Strong leaders influence student outcomes and help transform lives. When Principal, Jose Blackley, arrived at Christ the King school, academic data was below State average for NAPLAN and School Improvemet Survey data was also well below the Australian Mean. However,during these last 4 years there has been a significant transformation in academic results for students as well as the overall wellbeing of staff, students and parents. For two years running, 2016 and 2017, Christ the King Newcomb has been officially recognised by ACARA as achieving significantly above average growth for NAPLAN. Christ the King school has also recently taken out two international awards at the International First Lego League Competition in Debrecen, Hungary in 2018. These awards included first place for Core Values Teamwork category and the Adult Coach Mentor Award. This session will explore the leadership strategies and approaches that were implemented at Christ the King primary school to bring about this transformation. Jose Blackley has worked in Catholic Education for 36 years. During this time, she has held various leadership positions including Acting Principal, Deputy Principal and School Advisor Learning and Teaching for Catholic Education Melbourne. Jose Blackley is currently Principal at Christ the King Newcomb, a low socio economic school in Geelong.