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Governing Body & Trustees

The role of the school Governors:

Governors play a key role in any school. The governors at The Kassia Academy are an important part of the school family and help to ensure the school is supported at every turn.

The key core functions are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its learners, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

Kassia’s governance is overseen by the Governor Hub which oversees both Kassia and Oakwood Academy. All members of the Governing body are appointed by the full committee and agreed by the Trust Board. Community and Associate members are chosen and selected to bring relevant skills to support the school. Staff and Parent members are then approved by the full committee.

 

 

Our Governors & Trustees

Laurence Cooper - Trustee

Laurence Cooper - Trustee

Member & Chair of Trust Board

I became a Governor when I saw how much the school had helped my son, my motivation is to help other sons and daughters achieve their potential and aspirations. I have helped lead the school through considerate change and I am very proud that we promote the highest standards in all areas of school life.

Jillian Collinson - Trust Board Vice Chair

Jillian Collinson - Trust Board Vice Chair

I have lived in Worsley for over twenty years and have four children.  My working background is in human resources and administration.  Prior to becoming a Councillor, I was a co-opted member of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee.  I was Vice Chair of Governors at Springwood (Special) Primary.

Jacob Bond - Trustee

Jacob Bond - Trustee

I work in HR and have considerable experience managing people and resources. I have been the Vice Chair of Governors of the Canterbury Centre Pupil Referral Unit and have helped to lead the organisation from requiring improvement to good.  

Margaret Burgin - Trustee

Margaret Burgin - Trustee

Future Skills Manager, BBC North. I was a BBC journalist for many years working for both local and network radio.  I then became a senior community journalist, working with communities across Yorkshire. After a move to work in Salford managing a school’s journalism project, I became the Community Affairs Manager for the MediaCityUK site. I now work in an HR role which involves links with schools, colleges and universities to provide information about the routes in to the Creative and Media industries. I also deliver staff training and manage diversity events at BBC North.  My specialism is work experience and supporting young people into employment. At the BBC I helped to lead a transformation into thinking around disability and helping people into employment with the organisation who were from low starting points.

Louise Smith - Trustee

Louise Smith - Trustee

Louise is an educationalist with over 20 years’ experience. She has had considerable leadership experience as a Head teacher in three different primary schools, one having been judged in its latest inspection as outstanding in all areas.

She has excellent inter-personal skills, embraces the changing education policy landscape and is currently undertaking the role of an Executive Head teacher for two schools while leading the strategic direction of Warrington Teaching School Alliance and CEO of Warrington Primary Academy Trust.

Louise is an inspirational, energetic and highly motivated leader, sharing her vision, enthusiasm and commitment to achieving excellence across the North West. Her specific areas of expertise are within KS1 and KS2 in schools with significant socio-economic barriers. Louise's main goal is to improve the life-chances of learners, especially disadvantaged children, through the belief of high expectations for them, with a team of dedicated teachers providing excellence in teaching and learning.

Louise is an NLE, supporting system leadership across the North West. She is also an Ofsted Inspector. Her influence has been felt throughout Warrington and beyond, in Cheshire and Merseyside, as a driver of school improvement. She has grasped opportunities for innovation in teaching and learning and has supported colleagues and headteachers alike in achieving outcomes, in which children perform above expectations.

As CEO of Warrington Primary Academy Trust, Louise is responsible for staff development, ensuring that the needs of all learners are met, promoting the core values of the Trust and overseeing relationships with the DfE.

Emma Twell - Trustee

Emma Twell - Trustee

I am a Company Director/Experienced School Head teacher whose experience is within Special schools (Behaviour and Autism). I am also an Education Consultant specialising in school improvement. 

I have worked for many years in SEMH/ASD provisions, most recently in turnaround situations as an Interim Headteacher.

I was part of a team that successfully applied to the Department for Education to convert an alternative provision independent school to a Free School.

As an autistic adult and parent to an autistic child, I am passionate about removing barriers to inclusion.

I enjoy reading, learning new skills, sewing and crafting. 

Amanda Nicholson CEO

I have led my previous school in Knowsley through an outstanding Ofsted inspection in 2009 and I have led Oakwood Academy through academy conversion in 2012 and two outstanding Ofsted inspections in 2013 and 2017. We currently have 203 pupils aged 9 – 16 at the main Oakwood campus in Eccles Salford. In 2019 we opened a 6th Form College at Media City Salford, we have 75 students and 10 supported internship students. We increased our age range up to 19 years and lowered our age range down to Y5 so we can facilitate smoother transition to secondary education. We have opened an Enhanced Resource Provision (ERP) for 15 children with ASC at Silver Street campus in Irlam. I became a National Leader of Education in 2015 and Oakwood was designated a National Teaching School in 2016. We are now working hard to train the next generation of SEND teachers and undertake school to school support in a variety of settings and deliver extensive CPD. We were successful in applying for a Free School in Salford and are currently working with the DfE on opening Acorn Academy for secondary aged children with ASC. We are hoping for a September 2023 opening date. We have successfully re-brokered Kassia AP Academy and Support Service in Warrington into our Trust and are working closely with Warrington Local Authority to develop an alternative education support package for secondary schools. My specialism is SEND. I have worked in the field of SEND for 25 years and have worked in a wide variety of settings with children of all ages and disabilities. I am committed to ensuring they get the best education possible and we give them the start in life they deserve.

Julie Owen - Chair of the LGB Hub, Headteacher at the Canterbury Centre PRU Salford

Julie Owen - Chair of the LGB Hub, Headteacher at the Canterbury Centre PRU Salford

 I have been Head at The Canterbury Centre, Salford’s Pupil Health Referral Unit, since 2012 and have overseen lots of improvements there. The Canterbury Centre has worked very closely with Kings Academy Trust to raise standards for the benefit of all. My area of expertise is mental health and emotional wellbeing. Schools have a role to play in supporting pupils to be resilient and mentally healthy; academic success correlates strongly with robust mental health and wellbeing. I feel privileged to join the Kings Academy Trust LGB HUB and work as part of the team. I am looking forward to ensuring that the young people attending Oakwood Academy and Kassia AP Academy continue to enjoy their learning and prepare effectively for life post-16.

Joanne Mullineux - Vice Chair of the LGB Hub. Deputy Headteacher of Green Lane Special School Warrington

I have worked in education for over 15 years and have the passion and drive to help to ensure that all pupils with SEND fulfil their full potential. I have worked in both Primary and Secondary Mainstream and Special Needs Sectors. I have gained valuable experience working in 2 Outstanding Special Schools during this time. I spent 2 of my early years as an NQT teaching in a Mainstream Primary School in Salford, teaching within KS2 to Years 3 and 5. It was here that I became a lead English Teacher for the Local Authority. I then spent the rest of my teaching career working in Special Education starting at Oakwood Academy developing the Year 7 Foundation Provision, progressing to become the Academy’s Inclusion Manager & SENCO. I gained my NPQH Qualification in 2011 and since 2013 I have been the Deputy Head Teacher at Green Lane Special School (MLD/Complex Needs Ages 4-19) and have helped lead the school to its Outstanding OFSTED judgement in May 2015. During this time, I have held a key role working with Warrington Teaching schools and the School Improvement Alliance to offer CPD opportunities across Warrington & beyond. I have been part of a team to Lead SEND Reviews in mainstream schools with the aim to drive improvements helping all pupils with SEND to receive the best education.

Jacqui Hughes LGB Governor - Chair of Canterbury Centre PRU. Safeguarding/Health and Safety Governor at Oakwood Academy

Jacqui Hughes LGB Governor - Chair of Canterbury Centre PRU.  Safeguarding/Health and Safety Governor at Oakwood Academy

I have worked in education for over 15 years and have the passion and drive to help to ensure that all pupils with SEND fulfil their full potential. I have worked in both Primary and Secondary Mainstream and Special Needs Sectors. I have gained valuable experience working in 2 Outstanding Special Schools during this time. I spent 2 of my early years as an NQT teaching in a Mainstream Primary School in Salford, teaching within KS2 to Years 3 and 5. It was here that I became a lead English Teacher for the Local Authority. I then spent the rest of my teaching career working in Special Education starting at Oakwood Academy developing the Year 7 Foundation Provision, progressing to become the Academy’s Inclusion Manager & SENCO. I gained my NPQH Qualification in 2011 and since 2013 I have been the Deputy Head Teacher at Green Lane Special School (MLD/Complex Needs Ages 4-19) and have helped lead the school to its Outstanding OFSTED judgement in May 2015. During this time, I have held a key role working with Warrington Teaching schools and the School Improvement Alliance to offer CPD opportunities across Warrington & beyond. I have been part of a team to Lead SEND Reviews in mainstream schools with the aim to drive improvements helping all pupils with SEND to receive the best education.

Amanda Breward - Community Governor Oakwood

Amanda Breward - Community Governor Oakwood

My son currently attends Oakwood Academy. I work as a Sales & Marketing Manager for a worldwide inspection company where I am responsible for expanding our commercial profile, sales and coverage, both here in the UK and globally. I graduated from the University of Salford with a BSC Honours Degree in Information Technology, then started work as IT Manager for Pacific Brands UK Limited, before moving into sales and becoming a Senior Sales Executive for Sheridan UK. I am also a volunteer at Cycling Projects/Wheels for All (a national UK cycling charity which promotes inclusive cycling through a range of successful community engagement programmes that give people the opportunity to cycle on a regular basis; through help, support and guidance). In my spare time I enjoy Travel, Cooking, Reading, Languages, Walking & Fashion/Dressmaking.

Simon Lennox - Headteacher of the Virtual School for Children in Care, Warrington Borough Council

Throughout my teaching career I have worked in large comprehensive 11-16 high schools. My career has taken me from teaching maths in Stockport, through Head of Department in a central Manchester high school, to senior leadership in Tameside and Headteacher in Salford. I have been in my current post since June 2019. I believe that children who have suffered adverse childhood experiences need the highest levels of support and care to help them achieve and participate as active members of their community and that high quality alternative education provision is key to this.

Gary Cunningham CEO One Community Trust. Exec Head Oakwood Avenue Primary School

Gary Cunningham CEO One Community Trust.  Exec Head Oakwood Avenue Primary School

I have been CEO of One Community Trust since its inception in September 2019. The Trust comprises of 4 Warrington primary schools with 4 additional Designated Provisions covering Cognition & Learning, SEMH and ASD needs. I have been a headteacher for 17 years (the last 12 years at Oakwood Avenue). I am passionate about inclusion and equality; as a result, I have always worked in areas of deprivation with relatively high SEND percentages of children. Having been born and brought up in such an area, I have experienced the power of an effective education and how it can literally change lives. I work extensively with Warrington LA ensuring our town’s most vulnerable have an advocate. Warrington needs a first class AP facility and I hope to support Kassia and other schools in the Trust in providing this much needed quality provision.

John Leonard Assistant Headteacher Sir Thomas Boteler high School, Safeguarding/Health & safety Governor at Kassia

I am currently the Assistant Headteacher at Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School in Warrington. Now into my 6th year in this role, I am responsible for Pastoral Care, behaviour and welfare in the school. Further to this I am the Designated Safeguarding Lead in school and I line manage the SENDCO, working closely with her to ensure equality for all. I have a passion for pastoral care and improving the life chances of young people. I believe every student deserves an equal opportunity of achieving success regardless of background or circumstance. I believe that safe and happy children can learn, therefore I believe my skillset and passion developed in my career so far, can be transferred to support the staff and students at Kassia Academy. The role will also allow me to support the development of a provision to meet the needs of those across the town. I have a love of sport which is what led me to become a PE teacher. I have been part of sporting teams all of my life, with my main sport being Football and still playing in a team now. I am also a big Manchester United supported.

Amanda Roberts - Parent Governor - Oakwood Academy

My name is Amanda Roberts and I have a son William who is 18 years old, he has autism and learning difficulties. I wanted to become a governor to give back some of the advice, help and support I have received since William’s diagnosis 13 years ago. It hasn’t been easy being a parent of a child with a disability but when William started at Oakwood Academy he changed so much. He became much more confident; he played Father Christmas and sang in front of the whole school. He tried new foods and went on a camping trip staying away from home which he has never done. I have so much to thank the school for and wanted to give them any support or help in return.

Catherine Baxter - Parent Governor - Oakwood Academy

Catherine Baxter - Parent Governor - Oakwood Academy

I have been an Educational Psychologist for approximately eight years and a teacher for eight before that. I feel passionately in the power of Education and even more passionately about ensuring all pupils have access to it. I have a special interest in Autism and Neurodiversity. I volunteered to be a parent governor at Oakwood in order to help ensure that the parent voice was present and heard at a strategic level. I am looking forward to working with The Trust in this capacity.

Gwyn Owen - Staff Governor - Kassia Academy

Gwyn Owen - Staff Governor - Kassia Academy

I am currently a P.E teacher at Kassia Academy. I deliver all sporting and outdoor education activities across the school including, Duke of Edinburgh, Forest Schools, Salford Sailing Club/Oarsome Project and the school allotment. I am also responsible for the school football team, where we are part of the EBD league. I have a passion for improving the life chances of young people and that every child should have the opportunity, regardless of background or circumstance to achieve success. As a staff governor, I can bring my professional experience and knowledge gained to share views and where appropriate any concerns on behalf of the staff. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my young son, watching Liverpool FC and Wales Rugby Union.

Michelle Navin - Staff Governor - Oakwood Academy

Michelle Navin - Staff Governor - Oakwood Academy

I have worked at Oakwood Academy since 2010 and have been the staff Governor since 2017. I am the Deputy Safeguarding Lead and work closely with the Headteacher to ensure the safety, pastoral care and welfare of both children and staff.

Standards & Effectiveness Committees

Kassia

School Headteacher & SLT

Simon Lennox (LGB)

Gwyn Owen (Staff Governor)

Sandy Geraghty (Parent Governor)

Oakwood

School Headteacher & SLT

Joanne Mullineux (LGB)

Michelle Navin (Staff Governor)

Amanda Roberts (Parent Governor)

Kathryn Baxter (Parent Governor)

Learning Walks

Kassia

School Headteacher

Gary Cunningham (LGB)

Sandra Geraghty ( Parent Governor)

 

Oakwood

School Headteacher

Amanda Breward (LGB)

Amanda Roberts (Parent Governor)

Pupil & Staff Welfare Committees (Including Safeguarding)

Kassia

School Headteacher

John Leonard (LGB)

 

Sandra Geraghty ( Parent Governor)

Oakwood

School Headteacher

Jacqui Hughes (LGB)

Michelle Navin (Staff Governor)

Amanda Roberts (Parent Governor)

Katheryn Baxter ( Parent Governor)