Directors

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Mr Piers BOSTOCK

Trust Director, Chair of Trust

I have been working in the sugar industry, both in the UK later all over the world, for 45 years and , in that time , have been involved in a number of different roles from mechanical engineering, through major project management to energy and capacity analysis in something over 300 sugar factories and refineries. I have run my own business for the last 17 years. I am also a Member of the Chartered Management Institute and have developed analytical skills in business management. Among my voluntary activities, I am Treasurer of my local church, St Anne’s Ambergate, and am Chairman of Heage Windmill Society, which manages the charity running the windmill, where I am also a voluntary guide. Among my leisure activities, I enjoy fly-fishing, have an old rally Mini, enjoy gardening and help my wife with her sheep breeding. Relevant to school governance, I was a Haberdasher Governor at Bunbury School from 2001 to 2010, where finished as Vice–Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee. I was then asked to join the Haberdashers’ Adams Federation Governing Body, helping to govern Adams Grammar School (now an Academy) and Abraham Darby Academy in Telford, from which I resigned in order to join the Bunbury IEB, in May 2015. The members of the IEB and interim staff worked very hard across all school areas to bring Bunbury Aldersey CE Primary School out of Special Measures to Good, by January 2016. We then organised the Federation of the school with St. Oswald’s Worleston CE Primary School in February 2016, at which point two of the IEB team joined the governing body of the Federation. The work with the Federation involved the development of a new Policy and Procedure structure, combining the existing policies of the two schools, establishing and managing a new governance structure (now transferred to the RCSAT) and developing strong governance of the schools. During 2016 and into 2017, I helped in the development of the Rural Church Schools Academy Trust (RCSAT), both in developing the strategy and being a part of the working party of the 3 schools establishing the MAT. Upon conversion, I became chair of RCSAT Directors. In summary, my governance experience over 17 years has been in a variety of environments and situations, bringing industrial and business management experience into an education theatre and my ability to adapt examples of best practice identified in one working environment into the educational sphere. 

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Mrs Sheila LOUGHLIN

Achievement Director

I work as an educational consultant with the Diocese of Chester, focusing on school improvement. I was an additional inspector with Ofsted for ten years. I chaired the IEB at Bunbury when the school was placed in special measures. I have been headteacher of two primary schools, one of which was an outstanding rural primary. I was appointed Principal of the Chester Diocese's only sponsored academy in Stockport, during its transition from being a school in special measures. Whilst a headteacher in Cheshire East I worked for the local authority as a school improvement partner, working with schools in the Tarporley area, one of which was Bunbury Aldersey C of E School. I am also a governor at a school in a disadvantaged area of Cheshire East. I lead on early years within the diocese. Key Skills Leadership and management, teaching and learning, safeguarding, SMSC. I understand current national educational policies and the local context. I have expertise in curriculum development, school assessment and progress/attainment. I have experience of working with leaders to establish expectations for improvement and outcomes. I am able to question and challenge in a professional manner.

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Mrs Anne JAMES

Pastoral Director

I have been in primary education for almost 30 years before recently retiring nearly 5 years ago. I have taught across the full age range, in several counties and in a range of schools from “leafy lane” schools to those in areas of high deprivation. I have been a member of a Senior Leadership team for 18 years with a wide range of responsibilities including safeguarding, english throughout the school, data collection and analysis, again across all age ranges, reporting to governors and SIP. Following the Ofsted inspection of Bunbury school in February 2015 I was asked to support the interim executive headteacher and came as the interim deputy headteacher. With the focused support of the IEB the school was recognised as a Good school in January 2016, under 12months was quite exceptional. As a governor I have engaged with continual professional development to ensure my knowledge is current and I am able to support the schools within this new academy to make improvements to ensure that there are positive outcomes for the children in our care

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Mr Andrew DENTON

HR and Finance

Andrew Denton began work teaching in outdoor education in 1984, and then moved to a series of senior management and business ownership roles in the outdoor recreation sector. He is best known as the founder and co-owner of the modern Mountain Equipment brand and has owned several other outdoor sports brands too. Today he is CEO of the Outdoor Industries Association the non-profit body that represents the UK Outdoor sector to government and across the world. He is Secretary General of the European Outdoor Group Coalition ‘Its Great Out There’ - the Chair of the Sheffield Outdoor City project, sits on The Wild Network council, the OutDoor by ISPO Advisory Board and is the Outdoor Representative on the UK-Active Membership Council. As well as the non-profit sector Andrew works as an independent commercial business consultant and co-owns several climbing walls and small businesses. He is an accomplished ski mountaineer, mountain biker and GB Ironman triathlete, with first ascents in Patagonia, the Arctic & Antarctica.

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Mrs Nicola BADGER

Executive Headteacher

I have been in primary education for over 20 years. During my career, I have taught across the full age range in primary school from nursery to Year 6, and in a range of schools from “leafy lane” schools to those in areas of high deprivation. Since joining Bunbury in 2011 as Deputy Head teacher I have been a member of the Senior Leadership team for 10 years with a wide range of responsibilities including Teaching and Learning, English throughout the school, RE, data collection and analysis across all age ranges, and Music. Following the Ofsted inspection of Bunbury school in January 2015 I returned back to school from maternity leave as Principal, in January 2016. Working alongside the Executive Head teacher at the time, I supported the school through academy conversion to become part of RCSAT. I was appointed as Executive Head teacher for the trust in February 2021, and I still remain Principal of Bunbury Aldersey CE School also. I am passionate about the education and welfare of the children in my care, both at my base of Bunbury and across the schools of the RCSAT. Being a leader with high standards as a personal expectation, I have a strong desire to take my professional colleagues along with me whilst keeping the trust children at the centre of all the decisions I make. I support, uphold and lead the ethos and vision of the Academy and strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for all our children, their families and RCSAT staff.

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RCSAT Main Office

C/O
Bunbury Aldersey CE Primary School,
School Lane,
Bunbury,
Cheshire
CW6 9NR

School Contact | Nicola Badger

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C/O
St Oswald's Worleston CE Primary School,
Church Road,
Aston Juxta Mondrum,
Nantwich,
CW5 6DP

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