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:
Kassia’s governance is overseen by the Governor Hub which oversees both The Kassia and Arbour 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.
II have lived and worked in Salford all my life. I am a Training Consultant providing Safeguarding, Prevent and Mental Health in-service for schools and educational settings. I have been involved in education for almost 50 yrs. Firstly as a teacher and then as a Service Manager for Salford Local Authority. I have extensive experience of managing teams who plan and deliver Alternative Education services for pupils who are unable to access mainstream settings. I am committed to the principles of Educational Inclusion and Child Centred Learning.
I have been Governor and Vice Chair at Arbor Academy (previously The Canterbury Centre) since 2013. I’m really looking forward to also supporting Kassia Academy, as part of the Pupil Referral Unit LGB Hub as Vice Chair.
I have 10 years’ experience in managing human resources and operational functions, most recently in the education sector. I’m currently a Business and Operations Manager at a mainstream Academy Trust in Tameside with oversight of finance, human resources, premises, catering, health, and safety. I have experience in organisational development and ensuring operating models best support delivery of the school’s aims.
I’m also a volunteer manager and trustee with The Scouts, providing strategic direction and leading on transforming governance in Scout charities across Salford, Trafford, and Wigan.
In my role as a governor, volunteer and my ‘day job’, I’m committed to supporting leaders in providing young people with the best opportunities inside and outside of a classroom.
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I have extensive experience of teaching English in a mainstream secondary school in Salford, and the challenges that our young people face in achieving their goals and aspirations. I have been delighted to be able to support the academy in its journey to provide the best outcomes for its young people. I now work as a trade union official at national level, meaning that I bring detailed knowledge and understanding of education and employment law policy, and how it can be best utilised to support our staff and our students.
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.
I am in my 3rd year at The Kassia Academy working as English and Literacy Lead.
Working across both of our school sites, I have a strong understanding of the wide variety and complex needs of our learners and the total dedication required in our daily job roles.
As staff governor, I can actively contribute to the wider vision and strategy of the school is one that I would greatly appreciate. My intent is to highlight the key issues we all face with our learners and utilise the governing body to develop and implement strategies that help staff thrive in our setting.
Having become disillusioned from the mainstream education system I moved to The Canterbury Centre (Arbour Academy) in 2014. As well as teaching math's, I am also a certified yoga teacher and hold a further qualification in ‘Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to Teenagers’.
I believe that having a diverse range of views an essential part of making up a successful management committee, and look forward to this exciting opportunity to set a strategic direction where we can embed an ambitious curriculum, invest in CPD for staff and hold leaders to account for the academic and social outcomes of our pupils.
I am a Dad of 4 who enjoys spending time with his family. I work as a Packing Manager for a local nutraceutical company. My hobbies include watching and playing football.
|Name||Governor Type||Term of Office|
|Jacqui Hughes||Chair/Safeguarding Governor||05.01.21 - 04.01.25|
|Jacob Bond||Vice Chair||24.02.21 - 23.02.25|
|Julia Chapman||Community Governor||01.01.20 - 31.12.23|
|Rachel Knight||Community Governor||11.07.22 - 10.07.26|
|Simon Lennox||Community Governor||25.03.21 - 24.03.25|
|Heather Burke||Staff Governor||18.04.23 - 18.04.27|
|Lee Darwin||Parent Governor||17.02.23 - 17.02.27|
|Sangeeta Shakos||Staff Governor||12.05.23 - 11.05.27|
|Laurence Cooper||Chair of the Trust|