We aim to develop a culture of diversity, equality and inclusion in which all those connected to Shaw Education Trust feel proud of their identity and ability to participate fully in school life. Across our multi-academy trust, our governance roles are composed of approximately 85% white British, 5% minority ethnic background* and 10% wishing not to share their information.
Similar to pupil data, any individual who is of any origin other than white British, is defined as being of minority ethnic background.
Chair of Academy Council: Dane Anderton Vice Chair of Academy Council: Sue Foster
To contact the Chair of Academy Council, please write to Mr Dane Anderton, c/o The Westleigh School, Westleigh Lane, Leigh, WN7 5NL
ACADEMY COUNCIL MEMBERS
Chair of Academy Council; Link Councillor
Dr Dane Anderton PhD is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS) and has worked in higher education since 2011. He holds Fellowship status with the Higher Education Academy and a PGCert in Teaching in Higher Education. Dane has published peer reviewed articles in the areas of economic regeneration and management education. Outside his work in higher education, Dane is proud to represent the Leigh West Ward at Wigan Council and to be part of the Westleigh School Academy Council, a high school at the heart of the ward. Dane is also Trustee Director of Wigan and Leigh Citizens Advice and Governor at Newton Westpark Primary School and Nursery. Born and raised locally, Dane wants to see our area develop well for future generations and invests his time in education, ensuring young people get a good educational foundation to open opportunity.
Vice-Chair of the Academy Council; Link Councillor
Sue has worked for the NHS for over 30 years and has developed a wealth of experience dealing with the general public, management and people from all walks of life. Experiencing the enormous strains on the NHS especially through COVID, Sue can fully appreciate the challenges thrown at both the NHS and the education system. Sue is very proud and privileged to have been a councillor for 16 years and shares the same passion for The Westleigh school as its staff and pupils do; she is very much at the heart of the school. To celebrate and support the students achievements is a strong favourite of Sue's and she is therefore a very ‘hands on’ councillor, making herself visible at the school's events including open evenings, presentation evenings, staff interviews, student leader interviews and school performances, thus fully embracing the schools ethos of Aspiring & Achieving together.
I have worked at The Westleigh School since July 2017. Initially my role was divided between Main Office Admin and Finance. However in 2019 I was transferred to the Finance role full time. My role in Finance is varied and I am on a continual learning journey increasing my knowledge and confidence. Prior to commencing employment at Westleigh, I worked as a Housing Benefit Officer for 27 years within the Revenues and Benefits Department at St Helens Council. In my spare time, I have a part-time role as a Marriage Registrar working weekends.
Trust Appointed Councillor; Link Councillor
Dawn is a Director of Performance and Review and works alongside headteachers and Principals in leading and securing school improvement and quality assuring school processes and procedures. She is involved in school reviews and health checks as well as leading training for our schools as and when requested. She joined the trust from Ofsted where she was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors. Dawn has extensive inspection experience of all phases and sectors. Prior to working for Ofsted, Dawn has held senior leadership positions as assistant headteacher and deputy headteacher as well as being an Advanced Skilled Teacher. Dawn’s particular areas of expertise are; science, leadership development, data and assessment, governance, safeguarding, careers education advice and guidance, sixth form and post 16 transition, initial teacher training. Dawn is also involved in delivering on national qualifications such as the NQPSL, NPQLBC, NPQLTD.
Trust Appointed Councillor; Link Councillor
John has lived within the catchment area and local community of the school for over 25 years, and has gained a detailed understanding of its socio economic and educational background. John began his career in education in 1988 teaching Electrical Electronic and Communication Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology at Wigan and Leigh College. He became a Senior External Examiner for Pearson Edexcel in 2002 at both National and International levels carrying out Quality Development and Academic Management reviews worldwide, and also worked for 5 years as a visiting examiner for the University of Wales. His association with Westleigh began in 1995 and he has extensive schools governance experience across different phases, both being a long serving former Chair of Governors at Westleigh High School, and also at 2 primary schools. Across the schools, John's areas of responsibility have included Finance chair, staff interviews and appointments, Pupil Premium reviews, Behaviour and Welfare, and Link for Science, and more recently has included SEND education. He became a National Leader in Governance providing support to other schools governing bodies when requested, and he was for 15+ years a member of Wigan Councils Statutory Schools Forum.
Parent Academy Councillor
Tracy is currently a Teacher and Faculty Lead (Leadership Post) for Teaching Learning and Assessment in Post 16 Education. Her specialist subject is Business. Tracy has been a teacher for 25 Years and has a breadth of experience in 11-19 Education. Tracy has 21 years teaching in Secondary/Sixth form education and 4 years ago moved into FE. Tracy in her career has held various roles and Senior leadership posts. She has been in the post of Head of Sixth form, Assistant Headteacher for Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Head of Faculty for Business, ICT and Applied Learning. She has extensive experience of B-Tec Courses and has been an IV, Quality Nominee and B-Tec assessor. Tracy was also a Staff Governor at her previous school for 15 years. Tracy's particular interests lie in Business and Enterprise education. Her expertise lie in Improving Teaching, Learning Assessment, Curriculum development, data analysis and Staff development. She has also completed the Outstanding Teaching programme and is a qualified Mentor and Coach.
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