On Wednesday 1 September, Leanne Griffiths became the new Principal of John Smeaton Academy. In 2018, Leanne was awarded Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School by the Pearson’s Teaching Awards, in recognition of her determination to ensure that all students are provided with the opportunity to excel and succeed.

Previously Principal at The Morley Academy, Leanne strives to create a culture where high standards and expectations are insisted upon, and innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are encouraged as a means of developing highly competent, aspirational students who secure the gift of choice.

As well as being Principal of John Smeaton Academy, Leanne is also Executive Principal (11-16) across The GORSE Academies Trust. Under her leadership, all five of the GORSE secondary schools are in the top 15 for progress in the Leeds city region, with three of the academies being in the top five.

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