Key Staff Profiles

Ian Young

Ian Young

Director BTSA, NLE, CEO Christ Church MAT

Director of The Bury 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.

 
 

Catherine Dent

Catherine Dent

Assistant Head Teacher Elms Bank/ BTSA

Catherine is Assistant Headteacher at Elms Bank School and Special Leader of Education (SLE) for Bury School Alliance. She has worked at Elms Bank for 14 years and has vast experience of working with young people with SEND. She has taken on a number of roles at Elms Bank including the responsibility of Teaching and Learning, Continuing Professional Developing and the Induction of NQTs. As a trained music teacher, Catherine has a huge enthusiasm for singing and leads the Elms Bank student and staff choirs.

For the last four years, Catherine has led the secondary element of schools direct. This includes overseeing the Bury Secondary Learning Collaborative (BSLC), Secondary NQT programme and previously the NPQML and NPQSL. She thoroughly enjoys working alongside colleagues across Bury providing opportunities for quality professional developed. 

Catherine works alongside the admin team to run the BSA Secondary PGCE Schools Direct programme. She enjoys working alongside student teachers, providing training and supporting them on their journey to Qualified Teacher Status. Catherine has created a first rate provision which has an excellent reputation across Bury with many students taking jobs in local Secondary Schools.

Sarah Howard

Sarah Howard

Primary Lead BTSA PGCE School Direct Programme

Sarah Howard is the 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 the post of Deputy Head in April 2013. She assumed the role of Head of School on a number of occasions, more permanently from September 2018. She 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. She really enjoys working alongside the student teachers, providing training and organising CPD and placements. As the School Direct PGCE has developed year by year, Sarah finds immense satisfaction, pride and delight in engaging with students who now work in Bury schools as successful teachers.

 

Victoria Wulff

Victoria Wulff

Bury Teaching Schools Alliance Administrator

Victoria Wulff is an Administrator for Bury Schools Alliance. Within her role, she is responsible for the administration of the NQT Pool, Bury Governor Development Courses and the Appropriate Body.

Clair Dodd

Clair Dodd

BTSA Manager

Clair Dodd is the Manager for Bury Schools Alliance. Within her role she is responsible for finance and overseeing the department. Clair has significant experience of working within a busy school office and prior to that was a Risk Manager for a Corporate Bank.