James Wilson – Vice Principal
Mr Wilson has been at Moor End Academy since September 2012, initially as an Assistant Principal and since 2015, Vice Principal. He studied Economics at the University of Manchester gaining a 2:1 and went on to complete a PGCE in History and PE from the University of Leeds.
His early part of his career saw him teach in three London schools as a highly successful history teacher, Head of Year, Head of Key Stage 4 and Assistant Principal. As a senior leader, he contributed significantly to the success of one of the top performing comprehensives in the capital.
In 2012 Mr Wilson and his family re-located to West Yorkshire. He was attracted by Moor End as they seemed to share similar values and passion for education, with the belief that it can provide opportunities to transform lives. In addition to his work at Moor End, he has supported other schools as a specialist leader in education. During this time, he has also led three schools as an acting Principal and spent over a year at Orchard Primary with his leadership raising standards during these periods.
He has high standards of both staff and students with the belief that both deserve the very best, every day. He promotes research such as Dweck’s “Growth Mindset” and Gladwell’s “10,000 hour rule” with the belief that such concepts can give students motivation through the belief that excellence every day can support development to achieve both their dreams and ambitions.
Mr Wilson is a strong advocate for the importance of the wider curriculum outside the classroom in developing key skills and qualities, in particular through sport, outdoor education and travel. He promotes these activities to students as a way of developing important attributes such as resilience, teamwork, leadership and communication. As a successful youth footballer Mr Wilson played to a high standard and won a number of honours including the English Schools Trophy whilst representing West Yorkshire, and later the British Universities 1st X1 trophy with the University of Manchester. He went onto coach football for a professional club in England and across over twenty states in America.
Outside of school, Mr Wilson continues to enjoy playing and watching a range of sports. He enjoys spending time with his family, in particular playing football and other sports with his two sons. They are season ticket holders at Huddersfield Town.