Forest Academy is part of the Wellspring Academy Trust’s Barnsley Primary Partnership, which brings together three primary schools: Forest Academy, Oakhill Academy and Oakwell Rise Academy.
The Partnership has a single governing body with three key roles:
We have a complement of 14 governors, and the details of the current members are set out below. Governors bring a wide range of backgrounds, skills and experience to this important role. We meet about 12 times a year to consider all aspects of the life and work of the schools. Many governors are linked with particular aspects of school life on which they make regular reports to the governing body.
The Executive Principal, Sam Bailey, supported by two Heads of School and other staff, is responsible for the day to day running of the schools. She is accountable to governors for how she does this, and frequently reports to us.
All our work as governors of the Partnership is aimed at achieving our vision of skilled and inspiring teaching in high quality learning environments enabling our children to succeed and reach their potential.
Chair of Governors
Meet the Team
Michael Sanderson- Chair of Governors
Jenny is a staff governor and links with Sue Galley and Sam Bailey for Safeguarding. She works at Springwell as Borough Services Manager and has extensive experience in the field of Behaviour and Attendance and has previously worked on the senior leadership team for BMBC’s Education Welfare Service.
Fiona Kouble- Trust Appointed
Fiona Has been the vicar of Christ Church Ardsley since June 2013.She is also a member of the local Stairfoot Ward Alliance. Her particular responsibility within the Governing Body is with the issue of Community Engagement.
Will Howlett- Trust Appointed
Will is an electrician, working both in events and construction industries as a crew chief and projects manager. He has been part of a multi academy trust governance team for the past years, working closely with the sponsor and Senior Leaders in the role as Chair of Governors. Will’s responsibility on the Governing Body is Standards and Achievement.
Adele Ledger- Staff Governor
Adele is currently HLTA at Oakwell Rise Academy and has been a member of staff there for 5 years, She is particularly passionate about developing children's literacy skills, especially SPAG and phonics. Her governor responsibility is to bring a staff perspective to the governing body.
Natalie Wathen- Staff Governor
Natalie is currently an Assistant Headteacher at The Forest Academy, where she has been a member of staff for the last 4 years. She is particularly passionate about primary mathematics. Her governor responsibility is to bring a staff perspective to the Governing Body.
Ken Mosley- Trust Appointed
Ken is a retired Chartered Health & Safety Practitioner, having worked 40 years in the construction industry in UK and China in various engineering and management roles and has several years experience in corporate governance. Post retirement ken worked for Barnsley Football Club in an advisory capacity on management procedures. Ken's responsibility on the Governing Body is Health & Safety.
Chris Parkes- Trust Appointed
Chris is a Chartered Educational Psychologist with over 20 years experience of working with schools in Barnsley to support families, pupils and staff in the area of Special Educational Needs. Chris also has considerable experience as a governor and her responsibility on the Governing Body is oversight of Key Pupil Groups. Her links in school are the SENDCO's.
Robert House - Parent Appointed
Robert has recently been adopted onto the board.
Karen Froggatt- Ex-officio Governor
Karen is Wellspring Trust’s appointee to the Governing Body. She is employed as Wellspring’s Company Secretary and Clerk to the Wellspring Trust Board. Karen also leads the Trust’s Governance Team, which provides governance support to the Trust Board, Board Committees and to all Governing Bodies within the Trust.