Senior Leadership Team

Senior Leadership Team2018-05-30T14:41:02+00:00

David Craine

Principal

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of Bruntcliffe academy. The website is the place where students, parents and prospective ...Read More

David Craine

Principal

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of Bruntcliffe academy. The website is the place where students, parents and prospective parents/students can access a full range of information regarding one of the most rapidly improving schools in the country. Indeed, Bruntcliffe Academy is one of only three schools in the south of Leeds to be rated as Outstanding for Teaching and Learning by OFSTED, and we are proud to give you a taste of what life is like in our stimulating and enriching school.

Bruntcliffe Academy was welcomed into the fold of The GORSE Academies Trust in 2015 and since then has seen massive improvement in its work. Under the leadership and guidance of Sir John Townsley, the trust emphasises simple but important values: outstanding behaviour in classrooms, around school and in the community when our students proudly represent us; high academic expectations so that students may achieve to the best of their efforts and obtain for themselves the gift of choice in moving onto fulfilling Post-16 college courses, training and careers; enjoyment of learning through a sense of awe and wonder in their lessons and extra-curricular activities.

Charlotte Mann

Vice Principal

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

Charlotte Mann

Vice Principal

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.

Helen Carr

Assistant Principal

I was appointed as Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning in 2014. I consider myself fortunate to be working with the students and staff ...Read More

Helen Carr

Assistant Principal

I was appointed as Assistant Principal Teaching and Learning in 2014. I consider myself fortunate to be working with the students and staff at Bruntcliffe Academy.

My teaching career began many years ago in Harrogate as a History and Politics teacher. Prior to joining Bruntcliffe I worked at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy. I was appointed as Head of History and worked my way up to Assistant Principal Director of Humanities Specialism, raising standards in Humanities and across the whole school. During this time I also became a Lead Practitioner delivering national training.

I enjoy teaching today as much as when I first started and I have always been passionate about education spreading beyond the classroom.

John McNee

Assistant Principal

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

John McNee

Assistant Principal

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.

Achievement Leaders

Claire Fowler

Achievement Leader - Year 7 & Transition

Hayley Ashe

Achievement Leader - Year 8

Alison Jowett

Achievement Leader - Year 9

Heather Newton

Achievement Leader - Year 10

Mark Fisher

Achievement Leader - Year 11

Principal’s Assistant

MIchelle Phillips

PA to Mr Craine