School Improvement

The School Improvement Directors (SIDs) perform a key role within the Trust and have responsibility for ensuring all our schools continue to improve. The SIDs also contribute to the wider work of the Teaching School Alliance (TSA) and in doing so have an in-depth knowledge across the Trust. The SIDs have a detailed understanding of each Trust school and support the Headteacher in accessing the support they need to make further improvement. SIDs do have authority to direct Headteachers when it is appropriate to do so and can work directly with Local Governing Bodies (LGB). The SIDs are directly line-managed by the CEO and can also be called upon to carry out interim and executive Head functions as required.

For further information please refer to the School Improvement document below:

School Improvement 2018-19 – 698kB (PDF)

Primary School Improvement DirectorAmanda Thorton-Jones

Amanda Thornton-Jones

Amanda started her teaching career in Lancashire and has held a number of senior leadership posts within the North West. She has a proven track record of school improvement having gained many years’ experience employed as a School Improvement Consultant for Leeds and Stockport Councils. In 2015, she was appointed Headteacher of a Primary School and Nursery in Tameside, Manchester. She has successfully developed a number of leaders within her own and other school communities. Amanda recently had an active role as an Associate Headteacher within Tameside and worked with the Local Authority to provide training for senior leaders.


Secondary School Improvement Directors Dr Andrew Cummings-sm

Andrew Cummings

Andrew Cummings was head at South Craven School from 2002 to April 2017, having previously worked in Surrey and Essex. South Craven School is a large, successful, mixed 11-18 comprehensive serving a semi-rural catchment which takes in both North Yorkshire and Bradford Education Authorities. The School converted to Academy status in May 2011 and was rated as Outstanding in March 2013.

Andrew completed a Doctorate (Ed D) at the Institute of Education between 1996 and 2002, with a final dissertation focusing on the development of the NPQH curriculum and was a Local Leader of Education (LLE) and latterly a National Leader of Education.


Neil Clephan OBE 

As Headteacher of Roundhay School (1996-2016) Neil became one of the first National Leaders of Education. He continues to support, in a wide variety of roles, sustainable school improvement both regionally and nationally, as an independent education and leadership consultant.

Roundhay School became one of the first 4 to 18 ‘through schools’ in the country. It serves a diverse socio economic and ethnic community of around 2500 students including a sixth form of over 550. The school was twice rated as ‘outstanding’ in all aspects by Ofsted. ‘Roundhay is all about its students. Where everyone regardless of background or ability is given the opportunity to shine.’ In March 2016 Neil received, from the Queen, an Order of the British Empire for services to education.

In his spare time Neil is Chair of the charity Jigsaw, working with prisoners and their families at Armley and Wealstun Prisons. He is also a Trustee and Board member of the Leeds Rhinos Rugby Foundation, Leeds University Student’s Union as well as of the Leeds Grand Theatre, City Varieties and Hyde Park Picture House.