The Trust at the heart of the Batley community
Manorfield Infant and Nursery School
Kim became head of Manorfield Infant and Nursery School in September 2021 after working at Healey Junior, Infant and Nursery School for over a decade. As both a teacher, a leader and a mother, Kim has a special passion for Early Years and the importance of the first 5 years of a child’s life.
Kim graduated from the University of Newcastle with a degree in Geography, before undertaking her PGCE at York St John’s University. After gaining her PGCE, Kim worked for a number of years in a school in inner city Bradford. Kim has taught every year group from Nursery through to Year 6. Kim has rolled out a number of highly successful whole school initiatives and enjoys leading school improvement.
Kim feels that education is the one way that we can successfully change a child’s life chances. Children only get one childhood, we have to ensure that those first 18 years are full of experiences, opportunities and learning for all children, regardless of their background or starting point.
Batley Grammar School
John believes that every young person deserves to be able to achieve and succeed, regardless of their starting point, to become successful, independent citizens and positive members of their community. John firmly believes that a high quality education is key to this success.
John began his teaching career working in Leeds and then the Midlands teaching Science, and his specialism of Biology. John joined Batley Grammar School in 2008 as Head of Science. He has progressed his career undertaking several different leadership roles as the school has grown in size due to its continuous success. Following a highly successful Deputy Headship, John became Headteacher in 2023. John is a keen scientist and sportsman.
Batley Grammar School - Primary
Jane joined Batley Grammar School in 2013 as Head of Primary Phase. She has over 30 years experience working with schools and children in Telford and the North East, as well as working as a Teaching and Learning consultant supporting schools for Service families in Germany prior to returning to the UK, and to Batley.
Jane is also an associate for PiXL and works with several schools to implement strategies to improve outcomes for children.
Working for our Trust at Batley Grammar School has been a great opportunity for Jane to support our young people to become the best they can be as part of the wider Batley community.
Upper Batley High School
Aman joined Upper Batley High School in 2014 as an Assistant Headteacher. He became Deputy Headteacher in 2015, Head of School in 2020 and Headteacher in September 2022. Aman gained his NPQH Ambition Leadership accreditation in 2020.
Prior to joining our family of schools, Aman held leadership roles for 16 years and supported schools throughout Kirklees with leadership development; helping to raise quality standards across departments as well as aiding the professional development of colleagues.
Aman firmly believes that all young people should be given the opportunity to reach their full potential, regardless of their background, and is passionate about creating a culture to enable self-development and pride.
Aman’s ethos is that hard work coupled with a growth mindset empowers each and every person to be successful in life, thus removing any barriers to success, and he is testament to those principles.
Batley Girls' High School
Gary became the Headteacher at Batley Girls’ High School in September 2023, having previously been the Headteacher at Batley Grammar School (a through-school in our Trust). Prior to this, Gary taught in a large 11-18 comprehensive school in Leeds before taking up the initial post of Deputy Head at Batley Grammar School and progressing to Headteacher.
Gary’s subject specialism is Economics and Business Studies. Throughout his teaching career, he has also taught Law to 14-18 year olds.
Gary is keen to ensure that all young people grasp the opportunities available to them, that school and education can provide, so that they can become positive successful role models in our community.
Healey Junior, Infant and Nursery School
Luisa began her journey at Healey School in January 2017, as the Interim Headteacher and secured the substantive Headship in June 2017. Before this, Luisa had been the long standing Deputy Headteacher at Dalton School in Huddersfield, and had experienced being an Acting Headteacher and a school improvement partner for local schools.
From her earliest memories, Luisa has always wanted to be a teacher and has followed in the footsteps of family members. Luisa started her teaching career in Brighouse, where she taught across the primary phase and in Year 6 for many years. Having led curriculum development, Luisa particularly enjoyed leading Science, IT and PSHE. In 2006, she relished the challenge of moving to a much larger school in a challenging area where she soon became the Deputy Headteacher.
Luisa is devoted to education and enabling young people and staff to be the best they can be, regardless of their background or starting point. Inspiring others and making a positive difference to people’s lives are what motivates Luisa in her role.
Field Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School
Hilary began her teaching career at Hyrstmount Junior School, in Batley, and has been committed to improving the life chances of young people and their families in this area ever since.
Hilary joined Field Lane Junior, Infant and Nursery School in 1996 and became Headteacher in 2015. Hilary is passionate about the power of art and creativity, having gained a degree in Art and Education from Lancaster University and continues to be involved in various art projects in the local area.
Hilary is a Director of BBEST, a local community interest company, that works in partnership with 21 local schools, the Local Authority and the local health services; all with the aim of working together to help each other support the families of the children in the community. Hilary is also a Trustee of Mosaic and helps to coordinate, The Change Project; an arts and science initiative involving many of the BBEST schools.
Creating an environment where young people can develop a strong sense of identity, have the confidence to find their voice, and begin to make a difference to the world is what drives her passion for education.