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Paul Cox

Paul Cox

Community Governor

I have lived and worked within the Accrington area for many years.  In 2011 I was elected as a...

Paul Cox

Paul Cox

Community Governor

I have lived and worked within the Accrington area for many years.  In 2011 I was elected as a local Councillor for Hyndburn Borough Council for Milnshaw Ward, the area within which the Academy sits, and for me feel it is important to help support a valuable member of the community.

Along with this I am director of my own Electrical contracting business based in the town.

In my spare time I’m involved with several community groups including Laneside resident’s association, Friends of Milnshaw Park and Play4UZ2.

Nigel Robson

Nigel Robson

Chair of Governors

Type of Governor: Chair Term of Office: 18/11/2019 Link: Safeguarding, Pupil Premium and English...

Nigel Robson

Nigel Robson

Chair of Governors

Type of Governor: Chair Term of Office: 18/11/2019 Link: Safeguarding, Pupil Premium and English

Nigel is a former lawyer in an international law firm, and his positions included International Head of Engineering and Construction, Global Head of Energy, and Managing Partner. He was an accredited Mediator, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Nigel has been a trustee of many charitable organisations, bringing legal support, governance expertise, financial awareness, HR and educational experience.

Nigel’s involvement in Academies stretches back to 2002, when as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce in the North East he was determined to address the issue of historic under-performance of many of the regions LEA secondary schools. In 2003 he first joined the Board of an Academy in the North East. His involvement grew as he became Chair of a small Multi Academy Trust of four secondary schools. Nigel joined the Board of United Learning Trust in 2010, and was elected Chair in 2014. He was Lead Trustee for the Northern Secondary Academies and chaired the Group’s Education and Standards Performance Committee. He stepped down after completing his maximum term as a trustee in 2019. He continues as Chair of four of ULT’s secondary academies in the North. He is a trustee of St John’s and Cranmer Hall, Durham University. He is a Member of the Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust, and of the Emmanuel Schools Foundation Multi Academy Trust. He was recently appointed to the Board as Chair of the Western Excellence in Learning and Leadership in Cumbria.

He is married with five children, very many grand-children, living in Cumbria, and his interests are fell walking, mountain biking, (watching) rugby, and almost all things Italian.

2020 Declaration of Interests – Nigel Robson

  • Richard Rose Morton and Central, - Chair, Supervisory Board 2014-
  • Richard Rose Morton, Carlisle, - LGB, Chair 2014-
  • Richard Rose Central – LGB 2014-
  • Barnsley Academy, - LGB, Chair 2017 -
  • The Hyndburn Academy, - School Improvement Board, Chair 2017 –
  • Accrington Academy, - LGB, Chair wef 01/01/20
  • Emmanuel Schools Foundation, - Member – 2007 -
  • St John’s College, Durham University, - Trustee, Council Member 2010 – March 2020, renewed to March 2024
  • Good Shepherd MAT, Diocese of Carlisle, - Member – 2013 -
  • Churches Trust for Cumbria, - Director 2010 -
  • WELL Board, Cumbria, - Chair, Board Member 2019 -
Phil Skupski

Phil Skupski

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Governor  | Term of Office: 01/10/2017 - 04/10/2020 School Links: Finance |...

Phil Skupski

Phil Skupski

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Governor  | Term of Office: 01/10/2017 - 04/10/2020
School Links: Finance | Committees: Resources | Appointed by: Andrew O'Brien 10/04/2017

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: 25/09/2013 - 24/09/2020 School Links: Computer...

Paul Campbell

Paul Campbell

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: 25/09/2013 - 24/09/2020
School Links: Computer Science, Curriculum | Committees: Student Achievement | Appointed by: Andrew O'Brien 25/09/2013

I was delighted to become a governor at Accrington Academy. I have a background in technology and for the past decade I have been involved in working with schools in how they can use technology to support learning and helping improve the outcomes of the children and students.  Accrington is a fantastic Academy and has a growing reputation for the way in which it supports students and helps them to achieve their goals. I am impressed with the way the entire team is always looking on how we can improve further and enjoy being a part of that challenge.

Nora Clay

Nora Clay

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: September 2018 - September 2021 School Links: SEN...

Nora Clay

Nora Clay

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: September 2018 - September 2021
School Links: SEN & Child Protection, Equality  | Committees: Student Development

Although only a Governor of the Academy since May 2015, I already feel part of a team which is striving to bring out the very  best in everyone – adult and pupil alike.  Hopefully, as a past SENCo in the primary sector for many years, I will prove to be of use in this area of the Academy and I look forward to my involvement.  My experience of education extends beyond that of teacher, previously having been a Governor of both a Blackburn primary and high school.  On retirement, I spent several months as a volunteer with a small charity in a very poor village outside Mombasa, Kenya, working in both school and orphanage.  This experience proved, without doubt, that success  can be achieved when confidence is shown in individuals, coupled with unfailing encouragement.  This is something in which I firmly believe.

Purves Ali

Purves Ali

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Parent | Term of Office: 04/09/2018 - 05/09/2021 School Links: Humanities |...

Purves Ali

Purves Ali

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Parent | Term of Office: 04/09/2018 - 05/09/2021
School Links: Humanities | Committees: Resources |  Appointed by:  Andrew O'Brien 09/05/2008

I was born in Accrington and still live locally, I am a former pupil. I attended the University of Central Lancashire.  I am currently working as a freelance Business Advisor and a football scout for Manchester United FC.  My other interests include being a Governor at Peel Park Primary School in Accrington, a director of the New Era Trust in Accrington and Chairman at Whinney Hill FC which is a local community football club. I am married with a son and daughter, both of whom attended the Academy.

Julia Mustoe

Julia Mustoe

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: 16/05/2014 - 16/05/2020 School Links: | Committees:...

Julia Mustoe

Julia Mustoe

Community Governor

Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: 16/05/2014 - 16/05/2020
School Links: | Committees: Student Achievement | Appointed by: Andrew O'Brien 16/05/2014

I was educated at Westholme School. My father, Colin Mustoe, is the founder of Senator International which is now one of the largest local employers. My daughter Millie shares my love of horses and we both compete in various horse disciplines both locally and on the national circuit. I combine my work at Senator with running a busy home and caring for our horses.

 

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The meeting schedule and register of business interests can be viewed at the foot of this page. 

Attendance of meetings:  2018/19

  • Lillian Croston 8/10   
  • Tony Cann 9/10
  • Purves Ali 3/10 
  • Joanne Leach 8/10
  • Alison Padgett 7/10
  • Paul Campbell 5/10
  • Julia Mustoe 5/10
  • Nora Clay 7/10
  • Neil Smith 2/10
  • Phil Skupski 7/10 

 

Type of Governor: Chair Term of Office: 18/11/2019

Nigel is a former lawyer in an international law firm, and his positions included International Head of Engineering and Construction, Global Head of Energy, and Managing Partner. He was an accredited Mediator, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Nigel has been a trustee of many charitable organisations, bringing legal support, governance expertise, financial awareness, HR and educational experience.

Nigel’s involvement in Academies stretches back to 2002, when as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce in the North East he was determined to address the issue of historic under-performance of many of the regions LEA secondary schools. In 2003 he first joined the Board of an Academy in the North East. His involvement grew as he became Chair of a small Multi Academy Trust of four secondary schools. Nigel joined the Board of United Learning Trust in 2010, and was elected Chair in 2014. He was Lead Trustee for the Northern Secondary Academies and chaired the Group’s Education and Standards Performance Committee. He stepped down after completing his maximum term as a trustee in 2019. He continues as Chair of four of ULT’s secondary academies in the North. He is a trustee of St John’s and Cranmer Hall, Durham University. He is a Member of the Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust, and of the Emmanuel Schools Foundation Multi Academy Trust. He was recently appointed to the Board as Chair of the Western Excellence in Learning and Leadership in Cumbria.

He is married with five children, very many grand-children, living in Cumbria, and his interests are fell walking, mountain biking, (watching) rugby, and almost all things Italian.

2020 Declaration of Interests – Nigel Robson

  • Richard Rose Morton and Central, – Chair, Supervisory Board 2014-
  • Richard Rose Morton, Carlisle, – LGB, Chair 2014-
  • Richard Rose Central – LGB 2014-
  • Barnsley Academy, – LGB, Chair 2017 –
  • The Hyndburn Academy, – School Improvement Board, Chair 2017 –
  • Accrington Academy, – LGB, Chair wef 01/01/20
  • Emmanuel Schools Foundation, – Member – 2007 –
  • St John’s College, Durham University, – Trustee, Council Member 2010 – March 2020, renewed to March 2024
  • Good Shepherd MAT, Diocese of Carlisle, – Member – 2013 –
  • Churches Trust for Cumbria, – Director 2010 –
  • WELL Board, Cumbria, – Chair, Board Member 2019 
Who are Governors

The Governing Body is responsible for the Strategic leadership of the Academy.  Their role is to provide support and challenge to the Academy Leadership Team to ensure that it acts within in the best interests of the school at all times.  Governors are in place to represent the interests of local community, parents, ofsted and United Learning to ensure that resources are used in the best way possible to benefit the pupils of the Academy. All governors are volunteers and receive no remuneration from the Academy Trust or the School. 

The body, as specified by United Learning is made up of elected member in the following way:

  • 4 Foundation Governors
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • 2 Associated School Governors
  • 4 Community Governors
  • 1 Parent Governors
  • 2 staff governors – 1 teaching & 1 non teaching
  • Headteacher (Ex-Oficio)

Governors serve on the governing body for 3 years from appointment. At the end of the 3 years they can be re-appointed for up to 6 further years.

How the governors carry out their role

In order to develop a good understanding of the Academy, governors regularly visit the academy to meet with staff and pupils.  Some governors are linked to specific departments within the Academy and  meet with their link departments at least once every term. FIndings from these visits are fed into committee meetings to inform the body.

Some governors are also occasionally required to form other committees to handle matters as they arise, such as Pay Committee;  Significant Change, disciplinary matters, appeal hearings and interviews.  Typically a governor will spend around 6 – 10 hours each month on governance duties.

5 Year Strategic Aims

The Governing Body have the following 8 Key Strategic Aims for the Academy:

  • A World Class Learning Hub
  • Beyond expectations
  • Everyone a Leader
  • Every Learning Experience outstanding
  • Specialisms as our engine room
  • A dynamic, aspirational and individual curriculum
  • Everyone an expert
  • To hear and support today, to prepare for tomorrow
How to become a governor

The governing body is made up of elected members who are chosen specifically for the skills and experience they can contribute to the school.

When a vacancy for a parent governor becomes available details of the election process will be advertised to the parents.  Parent governors are voted for and elected by parents of enrolled pupils of the Academy.  Any staff governor vacancies will be advertised internally to staff and are voted for and elected to post by the staff body.

Currently there are no vacancies on the governing body. Any person who is interested in becoming a governor at the Academy is warmly invited to register an interest with The Chair of Governors and Principal.

How to Contact the Governors

The Governors are always keen to hear the views of parents/Carers and pupils.  If you wish to contact the Governing body you can do this by writing to:

Chair of Governors
Accrington Academy
Queens Rd West,
Accrington
BB5 4FF

United Learning Trustees

Accrington Academy is a part of United Learning whose Trustees hold the ultimate responsibility for the governance of each United Learning school.

The Department for Education’s governance handbook identifies the essentials of effective governance as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

United Learning’s Trustees delegate certain key roles and responsibilities to the school’s Local Governing Body (LGB) and these are set out clearly in Appendix 4 to the United Learning LGB Members Handbook.

 

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