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Andrew Whitaker
Executive Principal - The White Rose Academies Trust

Andrew Whitaker enjoyed a ten-year career in the University sector, including working as an Associate Senior Lecturer, before moving into the 3-18 education sector as a Senior Leader. As Senior Vice Principal of the UK’s largest all-aged special school based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, Andrew led all operational areas of the school including Post 16 provision. Throughout a transformative eight years, he project managed a £25m BSF building programme, created a highly successful school improvement consultancy and played a key role in leading... 

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 Senior Leadership Team

 

Jackie Rose

Principal

 

Jackie Rose graduated from Bishop Grosseteste College Lincoln in Primary Education Studies & Drama, before teaching Year 4 in Leeds for a year. As a keen contemporary dancer, Jackie moved to London and secured a place at the London School of Contemporary Dance, where she trained to dance professionally in a Postgraduate year of intense study. Six years as a professional dancer... 

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Tracy Foy

Senior Vice Principal

 

Tracy graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1996, with a degree in Cell and Molecular biology. Upon graduating, she led marketing for the UK Council for International Education at its headquarters in London. She went on to qualify as a Teacher of Science in 2000 at the University of Manchester.  Tracy started her career teaching at Hanson Academy in Bradford where... 

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Chris Ray
Vice Principal


Chris graduated from The University of Leeds in Sports Science and physiology, after a year travelling he completed his PGCE as a Science Teacher at the same University. Chris also went on to study a Masters in Teaching and Learning at Leeds Trinity University...
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Simon Ford
Assistant Principal

Simon graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2002 with BA (Hons) in Physical Education. He spent his first six years teaching PE in his hometown of Scunthorpe where he became the Head of PE at the Specialist Sports College...
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Gemma Edwards

Assistant Principal

 

Gemma was raised within a military family living in Germany and Cyprus before being educated in Lancashire, England. She gained a BA Honours degree in Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University, before moving to Leeds where she qualified in 2002 as a Geography teacher in secondary education... 

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Luke Pollard
Assistant Principal

Luke Pollard began his career through Teach First in 2011 as an ICT teacher at Leeds West Academy, becoming the ICT and Business Subject Leader twelve months later. In 2014, he was appointed Lead Practitioner for Computing, leading the Computing departments at Leeds West Academy and Leeds East Academy...
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Vicki Morris
Assistant Principal

Vicki graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Chemistry in 2011. Whilst studying, she worked as a mentor for Looked After Children and as a relief child support worker and so it seemed like a natural progression when she began working as an unqualified teacher at Royds School in Leeds...
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