Meet the Governors

Mr J May

Mr J May

Mr J May
Chair: jmay@watermillschool.co.uk
Hello I am Jonathon May, Chair of Governors and Headteacher at Watermill Special School. I have the great privilege of working on our fantastic campus and this gives me the opportunity to work with the Leaders, Staff and Pupils at Ormiston Horizon Academy on a daily basis. We are all very proud of this campus we have created, that now benefits students from 3 to 19 years old including students that will one day run our country and be captains of industry, all the way down to adults that might always need huge amounts of support to be part of society. Our community is therefore very diverse and the range of dedicated staff and great facilities support all of our students.I can be contacted directly at Watermill School and am always happy to discuss further opportunities for all the students on our incredible site.

Mrs J Barley

Mrs J Barley

Mrs J Barley
Community Vice Chair:
I am proud to say I have been a governor for a long time now, from primary to high school and now our fantastic new academy.
It has sometimes been hard, with tears, but there have been good times with laughter and a sense of pride in what I do.
I am Vice Chair of Horizon and part of a team that constantly strives to achieve the best for our young people and community.
I live locally with both of my daughters attending our local schools, that’s how I became interested in being a governor. To see how things work and why decisions are made.
I enjoy being a governor although it can be hard work. Ofsted still makes me nervous as we are very accountable.
I have been on a journey with education, young people, staff and community of this area. I have learnt so much, made many friends, fought and won battles. Celebrated and commiserated but one thing I do know I am enjoying being part of Horizon Academy.

Mrs J Flynn

Ms J Flynn

Ms J Flynn
Community: e.j.flynn@keele.ac.uk
Jo has worked in education for 25 years and her current role is Director of the Science Learning Centre at Keele University, where her team provides professional development for those teaching science from 4- 19
Before coming to Keele in 2007, Jo taught science in secondary schools in Shropshire for 15 years and had a varied career including roles as a Special Educational Needs teacher, Head of Science,and Assistant Head. She has been a school governor since 1988 and has served on governing bodies with a range of responsibilities inthe primary, secondary and the independent sector.
Jo is committed to ensuring that all students have access to a broad and stimulating curriculum,which fires imaginations and enables personal development and the best possible life chances. She has been a Governor at Horizon Academy for 4 years and currently chairs the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

Mrs C Waller

Mrs C Waller

Mrs C Waller
Parent Governor
I have been involved in Education all my adult life both in Primary and Secondary Schools. My son is currently in Year 8 and my step daughters were pupils at the former James Brindley High School so I have seen the dramatic change in the school over the past 10 years. I feel very excited about the future of OHA. I am now a ‘stay at home’ mum which allows me to dedicated my time to things that I am passionate about like education and Special Educational Needs. I am also a committee member of the Chell Residents Association.

Mr M Johnson

Mr M Johnson

Mr M Johnson
Governor: Matt.Johnson@balfourbeatty.com
Matt was the Balfour Beatty Project Manager for the building of both Watermill and Ormiston Horizon. During this time he got to know the two schools very well and thought he would like to stay on as part of the team when the buildings were complete. He is an expert in all things Health and Safety and loves to challenge and explore issues.

Mrs D Nash

Mrs D Nash

Mrs D Nash
Clerk to Governors

Mrs C Brown

Mrs C Brown

Mrs C Brown
OAT Governor: carmel.brown@oatoe.co.uk
My name is Carmel Brown and I am an HR professional with over 20 years experience within a variety of environments including Retail, Manufacturing and more recently Education. In my previous more recent roles I have been HR Director at the National College for School Leadership and a Deputy Director within the Department of Education. I am currently Director of People and Projects at Ormiston Academies Trust, based at the Head Office in Birmingham and joined in November 2013.

Mrs E Holford

Mrs E Holford

Mrs E Holford
Community: eholford@watermillschool.co.uk
Hello, my name is Emma and I am a Deputy Headteacher at Watermill School in Stoke on Trent. I qualified as a secondary Art & Design teacher in 2001 and after teaching in mainstream secondary schools across Staffordshire, the prison service and alternative provision I joined Watermill School in 2010. I teach Art & Design to KS3 and KS4 and lead on curriculum development. Outside of work I enjoy walking my two dogs and working on the vegetable patch in my garden.

Mrs M Moran

Mrs M Moran

Mrs M Moran
Community: mary.moran@stoke.gov.uk
I am Mary Moran and I am a Community Governor. I work for Stoke-On-Trent City Council where I supported Education and Children & Young People’s Services as the HR Manager for 7 years, and more recently I now support the council with its training, development and equality & diversity needs. My two children currently attend a local primary school and my husband’s family have lived locally for many years which has given me an understanding of the needs of the community which the Academy serves. I feel privileged to have become a Governor at Ormiston Horizon Academy and to have the opportunity to be involved in its journey to achieving excellence. I am committed to supporting the Academy’s staff and students to ensure that all students are able to achieve their potential and benefit from every opportunity available to them during their time here, which will prepare them to achieve their goals and potential in every aspect of their lives.

Mr A Myatt

Mr A Myatt

Mr A Myatt
Teaching Staff Governor: amyatt1@ormistonhorizonacademy.co.uk
Hello, my name is Alan and I currently hold the position of Curriculum Leader of Computing & Business at Ormiston Horizon Academy in Stoke on Trent. I qualified as a secondary teacher specialising in IT and Sports Science. I teach Computing, ICT and Business to KS3, KS4 and KS5 students and lead on all areas of the curriculum. I feel very privileged in being able to support all students to achieve their full potential, explore new opportunities and increase their life chances. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my wife and family, walking my dog and supporting the best football club in the world, Stoke City F.C.

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OAT Governance Charter

The Governing Body

The Governing Body is made up of 10 members: plus the Principal. We have one parent and one staff elected Governor, with the remainder appointed by the Ormiston Academies Trust or the academy LGB.

We have the full Local Governing Board (LGB), Curriculum & Standards (C&S), Finance & general Purposes (F&GP) and Enrichment (ES) committees.
To contact the Governors or their Clerk, Donna Nash, please e-mail: dnash@ormistonhorizonacademy.co.uk

What are Governing Bodies For?

Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country and their overall purpose is to help schools and academies raise standards and provide the best possible education for their students.

The Governing Body does not manage Ormiston Horizon Academy but it does give direction and focus by providing strategic leadership.

What are the roles of the Governing Body?

To challenge and support the Principal.
To oversee the Academy’s long-term vision, strategic aims, values and ethos.
To carry out statutory responsibilities, such as safeguarding.
To agree and monitor plans and policies.
To make creative use of available resources.
To monitor and evaluate performance.
To be involved in the appointment of the Principal.
To ensure proper financial management of the Academy.
To communicate openly with parents, staff and the local community.

How does the Governing Body Work?

The Governing Body works as a group, taking collective responsibility for all decisions. Governors work in close partnership with the Principal who, as the lead professional, advises and assists the Governing Body to carry out its functions.
The Governing Body includes people with a wide range of skills, experience and backgrounds, all of whom have equal status and rights as Governors. Governors are encouraged to broaden and develop their skills, knowledge and confidence through engaging in training opportunities.

The full Governing Body meets approximately three times each term to discuss key areas such as student performance, the curriculum, staffing, finance, premises and health and safety. It is important for Governors to get to know the Academy and its staff, which they do by regularly visiting and attending Academy events and open days whenever possible.

Governors take on specific roles linking to aspects of the Academy’s development plan with members of the Senior Leadership Team and also to specific functions.

Becoming a Parent Governor

Becoming a Parent Governor can be very rewarding and offers the opportunity to make a real contribution to the life and work of our Academy. Governors play a key role in the leadership of the Academy and work together with the Principal, staff and other governors to ensure that our Academy provides a challenging and supportive environment for its students.
Parent Governor vacancies are advertised on our website and circulated to all parents of current students via the Newsletter.

Becoming an OAT Governor

Becoming an Ormiston Academies Trust governor is challenging, interesting and deeply rewarding and contributes to the well-being and prospects of pupils, academies and communities. OAT welcomes applications from people from all walks of life to gain a wide variety of skills and experience to support and develop the academy.

Governors’ Policies & Guidance

Most of our policies may be printed directly from this website. Please contact us if you would like a paper copy of any of our policies.

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