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School Governors

The governors at Anchorsholme Academy are people who want to make a positive contribution to the education of pupils at Anchorsholme.

School Governance

What are Governors

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising Anchorsholme Academy standards. The role of the governing body at Anchorsholme Academy is absolutely key to the effectiveness of the Academy. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective Academies demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing body.

Anchorsholme governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in Academies. Governors appoint the head teacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)

The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the Academy and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

School Governance

What do governors do?

School Governance

What do governors do?

Anchorsholme governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in Academies. Governors appoint the head teacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources. Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.
The role of the governing body is a strategic one. Its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher (a critical friend)

The head teacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the Academy and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

School Governance

Who can become a governor?

Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. At Anchorsholme Academy we have a range of governors, including: parents/carers, staff and local councillors and governors from the local community.

Governance Documents

 We currently have vacancies for 1 Parent Governor and 2 Community Governors.
For more information and details, please contact the school office on 01253 855 215.

Ian Clare

Chair of Governors
Term of office: 12th Feb 2019 to 10th Feb 2023
Meetings Attended in 2020-21: 5/6
Appointed by: GB/board
Key Responsibilities: Health & Safety

I have been a governor at Anchorsholme Academy since November 2012, initially as a Parent Governor and latterly as a Community Governor.

As a governor I believe that the governing body is there to provide support to the school and challenge the decisions being made by the school’s Senior Leadership Team in order to ensure that correct choices have been made; that add value to the school and more importantly provide the best educational standards and opportunities for your children.

You may see me around school a fair bit, either driving minibuses taking children to swimming lessons, or working with year 6 pupils Photography lessons, you may have even seen me slaving away over a hot barbecue at the summer fair.

Graeme Dow

Anchorsholme Primary Headteacher
Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher
Meetings Attended in 2020-21: 6/6

I am the headteacher at Anchorsholme Academy, having held this post since January 2007. Previously I was headteacher at three other schools, Ribchester CE Primary School, Bispham Endowed CE Primary School and Revoe Community Primary School.

I have been a Blackpool resident since 1976. I attended Warbreck High School and Blackpool Sixth Form College before completing my degree at St Martins Lancaster.

My drive in education is helping children to find their talents and skills and develop them. I am committed to the development of the whole child including educational, social and personal development. As headteacher and Governor at Anchorsholme I strive to provide the widest opportunities for all of our pupils to develop, succeed and establish a love of learning.

Tracy Shand

Vice Chair of Governors / Community Governor
Term of office: 13th Oct 2017 and ends 12th Oct 2021
Meetings Attended in 2020-21: 5/6
Appointed by: GB/board
Key Responsibilities: Governing Board Training & Development

As a school governor I believe that not only are we there to support the school, but also to challenge decisions made by the schools leadership team, to guide and make positive contributions to policy and strategy making and to help ensure that the school achieves the best outcomes and educational standards for its children.

In my working life as a QMO within Childrens Social Care I have the passion to drive up quality and standards for children and young people and I always apply this to my role as a governor, personally, as a parent to a child currently at Anchorsholme, I can see the real time impacts of the decisions that we make on the children that are currently there and this is a great benefit to my role as a governor.

Outside of work I enjoy travelling, spending time with my family and circuit, interval and resistance training.

Carrie Rooney

Community Governor
Term of office: 29th Jan 2019 to 28th Jan 2023
Meetings Attended in 2020-21: 6/6
Appointed by: GB/board
Key Responsibilities: Pupil Premium/Additional Funding

I was delighted to join the governance team in 2019 after applying to be a community governor.

I have worked in media and broadcast for over 25 years and the ethos of the school in particular its commitment to art and Music attracted me to apply.

I don’t come from an educational background and was keen to learn how the nuts and bolts of a schoolwork beyond school gates.

My production management background means I’m good with juggling budgets and financial planning and I sit on the FARR subcommittee.

I moved to the UK over 20 years ago from Ireland and live in Hambleton. I have two school going children both are in secondary school. I love the area and the people.

I sit on the board of a CPP Leftcoast, I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Artists and also work with Inspiring Futures and Fylde Coast Responsible Business Network

I have learnt so much in my time as a community governor. and would encourage anyone to join a governance team if they have the relevant skillset.

Lucy Breakwell

Parent Governor
Term of office: 13th Dec 2020 to 12th Dec 2024
Meetings Attended in 2020-21: 5/6
Appointed by: GB/board
Key Responsibilities: Child Protection, Prevent and Safeguarding

 

Governor Vacancy

Parent Governor
Term of office: XXXX to XXXX
Meetings Attended in 2020-21: 0/6
Appointed by: GB/board

 

Governor Vacancy

Community Governor
Term of office: XXXX to XXXX
Meetings Attended in 2020-21: 0/6
Appointed by: GB/board

 

Governor Vacancy

Community Governor
Term of office: XXXX to XXXX
Meetings Attended in 2020-21: 0/6
Appointed by: GB/board

 

Darren McGinnis

Staff Governor
Term of office: 8th Nov 2018 to 7th Nov 2022
Meetings Attended in 2020-21: 6/6
Appointed by: Elected by school staff

I started at Anchorsholme Academy during the summer holidays in 2017. Working all year round means that I have time to continue to improve ICT facilities for the benefit of all the students; which in turn helps staff deliver the curriculum effectively using ICT. Unlike many ICT technical staff in other schools, I very much enjoy interacting directly with the students. This helps to vary the day to day workload and make my working life even more exciting. I always enjoy making student life more engaging and fun at school, and becoming a staff governor was the next logical step for me.

Before starting at Anchorsholme, I was an ICT Manager at a small high school in Chorley for nearly 13 years. In my time there, I helped them go from a satisfactory school to Good with Outstanding features by OFSTED standards. ICT helped them get to where they are today; nowadays ICT is at the very centre of the schools way of working. Prior to that, I was a Primary ICT Technician at Hodgson High School in Poulton for 4 years.

I usually help out with events outside of school hours, and I try and be a face which the students recognise easily. Outside of work, I enjoy travelling, spending time with my 4 children and my hobby of being a Photo/Videographer. As a result, both my home life and work life very easily overlap. You need to be extremely flexible whenever this happens.

Charlotte Wilson

Staff Governor
Term of office: 8th Nov 2018 to 7th Nov 2022
Meetings Attended in 2020-21: 5/6
Appointed by: Elected by school staff
Key Responsibilities: Wellbeing

I began teaching at Anchorsholme Academy in September 2014 after studying Primary Teaching with English Literature for 4 years. As a current year 5 teacher, I understand the importance of ensuring that our pupils make the most possible progress they can in their time with us. This comes through nurturing a passion for learning and by providing an interesting, broad and balanced curriculum.

Part of what drew me to Anchorsholme Academy above all others was the way in which this school takes pride in developing the skills and talents each child has – regardless of what they might be. As co-leader of Drama club and Children’s University for our school, I understand and appreciate how much our staff go above and beyond just delivering the required curriculum. I believe the opportunities given to our pupils show how much our staff care about developing the whole child.

Anchorsholme is the only school I have taught in during my professional career. As such, the staff and pupils have been key to my own development as a teacher. As a governor, I am committed to ensuring that our school continues to be the best possible environment for our pupils to develop themselves.

Cllr Paul Galley

Associate Governor
Meetings Attended in 2020-21: 0/6
Appointed by: Nominated by other body and appointed by GB

I have been a Governor at Anchorsholme Academy since 2014 and hold responsibility for the position of Training Link Governor, co-ordinating the appropriate training for all of the Governors. I love our school and I am passionate in it becoming the best in the Fylde coast.

I am also a Councillor for Anchorsholme in Blackpool and was first elected in 2011. I have a 2.1 degree in economic development and my specialist areas of knowledge are economic development and transport. In our local area, I have helped co-ordinate the rebuilding of our promenade and helped create various gardens and community projects in Anchorsholme; as well as the continued work in partnership with the community, and our school to regenerate Eastpines Park as a true community hub.

As well as being the Managing Director of a recruitment agency, I am also the Director of the Winter Gardens and Blackpool Transport. I love life and I love Blackpool.

Cllr Tony Williams

Associate Governor
Meetings Attended in 2020-21: 0/6
Appointed by: GB/board

I have lived in Anchorsholme for over 40 years. My children all attended Anchorsholme School, as did 4 of my grandchildren. I am sometimes known for my music career including the group Stealers Wheel featuring Gerry Rafferty where we had worldwide success with our single Stuck in The Middle With You. I later went on to join super group Jethro Tull and toured the United States extensively with the band.

Back home I mixed my career with playing in my own band and heading up the marketing and Public Relations for Blackpool Zoo. I became involved in Elephant Conservation in India which helped to protect captive working elephants being repatriated into the wild. I was then asked to head up the education division of one of the UK’s biggest musical instrument suppliers talking to Music teachers and heads of music services about initiatives in the classroom.

I took the opportunity to represent Anchorsholme as local councilor and won my first election in 2007 then subsequently in 2011 and again in 2015. I am the leader of the Conservative Group on Blackpool Council. I am extremely passionate and enthusiastic about Anchorsholme and its continued development and I bring that enthusiasm and commitment to the school board of Governors.

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