RLT Headteachers



Phil Rimmer

Executive Headteacher / Headteacher of Hawkley Hall High School

Phil is Headteacher at Hawkley Hall High School and Executive Headteacher for the cluster which includes Hawkley Hall, Kirkby High School and Three Towers.  Phil holds an MSC in Educational Leadership and Management and NPQH.  He is currently in the first cohort of the National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL). He was a member of the DfE Teacher Workload: Data Management Review Group and was part of the writing group for the NLE toolkit.

Phil has been in senior leadership since 2006 and prior to taking up his current post was the Director of Education for the Rowan Learning Trust. During this period he worked closely with the previous CEO, the Trust Business Manager, Director of Operations, Headteachers in the trust and the wider School Improvement Team. In addition, he has a wealth of experience in school improvement and has co-ordinated, and led, the support for more than twenty schools, demonstrating significant impact.


Staff, R ConefreyRochelle Conefrey

Headteacher – Kirkby High School

Rochelle was appointed as Head of English of Hawkley Hall High School in 2007 and then assistant headteacher in 2013. She initially oversaw an improvement in English results from 57% in 2007 to 82% in 2013. She is a member of the senior leadership team of the Rowan learning Trust (RLT) with responsibility for cross-trust teaching and learning. In addition, she is a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and a trained facilitator of both the Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP) and the Improving Teacher Programme (ITP). She has a breadth of experience in supporting colleagues in other schools, using her developed coaching skills in many ways. In total, and to varying degrees, she has supported nine schools in her work as SLE. The focus of this work is to develop leadership skills, working closely with newly appointed heads of faculty and ultimately to help schools to improve student progress and consequently to raise attainment. She was also an original member of the Hawkley Hall Teaching and Learning Programme writing team and has taken part in senior leadership development which focuses on encouraging people to take on group goals as opposed to individual goals.

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.


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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.