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Foundation Friday: Changes Afoot

1 April 2016

Managerial changes at Club Doncaster Sports College as we bid a fond farewell to principal Jenna Scully and welcome Adi Turnpenny

After seven years at Club Doncaster Foundation, the Sports College has bid a fond farewell to principal Jenna Scully.

Jenna has taken up the new challenge of business development coordinator at Cusworth Hall and leaves with the best wishes of everyone at the club.

The post of principal will be taken by former head of quality Adi Turnpenny, with Joe Burton and Ben Thompson both stepping up to the role of deputy principal.

The education arm of the Foundation was set up in 2008 to engage post-16 learners in Doncaster and surrounding areas in education through the catalyst of sport.
It has expanded at a phenomenal rate, cumulating in the move to a purpose built Centre and rebranding itself as a Sports College.  

Winning awards along the way, such as Sports Business of the Year in 2012, it is the fastest growing sports education provider in the area.

Facilities include a suite of six classrooms, a common room area and a bespoke fitness suite all based within the East Stand of the Keepmoat Stadium. Currently courses, delivered in partnership with Selby College, offer provision for 140 full-time learners.

Academic results have been outstanding for all main programmes.  Last year saw a 100% success rate on the BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Sport and a 95.2% success rate on the Active IQ L2 Diploma in Sport – 30.7% above the national average.

Outgoing Principal Jenna Scully said: “Club Doncaster Sports College means a great deal to me and is very close to my heart, I am extremely proud of what we have achieved and would like to thank everyone, staff, partners and students for their support.”

Jim Lord, Club Doncaster Foundation chief executive, added: “Jenna has done an amazing job developing the Sports College and she will be very sadly missed.

“Her legacy is the culture and energy of the department and I know that Adi will continue to do a great job with the support of a fantastic team.

“Adi has over ten years of experience working in education through various teaching roles at HMP Lindholme, Doncaster College and, since 2011, Club Doncaster Sports College.

“Most recently he has worked as head of quality here at the Sports College with responsibility for compliance, teaching and learning and curriculum development as well as teaching GCSE English and Maths and leading our Traineeship programme.

“As part of the Leadership Team he has worked closely with Jenna in helping establish the strong position the Sports College occupies today.  He has great relationships with our key partners at Selby College and is committed to the continued development of the Sports College and there are exciting times ahead…”

Speaking about his new role, new principal Adi Turnpenny said: “Myself, Ben and Joe are looking forward to our new roles and the team will continue to progress the Sports College under the ethos which has we made us successful.  With further expansion planned in 16/17, we have much to look forward to.”

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