Mrs C. Kitson

CEO/Executive Principal


Strategic leadership, management and development of Abbey Multi Academy Trust and Bishop Young C of E Academy, including the development of partnerships and the securing of accountability

Mr P. Cooper Principal/Head of School Day to day leadership and management of Bishop Young Academy. Mr Cooper began teaching 20 years ago as a PE teacher at Woodkirk, before moving to Abbey Grange to join the Senior Leadership Team. He has considerable experience of leading on a range of whole school areas including inclusion, SEN, partnerships and student outcomes. Having attended a school in a disadvantaged area of Hull, he is passionate about ensuring that all students, regardless of their background, are provided with outstanding teaching, excellent pastoral support and able to access additional opportunities to enable them to flourish. Outside of school, Mr Cooper is a keen sportsman and has competed at international level in Athletics and Powerlifting.

Miss R. Cole

Vice Principal


Miss Cole came into the teaching profession in 1999 with a desire to make a positive impact on children’s learning, increase their desire to learn and enable them to become independent life-long learners. Nothing gives her more pleasure than seeing young people develop into confident, articulate and positive young adults who become role models for younger students and the wider community.


She started her career teaching PE and Sociology in Kent, and over the years has held several roles of responsibility. These include: Assistant Head of Year, Subject Leader for PE and Assistant Principal for Post 16 and Curriculum.


Outside of school, Miss Cole enjoys playing and watching sport, still playing netball regularly in the West Yorkshire and Regional League and also enjoying running. Miss Cole is a competitive person and thrives on challenges.


She spent 16 years at Abbey Grange and loved every minute of it and one of her proudest achievements was leading the transformation of the 6th Form into being one of the best in Leeds. She is now excited to start a new role at BYA as Vice Principal and hopes to use the skills she has acquired over the years to ensure BYA becomes one of the best schools in Leeds.

Mrs A. Thompson

Assistant Principal - Student Progress


Mrs Thompson is incredibly proud to work at Bishop Young Academy and be part of our journey forward together. She began her teaching career in Armley in 2006 as an English Teacher. Since then she has worked as both a whole school Literacy Co-Ordinator, a successful Head of English, an Associate Leader for Intervention & Quality Assurance and held various other responsibilities within school from leading on Church Life to SEND.  Mrs Thompson is passionate about working in the inner city and has worked in our city's most challenging (and rewarding) schools.  After leaving university she spent time working in India with a charity that built and operated schools within slums in several major cities including Mumbai,  Chennai, Bengaluru and Panjim. She was awed by the resilience of the children, the families and the teachers she worked with there and this is what inspired her to choose a career in teaching.


​At Bishop Young Mrs Thompson is responsible for supporting your child develop personally and spiritually as well as academically. She also works closely with all staff to help promote the distinctly Christian ethos of our Academy and to make sure that all students, whatever their faith or background, benefit from an inclusive religious environment and can explore their own moral and spiritual beliefs.

Mr D. Kilkenny

Assistant Principal - Care and Conduct


Mr Kilkenny joins the Academy this year as Assistant Principal with responsibility for Care and Conduct. Prior to joining Bishop Young Academy he was an Achievement Director at Abbey Grange Academy and he has always held roles within the Pastoral team. Mr Kilkenny started his career as a Physical Education teacher 20 years ago and is looking forward to being involved with the PE department at Bishop Young.

Miss M. Carlin

Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning


Miss Carlin is incredibly proud of her working-class roots and is passionate about ensuring that young people deserve the highest quality of educational provision, no matter what their postcode. She graduated from the University of Sheffield to take up her first teaching post as a History teacher at St. Mary's, Menston; one of the highest performing comprehensive schools in the country. Quickly, she was given the opportunity to become the History Lead Practitioner for Leeds Learning Partnership in 2010 and qualified as a History Advanced Skills Teacher in 2012. Through this post, she was responsible for the delivery of city-wide training for subject leaders.


Alongside this, she offered successful outreach work in several inner-city schools, helping to drive up standards and outcomes in History teaching. In 2013, she was appointed as History subject leader and Achievement Director for Humanities during which time the school and faculty was recognised as Ofsted Outstanding. Her passion for teaching and learning has led her to take up the post of Lead Practitioner for Ebacc as part of the Abbey MAT in 2016, before being promoted to Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning at Bishop Young Academy in 2017. She is incredibly excited to contribute to Bishop Young’s exciting journey to ensure that the academy becomes a beacon of excellence in the city.

Ms. E. Kempthorne

Assistant Principal - Student Welfare, Safeguarding and SENCO


Ms Kempthorne is the Assistant Principal for Student Welfare, Safeguarding and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) at Bishop Young Academy.  Having graduated with a dual honours degree in Astrophysics and Biology, she decided to share her passion for Science and the natural world by choosing a career in teaching.  Over the last decade she has shared her knowledge with thousands of students from all walks of life, in urban areas such as Stoke on Trent and inner city London.  It was in London where Ms Kempthorne developed her career in academic rigour and pastoral care.  Prior to joining Bishop Young Academy, Ms Kempthorne moved to Yorkshire from London, where for the last five years she was as an Assistant Head in areas of both Curriculum and Inclusion.


As Bishop Young’s SENCO, Ms Kempthorne is based in the Personalised Learning Area called the ARK.  She is delighted to be working with our young people and enjoys supporting them in achieving their very best.  Ms Kempthorne is a firm believer in lifelong learning and is currently completing a Masters in Education in her spare time, having successfully completed her National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination.  She is looking forward to collaborating and working with our students and families at Bishop Young Academy.

Abbey Multi Academy Trust,

c/o Chapter House,

Abbey Grange Church of England Academy,

Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA

Tel: 0113 257877

Bishop Young Academy

Bishops Way



LS14 6NU


Tel: 0113 273 9100  Fax: 0113 273 4216

Company No.: 07705552