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Governing Body

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:


  • in consultation with the Trust, we decide the vision, ethos and strategic direction of our schools;
  • we hold the Executive Principal and her senior staff to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils;
  • we oversee the financial performance of the schools and make sure that money is well spent.


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.


Michael Sanderson

Chair of Governors


Meet the Team


Michael Sanderson- Chair of Governors

Michael has served on various governing bodies in Barnsley, and helped form the Barnsley Governors Association. He is a  National Leader of Governance. Having trained as a statistician, Michael worked for nearly 40 years in local government, in a  wide range of roles. He links with Sam Bailey, Executive Principal in relation to Leadership and Management.

Sam Bailey-  Ex-officio Governor  (Executive Principal)

Sam has led very significant change management programmes in order to secure success and has had a very significant impact in all of her schools. Sam is Executive Principal of the three schools which make up the Barnsley Primary Partnership, namely The Forest Academy, Oakhill Primary Academy and Oakwell Rise Primary Academy.

Father Paul Cartwright- Vice Chair -Trust Appointed

Fr Paul Cartwright is a Parish Priest in Barnsley, as well as being a chaplain to Barnsley College and West Yorkshire Police.  He has a background in equalities & diversity and is also an elected member of the General Synod of the Church of England. He is also a Member of the Society for Education and Training, has a love of music and is the link governor for teaching, learning and staffing.

Jenny Davis- Vice Chair -Trust Appointed

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.

Lucy Donald-  Staff Governor 

Melissa Watkinson - Staff Governor  

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 Governor

Helen Handley - Parent Governor




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.


If you are looking for information regarding joining the Governing Body or wish to obtain copies of Local Governing Body minutes, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body on 01226 720741 or emailing

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Please address all correspondence to the Chair of Governors:

Mr Michael Sanderson
Wellspring Academy Trust
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County Way, Barnsley 
South Yorkshire
S70 2JW