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Interim Executive Board

The Governing Body was replaced by an Interim Exectuve Board (IEB) on 17th December 2019.

Their role remains the same:

1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Holding the headteacher to account for the education performance of the school and it’s pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it’s money is well spent;


The members of the IEB are all experienced educationalists in some respect:

Chair: Diane Martindale

Diane has sixteen years’ experience as a senior leader in primary schools. Nine of those years were spent as the Headteacher of a successful Church of England primary school in Wigan.
Since retiring from full time headship in 2013 she has worked as a school advisor for the Manchester Diocese. She also works for a consortium (Leigh Lowton and Golborne Schools’ Partnership) of 26 primary schools in Wigan, as assistant director, contributing to the Headteachers’ partnership meetings and training events and co-ordinating consultancy support for school improvement as well as managing their budget.
Diane has 22 years’ experience of serving on a Governing Body and has been a member of 3 IEBs in 3 different local authorities who all subsequently joined a MAT.
Most recently Diane has acted as Chair of a JEB within Bolton LA, having now recently handed over responsibility back to the governing body.

Sarah Rothwell

Sarah has been working in schools since 2006, in a variety of roles from PA to the Headteacher, Community Relations Manager, School Administrator, School Business Manager and currently Assistant Chief Finance Officer to the Vantage Trust.
Her current role is to work alongside the CFO in all aspects of Finance including our annual Trust Audit. She has undertaken several conversions for the trust including St Augustine within Salford LA.
To compliment her experience she has completed: CSA qualification (Level 3), CSBM (Level 4), DSBM (Level 5) AAT Level 1&2.
She has also been a Governor at Aldwyn Primary School, Tameside from September 2009 – August 2015. During this time, she was firstly elected as the Chair of the Finance Committee and then became the Chair of Governors from December 2009 – August 2015.

Anna Dennis

CIPD qualified HR professional with 16 years’ experience working in HR. Anna is currently employed as a HR Business Partner within the Schools and Academies Team at Salford City Council. Her role involves providing Headteachers, senior leaders and governing bodies with strategic advice and support on a range of employment issues including; sickness absence, capability, grievance & dignity at work, disciplinary, TUPE transfers and whole school reorganisations. She has a comprehensive knowledge of the challenges currently facing schools for example; teacher recruitment and retention, shrinking budgets and employee wellbeing.

Gareth Elswood

Mr Elswood has been a headteacher since 2009. He has led a number of schools as a headteacher including a three and four form entry school. He holds the National Qualification for Headship and is currently an executive Headteacher of two Church of England Primary schools who are within the Manchester Diocese.

The IEB will operate for no longer than 12 months during which time they will move the school forward on its journey to join Vantage Academy Trust.

Chair of IEBDiane Martindale
IEB MemberGareth Elswood
IEB MemberSarah Rothwell
IEB MemberRob Dean
HeadteacherWendy Budsworth