Sammy Wright is currently vice principal of Southmoor Academy in Sunderland.
Between 2002 and 2014 he taught in London, experiencing the full range of contexts from deprived and multi-ethnic inner city comprehensives to the affluent suburbs.
He arrived in the North East seven years ago to set up the first non-faith school-based Sixth Form in Sunderland at Southmoor, establishing links with Oxford, Durham and Sunderland universities in the process and winning the Social Mobility Award School of the year in 2019 and the NEON School of the year 2020 for Southmoor’s outreach programmes.
As the Social Mobility Commission’s Lead for Schools and HE he has pushed for a recognition of 16-19 education as a crucial gateway for disadvantaged young people.
His first novel, Fit, is out in October 2021.