Senior Leadership Group

Ruth Lawson

Ruth Lawson

Associate Senior 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.

“Inspirational opportunities for aspirational futures” is the vision for our Careers program at Cathedral Academy, 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

Associate Senior Leader

I lead on transition, Masters of Recall 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 and Year 8. I lead on transition, Masters of Recall 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.

Kat Cafferky

Kat Cafferky

Vice Principal

I have high expectations for every child and am committed to challenging and supporting young people.

Ensuring that every student at the academy achieves their academic potential is at the core of my role. I have high expectations for every child and am committed to challenging and supporting young people in gaining the outcomes they need for a successful and fulfilling life beyond the academy.

I have further responsibility for the quality of teaching and learning and the development of staff at the academy and am passionate about every student receiving a high quality of education in every lesson, every day. Further to this, I lead a committed group of Curriculum Leaders and oversee the mapping and design of our curriculum which aims to engage and challenge learners within and outside of the classroom.

Michaela Lancaster-Knaggs

Michaela Lancaster-Knaggs

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 extra-curricular 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.

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.

Stuart Pinder

Stuart Pinder

Assistant Vice Principal

My role at Cathedral Academy 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 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, 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.

Neil Poskitt

Assistant Principal

I passionately believe that every child regardless of ability, background and status has the right to a world class education and to not only achieve, but exceed their potential.

I passionately believe that every child regardless of ability, background and status has the right to a world class education and to not only achieve, but exceed their potential. Cathedral Academy is committed to ensuring all students have the platform and support to gain the necessary attitudes, attributes, opportunities and success for lifelong learning. My role as Assistant Principal is to oversee the Pastoral, Attendance and Safeguarding teams to ensure support and guidance is available to maximise student’s potential and experience. Ensuring the Behaviour for Learning policy is applied consistently in and out of lessons is crucial to my role, along with ensuring students are punctual, have the correct attitude to succeed, ensuring any barriers to learning are removed and more importantly rewarding students for their successes and achievements. Having high expectations of students and providing the very best level of care, guidance and support is the key to academic and future success for all students at Cathedral Academy.