Governors at Welland Park Academy:

The purpose of our governing body is to provide an independent view and provide strong links between the school and the community and to work collaboratively with the Principal and the local authority to ensure that students receive the best possible education and achieve their full potential and to help the school provide the best possible learning environment for all students.  Our motto is learning for Life!

Together with the Principal and the senior team, the governing body has a strategic role in setting suitable aims and objectives, agreeing policies, targets and priorities with effective monitoring and reviewing of achievement against agreed criteria. This involves deciding what type of school we want Welland Park Academy to be, having taken account of the changing nature of education, both nationally and locally.  Deciding, with the Principal and the Senior Leadership Team, on appropriate areas of school improvement and the policies we want staff and students to follow on a day to day basis. We also provide accountability to the community for the use of resources and the standards of teaching and learning in the school.

Together with the Principal, the governing body is integral to monitoring and evaluation at Welland Park Academy. This involves receiving and discussing reports regarding behaviour and safety, student achievement and teaching and learning.  We regularly meet with our links on the senior or middle leadership team.  We meet regularly as a full governing body or designated committees to ensure we are fully briefed and know what the school does well and decide on suitable areas for continuous improvement.  Governors meet with the Principal and School Improvement Partner to set and agree the Principal’s targets and objectives in line with the strategic direction of Welland Park Academy and to assess the impact of our work and whether decisions taken have been acted upon, review the evidence and the outcomes so that the best possible results are achieved in all aspects of the school’s performance.

As a governing body, we provide both challenge and support to the Principal and the leadership team.  This involves thoroughly interrogating reports and data, exploring alternatives and asking searching questions.  We act as a critical friend and support with attendance at extra-curricular activities, careers day and training events.


Click on the link below to download a copy of the Governers' Bulletin.

The Chairman of Governors can be contacted via the Academy address. Please address all correspondence for the attention of Mr David Hedley - Chairman of Governors

Alternatively, all governors can be contacted by email via –





The Reason I Became a Governor

Term of Office

David Hedley

Chair of Governors/

Pupil Premium/PP+/LAC


From a very young age I realised the importance of a quality education and the impact it has on a young person’s life choices and opportunities. I wanted to contribute in a small way to assist in using what skills I have to support the school in providing outstanding learning outcomes for all.

01/09/2018 - 05/07/2021

John Hill

Vice-Chair of Governors/Chair of Operations/

Child Protection/Safeguarding



Because I believed that I had the knowledge and experience to support my local community academy in their pursuit of excellence.


06/01/2019 - 06/01/2023

Caroline Baker

Responsible Officer (Ops)


I am keen to be an active member of the governing body to help WPA continue to provide the high level of educational provision to help all students reach their own personal potential

16/11/2020 - 16/11/2024

Kathy Dare

Parental Engagement (T&L & Ops)



Having taught at Welland Park Academy for 18 years, I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to become a Governor and continue to support the school which remains dedicated to providing the very best for each and every student. I am proud and excited to be part of the ongoing journey!

23/08/2018 - 23/08/2022

Claire Parry

Literacy & Numeracy (T&L)



24/09/2019 - 24/09/2023

Claire Gryspeerdt


Curriculum / More Able Community

I became a governor to find out what goes on at a higher level than just a teacher. I also wanted to share my experiences and talents with another school to help them build a positive and brighter future.

25/06/2020 - 24/06/2024

Jim Harker

Health & Safety/Wellbeing (T&L & Ops)



I am determined to do what I can to support the school in ensuring that all the children who attend here are happy, engaged and fulfilled so that they develop into confident and contented adults when they leave. I believe that they will achieve to the best of their ability in their exams and qualifications if they are happy and fulfilled in their school community.

14/12/2020 - 13/12/2024

Richard Chester

TBC Parents


I am passionate about the education that children receive and have a desire to ensure that every child gets the best possible education to succeed in life. Just like every other parent I want the very best for my children and I love representing them on the board of governors. My special interest is mental health and well being.

01/11/2019 - 01/11/2023

Stephen Peverett



GDPR / Data Monitor (T&L & Ops)


I have worked in state education for over 20 years and have always had an interest in assisting schools and pupils to succeed.  Becoming a governor has allowed me to share my experiences and help the school to provide the best possible education for all students.

14/04/2020 - 14/04/2024

Neil Heath

CEIAG (Careers) (T&L) Parents

Being a school parent Governor provides the opportunity to give back to an education system that my children benefit from. It's rewarding to be apart of a team, working collaboratively with a broad range of different proffesionals whose main purpose is to deliver the best outcome for our children's future growth. 


31/10/2018 - 31/10/2022

Ruth Harvey

SEN / T&L Parents I wanted to utilise the skill I have acquired during my career to best effect within the realms of education. I have the qualities and commitment to actively participate, fulfil and contribute to the future work of the governing body which ultimately will benefit WPA students now and in the future. 31/10/2018 - 01/11/2022

Susie Munton

Parental Engagement Parents   25/01/2021 - 24/01/2025

Julie Oakley

TBC Trustee   04/11/2020 - 04/11/2024

Hannah Russell



Staff Gov (Ops) Staff   24/09/2019 - 24/09/2023

Julie McBrearty

Principal - Accounting Officer Staff  


Martin Towers


Chief Finance Officer Staff   N/A






The Reason I Became a Governor:

Date of Joining:

David Smith


Health and Safety



Jane Theobald




Teaching and Learning



Sarah Hamilton






Forms & Links:

WPA Governor Business Interests Form

Governor Skills Audit 2020-21 Form

Keeping Children Safe in Education sign off

Governor Confidentiality Agreement

Offsite working with Data

Staff & Volunteer Acceptable Use of IT 

GDPR 20 Key questions – Governors 

GDPR What you need to know Part A 

GDPR What you need to know Part B

GDPR What are the 6 key principles