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New Director of Sixth Form keen to equip students for future opportunities

Thursday 11 November 2021

Mr Ben Harding joined The Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) in September 2021 as the new Director of Sixth Form. GSAL’s Sixth Form is already in the top 5% nationally for student progression. Mr Harding is now planning to further build on this success.

He says, “There is a real sense of excitement around what we can achieve; the results are already stellar, the students are fabulous, the staff are dedicated and highly skilled and the scene is set for a very exciting next step in the journey.”

Mr Harding attended Loughborough Grammar School before graduating in Economics and Sociology at The University of York. He was subsequently awarded his Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Leeds Trinity University.

Over the last 16 years, Mr Harding has held a range of senior positions in highly rated schools. He joins GSAL from nearby Allerton High School, where he was Assistant Headteacher, Director of Post 16.

He says, “I’m delighted to be joining this Sunday Times school of the decade, where academic success is built on excellent teaching, superb pastoral support and first-class resources.”

Going forward, he wishes to further enhance the Sixth Form’s reputation for offering its students an array of co-curricular opportunities, leadership experiences and higher education and careers support, as well as a nurturing well-being programme and alumni mentoring opportunities. He believes it’s important that every student is supported to explore their potential and is helped to identify and secure future opportunities.

Mr Harding is keen for new students to benefit from the school’s outstanding provision, and he highlights that GSAL offers means-tested bursaries to academically talented students from across Leeds.

Mr Harding is looking forward to meeting families in person at the upcoming Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 24 November 2021 and showcasing all that GSAL has to offer.

To join us for this event, please register here.

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