RLT Headteachers



Phil Rimmer

Executive Headteacher

Phil is Executive Headteacher for the Trust.  He has co-ordinated, and led, the support for more than twenty schools; the impact of which has been as great as a 23% increase in 5A*-C including English and mathematics. Phil co-ordinates aspects of school improvement areas across the Trust which includes: senior and middle leadership support and development, student progress, SLE deployment for school-to-school support, curriculum planning, quality assurance, ARR, SEFs/SDPs and pastoral. He also co-ordinates leadership and subject networks within the Trust and is the line manager of the teaching & learning, English, maths and safeguarding/SEN members of the RLT school improvement team.


Bill LeylandBill Leyland

Headteacher – Kirkby High School

Bill moved from an early career path in medicine at Brasenose College Oxford to become a teacher of Chemistry. He became head of chemistry, then science, then a senior leader. He has held permanent full time positions in 5 schools across the North West as his career has rapidly progressed.

Between 2010 and 2013, as an SLE, Bill ran several successful school to school support contracts, stabilising and rapidly improving schools in various areas of focus. In January 2013 Bill became interim Headteacher of Kirkby Sports College, a school rated as inadequate with a history of low attainment. Kirkby Sports College was converted to a sponsored Academy (Kirkby High School) in September of 2013 and after their highest ever GCSE attainment (and the first above floor standards) Bill was made permanent Headteacher.

KHS has transformed their philosophy, ethos, aspirations and leadership structure and the school’s growing reputation in the community is clearly reflected in the 45% increase in admissions.

Anne Isherwood

Headteacher – Three Towers Alternative Provision Academy

Anne has over twenty years teaching experience and began working at Hawkley Hall High School in January 2005 as pastoral assistant headteacher. In this position she oversaw the first review of The Hawkley Way which is a code of behaviour written by students based on respect for all. Anne’s work at Hawkley contributed to the positive change in ethos which helped the school on its journey towards outstanding success. She helped develop the Inclusion Faculty and was instrumental in embedding the inclusive ethos that pervades the school. This was recognised when the school became the first in the North of England to achieve The Inclusion Quality Mark. She was the Designated Child Protection Officer for the school, as well as the Lead Professional when the school was recognised as a Lead Behaviour School by the DfE in 2011. A specialist in working with challenging and disaffected students, Anne was appointed headteacher of Wigan’s Pupil Referral Service in September 2012. Since then she has restructured and relocated the provision, before taking it through the academy conversion process and joining the Rowan Learning Trust.


mgaskill_smallMichael Gaskill

Headteacher – Marus Bridge Primary School

Michael is the headteacher at Marus Bridge Primary School. He has twenty years of senior leadership experience in primary schools. Michael has taught across the whole primary age range and had headships in St. Helens and Salford prior to his current post in Wigan. He led his previous school to an outstanding Ofsted judgement in 2007. In 2012, leadership and pupils’ outcomes at Marus Bridge were judged outstanding.

Since then Michael has led the school in the further improvement of outstanding teaching and learning and a rich, inspiring curriculum featuring the unique Bridge Builders Graduate Award Scheme. He became an Ofsted inspector in 2015.He worked for Ofsted as an Associate Inspector and took part in several Section 8 inspections and he is now a Team Inspector on Section 5 inspections.

Michael is a Local Leader of Education and has a Masters’ Degree in Educational Leadership. He has had significant impact supporting a number of schools across the North West. His subject expertise is in English, history and primary mathematics.

Michael is a father of three children. He is passionate about learning and the potential for educators to inspire children and adults of all ages and backgrounds.