School Improvement Team

Key document: “The Offer Provided for Schools in the Trust”


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.

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Head of School Improvement Team

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.


John Robinson

Director of Operations

John has worked in the IT sector for over ten years, joining Hawkley Hall High School in 2006. In 2012, John joined the Rowan Learning Trust central team as Information Systems Manager, with a remit to establish consistent, robust IT systems to aid teaching, learning and administrative functions across all schools in the Trust. John has extensive experience of working with schools to align technology with teaching & learning, working with senior leaders and key stakeholders, with a core focus on improving standards and achieving value for money. John has also led on major projects, including extracting schools from managed services. In 2018, John was appointed to the role of Director of Operations, overseeing capital projects, academy conversions, marketing, business continuity and ICT.

John holds a BSc (Hons) in Information Systems, an MSc in Educational Leadership & Management and is a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner for project management.


Gill Goulding

Trust Business Manager

Having enjoyed a successful career working at manager level in the banking and legal costs sectors for more than 20 years, Gill joined Hawkley Hall in 2006. She held the posts of Finance Officer/Office Manager and Business Manager prior to appointment to the role of Trust Business Manager in September 2013. This gives Gill additional responsibility to the Trust Board for the effective governance and performance of financial matters across the Trust. She supports the Trust and its establishments in meeting all of their financial obligations. Gill has extensive experience of working with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders across both private and public sectors. Adept at financial planning and management, Gill has used research, analysis and negotiation skills to successfully contribute to the Trust’s drive for continuous improvement for its students. She has Certificate of School Business Management (CSBM) and Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) accreditation

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Head of School Improvement

Chris has over 8 years of senior leadership experience across two schools. He was previously an Advanced Skills teacher and quickly progressed to lead on Pastoral as an Assistant Headteacher. Chris has extensive experience of implementing successful changes in pastoral structures and driving continuous improvement, and has also led on student progress and tracking initiatives. He has been involved with secondary diagnostics, and works closely with local networks to share best practice. Chris has a Masters degree in Education Leadership, and is currently completing his NPQH.


Jeanette Rigby

Assistant Headteacher / Executive Head of Inclusion, Safeguarding and SEND

Jeanette has worked in education for twenty years. She started at Hawkley Hall High School in 2005 as a pastoral leader. Teaching PSHE, Jeanette went on to become Head of Inclusion and Executive Head for SEND and safeguarding across the Trust and is Special Leader in Education (SLE), supporting other schools in developing SEND provision. She has a wealth of experience working with children, young people and their families; in particular, those with special educational needs and looked after children (LAC).

Since 2008, Jeanette has been the designated safeguarding lead. She also facilitates level 1 safeguarding training, designated safeguarding lead training and safer recruitment training across schools in Wigan and surrounding areas. Jeanette facilitates training of the designated person for child protection for Wigan Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB).

Jeanette is a keen ambassador of continued professional development for staff (CPD). She has been the lead professional in developing the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme (OTAP), designed to improve knowledge and understanding of how children learn. Jeanette’s relevant qualifications are a foundation degree (FDA) in teaching and learning in secondary education and BA (Hons) in teaching, learning and mentoring. She is currently completing an MA in special educational needs (SEN) and inclusion.

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Executive Head of Faculty – Hawkley/ Kirkby/ TTA cluster

Natalie has been a teacher of mathematics at Hawkley Hall High since 2008. In 2013 she became a lead practitioner of mathematics, before taking up her current role of Assistant Headteacher & Executive Head of Maths for the Rowan Learning Trust. Natalie has a passion for teaching and learning, and is a trained facilitator for the Olevi ITP and OTP courses. She has also developed and delivered a training programme for recently qualified teachers, aiding their induction into the school community. Natalie has extensive experience supporting colleagues, both at Hawkley Hall and through school-to-school support at other schools, and has developed processes to embed change and improve the quality of teaching. Natalie has also coordinated support work with local primary schools, developing staff confidence and knowledge of teaching at level 6, and worked to review and develop the whole-school feedback and marking policy, bringing it into line with current Ofsted guidelines. Natalie was awarded SLE in 2015.

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Executive Head of Faculty – Hawkley/ Kirkby/ TTA cluster

Emma has been teaching English at Hawkley Hall High School since 2006. During this time she has been Head of KS3 and KS4 English and she is currently Head of English leading an outstanding faculty. She has been part of the leadership team that has directly contributed to a rise in English GCSE results, which have been above 80% since 2011. Part of her responsibility has been to develop leadership skills within the faculty, to improve teaching and learning, to develop new KS3 and KS4 curricula and to mentor School’s Direct trainee teachers and NQTs. During her time at Hawkley Hall High School, she has led whole school initiatives on developing collaborative learning and literacy across the curriculum and is a facilitator of the Hawkley Hall Teaching and Learning Programme. She is also a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and supports other schools using her developed coaching skills and her knowledge as a GCSE examiner.