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Governance

Governing Body 2017-18

Mr Peter Crowe
appointed January 2017

Chair of Governors Literacy Link

I have spent my whole career in the world of education – since 2000, 14 years as headteacher (and 4 as an executive headteacher of 2 Schools) in Derbyshire.  Since retiring 'from the coalface' as it were, I've worked as a development coach for a national middle leaders training programme for middle leaders aspiring to excellence across the Midlands region and as a Branch Secretary for the Association of School and College leaders.  I have been involved with Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy as an Educational Advisor since November 2015 and I look forward to working with the other governors and senior staff of the academy under the leadership of Mr Turnbull as the academy and its community rises to the many and varied challenges ahead on its journey to excellence. 

Relevant Business Interests:  Education Consultant

Mrs Helen Dudson
appointed June 2015

Parent Governor
Safeguarding Link

I have been involved with the academy since my eldest son joined in 2013, initially as a member of the Parent Forum and then by joining the Governing Body as soon as it was re-established in 2015. I have a background in public sector and work across a number of disciplines including performance, communications, complaints and information governance. I have also managed organisational inspections and Ofsted Inspections of social services and partnership arrangements so have an understanding of the inspection regimes used nationally. I am a passionate believer that every child, regardless of academic ability, should have the opportunity to shine and develop to their full potential and this is why I became involved with Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, hoping to utilise my skills and knowledge to support the school and where appropriate challenge the school to ensure all pupils have the right support at the right time to help them surpass their expectations.

Relevant Business Interests:  Manager – Walsall Council

 

Mrs Lisa Lloyd
appointed November 2016

Staff Governor
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I have been employed as a teacher for over 15 years, initially working in further education within Walsall, followed by my position within our academy.  I hope that my past experience as a governor in the primary and secondary sector will provide the knowledge and understanding needed on the governing body at Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy. I have leadership experience and over 10 years’ experience with the exam board Pearsons as an examiner, enabling me to familiarise myself with staff and understand the needs of students. Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy has provided my three daughters with a great education, enabling them to progress to University. I feel privileged to contribute to the future success of our growing academy and feel proud to be part of the academy family.

 

Mr Dan Bell
appointed June 2015

Community Governor
HAT Link

 I am very pleased to be a Governor for Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy. I volunteered to make use of my experience of business and the public sector to help with the really vital world of education. My career started in Hotel and Restaurant Management, followed by Training and Development and most recently as a Senior Leader, HR Business Partner and Project Manager. I've worked for Premier Inn/Brewers Fayre across the midlands, Marston's Pubs headquartered in Wolverhampton and now for the Civil Service in Central London. I have a great deal of respect for teachers and school leaders and my job as a governor is to help ensure they have the resources, advice and support to do their jobs.

Since joining the team at Ormiston Shelfield I've been hugely impressed by the passion and dedication shown by the students and staff and the fantastic improvement in results that they have both delivered. It is hugely rewarding to be part of a team all working for the best outcomes for students. My priority is to bring contacts and opportunities for the students whilst acting as a coach and 'critical friend' to the staff. 

Relevant Business Interests:  HR Business Partner – UK Civil Service

Mr Lee Cross
appointed June 2015

Community Governor
SEN Link

 

I have been involved within education across all sectors (Secondary, Primary and Special) as a classroom practitioner as well as a Senior Leader. During my 10 years in education I have been heavily involved in raising standards of education within my host school and through an outreach model as an Advanced Skills Teacher and more recently as a consultant. I am passionate about providing opportunities for all to showcase their capabilities and excel in their chosen domain.  I am currently the Deputy Headteacher at Elmwood School an 11-16 Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) provision within Walsall and a Seconded Leader to the Local Authority as a strategic member of the SEND / School Improvement Team.

Relevant Business Interests:  Deputy Headteacher – Elmwood Special School

 

Mr Kaljinder Nijjar
appointed May 2016

Community Governor
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Relevant Business Interests: Director - KPMG

Mrs Dawn Jones 

appointed December 2017

Staff Governor

(non-teaching)

 

I have been employed at the academy since November 2005.  My current role is as HR Officer where I interact with both the Senior Leadership Team and the teaching and support staff.  Prior to my time at Ormiston Shelfield I held appointments in HMRC and as a civilian in the armed forces both in the UK and overseas.  During my time at the academy there have been many challenges from moving into the new building to becoming part of a MAT and ultimately supporting the academy to become a ‘Good’ school.  I was delighted to be appointed as a representative of the governing body and look forward to contributing to the continued development and future success of the academy, staff and students

Mrs Sarah Russell 

appointed December 2017

Parent Governor

 

I have been involved with the academy since my eldest son joined in 2010.  I worked with the academy to set up the Parent Forum Group to challenge and support decisions made within the academy.  I am currently the chair person for the group and strongly believe that to challenge in the correct way is far more beneficial than to disapprove but say nothing. I believe all students should be supported and challenged to be the best they can and have belief in themselves and recognise the many opportunities available to them. I am proud to see the academy progressing and believe this is just the beginning and feel that the experience and knowledge I have gained in my profession will be beneficial to the governing body.

Relevant Business Interests:  Manager – Barclays Bank

Mrs Melanie Wheeler appointed January 2018

OAT Governor – Safeguarding Link

 

I am an HR professional with over 20 years’ experience within a variety of environments including Retail and Education. I have worked for LA schools and Academy chains. I have been fortunate enough to work onsite within 2 schools and have developed a good understanding of the key challenges schools today face. I am currently HRBP for Ormiston Academies Trust, based at the Head Office in Birmingham and joined in November 2014.

Relevant Business Interests:  HR Business Partner – Ormiston Academies Trust

 

The Local Governing Body (LGB) 

The LGB is made up of 9 members, plus the Principal.  We have two parent and two staff elected Governors with the remainder appointed by Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT).

What are Governing Bodies For? 

Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country and their overall purpose is to help schools and academies raise standards and provide the best possible education for their students.

The Governing Body does not manage Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy but it does give direction and focus by providing strategic leadership.

What are the roles of the Governing Body? 

  • To challenge and support the Principal.
  • To oversee the academy’s long-term vision, strategic aims, values and ethos.
  • To carry out statutory responsibilities, such as safeguarding.
  • To agree and monitor plans and policies.
  • To make creative use of available resources.
  • To monitor and evaluate performance.
  • To be involved in the appointment of the Principal.
  • To ensure proper financial management of the academy.
  • To communicate openly with parents, staff and the local community.
  • Becoming a Parent Governor.

Becoming a Parent Governor 

Becoming a Parent Governor can be very rewarding and offers the opportunity to make a real contribution to the life and work of our academy. Governors play a key role in the leadership of the academy and work together with the Principal, staff and other governors to ensure that our academy provides a challenging and supportive environment for its students. Parent Governor vacancies are advertised on our website and circulated to all parents of current students via letter.

Becoming an OAT Governor 

Becoming an Ormiston Academies Trust governor is challenging, interesting and deeply rewarding and contributes to the well-being and prospects of students, academies and communities. OAT welcomes applications from people from all walks of life to gain a wide variety of skills and experience to support and develop the academy. If you are interested in becoming a governor at Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy please email the Clerk to the Governors, Mrs Palethorpe, at k.palethorpe@scacademy.co.uk

Governors’ Policies & Guidance 

Most of our policies may be printed directly from this website. Please contact the Clerk at k.palethorpe@scacademy.co.uk if you would like a paper copy of any of our policies.

Meeting Dates 2017/18 

Term

Academy Council

FGP

(Finance & General Purposes)

Autumn

11/10/2017

Not yet appointed

Spring

15/02/2018

09/03/2018

Summer

09/05/2018

28/06/18

 

Meetings Attended 2017/18 

Title

Forename

Surname

Attended

Mr

Peter

Crowe

2 of 2

Mr

Stuart

Turnbull

1 of 2

Miss

Melanie

Wheeler

1 of 1

Mr

Lee

Cross

1 of 2

Mr

Dan

Bell

2 of 2

Mrs

Helen

Dudson

1 of 2

Mr

Kaljinder

Nijjar

1 of 2

Mrs

Lisa

Lloyd

2 of 2

Mrs

Dawn

Jones

1 of 1

Mrs

Sarah

Russell

1 of 1

Meetings Attended 2016/17 

Title

Forename

Surname

Attended

Mr

Peter

Crowe

4 of 4

Mr

Stuart

Turnbull

10 of 10

Mr

Tony

Lee

7 of 7

Miss

Melanie

Wheeler

6 of 7

Mr

Lee

Cross

6 of 7

Mr

Dan

Bell

4 of 7

Mrs

Helen

Dudson

5 of 7

Mr

Kaljinder

Nijjar

5 of 7

Mrs

Lisa

Lloyd

5 of 5