Liwsi has progressed very well since arriving at Oakwood. We are very proud of her. Her educational development is improving each day. Mrs Mandy Doherty
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Teaching School Alliances

As an outstanding Special School we have a successful track record of working with schools within the primary and secondary sector, to support improvements to raise standards that ensure pupils reach their full academic potential.

We offer support to individual colleagues and schools throughout the Teaching School Alliance with St. Patrick’s R.C High School. We currently have 5 Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs), which are part of St. Patrick’s Teaching School Alliance.

Click here to find out more about our work as a National Support School.





Our NLEs and SLEs are:

Amanda Nicholson - Executive Headteacher / NLE

Tom Marsden - SLE for Data / SEN / Performance Management
Lisa Southwood - SLE for Maths / SEN
Darren Jones - SLE for PE / SEN
Sara Rocca - SLE for Business and Finance
David Donnelly - Inclusions Manager

SLEs focus on developing leadership capacity so that other leaders have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. This may be done through one-to-one or group support and could involve a variety of activities, such as:

  • data analysis
  • coaching
  • facilitating and training
  • joint action planning
Oakwood Academy, Chatsworth Road, Ellesmere Park,
Eccles, Manchester M30 9DY
Tel: 0161 921 2880