Senior Leadership TeaM

Kati-Anne Roughley Kati-Anne Roughley Head of School

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!

Sharon Croke Sharon Croke Senior Vice Principal Upper KS2 Teaching and Learning lead

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.

Jan Lea Jan Lea Vice Principal SENCO Lower KS2 Teaching and Learning lead

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.

Penny Keen Penny Keen KS1 Teaching and Learning Lead Year Two Teacher

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.

Laura Boden Laura Boden EYFS Teaching and Learning Lead Reception Teacher

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.

Rebecca Sykes Rebecca Sykes Lower KS2, Science and Healthy Schools Lead. Year 4 Teacher


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.

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