Meet The Team
Mr Michael Tonge - Prestolee Multi Academy Trust CEO
Mike has taught in every year group across the primary range and has held a wide variety of management and leadership positions across the primary phase. He became head of Prestolee Primary School in 2005. Since then Prestolee has moved from a requires improvement school to an outstanding one. It is now the lead school in the Prestolee Multi Academy Trust. The trust is built around the core value that every child deserves a first class education.
As the Chief Executive of the trust he oversees all activity in the trust but is very well supported by a highly effective leadership team and school improvement team. Alongside his role as CEO he is a lead Ofsted inspector and is part of the executive steering group for the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership. He is the GM Sub Regional Support for Teaching Schools, sits on the North West School improvement board, the GM Reform Board and the GM Education and Employability board. He is a National Leader of Education and has supported school improvement across the region and beyond.
He believes Prestolee succeeds because it is about empowering others and building great communities of practices across the trust and across the region. All of the solutions to the challenges we face are out there somewhere. We simply have to work together to find them.
Mrs Rebecca Dunne - Prestolee Multi Academy Trust Deputy CEO
Rebecca Dunne is Deputy CEO of Prestolee Multi Academy Trust and as a system leader provides school improvement expertise both locally and nationally. She has led Prestolee Primary School as the Head and been part of team Prestolee for many years. Within the Trust her leadership role includes being the Executive Head teacher of Waterloo Primary School, Strategic lead for Prestolee SCITT and leading school to school support improving leadership and management throughout and beyond the Teaching School Alliance and Trust, with a particular focus on quality assurance.
Rebecca began her career as an NNEB and undertook Initial Teacher Training (ITT) through the graduate teaching programme. This foundation of school led teacher training and leadership development has been key to her commitment to building capacity in the Trust through a process of both external recruitment and developing leaders within the Trust. Progressing from newly qualified teacher to Head of school at Prestolee, Rebecca was integral to the school becoming first outstanding, and later a National Teaching School specialising in assessment and leadership. Through her commitment to school led ITT Rebecca successfully led Prestolee’s School Direct Programme training over 3 years and supported the transition to become a SCITT.
In her spare time Rebecca is an amateur painter and cat lover and is slowly becoming a plant collector.
Mrs Victoria Gould - Head of Initial Teacher Training for Prestolee SCITT
Victoria Gould is Head of Initial Teacher Training for Prestolee SCITT for Prestolee Multi Academy Trust. Victoria has worked for Prestolee for many years, firstly as a classroom teacher, to Assistant head teacher. Her work as an Senior Leader of Education over the years placed Victoria in many schools across Greater Manchester and was the foundation of her desire to support and drive teacher recruitment and development. Victoria believes in quality first teaching and is passionate about driving the profession forwards. With expertise in a variety of areas including pedagogy, teaching and learning, improving outcomes and overcoming barriers to learning. The comprehensive support network that she coordinate for NQT’s across the region is exceptional.
Vicky is a mum to two small children who fill all of her spare time, however she still finds time for a gin and tonic at the weekend!
Mrs Alex Keane - Prestolee Primary School Headteacher
Alex completed her BA Hons in Primary Education at Edge Hill University before starting her career in teaching in Bolton. She joined Prestolee Primary school in 2014 as Assistant Head Teacher and became an SLE for Prestolee Teaching School specialising in assessment to enable her to support schools across the North West.
During the past few years, in her role as a pupil premium reviewer, Alex has supported schools across the North West and the schools across the MAT with their pupil premium strategies.
Alex is passionate about making sure every child is a successful future citizen and believes providing the best possible education is the way to achieve this.
In her new role as Head of School, Alex is committed to working alongside her team as she leads the school on the next phase of its journey.
Alex also supports the work of Prestolee SCITT by training trainees in topics such as assessment, reading and catering for disadvantaged pupils. She enjoys being a contributor to the whole organisation as she knows this is the way to impact on more pupils beyond her own school.
Outside of work Alex loves spending time with her family and friends and going to the theatre.
Mrs Victoria Unsworth - Bowness Primary School Headteacher
My name is Victoria Unsworth and I have been the Headteacher of Bowness Primary School, in Little Lever for the last couple of years. It only seems like yesterday that I started, but things have changed a lot during that time as we have grown to be a 'Good' school with personal, development and welfare being graded as Outstanding. Every day is different in my role as Headteacher and it is never boring! I love leading the school, challenging and supporting staff and children to be the best they can be. We have a great team of teachers and support staff at Bowness and they work relentlessly to improve outcomes for our children.
As many of you will know, I am passionate about improving outcomes in core subjects as well as building on opportunities in the wider curriculum. I am very proud that this school is seen as a role model of best practice in areas such as: Music and DT. What I like best is the fact we are developing children who are responsible for leading such as; School council, Eco Warriors, Digital Leaders and Prefects. This really gives the children a sense of leadership.
Most recently, I have really enjoyed the challenge of supporting other Headteachers within the Trust and beyond.
I also really value our fantastic school community with lots of our parents and governors giving great support to what we do. Their commitment to the school really does make a big difference.
More than anything though, it is the success of every child in this school that makes my job as Headteacher such a rewarding and enjoyable one.
And finally, when I am not at school….. I enjoy reflecting, learning new things and reading picture books.
Mrs Daryl Anns - Barton Moss Primary School Headteacher
Hello, my name is Daryl Anns and I have been the headteacher at Barton Moss Community Primary School for the past four years. Barton Moss is a one form entry school in the Peel Green area of Salford.
Being a fairly small school, my role can vary from day to day. At the moment, I am leading the Safeguarding team and working with my excellent middle leaders to develop an exciting and broad curriculum using the Mantle of the Expert drama based approach. We value the input of our parents and community and are constantly seeking ways to involve them more and more in the life of school. We are currently on a swift journey of school improvement, supported by the Trust, to ensure we are giving our children the opportunities to be the best that they can be. Please follow us on Twitter to find out about the learning fun and learning challenges that take place each day @BartonmossCPS.
Mrs Angela Goodman - Waterloo Primary School Headteacher
My name is Angela Goodman and I have been Head of School at Waterloo Primary - a two form entry primary in Ashton Under Lyne - since September 2017. I have worked in Tameside for the last 8 years. Prior to this I have worked in Wythenshawe and Zambia. My experience in Africa has made me enthusiastic to open our student's eyes to the wider world. I have accessed funding in the past to take children to Poland, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey and China.
Waterloo is a school undergoing a period of change and improvement and I am excited to be a part of it. As a staff we are committed to driving standards and attainment, as well as building our place within the local community and broadening our children's experiences.
With the support of the trust we have seen improvements in many aspects of school life and as a staff we are looking forward to a bright future for the children at our school.
I have two children. With my daughter I enjoy horse riding. My son and I are attempting to walk the Transpennine Trail and over the last year have managed to walk from Southport to Hyde!
Mr Jim Haslam - Prestolee Multi Academy Trust Governance Clerk
As the Governance Clerk to Prestolee Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), I provide advice and guidance to the Governing Boards of all of the schools and organisations within the Prestolee MAT. This includes organising their Governing Board and Committee meetings and agreeing and distributing the Agendas and all of the documents that the Governors and the Directors (Trustees) need to run efficient meetings.
I am responsible for writing up accurate Minutes to provide a clear record of the discussions and all of the decisions made at every meeting within the Trust. The Minutes are working documents used by the Governors and Directors (Trustees) to inform their decisions at future meetings.
The Minutes also provide a permanent record of good governance within the Prestolee Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) and they form part of the evidence seen by Ofsted when they have judged the ‘Effectiveness of Leadership and Management’ at various organisations within the Trust to be ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’.
I have nine years’ experience as a Governance Clerk and since 2015 it has been my privilege to serve all of the Governors, Trustees and Officers within the Prestolee Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). I was appointed as Prestolee MAT’s in-house Governance Clerk in October 2018.
For leisure, I enjoy sailing and hill walking with my family.