Ercall Wood Academy

Empower | Respect | Aspire



The Local Governing Body at Ercall Wood Academy is made up of volunteers from different walks of life who represent different stakeholders of the school such as parents, staff and community members. We meet regularly as a group and in July each year we review our own performance and impact over the previous twelve months. The outcome of the self review forms the basis of our report to you, considering our actions, our impact on the school and how our governance meets the requirements of Ofsted guidance. We visit school regularly to meet staff and pupils. Parents are able to contact Governors if they feel they need to do so.

The Local Governing Body has met termly to consider business items, to meet statutory duties and to approve priorities. This year this has been our first in the new format of the Local Governing Body following our successful conversion to academy status on 1st July 2018. At these meetings we have also considered progress against Ofsted action points, challenging senior leaders where needed to ensure that progress is sufficient and momentum maintained. The powers and duties of the Local Governing Body are varied and assigned Governors work with specific departments.

We have also regularly reviewed the School Development Plan as regular reviews help us to steer the strategic direction of the school, maintaining clarity of vision and ethos. A key priority for Governors is the safeguarding of students and staff. Several Governors have undertaken child protection training to develop their own skills and understanding and we continue to have Governors who have safer recruitment training involved in recruitment of new staff. This year, training has also been undertaken for the prevention of extremism and radicalisation in line with the government’s PREVENT strategy. Through the Local Governing Body, a panel of Governors is appointed for the performance management of the Headteacher. The Headteacher’s appraisal targets are linked to the School Improvement Plan.

In conjunction with the Learning Community Trust Board of Trustees, the Local Governing Body has responsibility for the budget, buildings, health and safety and personnel matters including pay. Regular monitoring of the budget ensures solvency and robust discussions around financial decisions ensure that best value is achieved and that the funds delegated to the school are managed with probity. Allocation of Pupil Premium funds is considered. Any expenditure over £5,000 must be approved. Pay decisions are linked to the appropriate pay guidance for different groups of staff.

Maintaining a balanced budget is a key priority. This was again a significant challenge this year, but due to continued hard work, particularly by finance staff, a budget to support school priorities was agreed.

The Local Governing Body has responsibility for the quality of teaching and the progress and achievement of students. Regular reports have been received from senior leaders which detail progress of specific groups such as those eligible for the Pupil Premium and those on the Gifted and Talented register. Data for different subjects and year groups is also considered. Governors have questioned and challenged data and reports, particularly around 2018 GCSE results ensuring that appropriate actions have been taken to strengthen performance. The impact of interventions for students in receipt of Pupil Premium are regularly reviewed to ensure that the gap between disadvantaged and other students continues to narrow. Visits to the school by Governors assists with the department review processes and increase consistency.

Governors are required to attend meetings on a regular basis. All meetings in the past 12 months have been quorate.

Governors receive information on the views of parents which this year has been collected at Parent’s evenings and the information is presented at a Local Governing Body meeting. It has been encouraging to note the high number of parents who would recommend the school to others.

Governors would like to take this opportunity to thank staff for their hard work and commitment and students for their continuing progress.

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.

Should you wish to contact Mr James, please write to Amy Goodall at the schools address.

Judith Mills
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.

Mary Hasenauer
Mary moved from the USA 15 years ago. In America she taught PE in an inner city Middle School for 13 years. The school was very diverse, primarily African American and Hispanic. Whilst at the school Mary got involved with the training and mentoring of new teachers which she has continued to do at Ercall Wood.

Mary is currently a Head of Year, and is the Head of PSHEE at Ercall Wood, both roles she has held for 9 years. She has the PSHEE qualification and has redesigned the programme, updating several school policies. Mary was previously the Head of PE for 3 years. She is still committed to promoting sport within the school and increasing participation.

Outside of school Mary enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and she enjoys challenging herself by completing several charity walks.

Alan Guest
My name is Alan Guest and I have recently been appointed as a Parent Governor following the recent ballot.
I am a family man, having moved to Telford for work purposes with the former Telford Development Corporation as a Senior Housing Officer.
More recently I have been in a self-employed position. I have a lot of interests and hobbies and in my youth I was a Class 1 Football Referee together with being Secretary of the Referees Association in Shropshire.
I have one child at Ercall Wood School at present and I have previously been a Governor at Dothill Primary School. I am currently Chair of Governors at Queensway Special School. The North site accommodates children with autism and the South site deals with children with social and emotional behaviour.
It is my intention to bring the experience I have obtained to Ercall Wood Academy Governing Body.

Prof. David Woods
David Woods has been a teacher, senior leader, teacher trainer and local authority adviser. He was formally the Chief Education Adviser for the City of Birmingham and subsequently the Chief Adviser for the London Challenge. Currently he is Chair of the London Leadership Strategy, Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership School Improvement Advisory Board and a Visiting Education Professor at Warwick University and the Institute of Education, University College, London. He has written and spoken extensively on education particularly on school improvement

Term of Office End date
Mr D James (Chair) 16/07/2021
Professor D Woods
Mrs A Denton 03/06/2026
Mrs J Mills (Vice Chair) 30/06/2022
Mrs M Hasenauer - Staff 30/06/2022
Mr R Gummery - Principal 01/06/2022
Mr A Guest 03/06/2026


Meeting Dates

Wednesday 23rd September 2020  17:00
Wednesday 2nd December 2020  17:00
Wednesday 10th February 2021  17:00
Wednesday 19th May 2021  17:00
Wednesday 7th July 2021  17:00

Register of Business Interests - Please Click

Name 23/09/2020 02/12/2020 10/02/2021 19/05/2021 07/07/2020
Mr D J James Y Y Y Y  
Mrs J Mills Y Y Y Y  
Mrs K Macpherson n/a Y - Y  
Dr D Woods Y Y Y -  
Mr R Gummery Y Y Y Y  
Mr A Guest n/a Y Y Y  
Mrs M Hasenauer Y Y Y Y  
Mrs A Denton n/a n/a n/a Y