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Local Governing Body Information

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Chair of Governors Contact Details

Name: Sharon Roscoe
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

Sharon Roscoe – Chair of Governors

Sharon has worked as a MAT CEO for over 10 years with extensive governance experience having served as a governor and chair of governors for primary, secondary, alternative provision and special school governing bodies. She graduated as MBA in 2011 from Lancaster University. Sharon led the successful re-brokerage and transfer of Atherton High School and Burnley High School into the EPT in 2020. She is a member of the Department for Education Alternative Provision Stakeholder group which advises government and shapes policy.

Claire Barker – Lead Governor for Personal Development and Careers

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.

Fazila Karolia – Staff Governor and Lead Governor for Site Management

Fazila is the Head of Science at Coal Clough Academy and is passionate about improving the life chances for all pupils. She has 30 years teaching experience and has held many roles during this time. Fazila is looking forward to beginning her journey as Staff Governor and using her knowledge and experience to support Coal Clough Academy.

Chris Inckle – Vice Chair and Lead Governor for Finance, Health and Safety and Buildings

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 – Lead Governor for Finance and SEND

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 – Lead Governor for Curriculum and Enrichment

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.

David Fisher – Governor

David is the Assistant Headteacher at The Heights Burnley and is responsible for Quality of Education. Previously, David spent seven years’ working in a diverse range of mainstream settings, including areas of high deprivation with a primary focus on curriculum development. He is currently studying for his NPQSL qualification and is keen to support Coal Clough Academy for the benefit of their pupils.

Rebecca Thompson – Lead Governor for Behaviour and Safeguarding

Rebecca is a Lead Science Teacher at The Heights Blackburn and brings six years of dedicated teaching experience. She proudly serves as the Regional Representative for PRUsAP. Rebecca is passionate about teaching and learning to empower pupils with knowledge that will act as a springboard to overcome barriers and us currently pursuing a PGDip in Senior Leadership through the National College for Education. Rebecca is committed to fostering collaboration and sharing best practices to create supportive learning environments for all and envisions a future where every student can thrive.

“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”