Principal of Leeds Teaching School Hub (Including oversight of National Professional Qualifications)
Nicola Cornfoot read Mathematics at the University of Leeds after which she pursued her career ambition to be a Mathematics teacher by completing a Fast Track PGCE course at Edge Hill University.
Nicola’s enthusiasm and commitment to educating the young people of Leeds, especially those who are less advantaged, has been a driving force in her career to date. She has been influential in improving educational outcomes throughout her leadership career at The Farnley Academy and The Ruth Gorse Academy. Most recently Nicola has been a member of the central team at The GORSE Academies Trust as a Partnership Director with specific responsibilities for Teaching, Learning and CPD.
Emma Worrincy graduated from the University of Leeds where she read English Language and Literature. Following this, she then remained at the University of Leeds to complete a PGCE in Secondary English and began her teaching career in East London.
Joining The Morley Academy, then Morley High School, in 2010, Emma quickly progressed to the role of Director of English and Media Studies and was influential in further improving the English outcomes of young people at both The Morley Academy and across the trust more widely. Ensuring that all students succeed, regardless of their starting point or background, is at the heart of Emma’s practice.
More recently, Emma has been a member of the Central team at The GORSE Academies Trust as a Partnership Director with specific responsibility for Early Career Teachers, the trust’s Forensic Reading programme and literacy more widely. Working with teachers at the very start of their careers remains a passion; Emma recognises that one of the most powerful ways to improve the quality of education and close achievement gaps is to invest in the expertise of teachers.
Adam is currently Principal of The Morley Academy, and under its leadership it secured its place as the highest performing school in Leeds. This also placed the academy in the 250 highest performing schools in the country and the top 2% of schools nationally.
Prior to his appointment as Principal of The Morley Academy, Adam was the Principal at Bruntcliffe Academy where he led the academy through its first Ofsted Inspection following its conversion to an academy as part of The GORSE Academies Trust. With a sharp improvement in attainment and progress over a three-year period, the academy improved from the bottom 5% of schools in the country to the top 25%.
As well as being the Principal of The Morley Academy, Adam is also a Deputy Executive Principal.
Director of Leeds Teaching School Hub Georgia Westerman
Georgia graduated from Glasgow University where she read Classical Civilisation and Scottish Literature before completing her PGCE at Trinity University in Leeds. Teaching English has always been her passion and she has enjoyed 29 years in the classroom. Ensuring the very best outcomes for all, irrespective of background, has always characterised Georgia’s practice.
At Boston Spa School, later Boston Spa Academy, she pursued her passion for English as Head of English and Media Studies, before moving onto a number of leadership roles as Assistant Headteacher and Vice Principal, with responsibilities including teaching and learning and student outcomes. Most recently she has been a member of the Senior Leadership Team at The Morley Academy, where, as an Assistant Principal, she has led on ECT Induction, and reading and literacy.
Director of Leeds Teaching School Hub David Atkinson
David graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a degree in French and Business Studies before working for several years within the recruitment sector in London. He completed his PGCE at the University of Leeds and joined Boston Spa School in 2012 as a Teacher of Mathematics.
David has always been passionate about every student, regardless of background, realising their potential and achieving outstanding outcomes that can provide access to their chosen course, qualification, or career in the future. As Curriculum Leader, he led the department to year-on-year improvements in outcomes across both A level and GCSE, delivering Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Statistics results that ranked regularly amongst the best in the country. As an Assistant Principal, David’s responsibilities have included teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment, whole-school timetabling, and an oversight SCITT, ECT and previously NQT programmes.
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