The Forest Academy is part of the Barnsley Primary Partnership, which came into being in the autumn of 2016. It brings together the three primary schools: The Forest Academy, Oakhill Primary Academy and Oakwell Rise Primary Academy, which are all members of the Wellspring Academy Trust.
The Trust has put in place a single governing body for the Partnership, replacing the three former governing bodies.
Our role has three key parts:
• in consultation with the Trust, we decide the vision, ethos and strategic direction of each of the three 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 each of the three schools and make sure that money is well spent.
There are currently 11 Governors, details of whom are set out below. They have a wide range of backgrounds, skills and experience which they bring to this important role, and meet at least every half term to look at all aspects of the life and work of the schools. Many of the Governors are linked with specific aspects of the life of the schools and make regular reports to the governing body.
We work closely with the Executive Principal, who is supported by two Principals and other staff, and 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 has one simple aim: to make sure that our schools provide the highest standard of education and care for all our pupils, so that they have the best possible life chances.
Meet the Team
Michael Sanderson- Chair of Governors (Leadership and Management Lead)
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- Trust Appointed (Quality of Education Lead)
Father 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.
Helen Handley - Parent Appointed (Community Lead)
Helen Handley is one of the Parent Governors for Barnsley Primary Partnership and her son attends Oakhill Primary Academy. She was born and raised in Barnsley and hence knows the area very well. Her background is in Management working with the Salvation Army as well as having worked in Childcare. She is also the owner of a local business. Helen is also the Link Governor for Community Engagement.
Karen Froggatt- Ex-officio Governor (Community Lead)
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 for Local Governing Body minutes, please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body on 01226 720741 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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Mr Michael Sanderson
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