Ercall Wood Academy

Empower | Respect | Aspire



David James - Chair
David has held senior roles in teaching, local government and the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE). CIPD qualified since 1994, his experience includes Head of Professional Regulation at the GTCE and Head of Personnel Services in the Shropshire LEA . He has been a special adviser to government on the development of policy on school staffing issues and is now an HR consultant working mainly in the education sector.

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Judith Mills - Vice Chair
Prior to my retirement I was a member of the Senior Management Team of a large FE college. As a head my responsibilities included Initial Teacher Training, e learning and CPD for all of the 1480 staff across 9 campuses. This background has provided me with both skill and knowledge to help with the governance role at school. I am fully committed to improving the learning journey for all young people of all ability levels and needs. My own son had a statement for dyslexia, which with the support he received from Ercall Wood he overcame to proceed to university and a career as a vet. The experience we all went through during his education have added to the insight I bring to governors. I am a fully qualified teacher and a hold a Masters degree in Leadership and Management. I have been a governor for nearly 20 years at Ercall Wood and have seen many exciting changes during this period.

Miss Holly Davies - Co Opted Governor

Mr Stephen Orford - Staff Governor
I have been teaching mathematics for 5 years, 2 of which have been at Ercall Wood Academy. During my time here, I have ensured that my passion for seeing students reach their full potential has been a driving force behind my decision making; a charateristic I will take forward in my role as governor. I hold a master's degree in Leadership in Learning and an NPQ in leading teacher development. This has allowed me to gain the skills needed to found a national teacher network which provided training to hundreds of mathematics teachers during Covid.

I also hold the role of Pupil Premium lead which has enabled me to work with the senior leadership team to ensure that all of our students are provided with the resources and environment to flourish, regardless of their background. Having this experience of working with the senior leadership team on a daily basis will be a great addition to the governing body at Ercall Wood Academy. 

Mr Mark Austin – Co-opted Governor

Mrs Samantha Challis – Parent Governor

Mrs Elizabeth Calcott – Parent Governor

Name Term of Office Start date Term of Office End date
Mr D James (Chair) 04/11/2019 31/08/2024
Mrs J Mills (Vice Chair) 01/07/2018 30/06/2026
Mr N Murphy (Principal) 01/09/2023 30/08/2028
Mr M Austin (Co-opted Governor) 13/03/2024 12/03/2028
Miss H Davies (Co Opted Governor) 07/12/2023 06/12/2026
Mrs S Challis (Parent Governor) 01/09/2023 31/08/2028
Mrs E Calcott (Parent Governor) 12/01/2024 11/01/2028
Mr S Orford (Staff Governor) 02/10/2023 01/10/2027 
Professor D Woods (Trust Appointed Governor) 04/11/2019 09/10/2023
Mrs A Denton (Parent Governor) 13/03/2021 12/03/2025
Mr J Wade (Parent Governor) 04/10/2023 09/10/2023
Mr R Gummery (Principle) 01/06/2020 31/08/2023
Mrs B Rana (Co Opted Governor) 01/09/2022 09/10/2023

Meeting Dates

Wednesday 2nd July 2025  17:00 
Wednesday 30th April 2025  17:00 
Wednesday 5th February 2025  17:00 
Wednesday 9th October 2024  17:00 
Wednesday 4th October 2023  17:00 
Wednesday 6th December 2023  17:00 
Wednesday 13th March 2024  17:00 
Wednesday 3rd July 2024  17:00 
Wednesday 5th July 2023  17:00 

Register of Business Interests - Please Click

Name 28/09/2022  07/12/2022 07/02/2023 10/05/2023 05/07/2023 04/10/23 06/12/23 13/03/24 03/07/24 Total  
D  James Y Y Y Y Y         100%  
J Mills Y Y N Y Y         80%  
N Murphy                      
M Austin                      
H Davies - Y Y Y Y         100%  
S Challis                      
E Calcott                      
S Orford                      

Y = Attended, N = Apologies Accepted, NA = Apologies not Accepted, NS = No Apologies sent, ? = Attendance Not Marked, Blank = Not Required, CA = Consent for absence, - = Not applicable