Our Children are our Trust.
As a Trust we endeavour at all times to give our young people a highly effective education in a truly inclusive environment. We believe that all young people can succeed and we generally find that those who find success very difficult have not always had their needs met when they were younger. All of the actions of our Trust are driven to provide an excellent learning environment accompanied by a high level of care including attention at all times to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of each and every young person.
Young people within Oak learning Partnership strive to attain exceptionally high levels of academic achievement and personal development. We are committed to ensuring they leave our schools with the skills, confidence and drive to achieve their future aspirations and to make a lasting contribution to the communities in which they live. We have young people who have significant needs educated in all our schools. We teach all young people respect, care and compassion for those in our communities who need understanding and support in order to thrive and fulfil their potential.
The Oak Learning Partnership is determined to include every young person and to encourage them to excel and reach their full potential including those pupils who have found themselves on the margins of their communities and who need additional support to succeed.
Our staff are pivotal to the success of our young people.
Our staff teams are built on fantastic teamwork and passion to ensure that each and every young person is nurtured to achieve their full potential. Our schools are all very different but in each school the pupils’ welfare is the first and foremost concern.
Our staff are highly valued and they are provided with a wide range of professional development opportunities including an extensive induction programme and access to continuous professional development programmes at all stages in their career.
Staff well-being is of the upmost importance to us. We have a range of well-being initiiatives in each of our schools and ensure that at all times we adhere as a minimum to pay and contractual arrangements agreed nationally. Teaching posts are regularly incentivised to ensure we attract the very best applicants.
Each school has a substantial body of excellent teaching staff, teaching assistants, admin staff and site staff. Further details can be found on our individual schools' websites. In addition, our Executive Leadership Team work across all schools equally, responsible for devising and implementing the strategic objectives of the Trust and overseeing its core educational provision and business operations. They are supported by the Central Team who assist with the day to day application of their strategic decisions.
The Executive Leadership Team
Meet the Executive Leadership Team
James Franklin-Smith - Chief Executive Officer and Accounting Officer
James has extensive experience of leading within academy trusts. He worked as part of a team which established an outstanding Academy Trust in Halifax and he was a member of the Executive Team of a Trust which supported their eight schools to significantly improve their performance.
James has a deep understanding of what makes schools exceptional and what systems, structures and processes need to be in place to support leaders and staff to provide young people with the very best education they deserve. He has over 10 years of school leadership experience, including being Principal of a large, high-performing, and outstanding secondary school.
In Executive roles, James has worked with schools to improve from special measures to good. He also has experience across all sectors of education including Governance positions in special and primary schools. James is passionate about providing inclusive education which is aspirational for all.
Christine Reynolds - Director of School Improvement
Christine has extensive experience as a primary head teacher and in addition to her substantive post, has been seconded to lead in a number of other Bury primary schools. Christine has worked as mentor to a number of current primary head teachers and has led the Bury head Teacher Programme for new head teachers. She has had LLE commissions through Bury Teaching School Alliance and has worked as an OTP facilitator for the BTSA. Christine has also taken a leading role in BTSA programmes such as the School Partnership Programme and the SSIF Strand 2 project. Prior to her appointment as the Executive Headteacher and Director of School Improvement at Oak LP, Christine was a highly successful head teacher at Unsworth Primary School. Christine has significant experience in delivering training, leadership development and in writing CPD programmes.
Kristie Bloomfield - Chief Finance Officer
Kristie has extensive financial management experience managing multi-million-pound budgets, reporting to various boards and committees and completing multiyear budgets. She has been a successful Business Director in a single academy trust, with expertise in income generation and all aspects of financial management, project management, marketing, HR, safeguarding, Health and Safety, estates and facilities management, and the writing and implementation of policies. Kristie has managed the internal and external audit arrangements and ensured compliance with academy accounting and legislation.
The Central Team
Meet the Central Team
Georgina Barnett - Human Resources Manager
Georgina has built up an impressive career in HR and she plays a pivotal role in managing the recruitment of staff across the Trust. Safer recruitment and the safeguarding of pupils is of paramount importance to her role, and Georgina’s expertise in this area is invaluable in selecting and recruiting staff. Georgina also supports existing staff within the whole range of HR functions across the Trust, from the maternity and paternity process to the payroll process.
Rebecca Carney - Safeguarding Lead
Rebecca has a wealth of experience working with young people in Health and in the voluntary sector. Before dual qualifying in Learning Disability Nursing and Social Work, Rebecca worked for a national charity initially supporting young people with SEND to access inclusive short breaks and later supporting young parents to develop their parenting capacity and tenancy readiness. She later worked for the NHS as a Community Learning Disability Sister working alongside multi-disciplinary colleagues to ensure young people’s health and care needs were met. She is committed to safeguarding young people to ensure they get the best possible outcomes. Rebecca is passionate about young people achieving their individual potential, being prepared for adulthood and enabling families to thrive with as much independence as possible. She is particularly passionate about supporting the needs of young people with SEND.
Debra Hoyle - Finance Manager
Debra has a significant amount of experience in finance, with a career which began in banking and which involved gaining skills and knowledge in a variety of disciplines within this field. During the course of her career in finance, Debra has gained her ACIB and CIPFA qualifications. Debra is responsible for the management of all financial processes and transactions across the Trust and she very much enjoys using her skills in an educational environment.
Sharon Lewis - Executive P.A.
Sharon has worked in education in the independent sector and more recently in the state sector. She is an English graduate who qualified as a solicitor before taking a career break to raise her family. Sharon began her career in school administration as a Registrar, overseeing admissions procedures and organising school events. She is proud to provide administrative support to the Executive Leadership Team of the Oak Learning Partnership.
Phil McLean - Estates and Facilities Manager
Phil has many years of buildings management experience within large organisations. He has an extensive knowledge of buildings and health and safety legislation as well as a detailed understanding of compliance requirements relating to buildings, facilities, staff and visitors. Phil is experienced in leading large teams of staff across a range of different working areas and he oversees facilities operations and building management across the whole of the Oak Learning Partnership sites.
Geoff Proctor - Assistant Site Manager
Geoff has an engineering background and has worked in several organisations in the UK and in Europe. He has wide-ranging experience across different sectors and has received extensive training in health and safety. Geoff is a highly-valued member of the Estates and Facilities team, working in all our schools.
Our Members and Trustees
Read the profiles of our Members and Trustees below.
Meet the Members
Bernadette Garner - Member and Chair of Trustees
Bernie Garner is the Chair of The Oak Learning Partnership Multi Academy Trust. In her role Bernie draws upon a wealth of experience in Education, Business, Social Care and Local Government. Her career has been driven by her passion for equality and she has a proven track record of improving opportunities for disabled children and adults.
Bernie’s role in the trust is to ensure the development and delivery of innovative services, both specialist and inclusive, to support all children to develop and achieve.
Dan is a highly experienced senior leader within the Financial Services industry and has many years’ experience of working in senior roles across a range of blue chip financial services organisations.
Dan has an excellent track record of delivering commercial change, turning around projects and introducing new systems into businesses to transform their efficiency and profitability. As well as being able to offer robust financial advice to the Trust, Dan is able to offer expertise in business and operations management.
David is a qualified chartered accountant who held a number of positions in the profession and in industry before he retired.
David has extensive experience in the financial management of a sizeable local educational provision for pupils from nursery to sixth form college. As an experienced clerk and company secretary, David has a very good understanding of how Trustees’ skills should be used for the benefit of the schools they serve.
With educational, governance and financial expertise and experience, David is well-placed to provide high-level financial oversight of the management of the Trust and its schools.
Daniel is the founder of several companies and groups developing and promoting new sustainability technologies in industry. He has held senior international roles in buildings systems, business development, strategy, general management and sales and marketing.
Daniel has a wealth of experience in the international business world which will enable him to share a shrewd analysis of the management of the Trust.
Simon is a franchisee owner operator of several national branded restaurants having bought his first outlet in 2010. He has consistently improved his business operations in terms of profitability and customer satisfaction.
As a business owner he has made a commitment to the local area and uses his business activities to create a positive impact in the community, providing jobs, skills, and investment. Previously he worked in the newspaper industry; latterly as Group Commercial Director and Assistant MD for Guardian Media Groups Regional Media Division.
Meet the Trustees
Dr Paul Rogers is the Vice-Chair of Trustees. His expertise lies in post-16 education and change management.
Paul has extensive experience of working in the education sector, in HE and apprenticeships, and has also worked as a Business Psychology Consultant. He has an in-depth understanding of psychological underpinnings for behaviour and motivation and is currently leading on digital and blended learning solutions for professional development and apprenticeships.
Janet is a former headteacher with a passion for supporting disadvantaged children.
Janet is extremely well-respected, and prior to retirement she assisted local schools where improvement was required. As an experienced Trustee sitting on the boards of other MATs, Janet’s areas of expertise include school improvement, the analysis of school data, and strategic planning. Janet is a firm believer in forging links with the local communities surrounding our schools, and carries out valuable work in supporting and developing community partnerships.
Ashley is a qualified business coach and communication trainer working with and advising small and medium-sized businesses and service providers.
Ashley is passionate about improving the prospects of young people in the local area, and he is actively involved with Digital Advantage, an organisation which brings the workplace to schools to help students develop their thinking, analytical, creative, business and digital skills. His areas of interest include curriculum planning and careers advice.
Sheila has extensive experience of working as a School Improvement Officer in both primary and secondary education and she held the position of School Effectiveness Officer for Bury Children’s Services for many years. During this time her main area of expertise was in helping schools to make effective use of pupil performance data to raise standards.
Sheila also has a wealth of experience as a school governor, and has taken an active role in ensuring that governors support and challenge Senior Leadership Teams on the full range of school and Trust functions. Sheila has been instrumental in driving change so that governing boards are more accountable and effective, and more actively involved in daily school life. Sheila’s particular focus is upon raising standards, with the regular monitoring of pupil attainment and progress.
Steve currently works for the Ministry of Justice, advising on financial strategy and business intelligence. He is a chartered accountant with extensive experience of working in finance across Government and the Higher Education sectors.
Steve's expertise in financial management and system implementation has resulted in significant savings to the public purse over the years, as he has implemented new legislation and government policy to improve efficiency and reduce cost
Alan brings extensive knowledge of employment law to the Oak LP Trust Board, having worked as a solicitor in various law practices since 1988.
Alan set up his own employment law consultancy in 2019 and acts for both employers and employees, advising and acting as an advocate in employment law tribunals. In addition, Alan was a governor of a local senior school for 12 years, and this involved helping the school to achieve a complete rebuild funded by PFI, dealing with appeals of pupil exclusions, and recruiting and interviewing for school senior leadership positions. He is therefore well-placed to be a ‘critical friend’ of Oak LP.
Matt is the CEO of a Students' Union, and his role involves the oversight of the organisation's finances, ensuring good governance, setting the strategy with colleagues and Trustees, and responsibility for maximising income streams.
Matt has extensive experience in higher education which gives him an insight into educational policy. He has previously been the Company Secretary, Director and Trustee at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester and a governor at the University of Salford. Matt brings to our Trust wide-ranging commercial experience within different educational settings as well as a strong understanding of Boardroom operations.