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Governors are representatives of the wider Academy community and include people drawn from the parents, the Academy staff, other members of the local community and/or people with special skills that could benefit the work of the governing body.
Governing bodies are expected to play three key roles:

  • They provide a strategic overview of the work of the Academy.
  • They act as a critical friend to the Academy.
  • They ensure accountability to the local community.


Curriculum & Standards Committee
The Committee has wide-ranging responsibilities - these include reviewing and monitoring all matters relating to the current and future curriculum, the agreement of priorities and targets, and reviewing the published data on pupil attainment and the standards achieved by the academy. Its overarching focus is to promote the quality of the overall student experience, and it does so by supporting the development and use of best practice in all matters.

Finance & General Purposes Committee
The Committee is responsible for monitoring and advising on the day to day financial operations and controls. It monitors the monthly management accounts, reviews and recommends the annual budget and account, and considers the adequacy of risk management and internal controls. It also focuses on all personnel, HR, premises and Health & Safety issues.

The committees undertake their work in conjunction with the Academy Improvement plan, which looks at all aspects of the Academy from standards and targets to issues governing leadership, personnel and physical resources.

Governors can be contacted through the Academy Office.

Click here to find out how to apply to become a Governor.

Click here to find OBA Prospectus

Academy Governors
Name Appointed By Responsibility Committee Details of Pecuniary interest
Richard Williams Appointed by Foundation/Trust Chair of Governors, Principal PM Curriculum, Enrichment & Welfare, Finance & General Purposes, Strategic Progress Board None
Jenny Farnham Appointed by GB/Board Vice Chair / SEND Policies None
Dennis Kirwan Ex-officio by virtue of office as Headteacher/Principal Curriculum & Standards / Finance & General Purposes / Strategic Progress Board Jan Kirwan (Spouse) Art Tutor Atlantis House
Iain Belson Appointed by GB/Board Health & Saftey Finance & General Purposes / Strategic Progress Board None
Karen Smith Appointed by Academy Members Curriculum, Finance & General Purpose None
Fran Sandal Appointed by GB/Board Curriculum Chair / Safeguarding Curriculum, Enrichment & Welfare None
Ian Mahoney Appointed by GB/Board SEN / ICT Curriculum, Enrichment & Welfare None
Kelly Swingler Appointed by GB/Board Science / HR Finance & General Purposes / Strategic Progress Board None
Christian Hogg Appointed by GB/Board Data Finance & General Purposes None
Laura Corcoran Clerk to the Governors Training All Committees None


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