Governors are one of the largest volunteer groups in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is key to the effectiveness of a school. Ofsted has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management which include the governing body.
What do governors do?
The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:
A strong, well-led Local Academy Committee, supportive of the Academy, its teachers and its mission makes an important contribution to the Academy’s well-being and effectiveness. The foundation governors will have an especial care for the Academy’s Christian character.
Foundation governors in Church schools are those appointed by the Church authorities. Often in Anglican schools the incumbent of the parish will be a member of the Local Academy Committee, by virtue of his/her office – this is called an ex-officio governor. Other foundation governors will mostly be active lay people.
The current Local Academy Committee is detailed below (with pen portraits). The Chair and Vice Chair were re-elected during the first Local Academy Meeting in September 2018.
Chair of Governors: Mrs Kerrie Gray (and parent Governor):
I joined the LAC in 2016 and have been chair since 2018. Elected as a parent governor I have had links with the school for the last 15 years. Since 2011 I have worked in education and have particular interest and experience in working with children with SEND. Being dedicated has enabled me to support the school in ensuring that all children receive a high quality education in a place where they feel valued, happy and safe.
Vice Chair: Rev Tim Storey (and church representative):
I'm Tim Storey, Vicar of the Church in Dawley and I look after a number of other churches in the area. I’m married with two grown up children and a mad collie. My main role in the life of Dawley Academy is to be a friend to the school who focusses on the underlying Church foundation, so I come in and lead assemblies and classes with a Christian emphasis as well as work with the Head and the Governors to keep uphold the values of the school.
St. Chad's Academies Trust: Mrs Sue Wedgwood:
My name is Sue Wedgwood. I work for St. Chad's Academies Trust and have been involved in education for many years! I have been a Headteacher and Adviser and enjoy working with schools. I have been working with Mr Andrews and Dawley for four years now and am very proud of what has been achieved. The children at Dawley are absolutely super and are working really hard. The Local Academy Committee can support the children , staff and parents to ensure that the children have great learning opportunities and experiences while they are at Dawley. They deserve the very best!
Academy: Mr Nick Andrews (Principal)
I'm Nick Andrews and Principal at Dawley. It is an absolute privilege to work at Dawley and have contact with the children, families and community of Dawley. We constantly strive to offer the best we can for the children and ensure that we offer a fun and challenging curriculum for all, with the philosophy that it is OK to make mistakes as this is part of the learning process. We have fantastic children, parents and staff and Dawley has really become part of the local community, something which the governors and myself are really proud of.
Church Representative: Pam Spellen
My name is Pam and I live in Wellington with my two daughters, who are 17 and 11, and my husband. I have a background in education and was Deputy Head at a large Primary in Wellington for just under 20 years. I wanted a fresh challenge and have been working for Central Telford Parish as their ‘Schools and Families Enabler’ for the last three years. I love the variety of my job; from setting up toddler groups, working with families at Messy Church to the huge range of work in the 15 Primaries in the Parish. I love baking (which I sometimes share!) and lovely long family walks with the dog. I am proud to be associated with the brilliant staff and amazing young people at Dawley Academy.
Staff Representative: Miss Hannah Ferris (Teacher)
Church Representative: Daphne Caton
Parent Governor: Mrs Hannah Stirling