The role of the Governing Board is to formulate school policy and ensure that a high quality educational service is provided to the local community.
A Full Governors’ Meeting is held at least once a term. In addition there are two sub-committees, one which covers areas such as finance, staffing, premises and Health and Safety (F&GP) and the other covers the curriculum, teaching and learning, SEND and HLP students (Standards).
The Governing Board welcomes comments from parents in order to continue to provide a responsive service. You may always approach your Governors if you want to discuss something or you could contact them via e-mail: Governors@prioryacademy.co.uk or in writing via the school office, if you do not know them.
|Priory Academy Governing Board|
|Member / Trustee status||Committee Membership||Date of Current Appointment||Date of Resignation (if applicable)||Meetings Attended 16/17||Meetings Attended 15/16||Meetings Attended 14/15|
|Mr Stephen Crossley (Chair) *||Member Appointed||F&GP Committee||13/10/2012||6/7||6/10||6/9|
|Mrs Vanessa Clear (Vice Chair) *||Member Appointed||Standards Committee Chair||19/11/2014||7/7||10/10||9/9|
|Mrs Beverley Coleman||Member Appointed||F&GP Committee||18/09/2013||5/5||5/7||1/6|
|Mrs Vanessa Green||Member Appointed||Standards Committee||10/06/2015||5/5||7/7||2/2|
|Mr Patrick O’Neill||Member Appointed||F&GP Committee||10/06/2015||4/5||6/7||3/3|
|Mrs Teresa Warren *||Member Appointed||F&GP Committee||10/06/2015||4/5||6/7||2/2|
|Mrs Sarah Wilkinson||Parent Governor||Standards Committee||21/09/2016||5/5||N/A||N/A|
|Mrs Mahnaz Smith (Headteacher)||Headteacher||N/A||N/A||7/7||10/10||9/9|
|Mrs Emma Collins||Elected by Staff||Standards Committee||14/02/2013||5/5||6/7||6/6|
|Mr Henry Cross||Elected by Staff||Standards Committee||08/12/2014||5/5||5/7||2/4|
|Mrs Amanda Burgess||Elected by Parents||F&GP Committee||16.01.2013||19.10.2015||1/1||6/6|
|Mr Michael Kent||Member Appointed||F&GP Committee||01.04.2014||10.12.2015||2/3||5/6|
|Mr Ivor Mitchelmore *||Member Appointed||Standards Committee||17.09.2012||02.01.2016||3/3||6/6|
|Mrs Louise Williams||Elected by Parents||Standards Committee||19.11.2012||22.03.2016||0/6||6/6|
|Mr Brett Alligan *||Elected by Parents||F&GP Committee Chair||11.03.2013||22.07.2016||6/7||6/6|
Steve Crossley (Chair)
Hi I’m Steve Crossley, Chair of Governors. I have lived in Dunstable most of my life and attended Icknield, Watling and Manshead schools. I became a Parent Governor whilst my children attended Priory. They then moved on to upper schools (in the days before they had the opportunity to stay here) and further education, but I decided to remain and help Priory achieve its mission to become Dunstable’s school of choice for children aged from 9 to 16.
It’s been a busy time. The school became an Academy so that it could control its own destiny, and now we are positioned to provide children within the Priory Partnership for Learning with a seamless progression throughout their education from ages 4 to 16.
Our team of governors all offer different skills and experience so that no element of school life is over-looked. We take great care to ensure that the school is well-funded and resources are used appropriately. We are currently investing in high quality teachers as we expand the options on offer to the children, and are allocating resources to provide more classrooms and improved facilities. However the over-riding goal is to ensure that every child within the school feels happy, secure, and experiences outstanding teaching in every lesson they attend.
Our desire is for Priory children to be inspired , determined and supported as they seek to fulfil their potential.
Vanessa Clear (Vice Chair)
I have been a member of the Governing Body at Priory for a five years. As a member of the Governing Body my aim is to ensure that all students and staff are provided with the best learning opportunities and experiences at Priory Academy. I am currently Chair of the Standards Sub-Committee and act as a Link Governor for English, Music and Drama. I’m keen to offer a parental perspective to the strategic management of Priory Academy through first-hand experience of what the school delivers to our children and our community. My vision for Priory is to see it as an “Outstanding” academy, increasing opportunities and raising aspirations; offering the best teaching and learning environment with higher academic results – encouraging a wider choice of career paths for all our students and I want to play a part in making all that happen.
I was appointed as a co-opted Governor in March 15 before becoming a Member Nominated Governor. I sit on the Standards Committee and am currently Link Governor for Attendance & Safeguarding and Languages.
I am married and live near to the Academy in a local village. I have worked in the Police Service for 22 years and hold a senior management position as a Police Control Room Manager where I have responsibility for all call handling, deployment and control of resources throughout that County.
I have a keen interest, as a parent to a student at the Academy, in ensuring it is able to provide the best possible learning environment and opportunities, not just for the students but also for our staff. As well as sitting on the Governing Board I also assist the PSA where I can and do what I can to help the Academy.
I have been extremely impressed by the strong leadership and teaching capabilities we have at our Academy and the results speak for themselves with our students producing outstanding academic results. Our students and staff are engaged and I am very proud to be part of this Governing Board and hope that I am able to bring a wealth of expertise and value.
As a parent of two children at Priory, I am a strong supporter of the school’s values and aims. I am also delighted that my children will have the opportunity to continue their education at Priory until they are sixteen.
Priory is undergoing considerable changes in order to cater for extending its age range. Part of that transformation invariably includes changing the infrastructure, and it is in this area that I bring extensive knowledge and expertise. I have been in the building industry for over 25 years working initially as a building engineer, then at a senior level, managing large, multi-million pound construction projects. I have been the director of my own building company for some years now, which gives me a wealth of business experience as well.
I joined the board of governors in June 2015 as a parent of two in the school with an interest in ensuring the school provides the best for their education and well being along with all other children now and in the future. It is a very changing and interesting time for education, Priory and the staff and our children.
My varied business background of Finance, Project and Change Management and HR enables me to support various aspects of school life and the strategic management.
REGISTER OF INTERESTS
There are currently no relevant business or pecuniary interests to post. Full details are available from the school on request.