Welcome from the CEO


I am proud to welcome you to Impact Education Multi Academy Trust.  The Trust is on a mission to improve the life chances of children and young people and improve social mobility for the disadvantaged.  Our vision is to be a Trust where hearts and minds connect; values-driven partners working collaboratively to ensure education impacts positively on students, families, communities and staff.  Impact Academies are aligned to the Trust Mission, Vision and Aims.  Our Academies have individual identities which reflect the diverse communities they serve. They have the autonomy to create, explore and learn from different practices and our Headteachers believe that leadership and personal accountability are founded on self-direction and reflection. 

We believe that collaborative leadership and strong partnership development can lead to significant positive impact on the quality of education through sharing the best collective practice.

Our values of Heart, Mind and Connect underpin everything we do and our Core Principles and Aims articulate how we will live these out. 

Best Wishes,

Mick Kay, Chief Executive Officer & Accounting Officer

Core Principles and Aims

Impact Academies commit to the core principles and agree how these translate into strategic and operational leadership.


Impact Academies are communities where hearts and minds connect. Each Academy is built around a clear set of values which are focused on transforming the lives of our students.


Impact Academies transform learning through high quality teaching, coaching and using what works best from research. Academies are on a journey of continuous improvement, whilst ensuring student and staff wellbeing is at the heart of our work.


Impact Academies have high expectations of all students. Ambitious academic and personal development targets are set to ensure each student makes outstanding progress. Academies reinforce positive attitudes to learning, reasoning, resilience, responsibility, reflection and respect are key learning characteristics cultivated in our academies.


Impact Academies provide clarity of vision which will enable us to develop shared goals with leaders feeling empowered to share their skills and knowledge for the benefit of the wider trust. Our leaders will inspire, motivate and lead with emotional intelligence.


Impact Academies place the development of effective relationships at the heart of their work. How we connect with each other, the community, culture, our learning and the wider world is the foundation of everything we do. Our relationships are built on mutual respect, professional trust and challenge.


Impact Academies invest in the personal development of students and professional development of staff. Impact Academies provide all students with opportunities to make a contribution to their communities and beyond.

Trust Aims

  • Deliver outstanding outcomes for all students.
  • Deliver excellence in teaching, learning, behaviour and curricula offer.
  • Provide students with life-enhancing opportunities to develop personally and to contribute to their communities and beyond.
  • Develop highly effective leaders, and governors who are relentless in delivering sustainable successes for our students.
  • Develop purposeful connections with parents and the communities we serve
  • Be an employer of choice.
  • Develop highly effective and customer-focused business and financial operations that support growth, manage risk and deliver value for money.

Our Team


Mick Kay

Chief Executive Officer & Accounting Officer

Gary Hellawell

Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Phill Horsfall

Interim Operations Director
Kerrie Thompson

Kerrie Thompson

Marketing & Communications Manager
Rhia Lansbury-Palmer

Rhia Lansbury-Palmer

Trust Improvement & Compliance Co-Ordinator

David J. Firth

IT Infrastructure and Services Manager
Lesley Heathcote

Lesley Heathcote

Executive Headteacher
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Phil Hannah

Headteacher: The Whitley AP Academy
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Paul Brook

Headteacher: Castle Hall Academy

Judy Wood

Headteacher: Old Bank Academy

Matt Perry

Headteacher: The Halifax Academy
Dean Watkin-headteacher

Dean Watkin

Headteacher: Newsome Academy
Ben Normington

Ben Normington

Acting Headteacher: Hill View Academy

Sarah Tindal

Head of School: Warley Road Academy
Donna Taylor-Smith

Donna Taylor-Smith

Primary Head of School: The Halifax Academy

Jane Blackburn

Trust Governance Professional
Pat McD

Pat McDermott

Trust Safeguarding Advisor
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Viv Helliwell

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Benefits of Joining

Academy Improvement

‍Support and challenge will take place within a clear framework of accountability to drive up standards. Joining our Trust represents a unique opportunity to draw on and add to the expertise across primary, secondary and specialist provision. Our academies will have access to our Trust Improvement Advisor and will have the opportunity to be part of a wider learning community by taking part in work streams identified by our Strategy Development Board.

Consultancy Services

We have a range of expertise to support during induction into the Trust and also to provide ongoing advice and guidance where appropriate. This support covers key areas (click the links for more information)

The Joining Process

Legal Advice and Insurance


HR Protect Package

Branding and Marketing

Strategic Academy Improvement

Governance Development

Online Training

Other Benefits

HR Services

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