Languages. She is not just a qualified teacher but also a native Spanish speaker. This enables her to add a whole new depth to her teaching – a profound knowledge of the language along with all its subtleties as well as other aspects of Spanish culture: history, customs, current affairs and –particularly- literature.

Miss González holds a Spanish Degree in Teaching Early Childhood Education and ever since she has worked in Primary Schools both in Spain and England. She has always been fascinated about and languages and hopes to pass this passion on to her pupils!

Miss González´s last position was as a Teacher of French in St Matthew´s Primary School where she taught children from year 3 to year 6. She was in charge of planning, teaching and assessing the whole KS2 and also of the production of Schemes of Work. She was responsible for creating the material and resources and is particularly proud of having improved the students’ pronunciation through the teaching of physical phonics.

If you ever come across Miss González out of school she will probably be holding a book in her hands. She enjoys reading – especially Latin American Magic Realism. She loves practising sports as well, or rather the idea of it – she is not really successful when it comes to actually doing some! Running and swimming are among her favourite sports. 

She is also passionate about travelling and socialising, ideally together! She makes sure she learns a bit of the language from the visited country before she goes on holidays. She has realised that it doesn´t just show respect, but also local people really appreciate and praise any little effort.

Miss González is thrilled to be joining Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy and to have the opportunity to inspire pupils through Spanish and challenge them to reach their full potential though hard work and the relentless pursuit to become their best self.