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 Bruntcliffe Academy in 2019.

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.

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

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Ruth Hall

Assistant Principal

Claire Fowler

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

Claire Fowler

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.