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Governing Body 2018-19

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                                         Member of ASCL – CoG at Wodensborough Academy

Mrs Helen Dudson
appointed June 2015

Parent Governor
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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 Lee Cross
appointed June 2015

Community Governor
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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



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 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


Mr David Cannon   appointed May 2018

Community Governor

I am proud to join the Governing Body at Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, where I aim to bring the experience I have gained during my career in the financial industry.  I have been in banking for over 20 years and covered roles such as operational, risk and project management as well as strategy and product development.  I am local to the community and have set up a partnership with Shelfield through Lloyds Banking Group that has seen us deliver skills-based learning, careers sessions and provide work experience.  I have a passion to support the Academy and help set a strategy that will contribute to the continued success of Shelfield.

Relevant Business Interests:  Senior Manager – Lloyds Banking Group

Mr Christopher Harris – appointed December 2018

Community Governor

I have been working in the Engineering/Manufacturing sector within the West Midlands for the past 9 years. During this time I have been involved in many business functions such as continuous improvement, engineering, production, procurement, project management and quality. I hope to bring some of this experience in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related work to my role as a governor at Ormiston Shelfield.

Relevant Business Interests:  PAB Coventry Ltd – Smart Holder Solutions Ltd – Lunar Society

Miss Alex Jones – appointed December 2018

Community Governor

I am proud to be working with Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy as a Community Governor. I grew up in Walsall, live and work in the local area and have always been passionate about ensuring young people are well informed about the careers available to them. My background is in Digital Marketing with experience in a range of roles including content management, mobile app design and conversion optimisation. I aim to use my Digital skills to support Shelfield in enabling its students to reach their potential and ultimately become valuable members of society.

Relevant Business Interests:  Homeserve Membership Ltd, CIMA Accountant, Walsall Council

The Local Governing Body and how to contact us  

Our Local Governing Body is made up of 10 members, plus the Principal.  Mr Peter Crowe is our Chair of Governors, we have 5 Community Governors, 2 Staff Governors, 1 OAT Governor and 1 Parent Governor.

Our committees consist of a Local Governing Body (LGB), a Finance and General Purposes Committee (FGP) and a Strategic Progress Board (SPB)

To contact the Chair of Governors please write to the academy at Broad Way, Pelsall, Walsall WS4 1BW c/o The Clerk, or email Mrs K Palethorpe at


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.

How does the Governing Body Work?

The Governing Body works as a group, taking collective responsibility for all decisions. Governors work in close partnership with the Principal who, as the lead professional, advises and assists the Governing Body to carry out its functions.
The Governing Body includes people with a wide range of skills, experience and backgrounds, all of whom have equal status and rights as Governors. Governors are encouraged to broaden and develop their skills, knowledge and confidence through engaging in training opportunities.

Each governing committee meets once each term to discuss key areas such as student performance, the curriculum, staffing, finance, premises and health and safety. It is important for Governors to get to know the academy and its staff, which they do by regularly visiting and attending academy events and open days whenever possible.  Governors take on specific roles linked to aspects of the academy’s development plan and with members of the Senior Leadership Team.

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.  

Governors’ Policies & Guidance 

Most of our policies can be printed directly from this website. Please contact the Clerk at if you would like a paper copy of any of our policies.

Meeting Dates 2018/19 



(Local Governing Body)


(Finance & General Purposes)


(Strategic Progress Board)

Early Autumn 03.10.2018    
Autumn 05.12.2018 29.11.2018 29.11.2018
Spring 20.03.2019 14.03.2019 28.03.2019
Summer 08.05.2019 01.05.2019 01.05.2019

Meetings Attended 2017/18 

Title  Forename Surename Attended
Mr Dan Bell 3 of 7
Mr David Cannon 1 of 1
Mr Lee Cross 1 of 3
Mr Peter Crowe 10 of 10
Mrs Helen Dudson 2 of 3
Mrs Dawn Jones 1 of 2
Mrs Lisa Lloyd 3 of 3
Mr Kajinder Nijiar 5 of 6
Mrs Sarah Russell 1 of 3
Miss Melanie Wheeler 2 of 2