About Us


Bright Futures is committed to working with everyone across our schools in Salford to share best practice at all levels, for the benefit of our children and young people in Salford.  Deep collaboration, professional generosity, integrity and passion drives the way in which we work – ensuring children and young people are always at the heart of our decision making.  We welcome the opportunity to continue to build on our existing partnerships, listening and responding to the needs of colleagues across Salford. 

Our Partnership Advisory Group is one of the ways we, as a Teaching School Hub, collaborate.  The Partnership Advisory Group sits alongside and supports the Governance of the Bright Futures Teaching School Hubs.  It brings together all of the key stakeholders of the Bright Futures Teaching School Hubs, including representatives from Salford.

Salford is represented by:


Cathy Starbuck, Assistant Director (Education, Work and Skills) 

Cathy trained as a teacher and worked in mainstream secondary schools until 2001. Her first post within an LA was as a Science Advisor and she worked in various roles in School Improvement for a number of years.  She now holds the role of Assistant Director (Education, Work and Skills).

In her current role Cathy’s key areas of responsibility are:

  • Quality of education and outcomes for children and young people aged from 0-25 years
  • Special education needs and disabilities and inclusion
  • Lead on safeguarding in schools, including independent schools, in partnership with Lead Headteacher representative on the Salford Safeguarding Partnership (SSCP)

Cathy is passionate about young people achieving their full potential and how, with our collective partnership resource, we can make a difference.


Alison Byrne, Headteacher, St Patrick’s RC High School
Mike Platt, Headteacher, St Andrews CoE Primary School

Bright Futures Teaching School Hubs
The Lodge House, Cavendish Road
Bowdon, Altrincham WA14 2NJ

Call us: 0161 823 7073     Link takes you to our Twitter page @TSHubsBF