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

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 Achievement, Behaviour & Safety. I am also a PE teacher and the Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Improving standards of achievement is a critical part of my role.  I believe that every student should reach or exceed our challenging targets and I take great pleasure in watching students learn, grow and develop (both academically and personally).

Ensuring that all students have the best possible attitude to learning is a further element of my responsibility.  I oversee our Behaviour for Learning policy making sure that students are rewarded for making positive progress. A critical part of this role is using the data provided from various areas of the academy to ensure students are meeting our high expectations.

Ultimately my belief is every child is entitled to a high quality education.  I strive to ensure that all students leave us with the character, skills and qualifications to make a positive contribution in our world.


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.

Jo Rigby

Associate Senior Leader