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Jane Burton
Jane Burton
Business and Operations Manager
Alison Bower
Alison Bower
Chief Finance Office

I have been the Chief Finance Officer for the Brighter Futures Academy Trust since 1 September 2013. The role involves budgeting, maintaining the accounting records, monthly and annual reporting and reporting to Governors. Prior to this, I gained many years’ experience working in practice. The roles progressed from Accounts Junior, whilst studying for my accountancy qualification, to Audit and Accounts Manager. I have been a member of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants since qualifying in 1996. My spare time is spent enjoying family life and going to the theatre

Cath Roberts
Cath Roberts
Clerk to Governors and Trustees

I have been the Clerk to Governors and Trustees for Brighter Futures Academy Trust since September 2012, alongside my other role of administrator at Luddendenfoot Academy. I am responsible for Governor and Trustee communication, minute taking and am the first point of contact for anyone wishing to get in touch

Vanessa Dear
Vanessa Dear
Headteacher Field Lane Primary

I have been working in the teaching profession for seventeen years. During this time I have worked in a number of schools within Calderdale teaching in Early Years, KS1 and more recently KS2. Prior to becoming a teacher I worked as a Countryside Ranger organising outdoor education activities for children and families as well as managing woodland and moorland habitats. I am a keen walker, cyclist and camper and enjoy spending time in the great outdoors as well travelling. I have raised three children who have all now left home to pursue their own careers. As a Head of School, I am privileged to be supported by a committed, creative and caring staff team. Working together with families, I aim to provide children with excellent foundations in reading, writing and maths whilst also nurturing children’s curiosity and motivation so that they are confident and inquisitive learners. I believe in encouraging children to aim high, to provide them with the skills they need and to nurture their aspirations to be all that they can.

Rebecca Denham
Rebecca Denham
Headteacher Luddendenfoot Academy

My name is Rebecca Denham. I have been appointed as Head of School at Luddendenfoot Academy since September 2014. Prior to being appointed at Luddendenfoot, I have spent a large majority of my teaching career working in a large multicultural school in Oldham as deputy head teacher. During this time I completed my NPQH and had the opportunity to lead our Teaching School Alliance which supported other schools. I am really enjoying my new challenge at Luddendenfoot Academy, where the children are a delight and the staff extremely hardworking. For a 6 year period I immigrated to New Zealand, where I experienced the New Zealand education system as a teacher and parent. I also bought and managed my own day care centre which was licenced for up to forty 0-5 year olds. I am a mother of two lively children, Rosie aged eleven and Charlie aged nine. When not working we enjoy being outside, either riding or enjoying the countryside.

Caroline Howarth
Caroline Howarth
Acting Headteacher Siddal Primary

I have been working in the teaching professions since 2003. During this time I have worked in a number of schools in Kirklees and Calderdale. My teaching has mainly been in Key Stage 2 but I have experience of all phases. I have worked in both the largest and smallest schools in Kirklees, prior to joining Siddal Primary School. I enjoy running and being in the outdoors. During the holidays I often go on camping trips and enjoy going to different places with my family. I also have two children who occupy most of my spare time. As well as being Deputy Head of School, I am also Special Educational Needs Coordinator, which is a specialism I really enjoy. I completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs in July 2002. Although I do not have responsibility for a class in school, I spend time working in all year groups and have responsibility for teaching higher achieving mathematicians across the three schools in the Trust. My role also involves working closely with the Trust social worker and pastoral team to ensure that Looked-After Children’s needs are met. I play an active part in the Siddal Parents and Friends team (SPAF) and enjoy working alongside parent/carers in supporting the young people in our school.

Cheryl Webb
Cheryl Webb
Deputy Head Luddendenfoot Academy

I joined Luddendenfoot Academy as an NQT, teaching Y3 in 2001. During my time here, I have taught every year group and perhaps every combination of year groups possible! I have also been given the opportunity to experience a wide range of roles and responsibilities including Literacy leader, NQT mentor, ITT, school-based mentor and within the last four years SENCo, which enabled me to return to university to complete a further PGCE in SEN, working towards a Master Degree in Education with Special Needs. I believe that all children have the right to an inclusive and inspiring school based experience. I strongly acknowledge this from the perspective of both a teacher and a parent, having two children of my own, now 8 and 10, and am therefore extremely passionate about ensuring high quality provision for all our pupils at Luddendenfoot Academy. I have observed our school evolve in many ways over the years. Now, as Deputy Head, I greatly look forward to working collaboratively with the fantastic team which the Brighter Futures Trust employs and together, strive to provide an inspirational education for all children.

Kathryn Brown
Kathryn Brown
Deputy Head Field Lane Primary

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Laura Braime
Laura Braime
Lower Phase Literacy and SMSC Lead Siddal Primary School

I'm Laura Braime, the Lower Phase Literacy and SMSC Lead at Siddal Primary. I have responsibility for years 1-3 Literacy and lead RE and SMSC across school. I have worked at Siddal since 2009 and love working with the staff, pupils and wider community. In my spare time I enjoy going to the theatre, especially musical theatre and dance shows.

Ruth Woodhead
Ruth Woodhead
Lower Phase Leader Siddal Primary School

I'm Ruth Woodhead, the Lower Phase Leader at Siddal Primary from September 2015. I have responsibility for years 1-3.

Charlotte Wierzbianski
Charlotte Wierzbianski
Upper Phase Leader Siddal Primary School

I am a dynamic and inspiring primary teacher with a wealth of experience teaching all primary year groups. I have been teaching since 2001 and have a passion for children’s learning and development in ways that enthuse and excite. The learning environments I create encourage inclusive education, promote positive learning strategies and motivate children to become reflective learners. I have provided INSET on inclusive classrooms, dyslexia friendly approaches, incorporating higher order thinking skills. I lead literacy across the school and will be lead on our raising standards project in 2015-16, PiXL. Outside of school, I spend quality time with my family and enjoy visiting interesting places. I like to take long walks with my two dogs and am fortunate to have some breath taking scenery on my doorstep. My real passion is music; I love to go to as many live concerts as I can and have always got some music playing in the house or the car.

Hannah Thickett
Hannah Thickett
Acting Deputy Head Siddal Primary School

After completing a psychology degree at Manchester University with the intention of going into the teaching profession, I applied for the National SCITT in Outstanding Primary Schools at the University of Nottingham. I completed my PGCE, teaching in Early Years and Key Stage 1 in 2011 and have worked in Early Years at Siddal Primary School ever since. Early Years’ education is my passion. I particularly enjoy the ideas and processes that underpin the ethos of Early Years and I am particularly focused on developing quality continuous provision that engages and challenges young children. I also enjoy researching current thinking and best practice in Early Years and try to reflect this in my own practice. Outside of school, I enjoy walking our two dogs, reading and socialising with friends.

  • Brighter Futures Academy Trust
  • Backhold Lane,Siddal,
  • Halifax,HX3 9DL
  • Email: admin@brighterfuturesmat.org.uk
  • Tel: 01422 354976
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