Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team2018-07-27T15:37:59+00:00

Chris Stokes

Principal

Chris Stokes graduated from the University of Leeds in 2007 with a degree in Business Management. Whilst completing his degree, Chris gained significant ...Read More

Chris Stokes

Principal

Chris Stokes graduated from the University of Leeds in 2007 with a degree in Business Management. Whilst completing his degree, Chris gained significant leadership experience outside of education as a Retail Manager for WH Smith. Upon graduating, Chris completed his PGCE in Business Studies at Leeds University and began teaching as a Business Studies and Mathematics teacher at Abbey Academy in 2009.

Within his first year at Abbey Grange, Chris took on leadership for e-learning and developed both the school infrastructure and day-to-day practices that ensured all students had significant access to ICT. This eventually led to securing a programme which provided all students with an iPad, with the school being highly recognised for its use of IT in the classroom. Whilst teaching, Chris completed his Masters in ICT and Education, gaining a distinction in 2011 from the University of Leeds and completed an Advanced Certificate in Mathematics Education at York St John University.

In 2013 Chris began working for White Rose Academies Trust as Assistant Principal: Mathematics, successfully taking Leeds West Academy from 50% to 66% A*-C in his first year in post and Leeds City Academy from 23% to 51% A*-C in 2015. After a series of promotions, Chris achieved the role of Principal at Leeds East Academy in 2016 and led the school from the bottom 5% of secondary schools to the third most improved school in the country with results in the top 10% in 2017. This improvement was viewed by the Department for Education as one of the most impressive nationally and led to Chris and Leeds East Academy being selected to appear in the prestigious Parliamentary Review in 2017.

Chris became Principal of The Farnley Academy in 2018 and has established a bold new vision for the Academy that will see it ranked in the top 1% of secondary schools by 2020.

Lisa Clark

Vice Principal

Lisa Clark graduated from York St John University with a degree in Performing Arts. She went on to pursue a short career in ...Read More

Lisa Clark

Vice Principal

Lisa Clark graduated from York St John University with a degree in Performing Arts. She went on to pursue a short career in acting, which included a speaking role in Emmerdale and playing the character of Jenny Kirby in Heartbeat.
Lisa's passion for acting caused her to return to university to study her PGCE as she was compelled to inspire others to find their love for performing.
Lisa's teaching career began at Morley High School (now The Morley Academy) as a Drama and Dance teacher. Within her first year she was promoted to Head of Year 7, where she lead and motivated the form tutors, ensuring they effectively supported and monitored the progress of their students both academically and socially; encouraging high standards of work and behaviour, irrespective of background, ethnicity, gender or disability.
As a consequence of her hard work, Lisa was given a further responsibility to lead on Transition, which identified for her the importance of gaining parent/carer support at the earliest opportunity.
In 2012 Lisa joined the Leadership Team at The Farnley Academy, leading on Behaviour and Safety. In her first year she created the structure and the procedures which allowed the Pastoral Team to transform attendance from 92.8% in 2011-2012 to 94.5% in 2012-2013, and reduce exclusions by 20%. Lisa's work was fundamental to the Outstanding judgement secured by the Academy in 2013.
An expert in Positive Discipline, she now provides high quality training and development to professionals from both within and beyond The GORSE Academies Trust and supports schools and academies on attendance and behaviour management. She is driven by the Trust ethos to be tough on poor behaviour, quick to praise and determined to ensure that children who have very little, enjoy access to a rigorous academic education.

Scott Cosgrove

Vice Principal

Scott Cosgrove graduated from Leeds University in 2000 after completing a BSC in Environmental Science: Energy Option. He completed his PGCE in Mathematics ...Read More

Scott Cosgrove

Vice Principal

Scott Cosgrove graduated from Leeds University in 2000 after completing a BSC in Environmental Science: Energy Option. He completed his PGCE in Mathematics at Leeds Trinity University in 2001. Scott spent the first 10 years of his teaching career at Crofton High School in Wakefield where he quickly established himself as a Head of Department which achieved the highest progress for mathematics in the Local Authority.

In 2011 Scott moved to The Farnley Academy as a Director of Mathematics, in his first year in charge, mathematics results improved by over 15% and have since been consistently one of the highest in the local authority. Scott joined the Senior Leadership Team in 2012 and has been Vice Principal from 2015. In addition, he is a Specialist Leader of Education and has worked his school leaders to transform Mathematics Departments across the region.

His responsibilities have included CIAG, Student Outcomes and Director of Teaching School and his current role is Head of Key Stage 4. As a member of the local community, Scott is driven by his desire to see students from the area gaining the best qualifications possible to allow them access to the best possible opportunities.

Scott has great admiration for The GORSE Academies Trust and knows the transformational work of the Trust is vital in improving lives for young people in the West of the City.

Philippa Lark

Vice Principal / Director of GORSE Farnley TSA

Philippa Lark graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004 with a 2:1 BA in Politics and Communication Studies. Upon graduating, Philippa joined ...Read More

Philippa Lark

Vice Principal / Director of GORSE Farnley TSA

Philippa Lark graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004 with a 2:1 BA in Politics and Communication Studies. Upon graduating, Philippa joined a local advertising agency. Within 4 years she was promoted to Account Director and spear-headed a number of national and regional campaigns for both public and private sector organisations. After 9 years in the advertising industry, Philippa decided to pursue a more rewarding career. She joined the Teach First English teacher training programme in 2011 and was awarded Qualified Teacher Status in 2012, whilst working at Laisterdyke School in Bradford. During her NQT year she was promoted to Assistant Leader of the English Department, with additional responsibility for promoting enterprise within the school.
In September 2012, Philippa became Assistant Leader of English at The Farnley Academy, supporting the Curriculum Team to deliver outstanding English GCSE results in the summer of 2013, which placed the department in the top 3 of all Leeds' schools. During this year, Philippa completed her Masters of Education with the University of Manchester, achieving a distinction and igniting her passion for education research.
In 2013, Philippa took over leadership of the English Department, before quickly being promoted to Director of English and returning results in the summer of 2014 that put Farnley's English results joint first place in the Leeds' City region. After another year of outstanding results, Philippa was subsequently promoted to Assistant Principal in September 2016, designated as a Subject Leader of Education for English and achieved an Excellence in Teaching award from Pearson. She has since worked across a number of areas, including: significantly developing the Academy's careers offering and reducing the number of students who go on to become NEET (not in education, employment or training); establishing The GORSE Centre for Education Research and developing a literacy strategy that was subsequently used across the whole Trust. In addition, Philippa has worked to support a number of local schools, has presented at a range of regional and national conferences and is an experienced exam marker with AQA and EDUQAS. In September 2017, Philippa was promoted to Vice Principal and took over the directorship of The GORSE Farnley Teaching School, leadership of CPD and continued line management of English, Literacy and Careers.

Lorna Bradford

Assistant Principal

Lorna Bradford graduated in 2007 with an International degree in Environmental Management jointly awarded by the University of Leeds and McMaster University, Canada. ...Read More

Lorna Bradford

Assistant Principal

Lorna Bradford graduated in 2007 with an International degree in Environmental Management jointly awarded by the University of Leeds and McMaster University, Canada. Upon graduating, Lorna held a brief position at The Youth Hostel Association, managing school educational visits around the UK which led her to decide to train as a teacher. Lorna completed her PGCE in Geography at the University of Sheffield and went on to gain her Masters in Education in 2010 from the same institution. Before joining The Farnley Academy, Lorna held teaching and middle management positions at Swanwick Hall School in Derbyshire and Oakbank School in Keighley.
Within her first year at The Farnley Academy, Lorna brought about rapid change to the Geography Department. In September 2012 it was predicted that only 19% of the Year 11 cohort would attain a C grade or above. With quick redesign of examination preparation, building of positive, motivating relationships with young people and development of a vibrant and interesting curriculum, 63% of the cohort left with a C or above.
In 2015-16, Lorna was presented with The Award for Secondary Teacher of the Year at The Pearson Teaching Awards. Shortlisted from an extensive list of nominees from around the UK, the award recognised Lorna's impact on both her students and team, and creating an ambitious and genuine love of the subject. The Royal Geographical Society invited Lorna to become a Lifelong Fellow in January 2016 as a result.
Promoted to the Senior Leadership Team in 2015, Lorna led a team of students to securing the World Class School Quality Mark in 2017. This accreditation is reserved only for schools already judged to be outstanding by Ofsted, and those able to demonstrate World Class opportunities and provision for their students. In 2017, Lorna was successful in being appointed as a judge in the category of Secondary Teacher of the Year for The Pearson Teaching Awards, a role which allows her to observe some of the best teaching in the UK.

Caroline Langley

Assistant Principal

Caroline Langley graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Theology and Philosophy. With her desire to make a lifelong commitment ...Read More

Caroline Langley

Assistant Principal

Caroline Langley graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Theology and Philosophy. With her desire to make a lifelong commitment to education, she immediately completed her PGCE at York St John University and she officially started in September 2010 as a newly qualified teacher of Religious Studies at Outwood Grange Academy. Within two years, her enthusiasm for supporting students with both their wellbeing and behaviour led to her being appointed in pastoral leadership; taking a lead on critical work such as form time and transition. Her leadership and commitment to outstanding teaching and learning were acknowledged in September 2014 when she joined their Senior Leadership Team; significantly improving behaviour and pastoral interventions.
In 2015, Caroline joined The Farnley Academy as Director of KS3 Pastoral Care and whilst being Head of Year, a core aspect of her role was ensuring standards and achievement through Positive Discipline and student support for KS3. Her academic background and outstanding teaching of Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion has provided the foundations and passion for students' social and emotional development, alongside their academic achievement. Caroline is a Designated Child Protection Officer, and holding student safety as paramount, she works tirelessly with both internal colleagues and external agencies. Within 18 months Caroline was promoted to Assistant Principal, Pastoral, where she continues her leadership in all aspects of student's well-being, attendance and behaviour through the outstanding standards, guidance and care provided by excellent pastoral colleagues in the Academy; to ensure students are equipped and supported to make the academic progress they are capable of.

Pascoe Gill

Assistant Principal

Pascoe Gill graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first class Mathematics degree. Following this Pascoe pursued her career ambition to become ...Read More

Pascoe Gill

Assistant Principal

Pascoe Gill graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a first class Mathematics degree. Following this Pascoe pursued her career ambition to become a Maths teacher, completing a PGCE at Leeds University in 2012 and began teaching at Leeds West Academy in 2013. She continued her studies whilst working at Leeds West Academy and gained a Masters in Education from Leeds University in 2015. Her enthusiasm and commitment to education led to fantastic results for her students which contributed significantly to the improvement of results within the whole department. This was recognised when Pascoe was quickly promoted to Head of Maths in 2016 at Leeds East Academy. Creative and decisive leadership within this role led to exponential improvement in Maths results contributing significantly to the rapid improvement of the Academy. In 2017, Pascoe was promoted to Assistant Principal of Core subjects to ensure that her diligent approach to leading departments could be replicated in other subject areas. Within this role she has streamlined the systems in each department to ensure that Head’s of Department lead their teams efficiently and with clarity towards a central goal. She has rapidly improved the attainment of students in both Maths and English to ensure that students are prepared for further education and are highly employable. In the period of time that Pascoe worked at Leeds East Academy the school made rapid improvements resulting in the school being recognised as the most improved school in Yorkshire and the third most improved school in the country.

Pascoe joined The Farnley Academy in September 2018 as Assistant Principal for Teaching, Learning, Assessment & NQTs. She will support the development of all new colleagues to the profession to ensure that students within the Farnley Academy receive the highest quality of education, preparing them for lifelong learning and success.