Altus Education Partnership appoints Deborah Ball as new Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Published: March 11, 2021


Altus Education Partnership is today announcing Deborah Ball as its new Chair.

Deborah Ball formally joined the Board of Trustees in January and will be taking up the role of Chair in September from Dame Pam Coward who has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees since Altus Education Partnership was formed in April 2017.

Deborah is a retired Headteacher (September 2020). Most recently as Headteacher at Kingsway Park High school. She started the Headship when two failing schools merged, and over a three-year period led the school to achieve a ‘Good’ Ofsted judgement. Deborah was praised for delivering strong and effective leadership whilst instilling a determination to excel amongst staff and students alike.

Dame Pam Coward commented, “I am delighted to welcome such a popular and successful former Headteacher to the trust and to take over as Chair of Altus Education Partnership in September. I have been privileged to work with Deborah at Kingsway High School whilst she was the Head and I have seen first-hand the benefits of her work with children and staff. I am very pleased that Altus and Rochdale will continue to benefit from her continued commitment to education.”

Deborah Ball commented: “It is an absolute honour and privilege to be taking up the Chair of the Altus Education Partnership in September and following in the very large footsteps of Dame Pam Coward who alongside the CEO and Trust Board members have created and shaped something that is incredibly special. I am very excited about the opportunities that this Multi Academy Trust (MAT) will bring to the borough of Rochdale.

Having worked in and invested all of my energies over the last 10 years in Rochdale education, I truly believe that the Altus Education Partnership has the potential, expertise and experience to offer an outstanding local solution for regenerating communities and ensuring that all learners aspire and achieve their potential from Primary all the way through to post 16 education.

The Trust Board membership is incredibly strong with a wealth of expertise, experiences and a skill set that will absolutely ensure that the Altus Education Partnership fully delivers their commitment to the local community, local learners and their families.

Richard Ronksley, Chief Executive Officer said: “Dame Pam Coward has had a significant and lasting impact on Altus Education Partnership. On a personal note, I want to thank her for absolute faith in the organisation and its staff and students.

“Deborah Ball joins us at an exciting time – The new academic year sees to opening of Edgar Wood Academy and the growth of Altus Education Partnership. We are delighted that Deborah will be joining us as we progress in our aim to run a family of inclusive academies from early years to sixth form that enables all students, regardless of background, to progress to an aspirational career, a fulfilling life and make a positive contribution to their local community.”

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