University Academy Keighley
“Attendance is above the national average.” Ofsted October 2017
”Pupils value highly the pastoral support they receive.” Ofsted October 2017
”Pupils are respectful of their school.” Ofsted October 2017

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University Academy Keighley

Leadership Team

LS BANMrs Addison, Principal
Mrs Addison graduated from Manchester University with a History degree and subsequently gained a Masters Distinction qualification in Educational Leadership from Leeds Metropolitan University.   She has been a Vice Principal at both Bradford Academy and University Academy Keighley, specialising in all aspects of school leadership including standards of achievement, attendance, behaviour and teaching and learning.  Mrs Addison is also a Specialist Leader in Education, with a specific focus on inspiring and training school leaders.


LS PALMr Allen, Strategic Leader Behaviour, Attendance and Safety and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Mr Allen initially joined the Academy as a Behaviour Consultant in 2013, with a proven track record of working successfully in Leeds and Bradford schools.  Mr Allen has a passion for driving high standards and developing belief and self awareness among students.  He truly believes that positive motivation and a positive mental attitude drives him in his approach to working with young people and the families that he serves.


Mr Carragher- Vice Principal

Mr Carragher has worked in 5 schools in Leeds / Bradford over the last 16 years. He has been a Head of IT, Assistant Head and Vice Principal in other schools. He is committed to ensuring that students experiences at school provide them with opportunities to be successful  in their lives beyond school. He has responsibility for students progress and achievement and will be helping all students to achieve their targets and make excellent progress. Mr Carragher will also be overseeing the curriculum ensuring that students are prepared for their examinations and life after education. He is passionate about education and ensuring that all young people are given opportunities to succeed. As Vice Principal at UAK, Mr Carragher is excited about working with our school community that is on a journey of rapid improvement.

Mrs Dolan – Assistant Principal: Science

Mrs Dolan gradated with a degree in Life Sciences, specialising in Pharmacology & Physiology where she began working in the pharmaceutical industry as a research pathologist. She completed a Masters Degree in Pharmacological Biochemistry , whilst working in the industry, before leaving the industry to work in another areas of research.  Mrs Dolan moved into education in 2006 and gained qualified teacher status in only 2 terms in 2010, through Bradford College. In 2013 Mrs Dolan was awarded the status of Advanced Skills Teacher, in Science & SEN through her work with pupils in Wakefield & Leeds schools. Mrs Dolan continued to work developing colleagues as Director of Teaching & Learning and has now joined UAK to support the development of the science department.


Mr Harvey-Hill, Operations Manager

Mr Harvey-Hill joined the Academy in November 2016, having spent a period of time as a Regional Facilities Manager for Carillion/Centrica Energy.  Prior to joining Carillion, he completed a full 23 year career in HM Armed Forces as a Royal Military Policeman, deploying on several Operations around the world and also served as a recruit instructor at the Royal Military Police Training Centre and the Defence Police College.



Mr Mason – Vice Principal: Teaching and Learning

Mr Mason is a graduate of the University of Birmingham where he studied for a degree in Geological Sciences. After a brief spell of working in the oil industry in the North Sea and the Gulf of Mexico he retrained as a science teacher, qualifying from the University of London (Goldsmiths College). After 3 years travelling and working in Greece and the Middle East Mr Mason decided to settle back in the UK. He worked as a science teacher and head of science in London for several years before heading back North to be nearer to his family. Mr Mason has been a Head of Science and Assistant headteacher in schools across West Yorkshire helping students and staff get the most out of the chances offered to them at school. He is interested in improving the expectations that students and staff have of themselves and of what they can achieve. As Vice Principal at UAK, Mr Mason is excited about working with a school community that is developing quickly.

Mr Paddy – Vice Principal: Standards

Mr Paddy graduated from The University of Leeds with a joint honours degree in English Language and Literature; he then went on to complete his PGCE.  He has worked in a range of schools across Leeds, Wakefield and Bradford, and held a range of leadership roles including; Gifted & Talented co-ordinator, Head of English, Vice-Principal and Principal and has specialised in all aspects of school leadership including standards of achievement, attendance, behaviour and teaching and learning. During this time Mr Paddy has also consulted in English and Literacy for SSAT, working with a number of schools across the country to develop English and Literacy Support in other curriculum areas. In addition he worked with Teaching Leaders and NCSL and now delivers training for the Middle Leadership Programme.

LS DSAMr Salter, Assistant Principal: Mathematics

Mr Salter studied physics at Leeds University and has been a Mathematics teacher for twenty four years and Head of Mathematics in three different schools in West Yorkshire.  Mr Salter is a specialist in preparing students for their mathematics GCSE especially those who are working towards gaining a grade C (now grade 5) or above.  At University Academy Keighley he’s also responsible for the professional development and support of teachers who are new to the profession.



Mr Smith, Assistant Principal: Student Aspirations

Mr Smith has been part of the Leadership Team at UAK since May 2013.  Previously he taught for 8 years in 3 different schools in Leeds.  Before teaching he was an onboard manger and safety trainer for the world’s favourite airline: British Airways!  Mr Smith studied English Literature at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.

As Assistant Principal Student Aspirations Mr Smith works closely with our sponsor: The University of Bradford to ensure that every student at UAK gets to experience the University Campus and learn about the opportunities available through Higher Education.  He also leads the Careers and Post 16 team here at UAK who provide every student with personalised advice and guidance making sure that whatever your dream UAK can make it a reality.  Whether that’s an apprenticeship, college or sixth form study.

The students, staff and community, in fact all stakeholders, value education and understand the impact it can have on changing lives. Here at UAK we work as a team to ensure that every student aspires to be the best that they can be and becomes a success.

LS MTUMr Turvey, Assistant Principal: Achievement and Data

Mr Turvey has worked at the Academy for four years. Initially appointed to oversee effective tracking of pupil progress, achievement, and manage pupil data, as well as overseeing the examination process. He has since taken on responsibility for e-Learning and how the Academy utilises technology to impact on the learner experience and outcomes, including rolling out 1:1 with Chromebooks and developing the Academy as a Google Reference site.  Mr Turvey is passionate about having the opportunity to make a tangible difference to the lives of the young people. And being part of the Academy’s journey towards becoming an outstanding provider of education for the young people in the community.

LS CWIMrs Williams, Assistant Principal: English

Mrs Williams has been an English teacher for twenty eight years and a Head of English in three different schools in the Bradford area.  At University Academy Keighley, she also has responsibility for working with Communities, Student Voice and Literacy across the Curriculum. Mrs Williams is passionate about young people leaving school being able to express themselves as fluently as they can through the written and spoken word, as successful communication is such a crucial part of our daily lives.

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