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Alexander Conlon

Associate Senior Leader

Alexander joined Dixons McMillan Academy as a Mountain Support Fellow in 2016 before training to be a History teacher. Alexander qualified in Summer 2017 and began his professional teaching career back at Dixons McMillan as a Teacher of Humanities, taking on the role of lead for Key Stage 3 History a few months into his first year, which involved reviewing the History curriculum as the school continued to grow and developing excellent working relationships with colleagues across the Trust, representing DMA at the Cross-Cutting Team for History.

In his second year of teaching, Alexander took on the role of Head of Year for the Class of 2024, leading the students and the advisory team through residentials to Oxford in Year 8 and Kingswood in Year 11, along with leading the team through the challenges faced in the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic and introducing DMA’s first ever Student Leadership Team at secondary level. Alexander was also elected by the DMA associate and teaching staff to serve as their representative on the Local Governing Body for a four-year term, learning and understanding more about how schools are run, along with also currently serving a two-year term on the Dixons Academies Trust Executive Shadow Board, and seeing a broader scope and perspective on the running of multi-academy trusts. Alexander was appointed to the role of Associate Senior Leader in 2022, looking specifically at marking policy, the implementation and use of booklets in our curriculum, cognitive science, research, and pedagogy.

Alexander is an Ancient History & Archaeology graduate of the University of Manchester after his own secondary school experience as a student at Dixons City Academy. He still regularly partakes in archaeology as part of the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project in Scotland, helping to teach archaeological fieldwork skills to undergraduates from various universities along with local volunteers. He can often be found wandering the Dales longing for the Highlands.