The Bay Learning Trust is a community of like-minded schools. We serve our community to enable pupils to flourish and achieve excellence. The Trust was set up by Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy in 2017. Ripley is a large Academy with nearly 1800 students, 400 of whom are in the Sixth Form. The Academy has been graded “Outstanding” in its last two Ofsted inspections. Ripley has its own SCITT (School Centred Initial Teaching Training), which was also graded “Outstanding” in 2017.
In 2018 we were delighted to welcome Carnforth High School into our Trust family, and then Morecambe Bay Academy and Central Lancaster High School in 2019.
Who Are We?
We have a growing central team who work closely with our Academies, offering a range of support services and advice.
Sally Kenyon – Chief Executive Officer
Sue Farrimond – Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Andrew McKinnell – Chief Operating Officer/Chief Finance Officer
Catherine Walmsley -Executive Headteacher and Director of School Improvement
John Cowper – Executive Headteacher
Paul Jarvis – Director of Finance and Operations
Felicity Ackroyd – Director of SCITT and Teacher Development
Nick Walmsley – Deputy Director of SCITT
Matt Armstrong – Assistant Director of SCITT
Dave Chapman – Assistant Director of SCITT
Francesca Holmes – SCITT Business Support Manager
Ian Jones – Trust ICT Manager
Georgina Tyler Cole – Payroll & Pensions Manager
Caroline Wilson – HR Associate
Fiona Graham – Governance Professional
Danielle Wynne – Trust Finance Manager
Georgina Milce – HR Administrator
As the founding school, Ripley’s Christian ethos sits at the heart of the ethos of our Multi Academy Trust. You can read more about our partnership of faith and community schools via our Blackburn Diocese page.
Excellence, Integrity and Service sit at the heart of all we do and underpin how we work together within our schools and our wider community.