Our Board

The Board is made up of representatives from the local school leadership system. Its purpose is to steer Oldham Learning in the achievement of its aims.

 

Chair Jane Acklam
Vice-Chair Gillian Kay    
Primary Districts

Zaira Cook

Hilary Henderson

Vikki Oldham

Mary Garvey

Gillian Kay

Council

Cllr M Ali

Gerard Jones

Matthew Bulmer

Secondary

Sarah North

Matt Halls

DFE Natasha Robb
Special Sue Caine Research School Louise Astbury
Teaching School Katie Dallender MAT

Jayne Clarke

Jessica Giraud

Post 16 Alan Benvie
       
Adviser Tony Shepherd    
Administrator

Chantelle Fraser

   
Jane Acklam OBE

Chair- Jane Acklam OBE

Jane was the founding CEO of South Pennine Academies, having recently retired.  She led a regional multi-academy trust educating 6000+ students from 2-16. She has considerable experience as a highly successful CEO, Headteacher and Principal.  Jane has led a range of sponsored academies to improve and opened two free schools.  Jane was a National Leader of Education from 2009, and effectively supported and built capacity in a wide range of schools, locally and regionally.  In addition, Jane has operated in the teaching training market for over 10 years, training and developing teachers, in all phases, through a highly successful SCITT.

As the Principal of Moor End Academy, she led them through numerous Ofsted inspections achieving outstanding in 2009 and again in 2012.  Jane won national awards for her commitment to excellence in the professional development of teachers and has been awarded a Teaching Award, as Headteacher of the Year, in the national annual awards.

She has a wealth of experience working for the Department for Education, on the Headteacher Board for West Yorkshire and Lancashire, and as a Teaching and Leadership Adviser for the then National College for Teaching and Leadership. 

Jane was awarded an OBE for services to Education in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Jane is now a  leadership and executive coach,  coaching for NPQEL and The Mental Health Award for Schools.  She is a ILM L7  accredited, and a qualified team coaching practitioner.

Gillian Kay

Gillian Kay

Gillian is an Executive Headteacher of a federation of 3 maintained schools, known as The Ivory Federation; Propps Hall Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Rushcroft Primary School and Springhead Infant School. Propps Hall is a National Support School and Gillian, as Executive Headteacher is a National Leader of Education

Mary Garvey

Mary Garvey

Mary has worked in Oldham schools for over 20 years and is currently Executive Headteacher of St Mary's RC Primary School, Failsworth and St Anne's RC Primary School, Greenacres.

Mary has been Chair of the Catholic Federation of Oldham Schools (CFOS) and has represented the federation at Primary Partnership Meetings at Salford Diocese.

Gerard Jones

Gerard Jones

Gerard joined Oldham Council in December 2019 as Managing Director of Children & Young People

Starting his career in Local Government as a Social Worker in London, Gerard has worked as a Team Manager, Head of Service for Corporate Parenting/Children in Care, Commissioning, SEND and Safeguarding services. In the last eight years, Gerard has been a Service Director and Deputy Director of Children's Services across London, East Anglia and the West Midlands.

THE BOARD

Zaira Cook

Zaira has worked in primary schools across Rochdale and Oldham for over 20 years. Since 2016, Zaira has been the Headteacher at Horton Mill Primary School. Zaira is also the Vice Chair of Governors at Medlock Valley Primary School.

THE BOARD

Hilary Henderson

Hilary is Head teacher at St. Paul’s C E Primary school, Nursery and Additional resourced Provision for children with speech and communication difficulties and autism. Hilary also represents the Royton, Shaw and Crompton District and currently stands on the Executive committee for Primary schools in Oldham. Hilary has held senior leadership roles in Oldham schools for 20 years with specific strengths in developing high standards of teaching and learning and behaviour support. She is also an executive coach working alongside other colleagues in this field of work. Hilary has a strong passion for Music being visibly present in schools as a means to supporting the development of personal skills and positive social and emotional behaviour too. She has recently become a Trauma Informed Practitioner and works closely with the mental health support teams in Oldham. Hilary has also become a governor in a  local Secondary School in Oldham with a focus on SEND.

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Katie Dallender

Katie is Director of Partnerships and East Manchester Teaching School Hub, part of the Cranmer Education Trust. Katie leads, supports and quality assures all aspects of Continued Professional Development provided by the golden thread (Early Career Framework, Appropriate Body Service, National Professional Qualifications and wider CPD). 

Katie has been a teacher for over 15 years, teaching Religious Studies and leading a department. 

As a secondary school senior leader, she led staff development and CPD.  She has facilitated both the ECF and NPQs and supported early career teachers through mentoring and Appropriate Body Quality Assurance. Katie is passionate about ensuring teachers and leaders have access to evidence informed professional development that improves the quality of education, and life chances, for young people.          

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Vickie Oldham 

Vikki has worked in primary schools in Oldham for over twenty years. Since November 2016, Vikki has been Headteacher at Bare Trees Primary School, a large three form entry primary school in Chadderton.

 

Councillor Mohon Ali

Councillor Mohon Ali is the Lead/Cabinet Member for Education & Skills at Oldham Borough Council. He is responsible for Education and Skills, Education Alliance, School Place Planning, Looked After Children – educational performance, Work and Skills Strategy, Lifelong Learning and Apprenticeships.

He represents Chadderton North Ward and was first elected in the Council in May 2015

Sarah North

Sarah is Co-CEO of the Oak Trust and Executive Headteacher of North Chadderton School, Oldham. She has extensive teaching and leadership experience in a diverse range of contexts across the country and has taught and held middle and senior leadership positions in a range of secondary schools, including in Romford, Bristol, Huddersfield and Barnsley. Sarah started working at North Chadderton School in 2012.

Throughout her career Sarah has had significant involvement in improving outcomes for students, developing the curriculum and growing professional expertise. She has been involved in developing and strengthening leadership through school to school support work, delivery of NPQ courses and her work as an SLE.

Sarah is a strong advocate for collaborative, system led leadership, research led best practice and a coaching culture that enables staff to reach their full potential.

 

Louise Astbury

Louise is the Lead for Oldham Sixth Form College Associate Research School and Director of Professional Development at The Pinnacle Learning Trust. These roles take her into all educational phases to work with teachers and leaders on developing their practice. She is passionate about using evidence-informed approaches to support professional growth opportunities for school leaders. 

Matt Bulmer

Matt is the Director of Education, Early Years and Skills at Oldham Council. Prior to this role Matt was the Director of the Department for Education’s Opportunity Area programme in Oldham.  Matt has previously held a number of other senior positions within the Department for Education.

Jayne Clarke

Jayne has worked in Oldham for over 20 years, and is the Executive Principal/CEO at The Pinnacle Learning Trust; a growing trust comprising primary, secondary and post-16 phases.  Formerly Principal of Oldham Sixth Form College from 2010, prior to establishing Pinnacle, Jayne is committed to partnership working to transform young peoples' lives.  She was a member of the Oldham Opportunity Area Board and now sits on the Priority Education Investment Area Partnership Board.    Outside of Oldham, Jayne is the chair of the NW Sixth Form College Principals group, and the Sixth Form Colleges Association Finance and Funding Committee, along with being an SFCA Council member.

Jessica Giraud

Jessica is currently the Headteacher of E-ACT Oldham Academy North, having worked at the academy since 2016.  Jessica joined the academy after a successful middle leadership career in Kirklees, as a literacy and Teaching and Learning speciality.  Jessica has successfully developed the curriculum and Teaching and Learning at E-ACT Oldham Academy North as Deputy Headteacher for Quality of Education: leading to significant improvement in student outcomes over the last four years.

Jessica was awarded SSAT Lead Practitioner status in 2015; supports across E-ACT with Teaching and Learning and curriculum work and has led a number of national webinars with We Are in Beta around curriculum and assessment. 

Sue Caine

Sue Caine is the Executive Principal of Kingfisher Special and Halcyon Way Schools – 2 primary special schools serving children within Oldham with the most complex needs. The schools are part of Kingfisher Learning Trust which includes both special and mainstream schools.

Natasha Robb

Natasha is the Department for Education link for Oldham, and is leading the Priority Area Education Investment delivery plan for the Local Needs Fund for Oldham.

Alan Benvie

Alan is the Vice Principal - Student Experience & Inclusion at Oldham College.