Mrs R Taylor

Principal

Mrs Taylor has overall responsibility for The Ruth Gorse Academy, she has been the Principal since the academy opened in September 2014. Prior to this she was the Vice Principal at The Farnley Academy, another trust school and she was

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Mrs R Taylor

Principal

Mrs Taylor has overall responsibility for The Ruth Gorse Academy, she has been the Principal since the academy opened in September 2014. Prior to this she was the Vice Principal at The Farnley Academy, another trust school and she was instrumental in the academy obtaining its Outstanding Ofsted judgement in December 2013. Mrs Taylor is a Drama and Dance teacher and also inspects as part of the school inspection team Ofsted.

Mrs L Moore

Vice Principal / Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Moore started her career in fashion where she worked as both a designer and a buyer. Through her love for textiles, this led her to train to become a teacher in 2010. Working in both Kent and Hull as

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Mrs L Moore

Vice Principal / Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mrs Moore started her career in fashion where she worked as both a designer and a buyer. Through her love for textiles, this led her to train to become a teacher in 2010. Working in both Kent and Hull as a textiles teacher, she developed a passion for supporting students who face disadvantage and therefore joined The GORSE Academies Trust. Since joining the trust, she has progressed her knowledge and experience and now specialises in pastoral work focusing on behaviour, attendance, safeguarding and inclusion.

Mr M Cornfoot

Vice Principal / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Cornfoot is now entering his fourteenth year as a teacher and has worked under Sir John Townsley for all of his career. Earlier in his career he had Assistant Pastoral responsibility at Morley High School before becoming the school’s

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Mr M Cornfoot

Vice Principal / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Cornfoot is now entering his fourteenth year as a teacher and has worked under Sir John Townsley for all of his career. Earlier in his career he had Assistant Pastoral responsibility at Morley High School before becoming the school’s international dimensions co-ordinator, a role that saw him visit countries such as Sweden, Poland and Zambia. He then became Curriculum Leader of Geography before joining the academy’s Senior Leadership Team, following a brief secondment into the primary sector, he joined The Ruth Gorse Academy as Vice Principal with responsibility for Academic Standards.

Miss H Brand

Senior Assistant Principal (Maternity Leave)

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Miss H Brand

Senior Assistant Principal (Maternity Leave)

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Mr A Moncur

Senior Assistant Principal / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Moncur started his teaching career as a Newly Qualified Teacher, in 2012, at a comprehensive academy in Derby. In January 2014 he moved to The Morley Academy as Teacher of Computing where he soon progressed to Curriculum Leader. In

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Mr A Moncur

Senior Assistant Principal / Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Moncur started his teaching career as a Newly Qualified Teacher, in 2012, at a comprehensive academy in Derby. In January 2014 he moved to The Morley Academy as Teacher of Computing where he soon progressed to Curriculum Leader. In September 2017 he moved to The Ruth Gorse Academy as Assistant Principal. Now, as Senior Assistant Principal, Mr Moncur oversees the provision around Teaching and Learning.

Mrs C Murray

Assistant Principal

Mrs Murray re-trained to become a teacher after being cabin crew and then a shift manager at ‘Farmers Boy’ (a food production company for Morrison’s).
Mrs Murray started as an NQT at a school in Bradford where she was filmed

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Mrs C Murray

Assistant Principal

Mrs Murray re-trained to become a teacher after being cabin crew and then a shift manager at ‘Farmers Boy’ (a food production company for Morrison’s).
Mrs Murray started as an NQT at a school in Bradford where she was filmed for the whole year for Teachers TV. She then took on the role of Assistant Head of Department and then progressed to become Head of MFL at two large secondary schools. Mrs Murray moved to The Ruth Gorse Academy when it opened on Black Bull Street and became Assistant Principal in January 2019. Her key responsibility is overseeing colleagues in their first three years of teaching.

Mr P Hale

Assistant Principal

Mr Hale started teaching in a SEND school in Liverpool, following this experience he moved to Manchester where he taught across a range of subjects including Hospitality and Catering. Mr Hale has held various positions at Middle Leadership and continues

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Mr P Hale

Assistant Principal

Mr Hale started teaching in a SEND school in Liverpool, following this experience he moved to Manchester where he taught across a range of subjects including Hospitality and Catering. Mr Hale has held various positions at Middle Leadership and continues his professional development journey here at The Ruth Gorse Academy as an Assistant Principal. Mr Hale's key responsibilities include Attendance and the Student Experience.

Mr M Pearson

Associate Assistant Principal

Mr Pearson has been teaching since 2009, having worked in four other secondaries across Leeds and Bradford before joining The Ruth Gorse Academy. He is particularly passionate about seeing young people, regardless of background and prior success, achieve beyond their

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Mr M Pearson

Associate Assistant Principal

Mr Pearson has been teaching since 2009, having worked in four other secondaries across Leeds and Bradford before joining The Ruth Gorse Academy. He is particularly passionate about seeing young people, regardless of background and prior success, achieve beyond their potential. Prior to this role he has been successful in leading a Maths department and his current responsibilities include CEIAG, Transition and the academy's catch-up programme.

Mrs P Claxton

Director of Social and Cultural Cohesion

Mrs Claxton has spent the vast majority of her educational career as a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Hillcrest Primary Academy in Chapeltown. She is a well established member of the community and recently moved to join The

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Mrs P Claxton

Director of Social and Cultural Cohesion

Mrs Claxton has spent the vast majority of her educational career as a member of the Senior Leadership Team at Hillcrest Primary Academy in Chapeltown. She is a well established member of the community and recently moved to join The Ruth Gorse Academy leading the school's community cohesion strategy and their new to English provision.