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The Dean Trust

On the 1st May 2012 Ashton on Mersey School changed status to become an Academy. The school has not changed its name but it has become the lead school within The Dean Trust.

The Trust was named after Brian Dean Rigby CBE in recognition of his 22 years as Chairman of Governors successfully guiding the school to four consecutive outstanding Ofsted inspections (currently five following the last inspection in April 2013), and the development of the successful federation with Broadoak School in 2006 subsequently guiding Broadoak to it’s first outstanding Ofsted inspection.

‘The effectiveness of the federation leadership and management in embedding ambition and driving improvement is outstanding.’
Ofsted 2010/11 Leadership of more than one school

The Dean Trust is a Multi Academy Trust comprising of Ashton on Mersey School, which is led by Mr Aidan Moloney. The school is a lead Teaching School that has achieved five consecutive ‘Outstanding’ judgements with Ofsted. We are also very proud of our other secondary schools; Broadoak in Partington, which is a ‘good’ school and The Lord Derby Academy, Knowsley, a school which has seen significant change and improvement. Forest Gate Academy is a popular oversubscribed primary school which has been judged as ‘Good’ by Ofsted. New additions to The Dean Trust include Dean Trust Ardwick, Park View Academy and Partington Central Academy. Committed to securing outcomes for all children, the Trust led by Ashton currently supports many schools in the Northwest.

What is an Academy?

Academies are publicly funded autonomous independent local schools. Academies benefit from greater freedoms to innovate and raise standards. The increase in operational autonomy is widereaching covering aspects such as teaching and learning and the operation of school business such as, delivery of contracted services.

Academies are required to follow the law and guidance on admissions, special educational needs and exclusions as if they were maintained schools.

Academies have greater freedom over how they use their budgets to best benefit their pupils.

Constitution of The Dean Trust Board

The trustees are a small group of governors (and other specialists) who take on the legal role of coordination of the educational charitable company set up to run the Multi Academy Trust. The trustees are responsible for determining the governance of all the schools within the Trust, through a written constitution.


Please select the trustee of your choice to view individual profiles.

Mr Damian McGann (Chairman)
Mrs Sharon Bagshaw 
Mrs Anna Beaumont 
Mr Jonathan Bowers 
Mr Paul Edwards
Mr Tarun Kapur CBE (Chief Executive & Academy Principal)
Mr John Shiels

Associate Members

Mr Nick David (Chief Finance Officer)
Mr Barry Bridden (Academies Director)
Mr Andrew Shakos (Operations Director)
Mrs Philippa Williamson (Finance Director – Dean Trust West Hub)