Rapid Improvement Board (RIB)

In order to support Freebrough Academy a RIB has been established by The Trust and the Regional Schools Commissioner has been informed.

The RIB’s main function is to secure a sound basis for future improvement in the school including the promotion of high standards of educational achievement.

The RIB has taken on the responsibilities of a normally constituted governing body, including the management of the budget, the curriculum, staffing, pay and performance management and the appointment of staff. In addition Members of a RIB bring a fresh outlook to the governance arrangements of a school, marking a clear break from the previous management of the school.


Anne Casey (Chair RIB)

Anne is Director of her education solutions company ACE limited, her portfolio includes working as a DfE Education Adviser, with Free School groups and MATS, mentoring MAT CEOs, Associate Director for Academy’s Ambassadors matching non-executive Directors to Academy Trusts and working nationally to ensure strong Governance in Multi Academy Trusts.

Previously Anne was Deputy Director to the Regional Schools Commissioner (LWY) developing the education landscape of the region, challenging underperformance, assessing free school capacity and working with academies and trusts on Governance and growth strategies.

From 2013-2016, Anne was the Founding Principal for the University Technical College (UTC) In Media City UK taking it from vision to oversubscribed reality, and was on the board of Directors, she was accountable for all aspects of the UTC, staffing, recruitment, curriculum, assessment, safeguarding and growth plans.

Prior to 2013 she was Head of ICT at the Education Funding Agency (EFA), part of the DfE. Anne managed a national team of ICT Advisers providing expert ICT educational procurement support to all capital programmes. She advised free schools, UTCs, academies and Studio Schools on the development of the ICT aspects of their school development, and ensured that the first free schools, UTCs and Studio Schools opened with ICT partners in place. Prior to working in the EFA Anne was Education ICT Adviser for the South of England at Partnerships for Schools where she worked supporting and challenging local authorities and schools as they developed their aspirations for educational transformation through ICT investment. Anne has organised major DfE exhibitions at the BETT show, and developed ICT network events in London.

Anne has extensive experience in secondary ICT education as a staff governor, teacher and leader and has expertise in the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning, and has coordinated Education projects for universities, EAZs, SSAT, the British Council, Becta, NCSL, local authorities and London Challenge. From 2001 she was Director of Camden City Learning Centre, designing innovative teaching and learning programmes across all key stages, and training programmes for education professionals and the local community. Anne has also been a contributor to international ICT workshops in Canada, the UK, US, China and Singapore.

John Anthony

John was Head Teacher at Gillbrook School until 2012 when he became Chief Education Officer for Redcar and Cleveland Local Authority until March 2016. John met regularly with regional HMI and has developed effective partnerships with Ofsted and the RSC. As part of this role John was instrumental in leading on the council foundation for jobs strategy. John also held an advisory held and advisory role to AET.

John brings a lot of expertise in relation to school improvement.  As CEO within Redcar and Cleveland he has been responsible for school improvement in primary and secondary schools.  John chairs the Standards Committee.

Pat White

Pat was formerly the Deputy Director of Marketing & Student Recruitment at Teesside University and served at the University for thirty years. Pat was given the responsibility of developing a Schools & Colleges Liaison team in 1992 and this team was an integral part of the Marketing and Student Recruitment Department.

As a Trustee Pat has the skills, knowledge and experience to challenge and support in relation to raising aspirations, HE links and the STEM agenda, as well as SEN and Safeguarding – building upon her training in both of these fields and her previous role as link governor for those areas in Freebrough Academy. 

Linda Halbert (Chief Executive Officer)

Previously Principal at Freebrough Academy, from taking up post in 2010 Linda led Freebrough Academy from being graded as RI to Good.

She has spent fourteen years as a Principal in two schools in challenging circumstances (formerly Principal at Norham Community Technology College, North Tyneside. Schools graded as good by Ofsted with outstanding features.

In addition to her role as CEO Linda is currently;

  • Providing system leadership as the chair of the Redcar & Cleveland EIP leading on improving standards in secondary schools across the Borough.
  • A member of Redcar and Cleveland 14-19 Learning Partnership.
  • Head Teacher representative for the Tees Valley for the Careers & Enterprise Company Head Teacher representative for the Tees Valley LEP.

Asma Shaffi

Currently Deputy Principal and Head of Centre for Prior Pursglove, part of the Tees Valley Collaborative Trust.  Asma has worked at Prior Pursglove College for 15 years in various senior leadership roles, she is Chair of a 14-19 Strategic Partnership of Redcar and Cleveland and the Police’s Independent Advisory Group which is a key role to improve quality in education and enhance community engagement.

Asma previously worked for the Local Authority, law centres and further education colleges in management roles undertaking an extensive amount of regeneration work in the Tees Valley.  She pioneered a large community business ‘Everyday Language Solutions’ and served as a Trustee and Director for 6 years after its inception.  It won the Adult Learners’ Week (NIACE) National Award in 2002 for the ‘highest quality’ community business of the year.  Asma holds a MSC in Social Research Methods and a Graduate of Law and Economics.

At Prior Pursglove College the value added, success rates and retention are at or above the Sixth Form Colleges’ benchmarks.  The College acquired an Ofsted grade of ‘good’ as a nominee in 2015 and the outcomes have been improving ever since.

Reverend Adam Gaunt

Pen Portrait to follow…

Committee Members of the RIB

Name Type of Membership Term of office start date Term of office end date or date stepped down (R)
Anne Casey (Chair) Co-opted 16 May  2018 19 April 2019
Linda Halbert (CEO) Trustee 16 May  2018 19 April 2019
Asma Shaffi Co-opted 16 May  2018 19 April 2019
Jonathan Anthony Trustee 16 May  2018 19 April 2019
Christopher Ingoe Trustee 16 May  2018 10 September 2018 (R)
Patricia White Trustee 16 May  2018 19 April 2019
Reverend Adam Gaunt Trustee 20 September 2018 19 April 2019

Attendance Records at Meetings 2017-2018

RIB Committee Member Meetings attended Out of a possible
Anne Casey (Chair) 2 2
Linda Halbert (CEO) 2 2
Asma Shaffi 2 2
Jonathan Anthony 2 2
Christopher Ingoe (R) 2 2
Patricia White 2 2

Annual Reports and Accounts

More information about governance of the Teesside Learning Trust and finance documents can be found on the TLT website.

The TLT Gender Pay Gap Report can be found on the TLT website here.

Freebrough Local Academy Council

The Board of Trustees  appointed a committee of the Board to undertake all responsibilities in relation to Freebrough Academy that were previously delegated to the Local Academy Council. This committee is called the Rapid Improvement Board and its membership consists of an external Chair, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), three other Trustees and one other appointed member. This was effective from 02 July 2018. The Business and Pecuniary Interests below pertain to the disbanded Local Academy Council.

Relevant Business and Pecuniary Interests 2017/2018

Name Date of Declaration Details of Business Interests Declared Details of Business Interests of Immediate Members of Family
Asma Shaffi 25/09/2017 1) Current employment: Deputy Principal/Head of Prior Pursglove None
Stephanie Grady 21/09/2017 None None
Alison Holmes 19/09/2017 1) Current employment: Pastoral leader, Freebrough Academy TLT None
Sara McCallum 15/10/2017 1) Current employment: Executive Headteacher Whitecliffe Academy TLT

2) Membership of professional bodies: NAHT (Not a postition of control or management)

3)Governor: Freebrough Academy

John Chance 18/09/2017 1) Current employment: Middlesbrough College Vice Principal Quality & Performance

2) Company Directorships: Director of Redcar Academy, Director of Marske Centre

3) Governor: Redcar Academy

Anthony Tevlin 11/05/18 1) Current Employment: Targeted Support Worker, RCBC None
Rachel Prentice 18/09/2017 1) Current employment: Principal of Freebrough Academy TLT None