Senior Leadership Group

Rob Marsh

Rob Marsh

Principal

Our vision is to offer the best possible experience for all of the children and young people in our care, and an experience that prepares them for life.

As Principal, I have great pleasure in welcoming you to Trinity Academy Cathedral, Wakefield’s only Church of England Secondary school and the winner of the TES Secondary School of the Year 2019. Our vision is to offer the best possible experience for all of the children and young people in our care, and an experience that prepares them for life.

Students and parents are joining the academy at an exciting time. Trinity Academy Cathedral is part of the Trinity Multi Academy Trust, a family of schools delivering consistently outstanding education for children and young people across the region. As Principal, I am working with staff and students to translate those successes here. This is about building upon what works, and providing our students with new and exciting opportunities in and outside of the classroom.

Of course, as Principal, I am working with staff to have a strong focus upon academic results. These results are what open doors for our young people, build a reputation with their future employers and make a difference within our community. Therefore I am delighted that our results are the best in Wakefield and have been in the top 10% in the country for the past three years.

At Cathedral we teach our students to embrace our vision statement ‘Everything is possible’. We encourage students to be ambitious and inquisitive in their learning, understanding that resilience is a key quality to develop.

We are extremely privileged to have two pathways. The first is our broad and balanced Cathedral main pathway which most students follow. However, we also have our CAPA Juniors programme. This enables young people with a real desire to pursue a career in the Arts to gain a solid grounding in this field whilst still receiving a formal education. Of course, not all students wish to pursue such a path, but the blend of students this attracts makes for a wonderful, very special atmosphere.

If you are a parent looking for a school that values each child as an individual, and provides an experience that enables them to achieve more personally and academically, then we look forward to welcoming you to Cathedral. Please feel free to contact us to ask any questions or arrange to look around, so you can see our community in action. Please contact us if you require a paper copy (free of charge) of any of the information detailed on our website.

Anna Gillinder

Senior Vice Principal

I believe passionately that education is the key that unlocks all opportunities.

I am honoured and privileged to be Senior Vice Principal at Trinity Academy Cathedral and I strive to ensure that all staff and students live by our vision statement that ‘Everything is possible’. I believe passionately that education is the key that unlocks all opportunities and at Trinity Academy Cathedral we offer a world-class, knowledge rich education, which ensures no doors are closed for our students.

My role as Vice Principal, is to strive for excellence for ‘every student, in every lesson, every day’. This means continuously monitoring our provision to identify any areas where we can be even more effective; implementing the latest research on impactful teaching and learning strategies; leading training for staff to continue developing our craft in the classroom; and supporting students to remove any barriers to learning so that every student can achieve their potential. I work alongside Mr Marsh to ensure Trinity Academy Cathedral is a place where all staff and students feel a deep sense of belonging to our community, as this is when learning happens, creativity flourishes and success can thrive.

Stuart Pinder

Stuart Pinder

Assistant Principal

My role at Trinity Academy Cathedral is to ensure that students have access to a dynamic curriculum with aspirational targets to help them accomplish this.

One of the most important aspects of any school is the curriculum design and subjects and opportunities available to students as they progress from Year 7 to 11. It needs enable each student to achieve to their individual potential and also so they have the skills to succeed in further education and the changing workplace.

My role at Trinity Academy Cathedral is to ensure that students have access to a dynamic curriculum with aspirational targets to help them accomplish this. I am also responsible for assessment across academy, ensuring that the assessment of students is fundamentally linked to the teaching and learning in the classroom. This also links to ensuring the accuracy of data so every student knows exactly where they are and what they need to do to improve, which is vitally important when used for tracking and reporting students’ progress to parents across the year.

Ruth Lawson

Ruth Lawson

Assistant Principal

I am a fervent believer that a child’s education should involve equipping them with the skills and knowledge to make appropriate and informed choices after leaving school.

“Inspirational opportunities for aspirational futures” is the vision for our Careers program at Trinity Academy Cathedral for which I am responsible as the designated Careers Leader. I am a fervent believer that a child’s education should involve equipping them with the skills and knowledge to make appropriate and informed choices after leaving school. I am keen to expose our students to a range of inspiring experiences with employers, workplaces, colleges & universities which will raise their aspirations and allow them to lead fulfilled and happy lives.

Robbie Pickering

Robbie Pickering

Assistant Principal

I lead on transition, The Cathedral Way, Masters of Recall, Cathedral Odyssey and the Key Stage 3 Graduation Programme with the aim of giving our students a wide variety of opportunities.

The outcomes of any student are not solely based around the teaching and learning that occurs during Year 11 and it is my role to ensure that we have continuity in the high expectations and aspirations developed by primary schools, and that progress and achievement surpasses the expected during Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. I lead on transition, The Cathedral Way, Masters of Recall, Cathedral Odyssey and the Key Stage 3 Graduation Programme with the aim of giving our students a wide variety of opportunities to develop a holistic skill set to benefit them in their studies and beyond.

Michaela Lancaster-Knaggs

Michaela Lancaster-Knaggs

Assistant Principal

Ensuring all students experience a range of character and resilience building out of classroom activities, that promote students’ cultural capital, is central to my role at Cathedral.

Ensuring all students experience a range of character and resilience building out of classroom activities, that promote students’ cultural capital, is central to my role at Cathedral. Through the INVOLVE programme at Cathedral, students take part in activities that stretch and challenge them whilst building life skills that will stay with them forever. Achieving a curriculum that has both breadth of content and depth in learning, is crucial in helping our students achieve their goals, develop their readiness for life after Cathedral and to having high aspirations for their futures. As part of our 'Vision for Excellence', we ensure every student has the opportunity to take part in 'Defining Experiences' that build their understanding of the world around them, culture and heritage. Students will have the chance to go on UK and International trips, listen to inspirational speakers, visit workplaces, take part in charity fundraising and much, much more.

A second part of my role is to monitor the implementation of core Literacy strategies in every subject across the Academy which develop students’ technical skill in writing, fluency in reading and accuracy when speaking. Literacy is a fundamental part of learning at Cathedral as it equips our students with the knowledge they need for their future and the skills to communicate effectively.

Jennifer Webb

Assistant Principal

My role as Assistant Principal at Trinity Academy Cathedral is to empower teachers to be the best they can be.

My role as Assistant Principal at Trinity Academy Cathedral is to empower teachers to be the best they can be. My own journey through education was a difficult one, and I know from personal experience that great teachers change lives. The teachers at Cathedral are incredible professionals who constantly strive to learn and improve. It is my job to help them to access and engage with cutting edge research and development opportunities so that we can provide a world-class experience for our young people.

Morag Murphy

Associate Senior Leader

I passionately believe that school life should prepare students to become active and responsible members of their community and wider society.

I passionately believe that school life should prepare students to become active and responsible members of their community and wider society. I lead on the academy’s Christian ethos, form time programme, British values and the humanities faculty. The school’s core values, empathy, responsibility, respect and honesty underpin every aspect of school life. The form time programme promotes theses values and allows students to consider how they can put them into practise in their every day life. The form time programme allows students an opportunity to explore and discuss topical and ethical issues and express their own ideas and opinions. Students develop a key understanding of British values and are given an opportunity to take part in democratic processes such as the national Vote for Schools programme. I work closely with the Academy Chaplain to promote our Christian ethos, while still celebrating the multi faith community we have here at Trinity Cathedral. I keen to support students to become active, empathetic citizens as they move forward into adulthood.

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