Greenacres Primary Academy (South Pennine Academies)

Respect, Responsibility and Really Good Manners

Leadership Team





Academy CEO: Ms Jane Acklam OBE

Jane has considerable experience as a highly successful Head teacher and Principal. She has been a National Leader of Education since 2009, and effectively supported and built capacity in a wide range of schools, locally and regionally. As the Principal of Moor End Academy, she has led them through numerous Ofsted inspections achieving outstanding in 2009 and again in 2012. Jane has won national awards for her commitment to excellence in the professional development of teachers, and has been awarded a Teaching Award, as Head teacher of the Year. She has a wealth of experience working for the DfE on the Head teacher Board for West Yorkshire and Lancashire and as a Teaching and Leadership Adviser for NCTL. Jane was awarded an OBE for services to Education in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.

Principal: Mr Gordon Leach (BEd hons and PGCE)

Mr Leach had been the headteacher at 6 other schools and had 11 years in the classroom before he was appointed at Greenacres. He has a wealth of expertise and knowledge about education and strongly believes in providing a high quality education for all children, regardless of backgrounds and maintaining strong links within the community.  Mr Leach is a family man and enjoys being around his daughters and grand children. He plays football every week for a team and enjoys running and gardening. 

Vice Principal: Mrs Kathryn Thornton (BA hons in Primary Education) 

Mrs Thornton has worked in primary schools for the last 15 years, with 12 of those years working in a senior leadership team. She has vast experience in teaching KS2, and providing professional development and training for other teachers and creating exciting curriculum opportunities. She is passionate about making learning enjoyable, engaging and safe for all children and enjoys planning exciting themed weeks and extra-curricular events. Mrs Thornton is a SLE (specialist leader in education) with a talent for curriculum, assessment and using data. When she isn't in school thinking up the next big school project, she is busy on exciting day trips and activities with her husband and two young sons.