As Headteacher, John has established himself as a catalyst for change within the Farnley Academy and, with the support of his team, he has led a journey of transformation for the entire school community. This has culminated in what is widely regarded as the most rapid turnaround of a school nationally. Having been judged satisfactory by Ofsted in June 2011 (previous to which it had been served a Notice to Improve), The Farnley Academy was rated as Outstanding in all categories in December 2013! As a member of the GORSE Academies Trust, John is a truly remarkable leader who commands the respect and loyalty of all those who work alongside him. His mission is simple “to create an environment which is free from cynicism and doesn’t to put limits on what young people can achieve.” His dedication, expertise and commitment to young people embodies this mission. As colleagues said “He is already our Headteacher of the Year but we’d love to have his achievements, vision and drive recognised on the national stage!”