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Mark Hall Academy Local Governing Body

Mark Hall Academy is an academy within the Academy Transformation Trust (ATT), a nationally recognised Multi Academy Trust (MAT). While much of the strategic direction and ethos of the academy is set by ATT, the academy is currently supported by an Interim Executive Board (IEB), to support the finances as Mark Hall Academy grows rapidly. It is envisaged that a Local Governing Body will pick up the work of the IEB over the course of 2018-19. Members of the IEB include:

Chair of Governors Julie Bloor – Julie began her teaching career 27 years ago in Sheffield as a History teacher.    She has had leadership positions in a number of schools and been a Headteacher of two schools, both of which she took to outstanding.  She was appointed a National Leader of Education in 2014, led a teaching school and became an Executive Headteacher and system leader in Derbyshire.  She moved to Cambridge due to her husband’s job and took up a Regional Director role at Ormiston Academies Trust before becoming Chief Education Officer at ATT.

Susan Byles – Susan has worked in education for over thirty years with ten years as a serving Principal of a large secondary 11-18 school in Suffolk. During her years as a school leader, Susan has also been Executive Head of a middle school and has recently extended her experience by becoming an Executive Lead for School Improvement for other academies within Academy Transformation Trust.

Chris Mallaband – Chris is a recently retired headteacher with 16 years of headship experience. The schools he has led can all be described as “challenging” and in areas of social and economic deprivation. Achievements have included opening a new academy in Sheffield (Parkwood) and leading St Mark’s Academy (once one of the very lowest performing schools in London) from being in a category to being judged as good and with very high rates of progress. Chris has a strong belief that the underlying values of a school are important and that teaching is a relationship based activity where people (colleagues and students) matter! Since retiring Chris has worked with an academy to provide executive leadership support and in his spare time has tried to get fit, learn French and take up baking!

The Local Governing Body can be contacted via the Principal’s PA at Mark Hall Academy.