Movers & Shakers, Politics

Movers & Shakers: Leigh Moore, Louise Riley and Sunita Goddard-Patel

Leigh Moore has left Oldbury Academy in the West Midlands, where she was senior deputy headteacher, to be the new principal at nearby Wodensborough Ormiston Academy.

Ms Moore began her teaching career nine years ago, teaching English after a period as an education business manager. She has been a senior leader in schools for the last seven years.

At Wodensborough, she will focus on three priorities; attendance and punctuality; behaviour and learning; and achievement and progress.

“When it comes to getting stuck in and helping the young people we’ve got a success centre and I’m currently working with the school to shake that up and bring in more support from external agencies.”

She added: “For example we had West Bromwich Albion foundation come in and work with our young people, doing numeracy and literacy through sport.”

Ms Moore completed a degree in classics and international politics at Keele University followed by a masters in classics.

Louise Riley has joined Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) as its improvement director for vulnerable children.

Ms Riley, who has 20 years of experience in education, says her passion is helping vulnerable children and will focus on
how the curriculum and middle leadership can work together to help those young people in need.

“I’m also going to look at an alternative curriculum, to see what is bespoke and out there so every child is engaged,” she said.

“I’m also going to be supporting special educational needs pupils. Not so much the ones that have got statements, but the ones who are in need of statements – those middle children who are often looked over.”

In addition to her new role, Ms Riley is chair of governors of Watermill School, an all through special school in Stoke-on-Trent.

She is also an associate of Independent Thinking Ltd, where she delivers training and workshops on the importance of inclusion and relationships in education.

Ms Riley studied fine art at the University of Leeds followed by a PGCE in Manchester.

Sunita Goddard-Patel has also joined ATT, taking the position of governance manager.

In her previous role, Ms Goddard-Patel worked as a representation co-ordinator at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students and was responsible for democracy, policy and governance in the student movement.

As governance manager, she is responsible for policies, governor briefings, complaints and appeals as well as governor training. She said she was “looking to develop an annual plan and get our department working together.

“I’m then going to get my head around getting to know all of the governors and seeing what we need to do to improve governing bodies if that is necessary.

“I’ll see what training we can do for them, giving them the skills they need to pull the schools up if that is required. I’ll also be getting the policies up to date and making sure that everyone is working to the same rule book.”

Ms Goddard-Patel studied publishing with English at Loughborough University.


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