Governors

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.

Lord Laidlaw pic for Gov page

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

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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
interest began
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

Pastor

 

Trustee

2010

 

2011

None
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
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Ann Wynn Local Governor Outstanding Outstanding

 

Excelsior Academy Local Governing Body Attendance Records 2016/2017

Name Autumn 1

07/09/16

Autumn 2

17/11/16

Spring 1

18/02/17

Spring 2

23/03/17

Summer 1

27/04/17

Summer 2

06/07/17

MEMBERS
Mohammad Farsi Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
Tim Goodship NA Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
Claire Lewis

 

Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended Attended
Kate Charnley Apologies Attended Attended Attended Apologies Attended
Fidelis Okukusie Attended Attended Attended Attended Apologies Apologies
Rachel Turner Attended Attended Apologies Attended Apologies Apologies
Hannah Sorley Attended Attended Attended Attended Apologies Apologies
Jeff Lough

 

NA NA NA Attended Attended Apologies
Ann Wynn

 

Apologies Apologies NA NA NA NA

 

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 Karolyn Thompson 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

 

Keys:

CPD         Continuous Professional Development

E A           Excelsior Academy

LST          Laidlaw School Trust

PP           Pupil Premium

SEN         Special Education Need

SML         Senior Management Lead

 

Contacting Governors

All governors can be contacted through Danielle Smith, Clerk to Governors via email Danielle.Smith@laidlawschoolstrust.com, or telephone, 0191 662 2417.