Excelsior Academy enjoys tremendous support from a committed team of hardworking and dedicated Governors who provide guidance and expertise and focus upon monitoring standards and achievement.
Excelsior Academy’s Sponsor: Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay
“I believe that the model we have developed for Excelsior Academy delivers both the required educational and social benefits for the students.
Under the direction of the Executive Principal and the leadership of the School Principals, all staff are responsible for ensuring that all students not only achieve their potential academically, but develop an entrepreneurial ‘can do’ attitude which will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.
For students the Academy day is longer than a standard school day with core curriculum, optional subjects and enrichment activities to maximise the learning opportunities.
The Academy shares best practice with education partners in the city works with our partners in the community and is central to the regeneration of the area.”
As a sponsored academy, the Trust appoints the majority of Excelsior Academy’s Governing Body. Follow this link for Governor and financial information.
Excelsior Academy Governance Arrangements
|Name||Position||Date of appointment||Term of office||Appointed by||Date stepped down|
|Mohammad Farsi||Chair of Governors||01/09/2016||4 years||Trust||–|
|Tim Goodship||Vice Chair of Governors||14/12/2016||4 years||Trust||–|
|Claire Lewis||Local Governor||01/09/2016||4 years||Trust||–|
|Kate Charnley||Local Governor||01/09/2016||4 years||Trust||–|
|Fidelis Okukusie||Local Governor||01/09/2016||4 years||Trust||–|
|Rachel Turner||Local Governor||01/09/2016||4 years||Trust||–|
|Hannah Sorley||Local Governor||01/09/2016||4 years||Trust||–|
|Jeff Lough||Local Governor||23/03/2017||4 years||Trust||–|
ARCHIVE (PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS)
|Ann Wynn||Local Governor||01/09/2016||4 years||Trust||30/11/16|
Excelsior Academy Register of Interests
In line with the requirements of the Academies Financial Handbook 2017 all members, trustees and local governors of academies must complete the register of interests retained by the Laidlaw Schools Trust. The register must capture relevant business and pecuniary interests including:-
- Directorships, partnerships and employments with businesses that provide goods or services to LST
- Trusteeships and governorships at other educational institutions and charities irrespective of whether there is a trading relationship with LST, and
- For each interest: the name of the business, the nature of the business, the nature of the interest and the date the relationship began.
The register must identify any relevant material interests arising from close family relationships between LST members, trustees or local governors. It must also identify relevant material interests arising from close family relationships between those individuals and employees.
|Name||Position||Name of business/ charity/educational institution||Nature of interest||Date when the
|Close family relationships|
|Mohammad Farsi||Chair of Governors||Bede Academy, Blyth, Education||Safeguarding Governor||03/03/2016||None|
|Tim Goodship||Vice Chair of Governors||Northern Counties Kidney Research Fund, Charity||Trustee||1990||None|
|Claire Lewis||Local Governor||None||None|
|Kate Charnley||Local Governor||None||None|
|Fidelis Okukusie||Local Governor||The Spring of Life
RCCG Living Bread
|Rachel Turner||Local Governor||None||None|
|Hannah Sorley||Local Governor||St Margaret’s Church||Member of Church Council||04/2014||None|
|Jeff Lough||Local Governor||None||None|
|Craig Taylor||Executive Principal||None||None|
|ARCHIVE (PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS)|
|Ann Wynn||Local Governor||Outstanding||Outstanding|
Excelsior Academy Local Governing Body Attendance Records 2016/2017
Excelsior Academy Local Governing Board
2017 – 2018
Chair: Mohammad Farsi
Vice Chair: Tim Goodship
|Priority Strands||Schools/College||SML||Linked Governors|
|Teaching and Learning – Hadrian Management||Hadrian||Kristy Ruffle||Kate Charnley|
|Inclusion (PP, SEN) – Rainbird Management||Rainbird||Charlotte De Oliveria||Hannah Sorely , Rachel Turner|
|Curriculum Development – College Management||EA College||Claire Goodwill||Claire Lewis|
|Assessment, Monitoring and Examinations – Collingwood Management||Collingwood||Michael Connolly||Jeffrey Lough|
|Staff CPD and Performance Management – Millburn Management||Millburn||David Hughes||Tim Goodship|
|Welfare (Behaviour, Safeguarding)||Excelsior Academy||Mohammad Farsi, Jeffrey Lough|
|Business||Excelsior Academy||Dawn Charlton||Tim Goodship|
|Leadership and Management||Excelsior Academy||Craig Taylor||Mohammad Farsi,|
|Health and Wellbeing||Excelsior Academy||Frances Tiffin||Kate Charnley, Fidelis Oukukusie|
|Parent Focus Group||Excelsior Academy||Charlotte De Oliveria||Rachel Turner, Fidelis Oukukusie|
CPD Continuous Professional Development
E A Excelsior Academy
LST Laidlaw School Trust
PP Pupil Premium
SEN Special Education Need
SML Senior Management Lead
All governors can be contacted through Danielle Smith, Clerk to Governors via email Danielle.Smith@laidlawschoolstrust.com, or telephone, 0191 662 2417.