Laura Moore

Principal

Laura Moore graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2007 with a degree in Fashion Studies. Whilst completing her degree, Laura gained valuable ...Read More

Laura Moore

Principal

Laura Moore graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2007 with a degree in Fashion Studies. Whilst completing her degree, Laura gained valuable work experience with Fashion houses including Betty Jackson and Bora Aksu. Upon graduating, Laura moved to London where she worked within the industry in Fashion Buying and Design.
In 2010 Laura found that her passion was in education and she completed her PGCE in Design and Technology: Textiles from Sheffield Hallam University. Over the subsequent 3 years, Laura took on leadership responsibilities, becoming the Head of Department for Art, Design and Technology at Endeavour High School, Hull.
In 2013, Laura joined The Farnley Academy as Curriculum Leader of Design and Technology. Within her first year she successfully increased Year 11 outcomes by 28%. In Year two, 98% of students gained an A*-C grade within each of the Design and Technology specialisms. Whilst at The Farnley Academy, Laura identified key areas of work which could be developed through the use of technology; This included e-learning and aiding teaching practice. Laura worked with The GORSE Academies Trust Director of Teaching and Learning to develop two separate programmes to advance work across the trust in these areas, the impact of which can still be seen today.
Gaining a promotion to Assistant Principal in 2015, Laura worked under Leanne Griffiths at The Morley Academy. Here Laura led a Year group, Pastorally and Academically through Year 10 and Year 11 supporting them in gaining a Progress 8 score of +0.64. Laura directed the World Class Schools Bid on behalf of The Morley Academy in 2016, successfully raising The Morley Academy’s profile on a world stage.
A series of promotions led to Laura gaining the role of Vice Principal at The Ruth Gorse Academy in 2018 where she has led on pastoral and inclusion provision. Laura supported the academy in successfully gaining its first set of GCSE results with a Progress 8 score of +0.46.
Laura became the Principal of Bruntcliffe Academy in 2020.

Pascoe Gill

Senior Vice Principal: Achievement/Attendance

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

Senior Vice Principal: Achievement/Attendance

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.

Laura Hocking

Vice Principal

Laura Hocking graduated from the University of Manchester in 2004 with a honours degree in Performing Arts and Management. Upon graduating, Laura completed ...Read More

Laura Hocking

Vice Principal

Laura Hocking graduated from the University of Manchester in 2004 with a honours degree in Performing Arts and Management. Upon graduating, Laura completed her PGCE in Drama at Leeds University and was swiftly appointed at Hemsworth Arts and Community College. Here her passion for the Arts and Teaching & Learning was quickly recognised as she was appointed NQT Induction Leader and her astute leadership and organisational skills afforded her an additional promotion the following year to Head of Combined Arts.

In 2011 Laura moved to Calder High School in Calderdale as Head of Faculty for Expressive Arts, making sustained and substantial improvements to not only the arts curriculum but to students outcomes. Her rigorous quality assurance mechanisms ensured that both students and staff flourished. Promotion to Senior Leadership followed rapidly and Laura led on Teaching & Learning and Quality Assurance across the school. Laura's diligent approach to Quality Assurance and ability to move Teaching & Learning forwards supported Calder High School to become the highest performing non selective secondary school in Calderdale (progress 8 2017) and secure an Ofsted judgement of good; the first in nearly a decade for the school.

Laura joined the The GORSE Academies Trust in January 2020 as Vice Principal at Bruntcliffe Academy. With oversight for high level quality assurance Laura is determined to support Bruntcliffe on its transformational journey and ensure staff and students at Bruntcliffe excel.

Harriet Brand

Senior Assistant Principal

Harriet Brand graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2007 with a degree in Mathematics. Upon graduating she spent four years working ...Read More

Harriet Brand

Senior Assistant Principal

Harriet Brand graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2007 with a degree in Mathematics. Upon graduating she spent four years working in London for the fashion retail group, Arcadia, as an Assistant Merchandiser. In 2011, she decided to pursue a career change and moved to complete a PGCE in mathematics at the University of Sunderland.

Harriet began her teaching career as an NQT at The Farnley Academy in 2012. She was quickly promoted to Assistant Leader within the mathematics department, where she also took on the whole school responsibility of developing Mathematics Across the Curriculum, before taking on the role of Curriculum Leader in 2014. Whilst working within middle leadership, Harriet developed her expertise in data analysis, leading to her stepping up to the role of Assistant Principal with responsibilty for Assessment and Reporting in 2015.

In 2018, Harriet moved to The Ruth Gorse Academy as Senior Assistant Principal and continued to work within Assessment and Examinations, supporting the academy to their first set of KS4 results and a Progress 8 score of +0.46. During this time she also widened her skillset through other responsibilities such as that of Educational Visits Coordinator within the academy.

Having joined Bruntcliffe Academy in September 2020 as Senior Assistant Principal, Harriet is excited to take on the new challenge of leading on Student Experience within the academy.

Sarah Brennan

Assistant Principal

Sarah Brennan graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004 with a Joint Honours degree in German and Theology.

As part of her ...Read More

Sarah Brennan

Assistant Principal

Sarah Brennan graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004 with a Joint Honours degree in German and Theology.

As part of her degree Sarah taught for one year in a high school in Germany. Following this Sarah pursued her career ambition to become a languages teacher by returning to the University of Leeds in 2005 to complete a PGCE.

Sarah began teaching at Boston Spa School in 2006 where she was quickly promoted to Head of German and the following year a further promotion allowed Sarah to specialise in pastoral care when she became part of the extended leadership team as Head of Year. After two years in this role Sarah took on a further promoted post as Inclusion Leader and the following year Head of Key Stage 3 and Transition.

In 2017 Boston Spa School became Boston Spa Academy working alongside the Gorse Academies Trust. A year after this transition Sarah took on the Assistant Principal position responsible for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare.

Sarah is passionate about this role and it is this experience that she is bringing this year to Bruntcliffe Academy in her role as Assistant Principal for Behaviour and Safety.

Sarah enjoys working with students and families to ensure the good order of the academy and maintain excellent behaviour throughout the academy.

Ruth Hall

Assistant Principal, Attendance

Ruth graduated from the University of York in 2008 with an honours degree in History of Art continuing her academic studies at the ...Read More

Ruth Hall

Assistant Principal, Attendance

Ruth graduated from the University of York in 2008 with an honours degree in History of Art continuing her academic studies at the University of York gaining her masters degree in 2009.

Working at Archbishop Holgates School Ruth discovered her love of teaching and completed the Graduate Teaching Programme in 2012 subsequently gaining employment at Bedale High School in 2013 teaching history. Promotion to Department Head followed rapidly.

In 2016 she moved to Bruntcliffe Academy, joining the Gorse Trust as Head of History where her reputation as an outstanding teacher and Head of Department was quickly established. The implementation of strong an rigorous curriculum along side outstanding teaching and learning led to outstanding judgements for the department in internal inspections and a growth in the popularity of history as a GCSE option.

Promotion followed in 2017 with Ruth taking on the whole school role of SENDCo. The leadership of SEND was highlighted in Bruntcliffe Academy’s 2018 OFSTED inspection as exceptionally strong and an area of strength within the school.

Ruth's skills in staff development and her ability to motivate and support staff and students alike has led her to her current role as Assistant Principal teaching and learning.

Claire Fowler

Assistant Principal

Claire Fowler graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007 with an Honours degree in Secondary Education and PE. Following this Claire pursued her ...Read More

Claire Fowler

Assistant Principal

Claire Fowler graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2007 with an Honours degree in Secondary Education and PE. Following this Claire pursued her teaching career in a Sports College in Reading, where she spent two years developing her teaching and working alongside coaches and staff from Reading Football Club.

In 2009 Claire moved to the north of England to take post in what was then Bruntcliffe School. Claire quickly obtained leadership experience within the Physical education department, as Lead Teacher for Physical Education, a role which saw her promoted to Head of Department within a short space of time. Due to her diligent approach to teaching and leadership Claire was again promoted, to Director of Learning. In this role Claire worked with Senior Leadership to oversee the development of teaching and learning across the school, with particular focus on newly qualified staff and trainee teachers.

During the transition to Bruntcliffe Academy Claire continued to develop her leadership skills, obtaining the post as Achievement leader for Year 7 and Transition Co-ordinator in 2014. During this time Claire was also part of the Extended Senior Leadership Team, and worked to develop whole school strategies to improve attendance and behaviour, which has seen attendance in her year group improve to well above National Average.

Claire is passionate in her role as Assistant Principal for ‘Student Experience’ and is looking forward to developing the experiences for all students at Bruntcliffe Academy.