Ercall Wood Academy
The Governing Body at Ercall Wood is made up of volunteers from different walks of life who represent different stakeholders of the school such as parents, staff and community members. We meet regularly both as a whole group and through smaller committees which are responsible for specific areas of governance. In July each year we meet specifically to review our own performance and impact over the previous twelve months. The outcome of the self review forms the basis of our report to you, considering our actions, our impact on the school and how our governance meets the requirements of Ofsted guidance. We visit school regularly to meet staff and pupils. Parents are able to contact Governors if they feel they need to do so.
The Full Governing Body has met termly to consider business items, to meet statutory duties and to approve priorities. This year this has included meeting the needs of students with medical conditions and new requirements for students with special educational needs. At these meetings we have also considered progress against Ofsted action points, challenging senior leaders where needed to ensure that progress is sufficient and momentum maintained. The powers and duties of the Governing Body are varied and assigned Governors work with specific departments.
We have also regularly reviewed the School Development Plan, particularly at the November Full Governors meeting. Regular reviews help us to steer the strategic direction of the school, maintaining clarity of vision and ethos. A key priority for Governors is safeguarding of students and staff. Several Governors have undertaken child protection training to develop their own skills and understanding and we continue to have Governors who have safer recruitment training involved in recruitment of new staff. This year, training has also been undertaken for FGM and preventing extremism and radicalisation in line with the government’s PREVENT strategy. Through the Full Governing Body, a panel of Governors is appointed for the performance management of the Headteacher. The Headteacher’s appraisal targets are linked to the School Improvement Plan.
Three committees currently meet regularly. They are:
Business and Finance Committee
This committee has responsibility for the budget, buildings/health and safety and personnel matters including pay. Regular monitoring of the budget ensures solvency and robust discussions around financial decisions ensure that best value is achieved and that the funds delegated to the school are managed with probity. Allocation of Pupil Premium funds is considered. Any expenditure over £5,000 must be approved by this committee. Pay decisions are linked to the appropriate pay guidance for different groups of staff.
Maintaining a balanced budget is a key priority. This was again a significant challenge this year, but due to continued hard work, particularly by finance staff, a budget to support school priorities was agreed.
Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee
The committee has responsibility for the quality of teaching and progress and achievement of students. Regular reports have been received from senior leaders which detail progress of specific groups such as those eligible for the Pupil Premium and those on the Gifted and Talented register. Data for different subjects and year groups is also considered. Governors have questioned and challenged data and reports, particularly around 2016 GCSE results ensuring that appropriate actions have been taken to strengthen performance. The impact of interventions for students in receipt of Pupil Premium are regularly reviewed to ensure that the gap between disadvantaged and other students continues to narrow. The minutes of the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee show Governors have become more stringent in their checking and have evidence to prove that it works. Visits to the school by Governors assists with the Detailed Department Review process and increase consistency.
Pupil/Staff discipline committee
This committee has considered information on pupil exclusions on a termly basis and meets to consider staff discipline matters when required. It is disappointing that there has been little reduction in the number of exclusions this year, however we support the Headteacher and school staff in taking appropriate action to deal with inappropriate action from students.
Governors are required to attend meetings on a regular basis. The majority of meetings in the past 12 months have been quorate.
Governors receive information on the views of parents which this year has been collected at Parent’s evenings and the information is presented at a Full Governing Body meeting. It has been encouraging to note the high number of parents who would recommend the school to others.
Meet the Governors
A Chartered Public Finance Accountant, and Chartered Manager, I have been a governor at Ercall Wood for over 25 years.
I spent my early career In UK local government, eventually becoming Director of Finance and Administration with a large Development Corporation. For the past 30 years I have been an independent management consultant specialising in public sector finance, accounting, economics and governance and have worked in more than 40 countries for major international clients such as the World Bank, United Nations, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Asian Development Bank, and the European Union, together with a number of governments including the Russian Federal Ministry of Finance.
A parent of 2 Ercall Wood students (past and present), I have served as a Parent Governor at both primary and secondary schools. I see serving as a Governor at Ercall Wood as a privilege, and a responsibility: to bring my knowledge, skills and experience to support and challenge all aspects of the learning environment.
Abbie Fordham Barnes
Abbie is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences at Birmingham City University and has worked in higher education for over 15 years. She is a Registered Nurse, holds a Masters Degree in Education and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health and Community Studies. Abbie is a part time PhD student and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Abbie lives in Wellington and was a former pupil at Ercall Wood Technology College. She has children in years 8 and 11. As a result she has had significant involvement in the school and brings a parents perspective. Abbie is passionate about helping Ercall Wood go from strength to strength as she believes that the first years of a child’s education are crucial to their later academic achievements, as well as developing social and other crucial life skills. Abbie is a Parent Governor, and the Learning and Teaching Link Governor.
I am a local authority co-opted governor. My working life has been spent in education as a teacher and lecturer. Including contributing to A level courses as well as working with students with special educational needs. In my retirement I do voluntary work for the National Trust as well as writing occasional reviews of concerts for the Shropshire Star.
The educational system faces many challenges; as a governor I would hope to help the school in its continual strive for excellence based on my experience as a teacher and counsellor. I also work in a voluntary capacity with talented year 6 pupils in a local primary school providing extension work in their literacy programme.
Prior to my retirement I was a member of the Senior Management Team of a large FE college. As a head my responsibilities included Initial Teacher Training, e learning and CPD for all of the 1480 staff across 9 campuses. This background has provided me with both skill and knowledge to help with the governance role at school. I am fully committed to improving the learning journey for all young people of all ability levels and needs. My own son had a statement for dyslexia, which with the support he received from Ercall Wood he overcame to proceed to university and a career as a vet. The experience we all went through during his education have added to the insight I bring to governors. I am a fully qualified teacher and a hold a Masters degree in Leadership and Management. I have been a governor for nearly 20 years at Ercall Wood and have seen many exciting changes during this period.
Mary moved from the USA 15 years ago. In America she taught PE in an inner city Middle School for 13 years. The school was very diverse, primarily African American and Hispanic. Whilst at the school Mary got involved with the training and mentoring of new teachers which she has continued to do at Ercall Wood.
Mary is currently a Head of Year, and is the Head of PSHEE at Ercall Wood, both roles she has held for 9 years. She has the PSHEE qualification and has redesigned the programme, updating several school policies. Mary was previously the Head of PE for 3 years. She is still committed to promoting sport within the school and increasing participation.
Outside of school Mary enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and she enjoys challenging herself by completing several charity walks.
I was employed in electrical engineering for thirty plus years before retiring in 2010. I was involved in managing site engineers, product training and sales. I am a retired magistrate, formally in the Telford adult and family courts and a volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Society. I am a local authority governor.
I am married to Anthony and our daughter, Olivia, is currently in Year 8 at Ercall Wood.
My career history is somewhat varied in that I spent 15 years working for a local plastic compounder where I progressed from sales to production control and then on to being a buyer for the company. During that time, I gained a Diploma in Purchasing & Supply Chain Management. After being made redundant, I found a position as a buyer with Caterpillar in Shrewsbury. When I first had Olivia, I wanted to work part-time and a complete career change led me to working for HM Land Registry for the last ten years.
I care passionately about my daughter’s education and I firmly believe that parents play just as an important part as the school in providing this. In conjunction with my business skills, becoming a Parent Governor has provided me with an opportunity to hopefully make a valuable contribution to the governing body, to work together to achieve one common goal, that every child that attends Ercall Wood is not only happy and safe in their learning environment but has access to outstanding education provision.
I currently work as a national sales manager within the automotive sector. I have been a governor for the last 18 years, firstly at the primary school where my 4 daughters attended where I served as Chair for 15 years and then for the last 8 years at Ercall Wood. For the last 4 years I have been vice chair, continuing to support both staff and students in their time at Ercall Wood. Over the years my 4 children have gone through the school and have prospered from the education afforded to them and have continued to go from strength to strength, with the 4 now having gone to University and with the eldest reaching Cambridge. I continue to develop my understanding of the education system both form being married to a primary school teacher with 30 years’ experience and from the work carried out during my role as governor on a continual basis.
Hello my name is Chris Whitehead and I have been a Parent Governor since July 2016.
I have lived in Wellington for 26 years and I am married with four children. I used to work at GKN Sankey before becoming a self-employed builder. I have a lot of different interests and hobbies; I am a volunteer at Telford Steam Railway and I have recently taken up rugby coaching again for the girls’ teams at Telford Hornets. I am also on the Shropshire Show cattle committee and enjoy social functions in town. I have one child at Ercall Wood at the moment, and one that left a while ago. I was so impressed with Ercall Wood that I wanted to stand as a Governor to give something back to the school.
|Category of Governor||Name||Term of Office End date|
|Partnership||Mr K Wagstaffe (Chair)||31/08/2018|
|Mrs K Macpherson||03/03/2021|
|Vacancies||2 x Partnership Governor|
|Co-opted||Mrs J Mills||26/09/2019|
|Mr S Whitehouse (Vice Chair)||26/02/2019|
|Mr A J Petch||12/01/2021|
|Ms S J Beswick||05/07/2021|
|Staff||Mrs M Hasenauer||10/02/2020|
|Headteacher||Mr C Davis|
|Parent||Mrs A Fordham Barnes||19/09/2019|
|Mr T J Wills||19/05/2019|
|Mrs S A Bridgwater||07/12/2020|
|Mr W C Whitehead||10/10/2020|
|LA||Mr R Haseley||02/11/2017|
Business and Finance
Learning and Teaching
Discipline and Complaints
Partnership and co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. Parent governors are appointed by election with all parents and carers invited to vote. Similarly, staff governors are elected by staff. The headteacher is a governor by virtue of his office. The LA governor is appointed by the LA.
All governors can be contacted via the Clerk to Governors, Mrs R Moore, via the school.