Senior Leadership Team

Cathedral Academy’s Senior Leadership Team is responsible for the day-to-day running of the academy and ensuring that it is lead in a way that enables it to make a difference to students. To read the welcome from our Principal, please click here.

kat-cafferkyKat Cafferky

Senior Vice Principal

Ensuring that every student at the academy achieves their academic potential is at the core of my role. Through the careful analysis of performance data. I monitor and drive effective intervention to support every student. Line managing a team of core subject leaders enables me to adopt a consistent strategy in improving the quality of teaching and learning and student outcomes. I have high expectations and aspirations for every student with the aim that every individual finds success within and beyond the academy.

Julian Harrison

 Vice Principal

As Vice Principal, I have overall responsibility for teaching and learning, staff training and quality assurance. I am also a PE teacher.

My belief is that teaching and learning is the single most important thing we do.  Every child is entitled to a high quality education and here at Cathedral we strive to ensure that all students leave our academy with the character, skills and qualifications to make a positive contribution in our world.

Improving the quality of teaching and learning is a critical part of my role, and I believe that everyone – including staff – need to be continuously learning.  Our staff can therefore access excellent professional development and coaching opportunities and I work to oversee staff training, so that staff are up-to-date with current developments and research. This ultimately leads to improved outcomes for our students.

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Matt Schofield

Assistant Vice Principal

My main focus at Cathedral Academy is the inclusion of all students and to ensure that their pastoral needs are met. This involves managing a number of teams across the academy in order to meet the needs of all. This includes attendance, safeguarding, SEN/D and monitoring and implementation of the policies in regard to behaviour for learning. Crucial to this is the use of data and its applications across the academy, in order to ensure students are meeting our high expectations. My role also ensures that all students, regardless of background or Special Educational Need or Disability are able to achieve and receive the very best level of care, guidance and support available. This can vary from making sure that lessons are matched to the needs of the student, to dealing with Child Protection and Safeguarding matters.

I pride myself on the level of support given to students at Cathedral Academy which enables them to make progress and to be content that their needs are being met whilst being successful in their studies.

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Stuart Pinder

Assistant Vice Principal

One of the most important aspects of any school is the curriculum and subjects students study as they progress from Year 7 to 11. It needs enable each student to achieve to their potential and also so they have the skills to succeed in further education. My role at Cathedral Academy 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, linking with Teaching and Learning and quality assessing the accuracy of data so every student knows exactly where they are and what they need to do to improve. This is vitally important when used for tracking and reporting students’ progress to parents across the year.

laura-nicholsonLaura Nicholson

Assistant Vice Principal

Cathedral Academy has a national reputation for excellence in the Arts – at whole-academy level as well as through our CAPA College and CAPA Juniors provision. My role is to ensure all students across Key Stages 3 and 4 have access to high quality Arts provision and experiences – both through their curriculum and wider experiences. I also lead the renowned CAPA Juniors programme, ensuring that the curriculum is high quality and engaging, allowing the students who choose this pathway to have an experience which prepares them for working and succeeding in this competitive industry. I also lead on whole school transition, working closely with our partner primary schools to ensure that the move from primary to secondary education is smooth and enjoyable, and that they can continue to make excellent progress. I also oversee the whole school Student Leaders and Involve and Achieve extended learning programmes because we know that our students learn so much outside of their formal lessons – at revision and catch up sessions, through extra-curricular activities and on trips and visits – as well as through leadership experiences.

claire-nicholsonClaire Nicholson

Director of CAPA

As Strategic Director of CAPA, my role is to ensure all our CAPA students reach their true potential of academic achievement. I oversee the CAPA curriculum and timetable ensuring all students receive a stimulating and challenging arts education with the highest quality of teaching and learning.   This is underpinned by ensuring all our students are given the pastoral care and support they need to succeed and flourish throughout their time at CAPA and beyond.   In September 2015 CAPA was given the go ahead by the DFE to open as CAPA College Free School with a new state of the art facility opening for 500 young people across Yorkshire. As Principal Designate my role involves leading the development of this exciting new provision whilst maintaining and developing the successful partnership with Cathedral Academy.

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Eddie Copp

Artistic Director of CAPA

As Artistic Director of CAPA my role is to ensure all our students have access to, and receive, the highest quality Arts training, education and experience to enable them to achieve qualifications. A key part of my role is developing professional arts partnerships and overseeing the calendar of vocational curriculum activities and assessments along with high quality enrichment activities giving all our students access to the professional arts industry.   Developing the regional and national identity of CAPA is another key area of my role along with overseeing marketing and student recruitment strategies.  In September 2015 CAPA was given the go ahead by the DFE to open as CAPA College Free School with a new state of the art facility opening for 500 young people across Yorkshire.  As Vice Principal Designate my role involves leading the development of this exciting new provision whilst maintaining and developing the successful partnership with Cathedral Academy.