As Principal of Upperwood Academy, I am a member of our Governing Body. My role within the Governance Structure is to translate the school’s strengths and areas of improvement to the Governance Team being accountable for those strengths and weaknesses. In essence, this means regular meetings with the Governing Body to discuss the progress of pupils and the performance of staff. The finances of school ; maintaining a fulfilling education for our pupils under ever increasing budgeting concerns are also reported to our Governers. Together, we decide our Action Plans, ensuring the pupils at Upperwood remain very well educated. I bring many years of experience to our school’s governance in the roles of leadership and teaching. From outside school life I also bring the perspective of being a committed parent and am very much aware of how important a consistent education is to our families.
I joined the Board of Governors at Upperwood Academy in 2010. Since 2015 however, I have been privileged to act as Chair of Governors. My initial interest in joining the Governing Body, began like all parents; wanting a happy but effective learning environment for my children.
I have a background in travel & tourism, managing a travel agency, before completing teaching qualifications. I have over 20 years’ experience of working in a variety of roles within further education. My previous teaching & management roles have been invaluable in understanding the complexities of governance within a primary school. The knowledge and experience gained from completing a master’s degree - MBA in strategic management, links into the strategic nature of the role of Chair of Governors. I presently work for City & Guilds, ensuring colleges throughout the UK are meeting quality requirements, allowing the knowledge and skills that I have gained in quality assurance to be used within my governance role.
My governor responsibility specialist areas are the school development plan and the principal’s performance management. Upperwood Academy is a fantastic school, I strive for continued success in providing all our children with the best possible start in their educational journey.
I am a parent governor, I joined the academy in July 2018, just prior to my daughter starting with the Academy in September. I am a qualified Health and Safety Consultant holding Chartered status with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. I have over 15 years’ experience in health and safety, change management and training and have worked with the Academy to audit their health and safety management system. I have had previous experience as a parent governor for two other schools and spent a short time as Chair, however I wanted to be part of Upperwood Academy to support the school with an invested interest to understand how the school works in order to best find avenues for change and improvement. I believe that investing in primary education is the best step for all children to ensure a long-term positive relationship with education and development in the future.
Mr R Butterley - Parent Governor
I have been a Parent Governor since May 2016 and am an advocate for the development of children in a wide variety of areas, both academically and in extracurricular activities.
I have been working and studying in a wide variety of business and leisure roles. Currently volunteering as a triathlon coach and coaching swimming, cycling and running in the local area. I work as a Property and Project Manager. Prior to 2003 I worked and managed several water sports centres, working on the Isle of Wight and Barbados, training mainly graduates to become instructors in an accelerated training scheme. I have also taught and worked in an independent school, which has been beneficial in understanding the functions at Upperwood Academy.
My governor responsibility specialist area is P.E and Sport. This role involves monitoring how the P.E & Sports Funding Grant is used to ensure that the aims & objectives around P.E and extracurricular activities are achieved.
I am a parent governor, joining the team in 2014 when my daughter started at Upperwood Academy. I am a qualified accountant and currently work at Barnsley Academy, this is beneficial during governor meetings as I have first-hand knowledge and experience of how a school operates, in particular their financial procedures. I wanted to be part of the governing body at Upperwood Academy to show my gratitude, that my daughter is part of such a wonderful school and to contribute to the school in any way I can. My governor responsibility specialist area is pupil premium and disadvantaged children. This role involves monitoring how the school allocates and spends funding and how resources are used to ensure all learners access the support that they require, allowing them to reach their full potential.
I am a community governor and was elected in 2000 which means that I bring over 20 years of experience to the Governing Body. I am passionate about standards of education for everyone, in order that every individual can gain the skills and knowledge they need to be able to progress to the next level, whatever that maybe and to develop other skills that will make them good citizens in the future such as respect, compassion and integrity. I worked for Barnsley College for over 23 years initially as a teacher in business and management and for the last 5 years as the Director of Teaching and Learning before I retired. I believe in quality education from the cradle to the grave. My son attended Upperwood and he has been able to progress over time with the skills and knowledge that he learnt initially at Upperwood, into a career that he enjoys and which challenges him. I am proud to be part of a team who shares a vision to want the best education for children in my local area. My governor responsibility specialist areas include financial management and teaching & learning, and alongside my colleagues, ask challenging questions and review procedures to further enhance the quality of education that your children receive.
Mrs K Wordsworth - Parent Governor
I am new to the Governing Body, only joining in November 2019. I became a Parent Governor after my Son started at the Academy in 2018. I wanted to be part of the Governing Body at Upperwood Academy to invest in the future of the children and be part of a great team. I am a Company Director with over 10 years experience at management level. I oversee the operational aspects and performance targets of the company covering a variety of roles. My Governor responsibility specialist area is Pupil Attendance.