Professional Development

The Pinnacle Learning Trust

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Meet the Research School Team

From left to right: Lorna Keating (Research School Administrator), Louise Astbury (Director), Ria Drabble (Deputy Director Primary), Sahrish Mir (Deputy Director Secondary)

Louise is the Director of Oldham Sixth Form Associate Research School and worked with the legacy Oldham Research School. She leads a new core team appointed from within Pinnacle Learning Trust and we are delighted to introduce them to you. 

Our Deputy Director specialising in Primary is Ria Drabble, from Broadfield Primary. Ria is also Computing Lead at her school and has recently led on the implementation of concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches to Computer Science using the evidence base from the EEF Improving Mathematics Guidance Report

Our Deputy Director specialising in Secondary is Sahrish Mir, from Hathershaw College. Sahrish is Curriculum Leader of Science and has also been seconded onto SLT. She has led on improving outcomes of SEND students in Science, Literacy in Science and Behaviour Management.

And finally Lorna Keating, our Research School Administrator, the person who makes things happen! Lorna will be your first point of contact for any queries via