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The CENTRAL TEAM

  Kirsty Tennyson – Chief Executive Officer
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Kirsty is the CEO of The Three Saints Academy Trust. She has been a Headteacher in 3 Primary Schools and has 16 years of headship experience. During this time, she has led 2 schools from special measures to outstanding Ofsted judgements and has 9 years experience as an Executive Headteacher. Kirsty is the strategic lead for North West Learning Partnership and the Senior Lead for North West Three Maths Hub. She also works as a National Leader in Education across the North West.  Kirsty worked carrying out inspections for Ofsted for 6 years and has experience as a governor of a local High School. She recently worked for the Archdiocese of Liverpool as Interim CEO, setting up a turnaround trust of 12 schools with academy orders.

  Lisa Bradshaw – Director of School Improvement
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Lisa is a former Deputy Head Teacher, Maths Consultant and Local Authority School Improvement Advisor. Lisa is Director of School Improvement at the Three Saints Academy Trust, she also is the Director of the North West Learning Partnership and as NW3 Maths Hub Lead she is responsible for all the strategic and operational aspects of the maths hub. Lisa represents the LWY region on National Maths Hub Council. Lisa is the Chair of The Trusts Curriculum & Standards Committee and a Chair of Governors of a Primary School in Wigan.

  Kim Sawe – Director of Finance
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Kim has been a Chartered Accountant since 2007 and is now a Fellow of ICAEW.  She has been in post with The Three Saints Academy Trust since it was established in August 2015.  Prior to joining the Trust, she worked as an auditor at the 'big four' accountancy firm KPMG for 11 years.  Here she worked with clients ranging from large PLC to small owner managed business but specialising in the audit of charities, including academies and multi academy trusts.  As well as leading the finance function at the Trust, Kim is responsible for the supervision of IT, data protection, procurement and HR and payroll.

  Linda Smith – Director of Well-being
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Linda has over 20 years of experience working in primary schools.  She is Director of Wellbeing for The Three Saints Academy Trust and North West Learning Partnership.  Linda's responsibilities include the safeguarding training of all staff and governance in the Trust.  The monitoring of the effectiveness of Trust strategy, policy and procedures.  She also provides supervision to the safeguarding and wellbeing teams and line manages the Attendance Officers.  Linda's experience is in the areas of child protection, safeguarding and all aspects of pastoral care including mental health and wellbeing for children and families.    She liaises extensively with outside agencies whether statutory or voluntary in seeking additional resources and support for the schools in the Trust.

  Darren Partington – Director of Maths
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Darren has been teaching for 20 years and has taught Nursery to Year 6.  During his teaching career, he has had many different roles that has led him to his current role as Director of Maths for Three Saints Academy Trust.  He has worked with the Northwest Maths Hub 3 for 5 years and was fortunate to visit Shanghai as part of a government exchange programme. Darren is a Primary Maths Specialist, a PD Accredited Lead and is completing his NPQLTD (Leading Teacher Development).   His role within the trust is to develop the teaching and learning of maths across the three schools from EYFS to Year 6 through coaching, collaboration, and celebration. 

  Maddy Barnes – Director of English
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Maddy Barnes is an experienced primary school teacher and senior leader. Maddy still regularly teaches in the classroom and includes live-teaching sessions in most of her training. Maddy is an established educational author, writer, blogger and series editor for a range of educational publishers. She is a DfE QA proofer for grammar and reading and works within test development. Maddy is a KS2 Writing Moderator and blogs regularly for a range of educational settings. Maddy, now the Director of English for Three Saints, has worked with the North West Learning Partnership since 2013 providing high quality training for teaching and non-teaching staff.

  Jenny Lawrenson – Admin & HR Assistant
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As Finance & HR Assistant Jenny is responsible the Trust sales and purchase ledger, for providing HR support to the central team and schools in the Trust and providing finance assistance to the North West Learning Partnership team.  She joined the Three Saints team in 2019 having previously been a Customer Retentions Officer, and having spent over 10 years in the finance sector.

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