Head of School – Mr Jon Skurr
I am extremely privileged to be given the opportunity to become the new Head of School at University Academy Keighley. My experience of teaching and leadership has grown significantly over the last sixteen years. I have worked in a leadership capacity across five different schools and across four local authorities and as a local authority consultant. I feel that my experiences to date mean that I am suitably qualified to help the school grow and develop and to reach its full potential. I believe in an education system that caters for the needs of the individual. Throughout my career I have endeavoured to facilitate opportunities for young people to make choices and develop their own survival skills through active and flexible learning situations which enable them to have a greater responsibility for their own learning. It is my belief, as a school leader, that we must create a broad and balanced curriculum that not only offers the opportunity to develop students academically but also holistically.
Assistant Principal – Teaching and Learning and Staff Development – Mrs Caroline Gudgeon
I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to join the Senior Leadership Team at University Academy Keighley as Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning and Staff Development.
During my teaching career to date, I have had varied leadership roles which have allowed me to develop a wide range of skills to bring to the academy. I am extremely passionate about teaching and learning and developing staff, to ensure that every young person at the academy receives a high quality education. The learning opportunities that the students receive will also allow them to develop important life skills, such as tenacity and self-motivation, and to take ownership of their own learning journey.
This high quality education will allow every student to achieve their potential and leave the academy with excellent outcomes, providing them with their first steps to a successful future.
During my 33 years teaching, I have taught in five secondary schools within Kirklees and Bradford. I have over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership having been Deputy Headteacher in two schools. I am currently delighted to have been seconded to UAK from Carlton Bolling School where I lead on behaviour, attendance, admissions and safeguarding. I am proud to be a member of a team which has secured a recent “Outstanding” OFSTED judgement and I am a Specialist Leader in Education.
During my career as a senior leader, I have worked closely with governors, headteachers and school staff in a range of leadership roles and have gained a wealth of experience across a wide range of school improvement areas, including curriculum development and timetabling, assessment and data (outcomes and standards), school improvement strategies, personal development and wellbeing and safeguarding.
I believe that it is the right of every young person to reach their potential and that educational achievement cannot be measured by outcomes alone. Behind every school’s statistics lie a cohort of individuals who are all entitled to educational excellence through supporting and challenging perceptions. This has always been my philosophy and it is why I have often chosen to work in schools with challenges because it is here that the young people have the steepest climb. The work which I have undertaken in my current school has been underpinned by this drive to secure a future generation of confident, aspirational and well-equipped young people and I very much look forward to working alongside the young people of UAK and its surrounding community.
Assistant Principal – Curriculum, Data & Timetable – Mr Mark Turvey
I have been a middle leader at University Academy Keighley for a number of years, and am delighted to now be joining the school’s Senior Leadership Team at such an exciting time in the school improvement journey. With over ten years’ experience in leading on data, achievement and curriculum across Bradford schools, I look forward to working closely with my colleagues to ensure that we put student success and development at the heart of everything we do.
I will personally be focusing on ensuring that the curriculum we offer provides not only the academic achievements our students deserve, but allows our young people to develop wider skills to become the best version of themselves. This will include not only a focus on high academic standards, but an outstanding programme of extra-curricular activities that supports engagement with the wider community, British values and cultural, sporting activities and the arts.
I believe our community deserves a high quality local school, and look forward to being part of the team who can make this happen.
Director of Mathematics – Mr Damien Walton-Sardinha
Director of English Baccalaureate – Mr Paul Goodrum