This year we were lucky enough to join Pinnacle Learning Trust which has afforded us opportunities for support and guidance as well as links with like-minded professionals across the Trust. As a new Principal, I have been particularly grateful for the support offered in areas including financial management, estates management, promotional and marketing guidance, safeguarding and HR.
The wider services offered across the Trust have made guidance and support accessible for our whole school team and we have drawn on their expertise a number of times. I have also been impressed by the development opportunities which have arisen for our staff across the Trust, whilst allowing us to remain autonomous in our decision-making and maintaining what makes Broadfield unique and special.
I am excited to work alongside Pinnacle to ensure Broadfield’s foundations are under-pinned by evidence-based practice as our school continues to benefit from the wide experience Pinnacle has in using research to inform teaching practice.
Our experience joining Pinnacle has been wholly positive and smooth and we look forward to the continuation of a strong end effective partnership.
Elizabeth Moran, Principal, Broadfield Primary School
The Pinnacle Learning Trust is a shining example of educational excellence, demonstrating remarkable ways of working, a deep commitment to partnership, a strong focus on professional development, and a genuine dedication to collaboration across educational phases. Their impact on the lives of students and the wider community is enormous and I am proud to recognise their invaluable contribution to education in Oldham.
Matt Bulmer, Director of Education, Early Years and Skills for Oldham Council
The Trust has opportunities for you to continue your professional development and recently I completed the in-house management training programme which I found beneficial. I have worked for OSFC (and now The Pinnacle Learning Trust) for 15 years and what has kept me here is the culture, development, opportunities to progress, and the ever changing role that is HR.
Taking on an EdTech Project Lead Role within the Trust has given me the skills to manage teams to deliver training to school staff across the North West in a bid to support their online delivery at a time when we've needed it most. The incredible support I have received has been invaluable to my own development as a leader.
Jonathon Barker, Course Leader Computer Science & T Level (Digital), Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager and EdTech Project Lead
The Associate Research School and the Trust allows us to focus on the use of research when planning CPD. Time can be spent exploring what will have the biggest impact on teaching & learning.
Angela Easton, Assistant Principal Hathershaw College
Families join Hathershaw because it is driven to ensure that everyone has the chance to succeed. Students are always challenged to be the best they can be, within a community that cares for each other and strives to improve the life chances for all.
I grew up and went to school in Oldham, finishing at the incredible Oldham Sixth Form College. I have always been motivated to give back to the community that supported me and I chose Hathershaw because it is a real focal point for local people. It has a mix of students from different backgrounds, deepening our understanding of different languages, cultures and religions, and it is a school that makes a huge impact on both its students and staff.
There are a host of reasons why I enjoy teaching at this school. From the daily interactions with everyone through to seeing students’ faces when they accomplish something they never thought possible. However, the greatest sense of purpose comes when they leave us as ambitious, well-mannered individuals with a skillset that sets them up for their future.
My role as Most Able Co-ordinator allows me to inspire students to move into further and higher education. I run educational visits to places such as the University of Cambridge and Oxford, where our students are visibly inspired.
Ashley Stewardson, Futures and Aspirations Lead Teacher / Lead Teacher of BTEC Sport , Hathershaw College