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The team behind Aldridge Adult Learning

We place teaching, learning and the support of learners at the heart of everything we do here at AAL. Our team is dedicated to ensuring you are given all the support you need to achieve your goals. From your first point of contact all the way through to your time in class and your next steps we will be with you every step of the way to offer encouragement, advice and guidance. Meet some of the core team below who are dedicated to your success:

Nick Fenn


I have a passion for new experiences, in particular travelling in order to encounter new cultures. I have worked in Greece, the Czech Republic and Japan where I developed my passion for education as an EFL (English as Foreign Language) teacher. Whenever I travel abroad I always try to speak a bit of the language and check to see if I can indulge two of my great passions by going to a gig or watching a local football match. My travels have taught me that everybody’s life story matters and we all thrive best when we open ourselves up to different perspectives.

Michele Ponting

Access and Accreditation Manager

I have been teaching various courses in the last few years. If you want to go to university and need advice or want to join one of our access courses, get in touch and I will be happy to help.

Joanne Cronin

Apprenticeship Manager

Hello from Joanne Cronin AAL’s new Apprenticeship Manager.

I have worked in the Apprenticeship industry for over 15 years and am very excited to have joined AAL to build and develop their Apprenticeship provision. I am passionate about training and developing people to achieve their career aspirations and goals.

I am very pleased to announce we can now offer a wider range of Apprenticeships in Early Years Childcare, Customer Service, Business Administration, Teaching Assistants and a suite of IT qualifications.

You will have a dedicated industry competent tutor who will work with you to complete your Apprenticeship coursework and tasks. Your AAL tutor will guide and support you to ensure you achieve your Apprenticeship qualification, build on you career aspirations and achieve your personal dreams and goals.

Tracy Briant

Senior Curriculum Administrator

I joined Adult Education about 5 years ago; after 20 years at Legal & General.

I have been married for 27 years and have 3 wonderful children. I have collected vinyl records since a teenager and so has my husband.  We recently had an extension on our house and it allowed us to then dedicate a room to our records, the kids think we are both mad!

Sue Akehurst

Finance Administrator

I have worked for Adult Learning for 19 years and am now working as the finance administrator. I have been married for over 30 years and we have 3 lovely grown-up children and 4 beautiful grandchildren with another one on the way.  I enjoy watching Brighton and Hove Albion and attend as many home matches as I can.

Wendy Fletcher

Data Administrator

I have worked in Adult Learning in its various guises for 28 years and am now working as the data administrator.  I am married with two lovely grown-up children.  I am an avid reader and currently have four Kindles.

Sarah Amram

Curriculum  Administrator

I am the curriculum administrator at Aldridge Adult Learning and have been teaching various courses during my time here. When you call the college you will probably speak to me first, so I am looking forward to seeing how I can help you.