Meet our Governors

Mr Eric Winstone Chair of Governors
Mr Paul Watling Vice Chair of Governors (and Chair of Finance and General Purpose Committee)
Mrs Kirsty Nightingale Clerk to Governors
Mr Luke Bowers OAT Regional Director ( and Chair of Strategic Progress Board Committee)
Mrs Jean Watt Principal
Miss Samantha Ladds Governor
Miss Holly Crofts Governor
Mrs Gemma Connoley Governor
Mr Karl Harridence Governor

If you would like to speak to a member of the governing body, please contact the Clerk:

Why does the Academy have a Governing Body?
The Academy has a Governing Body to ensure that the Academy has the capacity to improve and raise overall standards. Ofsted considers the governing body to be part of the leadership and management of the Academy. However, governors do not manage the Academy. That is the job of the Principal and management team. Governors are there to be “a critical friend” to the Principal and the Academy, to promote high standards of educational achievement and to ensure efficient leadership.

How do the Governors achieve this?
The Governors achieve this by:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school to make sure its money is well spent

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies