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 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 Bruntcliffe Academy in 2019.
Senior Vice 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
Senior Vice 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.
Having taught for 13 years, and throughout my leadership of an Outstanding English department, I have sought to inspire and engage young learners ...Read More
Having taught for 13 years, and throughout my leadership of an Outstanding English department, I have sought to inspire and engage young learners through excellence in teaching. I am a passionate believer in the potential of every child and from the moment I began teaching, I have endeavoured to ensure that every child, each uniquely different, is celebrated, supported and given every chance to succeed. The classroom is a special place, where a thirst for learning should be cultivated, and where our students can grow. Yet we must ensure that we create a passion for learning that continues to grow beyond the classroom and inspires life-long learners.
In my previous role as Assistant Principal with responsibility for Achievement, I sought to celebrate learning and to always expect the highest of standards in all areas of school life. We are preparing our students for future careers which may not even exist yet, as technologies move forward at an incredible pace, and so our young people must be resilient, skilled and adept learners. But we must always ensure that we shape young people who are compassionate, have integrity and who are ready to face the exciting challenges of post sixteen life.
It is with pride that I take up the role of Vice Principal at Bruntcliffe Academy. I join a senior leadership team which is deeply and utterly dedicated to the success of every child and staff who strive for excellence at all times, but with compassion and warmth. I am incredibly excited to be joining Bruntcliffe Academy and to part of its future successes.
I have been a member of the senior leadership team since April 2014 and my current role is to lead Assessment within the ...Read More
I have been a member of the senior leadership team since April 2014 and my current role is to lead Assessment within the academy. This involves working closely with teachers and leaders to ensure that assessment is accurate, giving us the best possible understanding of the progress that students are making. This enables us to put effective interventions in place to raise achievement even further.
I am also the Designated Safeguarding Lead at the academy, which means I oversee all Safeguarding matters and lead our team of Designated Child Protection Officers.
Assistant Principal / Achievement Leader - Year 7 & Transition
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
Assistant Principal / Achievement Leader - Year 7 & Transition
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.
Graduating from the University of Wales in 2010 with a degree in Mathematics and ICT, Claire’s first teaching position was in her home ...Read More
Graduating from the University of Wales in 2010 with a degree in Mathematics and ICT, Claire’s first teaching position was in her home town of Hull. Her passion for teaching Mathematics within a real life context led her to take on a STEM coordinator role, leading the development of learning and promoting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Engaging the business community to promote STEM careers, her role developed to take responsibility for all Careers, Enterprise, Information, Advice, Guidance and post 16 transition. Moving to York, Claire held teaching and learning positions before joining Bruntcliffe Academy in 2016 as the Director of Mathematics and Staff Governor in 2017. Claire is proud to have been part of Bruntcliffe Academy’s transformation into a Good School with Outstanding Teaching, Learning, Leadership and Management and is privileged to be an Assistant Principal at Bruntcliffe Academy as its transformation into an Outstanding Academy continues.