School to School Support

The Wythenshawe Catholic Academy Trust has a wealth of experience in delivering school-to school support and welcomes opportunities to work collaboratively with colleagues from other schools.

Sacha Humphries, Chief Executive Officer (NLE)

Since qualifying as a teacher, Sacha Humphries has worked exclusively in Catholic Education and developed a passion for school improvement becoming a National Leader of Education.

As Headteacher of Saint Mary’s in Congleton, she led the school to secure an Outstanding judgement from Ofsted in 2017. Her specialisms include assessment, SEND, subject leadership, literacy, MFL and implementing systems to secure accountability.

Mike Fowler, Strategic Finance Officer

Mike Fowler qualified as a public sector accountant in 1993 and spent 30 years in local government in various senior management roles including Assistant Director of Social Services and Assistant Director of Finance.

Mike then spent a few years in the charity sector as Executive Director of Finance helping to transform a young persons’ health charity and, for the last 5 years, has worked in the education sector as Finance Director.

He is experienced at undertaking strategic finance reviews of schools drawing upon his knowledge of public sector finances and DfE resources such as school workforce planning, schools financial efficiency metric tool, schools financial benchmarking service and deals for schools.

Marion Fletcher, Strategic HR Officer

Marion Fletcher has worked in the education sector for over 35 years and has supported the leadership and management of schools in a HR capacity for more than 20 years. She is also an experienced governor having served on the governing bodies of St James’ High, Cheadle, St Benedict’s, Handforth and St Anthony’s, Wythenshawe.

Marion provides school-to school support services and can help leaders with disciplinary investigations, mediation, attendance management, grievance resolution and staffing restructures.

Peter Johnson, Headteacher (LLE)

Peter Johnson was designated an LLE through Everyone Learning Teaching School Alliance, which is a collaborative partnership of 8 Teaching School Alliances across Greater Manchester. Peter has also worked as an Associate Headteacher in Tameside undertaking termly visits to schools and building excellent relationships with the Headteachers.

In addition, he has supported new and aspiring headteachers. Peter’s areas of expertise include: Assessment, attendance, band discipline, closing the gap, leadership of continuing professional development (CPLPD), leadership of curriculum & school-to-school support.

Dominic Hemington, Headteacher

Dominic Hemington has developed a team of dynamic and highly skilled leaders at his school who have brought about sustained school improvement in a range of areas notably in Early Reading and Maths. The school is recognised as a fully trained ‘Ruth Miskin’ school, which has resulted in consistently excellent Y1 Phonics results which have been above the national average for the last 4 years.

As a result of this, the school was invited to organise and host a DfE Phonics Roadshow for the North of England in 2019. This event was very well received and many schools who were in attendance have subsequently approached our school for further support in how to lead and manage the development of effective phonics teaching within their own schools.

As well as supporting with Early Reading and Maths, Dominic is also able to support schools with managing pupil attendance having implemented systems at his own school which have resulted in absence and persistent absence being in the lowest 20% of all schools.

Lisa Kelly, Headteacher

Lisa Kelly is an experienced Headteacher, who has also trained as a Denominational Inspector for the Diocese of Shrewsbury and is a mentor to new headteachers. In addition, she is the Chair of the Diocesan Association of Primary Headteachers. In terms of school-to-school support, she has undertaken a number of Executive Headships in schools which have encountered instability in leadership.

Abbie Burns, Deputy Headteacher

Abbie Burns has experience of working across mainstream primary, secondary and all age specialist provisions. After completing a psychology degree, Abbie has had a key interest in early intervention for Mental Health, and the roles that schools can effectively play in this. She has completed a Masters degree in Teaching and Learning – focusing on developing opportunities and closing the gaps.

In addition to her higher education qualifications, Abbie is trained in Mental Health first aid, a MAPA trainer (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression), an ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) facilitator and a parent group leader for the Family Links Nurturing programme and the Welcome to the World programmes.

Abbie has previously provided support via an SLE in Southampton and been asked by the Alliance for Learning trust to deliver regular training for trainee teachers. Her key specialisms focus on SEND, SEMH, the inclusion of vulnerable children, safeguarding and wellbeing/pastoral support.

Abbie also has experience of supporting both primary and secondary schools with developing their wider curriculum, parental engagement, collaborative community working and utilising staff skills and interests.

Our system leadership rates are aligned with recommendations by the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership and are as follows:

CEO £500
Headteacher £450
Senior Leader £400
Subject Leader £250

If you would like further information, please contact Sacha Humphries, CEO at sacha.humphries@wcatrust.co.uk

The Wythenshawe Catholic Academy Trust has a wealth of experience in delivering school-to school support and welcomes opportunities to work collaboratively with colleagues from other schools.