Senior Leadership Team

Kat Cafferky


Trinity Academy Leeds is a very special school, a school with high standards, ambition and heart. I am incredibly proud of our fantastic founding cohort of students and staff.

Kat is an experienced Senior and Middle Leader who has consistently made a positive impact in school improvement across a number of roles in her career. Previous to being appointed the Principal of Trinity Academy Leeds, Kat held the position of Senior Vice Principal at Trinity Academy Cathedral, awarded TES Secondary School of the year in 2019. Kat led on both Teaching and Learning and Year 11 Achievement securing consistently strong results over a period of 5 years, achieving a P8 of 0.78 (2019) in her final year in post, resulting in TAC being the highest performing school in the city and in the top 5% of schools in the country. Kat has extensive experience in leading and developing systems for effective and meaningful Professional Development, Quality Assurance, Intervention, Literacy and SEND provision. A graduate in English Literature, Kat was also a successful Curriculum Leader of English, leading a high performing team to strong outcomes in addition to working as a Specialist Leader of Education, supporting schools across the country to improve their English curriculum and pedagogy. Kat is a strong advocate for research led practice and has worked with the National College contributing to several case studies on closing the disadvantage gap and securing successful outcomes in schools serving disadvantaged catchments, as well as presenting guest lectures for University teacher trainees. Kat holds an MA in Educational Leadership and has recently secured her NPQH qualification. Kat was instrumental in the creation of Trinity Academy Leeds, writing the initial bid, securing success at interview, and leading the design process. Kat continues to work collaboratively with other leaders across Trinity Multi Academy Trust, harnessing existing expertise whilst forging a unique and special vision for Trinity Academy Leeds. Kat is relentless in her passionate pursuit to close the progress gap for disadvantaged young people living in the north of the country and holds the same high expectations and ambition for the children in her school as she does for her own daughters.

Mrs Hannah Collins

Vice Principal

At Trinity Academy Leeds, we have created a culture of genuine collaborative learning, where we constantly hone and sharpen our practice to better meet the needs of our fantastic students.

Hannah was appointed as our founding Vice Principal and has worked in schools across West Yorkshire, at both a middle and senior leadership level, developing strong teams and securing excellent outcomes for all students, irrespective of background or starting point. Hannah has held a wide range of responsibilities, leading on literacy, teaching and learning, early career teachers, professional development, intervention, closing the gap and behaviour for learning. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in English Language and Literature and has supported English departments across the region in her role as Specialist Leader of Education. She has extensive experience of developing staff new to the profession and has worked with teacher training providers to quality assure their pathways. She has been invited to speak at Leeds Trinity University to early careers teachers and is a passionate champion of the profession. Hannah completed a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership with the University of Warwick and continues to read and study the latest pedagogical research. Hannah was appointed to the role of Vice Principal as she shares Kat’s vision of making success inevitable. She was involved in recruiting the founding staff cohort of Trinity Academy Leeds, where, along with the Principal, she appointed the best and brightest teachers from across the country, professionals committed to honing and crafting their pedagogy to ensure every child succeeds. Hannah is committed to ensuring every lesson of every day is of the highest quality believing that the community she serves deserves the absolute best.

Mr Richard Gouland

Assistant Principal

Our vision is to create a truly outstanding educational experience for our students.

Having graduated from Hull University with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, Richard returned to Leeds to train as a teacher. Richard joined the Trinity family in Sept 2021 after fulfilling the role of Head of Upper School in his previous post. Richard has worked in the East of Leeds (where his family live) for the last seven years undertaking a variety of pastoral roles, before joining Trinity Academy Leeds as Assistant Principal.

In the early stages of his teaching career, Richard secured the role of Lead Teacher for Science, delivering effective professional development. In this time, he worked closely with the Science department to rapidly improve academic outcomes at KS4. On top of this, Richard has a broad range of experience working in Pastoral care, often in challenging settings with students that benefit from having clear routines and firm boundaries. Richard has delivered behaviour management CPD in a variety of educational settings to ensure future and existing practitioners can understand effective classroom routines for not just the classroom, the but school as a whole.

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