Oakwell Rise Primary Academy is part of the Barnsley Primary Partnership, which came into being in the autumn of 2016. It brings together the three primary schools: The Forest Academy, Oakhill Primary Academy and Oakwell Rise Primary Academy, which are all members of the Wellspring Academy Trust.
The Trust has put in place a single governing body for the Partnership, replacing the three former governing bodies.
Our role has three key parts:
• in consultation with the Trust, we decide the vision, ethos and strategic direction of each of the three schools;
• we hold the Executive Principal and her senior staff to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils;
• we oversee the financial performance of each of the three schools and make sure that money is well spent.
There are currently 11 Governors, details of whom are set out below. They have a wide range of backgrounds, skills and experience which they bring to this important role, and meet at least every half term to look at all aspects of the life and work of the schools. Many of the Governors are linked with specific aspects of the life of the schools and make regular reports to the governing body.
We work closely with the Executive Principal, who is supported by two Principals and other staff, and is responsible for the day to day running of the schools. She is accountable to governors for how she does this, and frequently reports to us.
All our work as governors has one simple aim: to make sure that our schools provide the highest standard of education and care for all our pupils, so that they have the best possible life chances.
Meet the Team
Michael Sanderson- Chair of Governors
Michael has served on various governing bodies in Barnsley, and helped form the Barnsley Governors Association. He is a National Leader of Governance. Having trained as a statistician, Michael worked for nearly 40 years in local government, in a wide range of roles. He links with Sam Bailey, Executive Principal in relation to Leadership and Management.
Sam Bailey- Ex-officio Governor (Executive Principal)
Sam has led very significant change management programmes in order to secure success and has had a very significant impact in all of her schools. Sam is Executive Principal of the three schools which make up the Barnsley Primary Partnership, namely The Forest Academy, Oakhill Primary Academy and Oakwell Rise Primary Academy.
Father Paul Cartwright- Trust Appointed
Father Paul Cartwright is a Parish Priest in Barnsley, as well as being a chaplain to Barnsley College and West Yorkshire Police. He has a background in equalities & diversity and is also an elected member of the General Synod of the Church of England. He is also a Member of the Society for Education and Training, has a love of music and is the link governor for teaching, learning and staffing.
Jenny Davis- Trust Appointed
Jenny is a staff governor and links with Sue Galley and Sam Bailey for Safeguarding. She works at Springwell as Borough Services Manager and has extensive experience in the field of Behaviour and Attendance and has previously worked on the senior leadership team for BMBC’s Education Welfare Service.
Fiona Kouble- Trust Appointed
Fiona Has been the vicar of Christ Church Ardsley since June 2013.She is also a member of the local Stairfoot Ward Alliance. Her particular responsibility within the Governing Body is with the issue of Community Engagement.
Lucy Donald- Staff Governor
Lucy works as our Office Manager at Oakwell Rise Primary Academy. She has over 15 years experience working in education, from a secondary teacher to marking Examinations papers. She loves to travel and often spends her weekends with her children at English Heritage sites.
Melissa Watkinson - Staff Governor
Melissa started at Forest in 2011 by volunteering in a Year 1 class. Both her daughters attended Forest but have since moved onto high school. Volunteering gave her the courage to start studying to become a Teaching Assistant. She then went on to do further training and completed her Higher Level Teaching Assistant qualification. She has recently begun working as a Learning and Family Support Mentor.
Ken Mosley- Trust Appointed
Ken is a retired Chartered Health & Safety Practitioner, having worked 40 years in the construction industry in UK and China in various engineering and management roles and has several years experience in corporate governance. Post retirement Ken worked for Barnsley Football Club in an advisory capacity on management procedures. Ken's responsibility on the Governing Body is Health and Safety.
Chris Parkes- Trust Appointed
Chris is a Chartered Educational Psychologist with over 20 years experience of working with schools in Barnsley to support families, pupils and staff in the area of Special Educational Needs. Chris also has considerable experience as a governor and her responsibility on the Governing Body is oversight of Key Pupil Groups. Her links in school are the SENDCO's.
Robert House - Parent Appointed
Rob House is one of our parents who has had his children attending The Forest Academy for the past 15 years. Originally from Hertfordshire, Rob moved up to Barnsley in 2003 and lived in the local area for 12 years. He has a background in customer service and worked closely with financial advisers for Aviva UK. He has a love for Tottenham Hotspur, travelling and his children and is the link governor for Community/Parental Engagement.
Helen Handley - Parent Appointed
Helen Handley is one of the Parent Governors for Barnsley Primary Partnership and her son attends Oakhill Primary Academy. She was born and raised in Barnsley and hence knows the area very well. Her background is in Management working with the Salvation Army as well as having worked in Childcare. She is also the owner of a local business. Helen is also the Link Governor for Community Engagement.
Karen Froggatt- Ex-officio Governor
Karen is Wellspring Trust’s appointee to the Governing Body. She is employed as Wellspring’s Company Secretary and Clerk to the Wellspring Trust Board. Karen also leads the Trust’s Governance Team, which provides governance support to the Trust Board, Board Committees and to all Governing Bodies within the Trust.
If you are looking for information regarding joining the Governing Body or for Local Governing Body minutes, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body on 01226 720741 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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