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Governing Body 2020-21

Mr David Reynolds

appointed September 2020

Chair of Governors

I am a practicing senior leader in the state secondary sector, leading Quality of Education and with extensive experience in raising standards of achievement at both secondary level and post 16. I am passionate about raising standards of educational quality for all students, irrespective of socio-economic background, specialising in curriculum and assessment, research-driven learning and teaching practices and staff development.  Born and raised in Walsall, it is a real privilege be involved in the work of the 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.


Mrs Lisa Habberley
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

Vice Chair of Governors

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.

Mr Kaljinder Nijjar
appointed May 2016

Community Governor
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Mrs Melanie Wheeler appointed January 2018
OAT Governor Safeguarding/GDPR 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.


Mr Christopher Harris 

 appointed December 2018

Community Governor

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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.


The Local Governing Body and how to contact us  

Our Local Governing Body is made up of 7 members, plus the Principal.  Our Chair of Governors is Mr David Reynolds, we have 3 Community Governors, 1 Staff Governor, 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 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 2020-21 



(Strategic Progress Board)


(Finance & General Purposes)


(Local Governing Body)

Early Autumn 29th September 2020   23rd September 2020
Autumn 17th November 2020 25th November 2020 25th November 2020
Spring 20th January 2021 31st March 2021 10th February 2021
Summer 1 12th May 2021 26th May 2021 26th May 2021
Summer 2 28th June 2021 - -

Meetings Attended 2019-20 


Committee Membership

Meetings Attended

Peter Crowe (Chair)


10 of 10

David Cannon


0 of 1

Lee Cross


2 of 5

Helen Dudson


4 of 5

Christopher Harris


3 of 7

Alex Jones


2 of 3

Lisa Lloyd


4 of 5

Kaljinder Nijjar


7 of 10

Melanie Wheeler


6 of 7