Proud leader of Trust takes OBE to Yorkshire Academy Schools

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Proud schools Trusted leader eager to welcome new schools and partnerships, to amplify its growth and to share its expertise and its unique offer

Amanda told the children and staff about her day at Windsor Castle last December and what it was like to meet Prince Charles.

The Trust’s motto is ‘Achieving Excellence Together’ and Amanda believes the honor she has received is recognition of the achievements of the many groups and teams of people she is proud to have worked with to date.

Amanda has enjoyed working at Greetland Academy (formerly Greetland Primary School) since 1996 as Deputy Principal, Principal and then Executive Director. She now spends her time as CEO of Trust, supporting and guiding both the Trust Academies and others in need of support.

Proud schools Trusted leader eager to welcome new schools and partnerships, to amplify its growth and to share its expertise and its unique offer

As CEO of Great Heights Academy Trust, Amanda oversees the operation of five academies in West Yorkshire: Bowling Green Academy, The Greetland Academy and West Vale Academy in Calderdale; the Carlinghow Academy in Kirklees; and Raynville Academy in Leeds.

Amanda and her team of dedicated leaders at Great Heights Trust have sought out opportunities to grow the effectiveness and reach of the trust: it is a provider of initial teacher education (SCITT); one of only 28 national research schools; and The Greetland Academy is one of 34 national English hubs.

Working with the Trust’s school improvement, leadership and workforce development teams, Amanda’s Academies benefit from the latest educational research and access to national programs and initiatives.

Proud schools Trusted leader eager to welcome new schools and partnerships, to amplify its growth and to share its expertise and its unique offer

Amanda, an active National Education Officer, is also the regional delivery partner for the Department of Education’s current School and Trust Improvement Programme, connecting system leaders to support Lancashire schools and West Yorkshire.

The Trust team is also actively involved in setting up the Early Career Framework, ESFA Financial Steering Groups and works in numerous partnerships, including one with the University of Huddersfield. This combination drives the trust’s philosophy of developing excellent teachers, seeking support for teacher retention, and obtaining the full benefits of collaborative working.

Proud schools Trusted leader eager to welcome new schools and partnerships, to amplify its growth and to share its expertise and its unique offer

Seeing the children and staff grow and progress in their lives always encourages Amanda to advocate teaching as a career that allows young people to reach their full potential.

Great Heights Trust offers professional development for staff at all career levels, providing training and support to senior, middle and future leaders through bespoke coaching and mentoring offerings. Amanda is proud to have taught four of the current teachers at Greetland Academy, recently rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. She hopes to inspire many more teachers, managers and leaders in this wonderfully fulfilling profession.

Amanda is keen to welcome new schools and partnerships to the Trust, accelerate its growth, and share its expertise and unique offering.

A new chapter begins in February 2022 as the Trust team moves into its new offices at Riverside Mills in Elland, to further develop the reach of its Trust research-based offerings and partnerships. The Trust welcome visitors or request more information about working in partnership or joining Great Heights Academy Trust, visit https://greatheightstrust.org.uk/our-trust/ to find out more.

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