Key Staff Profiles

Ian Young

Ian Young

Director BTSA, NLE, Headteacher Christ Church Primary School

Director of The Bury Teaching Schools Alliance, Ian Young,  is highly experienced in leadership and management having a breadth of experiences ranging from sixteen years primary headship, working for CfBT as an additional inspector and working as a National Leader of Education engaged in school to school support work for several years.

His recent work as a National Leader of Education has led to him working in a range of school contexts to coach, challenge and support leadership teams and governors. As a result, stronger management systems have been developed and embedded and governors’ challenge has been improved. Ian has good credibility amongst schools and local authority colleagues because of his enthusiasm, experiences in the primary phase and impact on outcomes.

 
 

Elaine Parkinson

Elaine Parkinson

NLE, Headteacher Elms Bank

Elaine Parkinson is a National Leader of Education and Headteacher of Elms Bank, a secondary generic special school (11-19) in Bury. She began her career as an English teacher at Moorclose Senior High School in 1986 (now Middleton Technology College). She moved into special education in 1990. She has held a range of posts in special schools before becoming Headteacher of Elms Bank Specialist Arts College in 2007. She gained her NPQH in 2006.

Elms Bank has gained two specialisms in the Arts and Applied Learning and became a Teaching School and National Support School in 2014 as part of a multiple Teaching School Alliance with Christ Church Primary School, Walshaw. Elaine has worked with key partners to establish Bury Secondary Learning Collaborative. She has been the interim headteacher of a hospital school and has supported a number of schools with a particular focus on SEND. Elaine is also a designated Pupil Premium Reviewer.

Catherine Dent

Catherine Dent

Assistant Head Teacher Elms Bank/ BTSA
Jo Seddon

Jo Seddon

Bury Teaching Schools Coordinator
Sarah Howard

Sarah Howard

Primary Lead BTSA PGCE School Direct Programme

Sarah Howard is the Deputy Head Teacher at Christ Church CE Primary School. She has worked in primary education since 1987, starting her career in a Manchester primary school. She moved to Helmshore CP School to be Head of KS2 in 1992, before opting for part-time teaching at Christ Church CE Primary, Bury whilst raising her family. After resuming a full time post, Sarah progressed from Head of KS2, to Assistant Head and achieved her current post as Deputy Head in April 2013. She has assumed the role of Head of School on a number of occasions and is very proud of the achievements of the pupils and staff, and that Christ Church is a Teaching School, sharing expertise and support across the Borough. In 2016, Sarah became the Lead for the BTSA Primary PGCE School Direct programme, which is proving to be very successful in training and placing students within our excellent Alliance schools.

 

Julie Wantling

Julie Wantling

Secondary Lead BTSA PGCE School Direct Programme