About Us

Meet the team


"The staff are supportive and help us achieve things we didn’t realise we could do." Student

"Macmillan academy employs a team of fully qualified and experienced instructors to deliver its outdoor learning provision. These staff have a wide range of experience and bring a wealth of knowledge and opportunities to the academy." Outdoor Learning

Meet the team

Our beliefs

Mr Exeter

David Exeter is a leading outdoor educator in the UK. He is known for his strategic vision and leadership on learning outside the classroom and his in depth operational knowledge of school based outdoor education, learning and adventure. David has a substantial track record of senior management experience and operational delivery of adventure based learning programs. He has extensive experience of risk management, organizational development and system leadership within the education sector, with a specific focus on adventure in education.

Qualifications

  • Accredited Practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning
  • Mountain leader
  • Single pitch climbing award
  • Alpine ski leader award
  • RYA Level 3 Safety Boat
  • NLP Practitioner
  • MBTI Practitioner
Our Mission

Miss House

Miss House joined the academy in 2010 and has made a huge impact since her arrival. Originally from Dorset she went to Bournemouth University to study Outdoor Adventure Management and initially worked in the south east. She has a keen interest in paddle sports, mountain biking, climbing andsnowboarding. She is largely responsible for implementing a very successful Duke of Edinburgh programme at the academy.

Qualifications

  • Accredited Practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning
  • Summer mountain leader
  • Rock climbing CWA award
  • Trail cycle leader
  • Canoeing Safety Test
  • Level one Certificate in Coaching Paddlesport

Staff involvement

Our core staff come from the outdoor learning sector, bringing the technical skills and qualifications to lead our students in the outdoors. They are outdoor leaders, who know how to balance the skills of teaching, facilitation & coaching to maximise the learning opportunities for our students. There is an extended team of qualified staff who support the programme.

As well as the dedicated full time instructors, the academy also utilises other members of staff to deliver elements of the outdoor learning programme. Mr Morris, Mr Storer from maths, Mr McVeigh from Design & Technology and Mr Bede from ICT have all gained nationally recognised qualifications to help deliver a range of activities including climbing, mountain biking, archery and expeditions. These staff help offer a fantastic breadth of activity.

Providers

Outward Bound

Outward Bound

Each year every Year 7 student embarks on a week long residential at Outward Bound Howtown. It is a week of challenge and adventure with activities ranging from jumping into the lake to climbing the Lakeland fells.

Our beliefs

Tees Barrage

The international white water course provide our students the opportunity to learn how to kayak and sail through our enrichment programme. They also give our students the chance to experience the thrill of white water rafting through other programmes.

Our beliefs

PGL Ski

PGL Ski are our preferred supplier for Ski Visits to Austria. The next visit is in 2016!