As part of a multi-academy trust (MEMAT – click here for more details), Stoneleigh Academy is legally governed by the board of the trust.  However, the board of the trust fully intends to delegate some of its governance responsibilities to a local governing body which should be fully established during the spring term 2017.  In the meantime, an interim governing board has been put in place to oversee many areas of the academy.  Its members are currently as follows:


 Ms Alison Pickering – Lead Governor for SEND

“Originally from Kent, I moved to Yorkshire in 2004 and embraced a career change from Law to Education.  I've since moved to Oldham and became a Governor at Stoneleigh Academy in May 2016. I am an active member of the Governing Body and a regular visitor to the Academy. I have attended Governor Training and Conferences to develop my knowledge of the role and improve my effectiveness. I work closely with other Governors, Staff and the Academy Leaders to ensure the strategic direction of the Academy enables all children to succeed.

I’ve worked in the Special Needs team of an Academy in Huddersfield for the past 12 years and graduated in July 2016 from Leeds Beckett University with a Certificate of Higher Education in Special Educational Needs and Learning Difficulties. As SEND Governor at Stoneleigh Academy I hope use this knowledge to ensure all children, regardless of disability or learning differences receive an excellent education and experience opportunities to develop their personal strengths.

In my free time I enjoy walking with my 3 dogs and horse riding on the Pennine Bridleway.”


 Mr Michael Pickering – Lead Governor for Behaviour and Attendance.

A proud resident of Oldham for 2 years, I took the opportunity to become a Stoneleigh Academy Governor in May 2016 and have enjoyed carrying out the duties of this role and doing what I can to ensure the students of Stoneleigh Academy are happy, supported, receive the education they deserve and are ready for the demands of secondary school.  I have attended Governor training and conferences in order to develop my ability to carry out this role effectively.  I am an active member of a local running club and finished 11th overall in the 2016 Oldham 7k, 10k and half marathon.  Hopefully I can break into the top 10 in 2017!

Psychology is a huge passion of mine.  I originally wished to be a Sports Psychologist but after graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in Sport and Exercise Sciences I began my career in education as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant in Huddersfield.  I channelled my passion for psychology into education with a focus on child and adolescent mental health and well-being.  I deliver Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Interventions to 11-16 year olds with the goal of improving the mental and emotional health of young people as well as facilitating success academically. 

I have studied Psychology at Birmingham City University and Manchester Metropolitan University.  I intend to develop my career in education further and study for a Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology from 2017 at the University of Manchester. 



 Ms Natalie Allen – Lead Governor for Health and Safety (including Safeguarding).






Ms Debbie Kelly – Lead Governor for Teaching and Learning.

I have been a primary teacher since  1993; my first post was  in the wonderful Victorian seaside town of Saltburn on the East coast where I worked for 2 years. Following this, I went to live in Barcelona, where I worked for 4 years, teaching English to adults initially, before moving to teach primary  in an international school.

After Spain, I returned to my home town of Huddersfield where I have worked for the last 17 years. For 15 years I worked in a town centre school, where  I  taught all ages across the primary age range as well as leading on SEND provision ,before becoming Deputy. The school served a  diverse community and  was highly successful, securing 3 outstanding Ofsted inspections.  I am committed to the highest quality of education for all children. I believe children get one chance at  education and we must make it count.

In April last year, I joined Moor End Multi Academies Trust after I was successful in securing the position of Principal for Beaumont Primary Academy. Beaumont is a brand new free school which opened in September 2016. 

I have been lucky to work with Stoneleigh for the last two terms and look forward to continuing to work with the staff, children and parents as the academy moves forward.

Away from work, I enjoy spending  time with my family. I have a son and a daughter aged 12 and 10. We enjoy walking, camping and just relaxing together.


We are currently recruiting for local governors and would welcome any expressions of interest.  Please do not worry if you have not been a school governor before, we would still like to hear from you.  We are particularly looking for any business skills or other relevant skills and experience that you can bring to the academy.  For example you may have a background in finance, human resources or health & safety or you might be a retired teacher or parent.  If you would like to know more then please contact us by emailing

 If you wish to contact any of the governors then the quickest way to do this is by emailing our general email address at   However, please note that governors are not usually the first point of contact within the academy and your issue may be more easily and quickly resolved by speaking to the appropriate member of staff first. This is also the case with any complaints which should initially be raised with academy staff. To see our complaints policy please click here.