New Director of Education will be Peter Cantley

The new Director of Education for the Diocese of Peterborough from 1st January 2018 will be Peter Cantley

Peter grew up in Manchester and was educated at Manchester Grammar School, Capernwray Bible School and Warwick University.

In his early career, Peter gained experience of both primary and secondary teaching in Church of England schools, as well as working in religious broadcasting with BBC Radio and contributing to the organisation of the Greenbelt Arts Festival.

Peter served as a Senior Teacher at Twyford CE High School in London, where he worked as Head of Religious Education, contributed to the ministry of the chaplaincy team and coordinated the provision for gifted and talented students across the curriculum.

He was Assistant Headteacher at Trinity School in Carlisle, then the largest CE school in the country with 1850 students, where he built a high performing Pastoral Leadership Team, whilst continuing to teach Religious Studies to GCSE and A Level, and leading collective worship for students in all years.

He progressed from Assistant Headship to become Deputy Head: Director of Sixth Form & 14-19 Education, at Canon Slade CE School in Greater Manchester.  During his time as Deputy Head, the Sixth Form became the highest performing comprehensive school sixth form in the whole of the North West and the school was rated as being an ‘outstanding’ Church of England school in every category.

After completing a complex schools merger, to overcome significant financial deficits, and then conducting postgraduate educational leadership and management research into school improvement, with Manchester Metropolitan University, he used his pioneering leadership skills to set up a free school serving a disadvantaged community.

Most recently he worked for the Community Schools Alliance Trust in Oxford, helping to remedy a dip in performance, bringing about rapid improvement in a large multi-cultural comprehensive school, whilst also providing additional support for a primary school in the Trust.

In his new role Peter is looking forward to building on Miranda’s legacy, sharing the riches of the Christian faith through an inclusive and distinctive Christian education, and in leading and supporting all those involved in this, across diocesan schools and academies.

Bishop John, Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, said ‘I am delighted by the appointment of Peter Cantley who brings a wealth of educational experience.’