Our Governors

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:

  • set the aims and objectives for the Academy
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the Academy is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Principal (a critical friend)
  • Importance of Foundation Governors

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.


St. Chad's Academies Trust: Mrs Sue Wedgwood (Chair):

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: Mrs Barbara Crawforth


Staff Representative: Miss Hannah Ferris (Teacher)


Parent Governor: Mrs Nicola Hanson


Governor Business Interests

Dawley Governors 2018