Academic Progress Leaders are responsible for ensuring that all young people at The Farnley Academy are making the best progress possible. They are a team of excellent teachers who are committed to removing any barriers to learning that students may have to reach their potential, in many cases this includes work with our most able students.

In order to ensure this they have the freedom to use new initiatives including bespoke interventions, setting of additional work and changes to curriculum offers to provide a world class education for all. In addition they support all students in the core subjects by offering “Catch up” sessions when days are missed due to absence and by providing opportunities for students in their completion of high quality homework.

Hetty Sunderland

Academic Progress Leader – Year 7 & 8

Hetty studied Mathematics, Chemistry, Art and French at A-Level locally, here in Leeds. From here she went on to graduate from the University ...Read More

Hetty Sunderland

Academic Progress Leader – Year 7 & 8

Hetty studied Mathematics, Chemistry, Art and French at A-Level locally, here in Leeds. From here she went on to graduate from the University of Huddersfield with a joint honours degree in Accountancy and Finance in 2016. After university she started a career in banking where she worked at two different banks but decided to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a teacher. She completed her initial teacher training in 2018 with the Trusts own programme, GORSE SCITT, training here at The Farnley Academy and Hanson Academy, gaining qualified teacher status in Mathematics.

Hetty has worked with us here at Farnley in the Mathematics department since becoming qualified. Hetty has gone from strength to strength within the department during this time and is extremely motivated to take on this new challenge. Hetty has really enjoyed working alongside APL's this year to support her own students which has sparked her interest in this role.

Hetty is passionate about ensuring all pupils attain their very best outcomes and believes that year 7 is a really important year for our students, setting the foundations for their future within the academy. Hetty is dedicated to securing the best outcomes for all students and cementing in good habits to ensure maximum success in the future.

Daniel Bird

Academic Progress Leader – Year 9

Dan Bird studied Physical Education at the then Leeds Metropolitan University, a widely-celebrated centre of excellence for sports studies. After graduating in 2006, ...Read More

Daniel Bird

Academic Progress Leader – Year 9

Dan Bird studied Physical Education at the then Leeds Metropolitan University, a widely-celebrated centre of excellence for sports studies. After graduating in 2006, his drive to educate students about the benefits of lifelong participation in sport led him to continue at the university and undertake a PGCE.

After gaining QTS, Dan took up his first teaching post at the ‘Outstanding’ Rossett School in Harrogate. Over a 10-year spell at the school, Dan found himself to be an integral part of the PE department as well as fulfilling a number of wider responsibilities. In 2012, Dan became the Leader of KS3 PE before moving onto becoming the Leader of KS4 PE in 2014. It was his success in driving through a new curriculum and assessment model that finally led to him becoming the Leader of Physical Education in 2016.

Dan’s responsibilities outside of Physical Education, firstly as a lead practitioner in teaching and learning and then two spells as Head of Year, led him to pursue a career within the pastoral support networks. These experiences nurtured the pedagogical philosophy he lives by today: a pupil requires support and challenge in equal measure and that no stone should be unturned in helping the young people in our care. In September 2016, Dan joined The Farnley Academy as the Head of Year 8. In 2018, this role was developed into the existing post of Academic Progress Leader through which Dan aims to accelerate the progress of all learners in his year group, particularly in core subjects. As a Designated Safeguarding Leader, Dan is involved in ensuring our most vulnerable are cared for. Outside of work, Dan continues to coach rugby at the Harrogate Pythons and aims to instil the core values of resilience, sportsmanship and leadership.

Ashley Masterson

Academic Progress Leader – Year 10

Ashley Masterson graduated from the University of Glasgow with a joint honours degree in Accountancy and Finance in 2010.

After starting a ...Read More

Ashley Masterson

Academic Progress Leader – Year 10

Ashley Masterson graduated from the University of Glasgow with a joint honours degree in Accountancy and Finance in 2010.

After starting a career in banking, she decided to fulfil her desire for a career in education and working with young people. She moved to Hull in 2011, where she completed her Graduate Training Programme through EdgeHill University to become a Mathematics teacher. She completed her training and NQT year at Malet Lambert School and her enthusiasm and dedication for supporting students in their well being and behaviour led to her being appointed Progress leader for Year 8 in 2014.

Ashley relocated to Leeds and joined The Farnley Academy in 2015. In June 2016 she was appointed assistant pastoral leader before becoming Pastoral Leader in January 2017. Following a restructure, Ashley was appointed Academic Progress Leader, her passion to ensure that students achieve their full academic potential and can go on to lead successful lives is highlighted by her previous pastoral work, she aims to ensure every student leaves The Farnley Academy a well rounded individual.

Jonny Denton

Academic Progress Leader – Year 11

After studying Mathematics, Physics and Politics for A Level, Jonny graduated from The University of Northumbria with a degree in Politics in 2010. ...Read More

Jonny Denton

Academic Progress Leader – Year 11

After studying Mathematics, Physics and Politics for A Level, Jonny graduated from The University of Northumbria with a degree in Politics in 2010. After graduating, Jonny then completed his PGCE in Mathematics at The University of Cumbria. Based in Lancaster, he trained at schools in Fleetwood and Preston.

In 2014 Jonny joined The Farnley Academy as an NQT Teacher of Mathematics and achieved fantastic result with his first examination class. He was appointed Assistant Leader of Mathematics in 2016 with responsibility for promoting Mathematics across the Curriculum and the progress of year 10 students.

In September 2018 Jonny changed role to become a Teaching and Learning Leader. A role with the focus of driving forward improvement in the key areas of CPD across the school and Gorse Academies Trust.

In April 2019 Jonny became the Academic Progress Leader for year 10. As the students move into their final year his main challenge is to help the students reach the goal of achieving results that allows them the choice of Post-16 destinations but also to cement the place of The Farnley Academy in the top 1% of schools!