Jenny Trapp, a former Air Traffic Controller who is currently Assistant Headteacher at Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham, has been appointed as Deputy Principal of the new University Technical College South Durham, due to open this September.
Speaking of her appointment, Tom Dower, Principal of UTC South Durham commented: “With her background in the education, commercial and military sectors, Jenny brings a broad skill-set which will ensure that the UTC delivers outstanding teaching and STEM employability experiences for students.
“Her track record as an innovative and flexible leader together with her passion for education and lifelong learning will help to establish the UTC as a life-changing educational route for students interested in high tech careers.”
Jenny Trapp said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Deputy Principal of UTC South Durham. This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the development of an innovative education establishment and to shape the culture of the organisation.”
Professor Gary Holmes, Chair of Trustees, UTC South Durham and Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sunderland, commented: “Jenny will bring great energy, enthusiasm and extensive experience to the leadership team at the UTC.
“Her commitment to the school’s ethos as a grown-up place to learn will ensure that students receive an excellent preparation for a wide range of career opportunities either directly or via higher education.”
Jenny, originally from Northumberland, qualified as an Air Traffic Controller with the RAF and was stationed in the UK and overseas controlling both military and civilian aircraft. On leaving the RAF she joined John Lewis’ fast-track graduate management training scheme and became a Training Manager.
Subsequently, she has held various roles in adult skills and education as well as running her own business and having two children. Her leadership positions in schools have focused on learning and teaching management and the post-16 curriculum. She has a strong academic profile with an MSc in Educational Leadership.
Jenny was appointed following a two-day assessment and selection process involving Trustees, students and representatives from industry partner Hitachi Rail Europe and the University of Sunderland.
Jenny continued: “The UTC was established to inspire young people to become future engineers, technologists and scientists by providing an outstanding academic and technical education, brought to life through collaboration with our industry and university partners.
“I look forward to guiding all our students on their education journey and supporting staff and the wider community in delivering the UTC’s vision.”