Type of Governor: Foundation (Chair) | Term of Office: 01/09/2008 - 30/08/2017
School Links: Sixth Form, Science & Behaviour | Committees: Resources, Student Achievement (Chair) & Student Development
As a former student I am privileged and proud to Chair the Governing Body. I bring to the role many years experience of working across several sectors of education including teaching, headship, recruitment, mentoring, school inspectorate and as a former examination board scrutineer and chief examiner. My recipe for success is straightforward. Maximum attendance levels, high standards of behaviour coupled with top quality leaders, teachers and resources. The Academy prides itself on the wide range of extra curricular activities on offer and the first class individual care and guidance which is given to every student whatever their needs. Our positive ethos ensures that our students enjoy their learning and aspire to maximise their own potential and achieve great things. Long may this continue.
School Links: Literacy & Numeracy, English & Maths | Committees: Resources, Student Development & Student Achievement
I have lived and worked in East Lancashire for most of my life. I set up several businesses over the last 50 years and am still involved in some. A key company is involved in education technology. My interest in education derived from the time I was the first Chair of the local Training and Enterprise Council 25 years ago. I was instrumental in setting up Accrington Academy and its relationship with United Learning Trust. I was the first Chair of the Governing Body.
Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: 16/05/2014 - 15/05/2017
School Links: Behaviour & Technology | Committees: Student Development
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.
Type of Governor: Associate School | Term of Office: 02/12/2015 - 01/12/2018
School Links: Child Protection & Special Educational Needs | Committees:
I became a governor of Accrington Academy when I took on the role of Acting Headteacher at Peel Park. Our schools work very closely together and a large percentage of our pupils transfer to The Academy in Year 7. I believe it is very important that the primary and secondary sector work to support each other and enhance the education and opportunities available to our young people. Sharing knowledge, experience and expertise is beneficial to both schools. Working together means we can prepare our students for a smooth transition and they can make a flying start when they begin the next stage of their education.
Type of Governor: Foundation | Term of Office: 28/03/2012 - 30/08/2016
School Links: Finance | Committees: Resources (Chair)
I have been a Chartered Accountant since 1980 and been involved in the education sector, on a professional basis, for most of those years. Having been educated in the state sector and got where I am today, despite my education not because of it, I never cease to be amazed at the level of commitment and professionalism that I see at Accrington Academy, and have seen ever since my first Governors’ meeting in January 2012. If only my teachers had shown the same level of enthusiasm! I am also pleased to chair the Resources Sub-Committee and bring to the role my thirty-five plus years’ experience in commerce as well as the view from the other side of the fence; a reference to my professional role as auditor of Independent Schools as well as Academies (both stand alone and multi-academy trusts), Free Schools and University Technical Colleges. The education sector is an exciting one to be involved with; ever-changing but never afraid to look back at what has worked well in the past, giving us an eclectic mix of “iPads” and “times tables”.
School Links: Enrichment | Committees: Student Achievement
I was delighted to become a parent governor of Accrington Academy in July 2015. I find it refreshing that there is a general cheerfulness around the Academy, promoted by the staff, which filters down to its students. I believe that all children should receive a quality education, which in years to come they can look back on, knowing that they were given the best opportunities in a well resourced, quality environment. For thirteen years I was involved in buying and administration with the John Lewis Partnership and travelled extensively as an elected member of their Regional Council. I have had experience as a primary school governor and currently have major involvement in the local swimming club, Pioneer '79 which enjoys the Academy's outstanding facilities. The Academy's growth in stature and reputation since its inception in 2008 is remarkable. In the future I wish to do all I can, alongside other governors, to enhance this growth with the "end result" being the best education possible for all the children. The current team of governors, together with the Principal and staff, have the mind-set to achieve this goal, underpinning the Academy's reputation as a leader in this area.
Committees: Student Achievement
After attaining my Theology Degree from Bristol University, I subsequently trained as an actor and pursued a career in performing arts before committing to a life in education. As an RE teacher I feel strongly that all students should have an appreciation of different cultures and beliefs and have the confidence and understanding to speak about what they think is right, not only to succeed in RE but also to be well rounded, responsible citizens. I am passionate about teaching and learning and believe in the ability of every student to make a meaningful contribution to their class, the Academy and to the wider community we serve. I became Staff Governor in 2013 as I wanted to help craft the strategic vision of the Academy and I am very proud to represent this incredible group of professionals.
Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: 05/09/2008 - 30/08/2016
School Links: Physical Education | Committees: Student Achievement
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.
School Links: | 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.
Type of Governor: Community | Term of Office: 25/09/2013 - 24/09/2016
School Links: Pupil Premium & New Technologies | Committees: Student Achievement
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.
“Accrington Academy is an exciting place to be as we move forwards in the twenty first century. Governors, Principal and staff are united in their aim to provide a first class education for all students. We are in a time of rapid change with the ongoing evolution of new technologies and new government initiatives which keep us all on our toes. Preparing children for their future, where there will be jobs not yet invented, is a demanding and significant challenge. But we are up for it! We have brought together a highly qualified and dedicated staff along with a Board of Governors with immense enthusiasm, knowledge and wide expertise.”
Lillian Croston – Chair of Governors
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
The Full Governing Body meets once every term. The governing body is further divided into 3 sub committees to look in more detail at specific areas of the school.
- Pupil Achievement Committee
- Pupil Development Committee
- Resources Committee
All governors sit on at least 1 sub committee, which meets termly and feeds into the full governing body meetings. Each committee has a chair, who is elected at the first meeting of each new academic year. It is the role of the chair to feed back findings and discussions to the Full Governing Body.
In order to develop a good understanding of the Academy, governors regularly visit the acdemy 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
Queens Rd West,
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.