Local Governing Body Information

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Chair of Governors Contact Details

Name: Daniel Milton
Address: Education Partnership Trust, Pleckgate Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 8QA

Governors Roles & Responsibilities at Coal Clough Academy

Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all pupils. Raising educational standards in school is a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve. Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.

The governing board’s main role is to help raise pupils’ standards of achievement. The school’s vision is that we support in creating: Happy and Healthy pupils who make progress in their journey within education. Governors will support the school in promoting and challenging this vision.

The Governing Board:

  • Is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • Plans the school’s future direction 
  • Makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing including the performance – management policy 
  • Makes sure the agreed Curriculum is well taught
  • Decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development 
  • Makes sure the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs

Governors support and challenge head teachers by gathering views, asking questions and discussing what’s best for the school. They are not there to rubber stamp decisions. 

Local Governing Body

Daniel Milton –  Chair of Governors – Safeguarding & SEND Governor

Daniel is Headteacher at St Bede’s High School, Blackburn. He has undertaken a number of roles and responsibilities at St Bede’s, including the leadership of the school’s Senior Pastoral Team, Assessment and Reporting and the later stages of the Building Schools for the Future Project. For the past two years, he has been the strategic lead for curriculum design, timetable and the school budget. He is currently studying for his NPQH Qualification.

Claire Barker – Governor

Claire is a Mental Health Nurse for the East Lancashire Child and Adolescent Service (ELCAS) and link Nurse for Coal Clough Academy. Claire has worked with children and young people with complex mental health needs for over 15 years. Her roles have included working for a Youth Offending Team, assessment/risk management of young people and consultation for local high schools. The latter has enabled Claire to gain insight into the impact poor mental health can have on a schools, pupils and staff and has been able to support them in exploring what support and interventions are needed.

Peter Berry – Staff Governor – Data & Pupil Outcomes Governor

Peter has worked at a number of mainstream secondary schools performing different roles and responsibilities. He is currently a Maths Teacher at Coal Clough Academy. As a Staff Governor he will share his understanding of the schools ethos and culture. He has sound professional knowledge of how the school operates, knowing its strengths and areas for development.

Shirley Walne – Community Governor

Shirley is a long-standing member of staff who recently retired from Coal Clough Academy, her links with the school and local community started 40 years ago with 25 of those years spent working at Coal Clough Academy as Site Supervisor/Cleaner. During Shirley’s working life she has been a Typist, Head Clerk and Florist, also working voluntarily for Lancashire Parent Partnership to help parents of dyslexic children. Shirley is passionate about contributing to the education and wellbeing children and young people and she is looking forward to offering a wealth of knowledge and continued care and support for the school, pupils, parents & staff through being a valued member of the Governing Body.

Chris Inckle – Finance & Health and Safety, Buildings Governor

Chris is a Finance Business Partner for Star Academies, responsible for their Greater Manchester cluster of schools. He has over 10 years of experience working with all aspects of the business operations & finance elements of education whilst also serving as a Governor at St Johns C of E Primary School, Cliviger and Burnley High School. His day to day work involves being a member of the Senior Leadership Team at 2 cluster secondary schools and the main finance link to the Star Academies Central Office Team, as well as providing active support to the cluster Local Governing Body.

Daniel Jones – Governor

Daniel is a School Business Manager for Eden School, Blackburn and he has responsibility for the school’s finance, health and safety, procurement, site operations and HR. Daniel has a strong belief that all children deserve the best education, to be happy, confident and have the opportunity to be the best version of themselves. Daniel has worked in different business sectors including Education and brings a wealth of knowledge which will support the young people throughout their time at Coal Clough.

Andrew Williams – Governor

Andrew is currently a Policy Advisor at the Department for Education. Before that, he held teaching roles in mainstream secondary schools across Lancashire and the North West. Andrew was recently Head of Languages at a Secondary School in Burnley. He is passionate about school improvement and hopes to support the school and wider community by adding his experience in secondary schools and in national policy to the governing body.

Katherine Connolly – Governor

Katherine is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant at Brunshaw Primary School, Burnley and is passionate about creating opportunities for children and young people in the area to receive the best possible education so that each individual reaches their true potential. Katherine has worked in several year groups across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and is currently based in year 6. Katherine is looking forward to working alongside staff, families and the community to ensure pupils receive an enriching and inspiring curriculum.

“I have every faith that Coal Clough will continue to improve under the current leadership, increasing the chances of students being able to realise and achieve their potential in moving positively forward”

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