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.
In February 2015 we reconstituted our governing body which was a requirement of recent legislation. In order to ensure that the governing body was fit for purpose, governors completed a skills audit so that any gaps in skills and knowledge could be identified and addressed. A working party met to look at the results of the audit and to consider whether the governing body needed to change its membership. One conclusion was that the membership could be reduced from 18 to 15 members. It was identified that the governing body did not have any industry links represented. As a result we have appointed a partnership governor form Fujitsu, with whom we have a Business Link Partnership.
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. We have also challenged actions taken as a result of the fall in GCSE results in 2014.
We have also received and discussed the school’s own self-evaluation for key priorities which this year has been completely reviewed. This ensures that in conjunction with the Headteacher, we 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.
Three committees currently meet regularly. They are:
Finance, Buildings and Personnel 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.
Meet the Governors
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.