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Governance

Our governors are responsible for ensuring a high-quality student experience that meets the needs of the local community.

This will include remaining informed about what children are learning and the progress they are making, making sure children are safe, ensuring resources are used effectively, and engaging the stakeholders.

Find out more about our Co-op Academies Trust governance on our Trust website.

Governance and what it means

Governors are volunteers who give up their time to help the academy be the best it can be. Their role is to work together with academy leaders to set the strategic direction of the academy.
 

The academy is a member of a trust which delegates certain decision-making powers to our Academy Governing Council.

Co-op Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust which runs a number of academies. Please visit the Trust website to find out about the Trust Board and also to view the Trust’s Annual Report, Policies and Financial Statements.

The Trust operate within an established Scheme of Delegation detailing those matters that are reserved for the Board and those delegated to governors and the Headteacher:

  • Decisions reserved for the Trust Board include providing strategic direction to the Trust, ensuring financial viability, establishing an Audit Committee and compliance with Department for Education requirements.
  • The governors at each academy are responsible for ensuring a high-quality student experience that meets the needs of the local community. This will include remaining informed about what children are learning and the progress they are making, making sure children are safe, ensuring resources are used effectively and engaging the stakeholders.
     

How our Academy Governing Council is organised

The Academy Governing Council consists of 8 to 12 governors, of which between 2 to 4 governors are appointed by the sponsor. In addition, the Academy Governing Council includes 1 staff governor, 2 parent governors and the Headteacher. The academy governing council can then appoint a number of community governors to be representative of the local community, provide insight into local partnership links, or bring a particular skillset.

Contacting Governors

Governors can be contacted by writing to the regional governance manager. Contact details below.

Katie Whitmore (smgovernance@coopacademies.co.uk)

Goldenhill Road
Fenton
Stoke-on-Trent
ST4 3DP

01782 881480

Parent Governor Vacancy

We currently have one vacancy for a Parent Governor on our Academy Governing Council.

As a parent governor, you will be the representative voice from the parental community. This is different from being elected as a representative of the parents and you will not be expected to canvass the options of all parents. Of elected, you will vote and make decisions on the basis of your own views - not the collective views of the parents. 

If you would like to know more about the role you may contact our Governance Manager, Katie Whitmore: katie.whitmore@coopacademies.co.uk.

Information packs and nomination forms can be downloaded from Class Dojo, collected from the school office, emailed  upon request or found in the 'Latest Updates' section of this website. 

Our Academy Governing Council

Emma Day

Full Name

Emma Day

Date of appointment

05/01/2024

Term of office

n/a

Category of Governor

Ex-officio

Appointed by

By virtue of appointment as acting Headteacher

Subcommittees 

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings 2022/23

n/a

Attendance at subcommittee meetings

n/a

Helen Foy

Full Name

Helen Foy 

Date of appointment

01/12/2020

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Staff

Appointed by

Elected by staff

Subcommittees 

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings 2022/23

6/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings

n/a

Jennifer Juniper

Full Name

Jennifer Juniper   

Date of appointment

02/11/2022

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Sponsor

Appointed by

Appointed by the sponsor

Subcommittees 

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings 2022/23

5/5

Attendance at subcommittee meetings

n/a

Martin Earlam

Full Name

Martin Earlam 

Date of appointment

06/06/2021

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Parent

Appointed by

Elected by parents

Subcommittees 

Pay Committee

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings 2022/23

6/6

Attendance at subcommittee meetings

Pay Committee: 1/1

Kim Clarkson   

Hi, I’m Kim Clarkson, a sponsor governor and Clarice Cliff’s Link Finance support.  

This role is my second school governor role.  I was previously a governor at a CofE primary school in York and looking for a local Co-Op academy to support when I relocated to Staffordshire was a natural way of continuing to support in education, whilst joining it up with Co-Op company values which I care passionately about.   I see the benefit of them at work in my role as Head of Partner Services at Co Op Wholesale and think they easily translate into benefits in a school culture that can help children thrive.

Outside of work, I‘m enjoying getting involved in my new community and new family life – as the move to Staffordshire was on the back of a new marriage that came with two teenagers, a dog and embracing rural life as part of the mix!

Full Name

Kim Clarkson

Date of appointment

02/12/2022

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Sponsor

Appointed by

Appointed by the sponsor

Subcommittees 

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings 2022/23

4/4

Attendance at subcommittee meetings

n/

Chris Twigg    

Hi there! I'm Chris, and I have a passion for creating a world where all children, including my own two little ones (aged 1 and 2), can reach their full potential. I believe education is fundamental, and I'm committed to supporting Clarice Cliff as if my own kids were walking through the doors every morning.

By day, I work at Co-op, focusing on improving our customer experience – making things better and delivering more value for our members and customers every day. I'm passionate about enhancing our processes and delivering fantastic experiences, and I’ll bring this same enthusiasm to my role as Governor. I’m excited to support Clarice Cliff in achieving its ambitious goals, ensuring it remains a school we’re all incredibly proud of.

I'll be visiting the school regularly and look forward to getting involved and meeting many of you. Don't hesitate to say hello if you see me around – I'm always happy to hear your feedback on how we're doing and any ideas on how, together, we can make our school even better.

Full Name

Chris Twigg

Date of appointment

12/12/2023

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Academy Governing Council

Declarations of Interest

None

Tony Stephens

Full Name

Tony Stephens

Date of appointment

12/12/2023

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Academy Governing Council

Declarations of Interest

None

Frances Edwards (Chair) 

Hi,

I'm Frances,  the current Chair of Governors at Clarice Cliff. I heard about becoming a Governor through the Co-op where I worked as a senior manager in the HR team for many years. Not only does it provide me with the opportunity to give something back to my local community but I also get the chance to be involved in the world of education, something I've been interested in since I first left university many years ago.  I originally wanted to train to be an educational psychologist but my career took a different turn so it's lovely to have the chance to now return to education as a Governor.

I live locally and as well as being a Governor, I work part time for the NHS in Stafford. When I'm not working I am usually busy attempting to keep fit or trying to keep my garden under control, as well as spending time visiting my two sons.  I love baking but it usually results in the need to do even more exercise, I play the piano (badly) and have ambitions to take up painting but recognise that I have no talent and have yet to find time to start!

As a governing board, most of us are quite new to the role but we aim to visit the Academy regularly.  If you see us wandering about, do come and say 'hello' as we love hearing from people connected with the school, particularly parents/carers.  And if any parent/carer would like to join us as a governor, that would be great so please get in touch if you are interested.

Full Name

Frances Edwards

Date of appointment

22/11/2022

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community; Chair of Governors

Appointed by

Academy Governing Council

Subcommittees 

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings 2022/23

5/5

Attendance at subcommittee meetings

n/a

Puneet Patel

Full Name

Puneet Patel

Date of appointment

01/12/2023

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Appointed by the Academy Governing Council

Subcommittees 

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings 2022/23

n/a

Attendance at subcommittee meetings

n/a

Adele Wootton

  

Full Name

Adele Wootton

Date of appointment

21/09/2023

Term of office

4 years

Category of Governor

Community

Appointed by

Academy Governing Council

Subcommittees 

n/a

Declarations of Interest

None

Attendance at Academy Governing Council meetings 2022/23

n/a

Attendance at subcommittee meetings

n/a

 

Past Governors

Name Category Appointed End of Term Attendance at AGC Meetings 2021-2022
Carl Plant Sponsor 01/09/2021 01/09/2022 5/6
Paul Meehan Community 07/07/2022 26/10/22 1/1
Sue Tunmore Chair 01/12/2020 22/11/2022 6/6
Jessica Patchett Sponsor 27/06/2022 26/01/2023 1/1
Jemma Brereton Community 13/04/2022 16/2/2023 6/6
Jose Garcia Chair 20/01/2023 23/03/2023 n/a
Lisa Tomkinson Community 08/12/2020 11/09/2023 3/6
Kirstie Hicks Community 08/12/2020 01/12/2023 0/6
Diane Broadhurst 01/12/2020 18/12/2023 6/6