Senior Leadership TeaM
My name is Kati-Anne Roughley, I am 34 years old. I grew up in Salford and still there with my family. My husband and I have three sons, Joe who is 9, Archie who is 7 and Freddie who is 4. When I am not at work I am kept very busy with football practise, matches and cross country running. I enjoy meeting up with family and friends and reading.
I started teaching 12 years ago. My career developed there and I became English subject lead, assistant head, vice principal and eventually Head of School.
I have enjoyed working in the same place for 12 years and seeing how the community has changed and developed. Our academy is a vibrant fun filled place and I am proud to be the leader of such a wonderful academy!
My name is Sharon Croke and I live with my husband Richard and our son Jack. I was born in a little village in County Wexford in Ireland.
I moved to London when I was eleven years old with my parents and siblings. I attended secondary school in London and went to University there too.
I moved to Manchester when I qualified as a teacher in 1999. I have worked in the academy for the last seventeen years. I have taught in Reception, Year one, Year two, Year three and Year Six. I have been the Vice Principal for the last four years and my responsibilities include KS2 lead, maths lead, assessment and curriculum lead.
I am very passionate about teaching and I believe that all children can achieve and reach to their full potential. I love working in Blackley and I think our children here at Blackley Academy are amazing.
I am the Vice Principal for Inclusion which includes leading on Special Educational needs and Disabilities, Safeguarding and Behaviour.
I am also Year 3 and 4 Phase Leader and monitor pupil outcomes across the year groups.
In my 22 year teaching career I have taught in a range of settings ranging from Primary, Special Education and Secondary Schools, plus I also spent time as an Advanced Skills teacher for a local authority. Inclusion has been my specialism for several years and I am passionate about meeting pupil needs and make learning accessible for all.
Prior to becoming a teacher I worked as a Gymnastics coach and had the pleasure of coaching a gymnast who was chosen to represent GB at Athens Olympics. Gymnastics has been a big part of my life as a coach and National Judge.
Moving from coach to teacher was an obvious progression as I am driven to help children achieve their potential and empower them for life.
I have 2 sons who are both keen actors. They keep me up to date with Dr Who, Marvel characters and modern technology!
My husband is a gymnastics coach and musician who perform in a Punk band.
When relaxing I love to swim, sing, listen to music, watch films or take walks in Heaton Park.
I love being a Mancunian and am extremely proud of my North Manchester roots.
My name is Penny Keen and I have been a teacher for nearly 20 years. After qualifying with a teaching degree at Sheffield University I began my journey as a supply teacher in Manchester. One of the schools that I was called out to was ‘Victoria Avenue Primary’, which later became E-Act Blackley Academy. After a while I was asked to stay on as a temporary Reception teacher and then as a permanent year 3 teacher. Many years later I have taught in a variety of year groups and have had many different roles. My current role is a year 2 class teacher and Key Stage 1 lead with responsibility for our newly qualified teachers and students.
During my time at our school, I married my husband who is also a teacher and had a little girl who is no longer so little, aged 16! In my spare time I love to read, do yoga, and occasionally do slightly more adventurous things like hill walking in the Lakes, camping and even kayaking.
I feel very proud to be E-Act Blackley’s longest serving member of teaching staff and have loved seeing so many pupils come through our school.
My name is Laura Boden, I am 32 years old. I grew up in Salford and still live in Salford with my family. My husband Dave and I have two sons, Charlie who is 6 and Theo who is 18 months. When I am not at work I am kept very busy with Charlie’s football practise, matches, swimming and golf. I enjoy cooking, shopping and meeting up with family and friends. I run 5K each week to keep fit.
I started teaching 12 years ago in a small primary school in Eccles. My career developed there and after 4 years I became EYFS Lead. I gained a scholarship in 2014 to complete my National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership. Since completing this course, I have a new job. I now work at E-act Blackley Academy, I am a Reception Class Teacher, EYFS Lead and I am on the Senior Leadership Team. I will be leading on Early Communication Skills and Parental Involvement. I am enjoying being part of a new team and a new school family.
I am looking forward to the future and I am excited to see what it holds.
My name is Rebecca Sykes, I am 36 years old. I live with my fiancé Ben and our cat who is called Puss, in Cheshire where we recently moved to enjoy more of the countryside. I was born and brought up in a small village in West Yorkshire called Holmfirth (Last of the Summer Wine country). When I am not at work, I enjoy going bike riding, cooking and spending time with my family.
In 2000, I moved to Newcastle to attend University where I studied BA Hons Primary Education with QTS. When I qualified as a teacher in 2003, I moved to South Manchester. I got my first teaching job at a Church of England school near where I lived in South Manchester, where I started as a NQT and over the 11 years taught in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and progressed to Key Stage one Phase Leader. After 11 enjoyable years, I decided that it was time for a change and moved to the E-act Blackley Academy in 20I4, where I made the move into teaching in Key Stage 2. Currently, I teach in Year 4 but have also taught Year 3. My responsibilities include: science lead, Healthy Schools lead and PSHE lead. Recently, I joined the SLT team as Lower Key Stage 2 lead after carrying out my NPQSL (National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership).
I am passionate about teaching and strive to ensure that all the children I teach receive the best possible education to develop a love of learning and to equip them for the future. I really enjoy working in Blackley as our children are fantastic individuals who put a smile on my face everyday.