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.

Sarah Rothery

Academic Progress Leader – Year 7

Following A Level study in Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and English, Sarah went on to study a BSc in Psychology at the University of ...Read More

Sarah Rothery

Academic Progress Leader – Year 7

Following A Level study in Mathematics, Physics, Psychology and English, Sarah went on to study a BSc in Psychology at the University of Huddersfield. After graduating, Sarah pursued a career in Health and Social Care, working as a personal care assistant for a range of children and adults with additional health care and support needs. After having her first child, she decided to return to university in 2011 to finally achieve her dream of becoming a teacher. Upon qualifying, Sarah's first position was teaching at the Sixth Form provider, Huddersfield New College, and whilst there helped the college achieve their Outstanding grading. Sarah was soon promoted to Course Leader for the Level 2 course in the college, and alongside this volunteered for roles she was passionate about, leading a mentoring service for students with social and emotional need, leading on work experience in the department and being part of the Teaching and Learning team.

In 2016, Sarah joined The Farnley Academy as Head of Health and Social Care and Child Development, and after 3 extremely successful years in post, is excited to take on a new role as Academic Progress Leader of Year 7 alongside this. Sarah is looking forward to helping the Year 7 cohort transition smoothly into high school and assist them to follow in the footsteps of other students leaving The Farnley Academy, with results in the top 1% of schools in the country.

Craig Flynn

Academic Progress Leader – Year 8

Craig Flynn graduated from Huddersfield University in 2008 with a BA Hons in Drama. Upon leaving university Craig entered the world of secondary ...Read More

Craig Flynn

Academic Progress Leader – Year 8

Craig Flynn graduated from Huddersfield University in 2008 with a BA Hons in Drama. Upon leaving university Craig entered the world of secondary education joining The Morley Academy as a teaching assistant supporting students with special educational needs. It was in this role that Craig developed his passion for pastoral care and volunteered to get involved in all aspects of school life, from school productions to organising student council, mentoring vulnerable students and managing the school football team to glory. Craig strived to get involved in all aspects of student life. Craig quickly decide to pursue his passion for teaching and completed his PGCE with Leeds Metropolitan University. Upon becoming a qualified teacher Craig was graded as outstanding as a classroom practitioner by Ofsted, consistently achieving results of above 75% A* to B grades throughout his teaching career.

In 2013, Craig focussed his enthusiasm and passion into becoming a pastoral leader taking over Year 8. Craig then followed his year group through to the end of year 11. Overseeing the journey that students take from choosing their options in KS3, to the sitting their final examinations at the end of KS4. This experience has given Craig a wealth of pastoral and assessment knowledge to support students from all backgrounds against the challenges they face. Using this experience Craig has previously taken a lead on the transition process ensuring students settle quickly after the transition from primary to secondary education. Craig's passion for Drama and pastoral support drives his focus to create confident and well-rounded young people within his year group. Craig took on the challenge of Academic Progress Leader as he wanted to ensure that all students are able to achieve their potential regardless of the challenges they face.

Tim van der Gucht

Academic Progress Leader – Year 9

Tim van der Gucht graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013 with a 2:1 BSci (Hons) degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. ...Read More

Tim van der Gucht

Academic Progress Leader – Year 9

Tim van der Gucht graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013 with a 2:1 BSci (Hons) degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine. Upon graduating, Tim joined The Farnley Academy as a Science Technician before quickly deciding to pursuit a career in teaching and completing the School Direct ITT programme with what is now the Gorse SCITT; achieving Qualified Teacher Status in 2015.

Following his NQT year, Tim assumed responsibility in the Science department initially with oversight of teaching and learning before taking on the additional responsibility for monitoring the assessment and progress of a year group. In September 2017, Tim became Deputy Leader of Science responsible for teaching and learning, staff CPD and year 9 curriculum and progress. During this time, Tim also played an integral role in preparing the Science departments across The Gorse Academies Trust for the reformed GCSE specifications by assisting in the design and implementation of a new curriculum and assessment model at KS3 and KS4. In addition, Tim has worked as a marker for the AQA exam board for the last two years. As a result of his curriculum and exam rubric expertise, Tim has an excellent track record of student success behind him across his years of teaching so far.

In 2018, Tim undertook the additional responsibility of becoming a Teaching and Learning Leader, responsible for providing CPD to staff across the school, monitoring and evaluating the practise of teaching colleagues and engaging in the latest educational research. Tim’s success in these positions led to his appointment as Academic Progress Leader in April 2019.

Daniel Bird

Academic Progress Leader – Year 10

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 10

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.

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!