Local Governing Board

At Discovery Academy we have a Local Governing Board (LGB) who work closely with the Executive and Associate Principal and senior leaders at the Academy. Their role is to make key decisions that affect the education and well-being of our pupils. They are vital to the successful running of our Academy. Governors are involved in:

  • Setting the Academy’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Executive Principal to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and making sure money is well spent.

Community and parent representatives form part of our LGB. They are an important link between the local community, parents and the Academy. Parents of pupils at the Academy can elect parent representatives and express their views and make suggestions about the Academy to them.  Community Governors are currently appointed by the Trustees after nomination by the Governing Board.  The Local Governing Board for the 2020 / 2021 academic year is:

  • Allison Collis – Trust Governor (Chair)
  • Bev Oldham – Associate Principal
  • Daniel Hopwood – Staff Governor
  • Aimee Clare – Staff Governor
  • Margaret Tracy Powell – Parent Governor
  • Cllr Betty Affleck – Community Governor
  • Sara Loftus – Community Governor
  • Gwynneth Johnson – Community Governor

The Trust has the attached Scheme of Delegation. As the size of our Trust grew significantly in 2019 / 2020 our Scheme of Delegation is being reviewed by the Chairs of our Local Governing Boards and Trustees in  2020 / 2021. This sets the context of the work of the ​Trustees and our Local Governing Board.

  • Pay Review (P) – Allison Collis (Chair), Tracey Powell.
  • Staff and Pupil Wellbeing (SPW) – Bev Oldham, Tracey Powell (Chair), Gwynneth Johnson, Aimee Clare and Sara Loftus
  • Curriculum and Standards (C&S) – Bev Oldham, Allison Collis, Betty Affleck (Chair) and Daniel Hopwood

Karen Burns and Bev Oldham commenced their duties in September 2016.  Aimee Clare joined as staff governor in July 2017. Cllr Betty Affleck joined in September 2017, Tracy Powell, Sara Loftus and Gwynneth Johnson joined in summer 2018 and Daniel Hopwood joined in September 2018. Allison Collis joined in July 2020. All Governors serve a four-year term apart from the Principals who have no end of term date.

Governors are required to declare any business interests which they or any member of their immediate family have.  This is a declaration of any personal or business interests they or any relative or person closely connected with them, have with businesses or other organisations that may have dealings with the Academy. If any interest a governor has could be seen to cause a conflict of interest they would be asked to withdraw from any decision making concerned.  This is to ensure that our governors can always be seen to be putting the interests of the academy first.

The following list indicates the responses from Governors for the 2020 / 2021 academic year:

  • Bev Oldham – Associate Principal Discovery Academy, Director, Hattersley Community Big Garden Project
  • Allison Collis – Headteacher at Charlestown Community Primary School
  • Daniel Hopwood – Member of staff at Discovery Academy
  • Aimee Clare – Member of Staff at Discovery Academy
  • Margaret Tracey Powell – None
  • Cllr Betty Affleck – Tameside MBC, Ward Councillor
  • Sara Loftus – None
  • Gwynneth Johnson – Family Member employed at Discovery Academy

Nicky Wise resigned from the LGB in August 2020.

You can contact the Chair of Governors (Allison Collis)  through the Academy office on 0161 368 5962.

During the 2019 / 2020 academic year Governors met four times (two LGB and two Staff and Pupil Wellbeing meetings) with attendance as follows:

  • Karen Burns – (LGB) attended two out of two meetings.
  • Bev Oldham – (LGB and SPW) attended three out of four meetings.
  • Cllr Betty Affleck – (LGB and SPW) attended three out of four meetings.
  • Aimee Clare – (LGB) attended two out of two meetings.
  • Sara Loftus – (LGB and SPW) attended three out of four meetings.
  • Gwynneth Johnson – (LGB and SPW) attended two out of four meetings
  • Tracey Powell – (LGB and SPW) attended four out of four meetings
  • Allison Collis (LGB) attended one out of one meeting (role commenced July 2020)

If you would like to help the Academy and share your expertise by becoming a Governor please contact the Associate Principal via the Academy office who can tell you more about what the role involves.