Rachel Hassall graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA (Hons) in Geography before progressing to complete her PGCE in Secondary Geography Teaching. Once qualified, Rachel began her teaching career at Temple Moor High School in 2008. During her time at Temple Moor, Rachel was a leader within the Post 16 team, with a particular focus on academic achievement and progression to higher education. She then moved into the Teaching and Learning team where she coached staff, planned and delivered whole school CPD and ultimately progressed to become Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning.
Alongside her first years of teaching, Rachel completed her Masters in Teaching at the University of Leeds in 2011. Graduating with a distinction, she was then asked to lead seminars to subsequent cohorts of Masters students on cooperative learning and conducting high quality educational action research.
As a passionate geographer, Rachel moved to the White Rose Academies Trust in 2015 for the opportunity to apply her teaching and learning experience to develop the Geography departments across the WRAT. Rachel became Curriculum Lead for Humanities and Social Sciences in 2016, with the ambition to make the team the flagship of the academy. The success of the team has been recognised as an example of best practice in subsequent monitoring reviews.
In 2018, Rachel joined the Senior Leadership Team at Leeds West Academy and the central trust team, with a particular focus on CPD. At a Trust level, this saw the creation and implementation of a CPD package to all colleagues across the Trust with 10 programmes established, including Aspiring Leaders, Leadership Development and Vulnerable Groups.
From September 2019, Rachel has led the strategic action plan for staff retention and development, in her new role as Vice Principal (Executive Director of Professional and Organisational Development). In addition, Rachel will continue to support the Principals of each academy with a range of key projects, focused on school improvement.
Away from work, Rachel is a keen runner and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.