In order to support the School an Interim Academy Management Committee (IAMC) has been established by the Trustees of Community First Academy Trust and the Regional Schools Commissioners office for Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
The IAMC’s main function is to secure a sound basis for future improvement in the school including the promotion of high standards of educational achievement reporting to the Board of CFAT Trustees.
The IAMC has taken on the responsibilities of a normally constituted governing body, including the management of the budget, the curriculum, staffing, pay and performance management and the appointment of the Headteacher and deputy Headteacher.
The Membership of the IAMC is as follows:
Members of an IAMC bring a fresh outlook to the governance arrangements of a school, marking a clear break from the previous management of the school.
DfE guidance encourages Governors/Members to acknowledge the importance of meaningful and effective engagement with Parents. It is also clear that this is not achieved through membership of the Committee.
The IAMC is responsible for ensuring that arrangements are in place for effective communication between the School and Parents in order to support improvements in children’s learning.
Jane Mantel – Chair
Jane is an experienced school governor and has been a member and Trustee in a Multi Academy Trust which has given her a detailed understanding of the wider school/academy context around school collaboration.
As a governor, she has contributed in several different roles and has served as Vice Chairman for a number of years and Chairman for a short period Jane has considerable expertise in HR aspects of school governance and was Chairman of the resources committee for 10 years.
With over 20 years’ service as a school governor across a range of sectors Jane has substantial experience of guiding, supporting and holding senior leaders to account around school improvement. She has been involved in Ofsted inspection interviews at a number of schools, the last one as Chairman, all received good or outstanding judgements.
Jane has experience of serving as an Interim Executive Board member at several schools.
As part of Parrs Wood High School IEB she was involved in setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction to secure a sound basis for future improvement in the school. With a focus on HR, she was involved in the reorganisation of the school’s staffing structure including appointing a senior leadership team and ultimately a new Headteacher. Jane aided in the transition to normal governance, working with and advising the shadow governing body. This enabled the school to come out of special measures and progress to good eventually.
In 2016 Jane was Vice Chairman of an IEB at Blacklow Brow Primary School in Knowsley focusing on strategic direction, school improvement and providing a sustainable future for the pupils at the school. The school made exceptional progress and a successful transition to a Trust.
In March 2017 Jane was asked by the RSC and Trafford to be Vice Chairman of an IEB for Bollin Primary School when the school found itself in serious difficulties, under intense media scrutiny with a complete lack of parental and teacher confidence in the school. The IEB integrated itself fully into the school and the leadership team, to guide and at times challenge as the process of re-building confidence and competence began. The school has made rapid progress and is now a thriving learning community, a place where the children, the parents and the teaching community express confidence and great satisfaction with the leadership and governance. The school joins a Trust on 1st June in a strong position.
Before taking up her role with Academy Ambassadors, Anne was Deputy Director to the RSC (LWY) developing the education landscape of the region, challenging underperformance, assessing free school capacity and working with academies and trusts on Governance and growth strategies.
From 2013-2016, Anne was the Founding Principal for the UTC in Media City UK taking it from vision to oversubscribed reality, and was on the board of Directors, she was accountable for all aspects of the UTC, staffing, recruitment, curriculum, assessment, safeguarding and growth plans.
Prior to 2013 she was Head of ICT at the Education Funding Agency (EFA), part of the Department for Education. Anne managed a national team of ICT Advisers providing expert ICT educational procurement support to all capital programmes. She advised free schools, UTCs, academies and Studio Schools on the development of the ICT aspects of their school development, and ensured that the first free schools, UTCs and Studio Schools opened with ICT partners in place. Prior to working in the EFA Anne was Education ICT Adviser for the South of England at Partnerships for Schools where she worked supporting and challenging local authorities and schools as they developed their aspirations for educational transformation through ICT investment. Anne has organised major DfE exhibitions at the BETT show, and developed ICT network events in London.
Anne has extensive experience in secondary ICT education as a staff governor, teacher and leader and has expertise in the use of ICT to enhance teaching and learning, and has coordinated Education projects for universities, EAZs, SSAT, the British Council, Becta, NCSL, local authorities and London Challenge. From 2001 she was Director of Camden City Learning Centre, designing innovative teaching and learning programmes across all key stages, and training programmes for education professionals and the local community. Anne has also been a contributor to international ICT workshops in Canada, the UK, US, China and Singapore.
Sharon began her professional life as a teacher, working in a VII form college in Salford. Following a career break she joined Wigan Council as a member of the Governor Services team and, in 2010, was appointed as manager of the service. The service comprises of the Governor Support team who prepare a suite of support documentation and plan and deliver an extensive programme of training to governors and Trustees to across Wigan. She also leads the Local Authority clerking service that delivers professional clerking to schools and academies, both in Wigan and to neighbouring boroughs.
Sharon is an experienced governor trainer, who in addition to delivering training in Wigan, also has also acted as a facilitator for both the DFE leadership and clerking development programmes. She currently an appointed facilitator for the NGA Clerks Development Programme.
Sharon is a designated National Leader of Governance and mentors a recently appointed Chair as part of the NGA Inspiring Governance programme. She is also the North-West representative on the National Co-ordinators of Governor Service’s board.
Sharon has been a governor for over 15 years, and has served as Chair of a community primary school for 10 years and is currently Chair of an outstanding voluntary aided primary school in St Helens. Sharon has also served on the governing board of a secondary school, being appointed to contribute to improving the governance in a school that had been judged as “Inadequate”.
Sharon is passionate about good governance and the importance of governors and Trustees effectively fulfilling their role.
Michael Prior FCA
Partner in HLB Kidsons, a leading national firm of Chartered Accountants and business advisers, with 30 offices in the UK.
Michael was also chairman of the North Region during 1990-2000 and in 1992 he founded the Charities and Education Group to provide specialist advice and support to this market.
By 2000 Michael’s firm had established a client base of more than 200 educational establishments and more than 1000 charities, and was recognised nationally as being one of the three leading professional financial advisers to this sector.
Following Michaels appointment as a Partner at age 22, during the period of 1968-1989 he led the growth and development of a small local firm into becoming a major independent practice in the Greater Manchester area.
The firm, Heywood Shepherd, joined HLB Kidsons in 1989 and Michael led this landmark transfer.
Michael was also Deputy Chairman of the Governing Body of Stonyhurst College, and Chairman of its Finance Committee. Trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and Chairman of its Finance and Audit Committee. Member of the General Assembly of the University of Manchester (representing the IOD), and member of its Finance Committee. Elected Member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and founder Chairman of the Institute’s Centre for Business Performance
Patrick Ferguson – Principal
Patrick graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University, and in addition to his first degree and PGCE he has gained a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Education, and a master’s degree in education leadership.
Patrick’s first teaching post was at St. Anne’s Catholic High School, Stockport, and as his career progressed he served as deputy Headteacher in schools in Stockport and Manchester before his first Headteacher appointment in 2002 at De La Salle School, Liverpool.
At De La Salle Patrick orchestrated a steady upward progression from a school which was satisfactory to one which in 2009 was judged to be outstanding in 33 of the 37 Ofsted categories. He oversaw a successful specialist school bid, using the school’s existing strengths in English and humanities to lead academic progress. Academic results rose markedly, and students developed a mind-set of expecting to be successful.
Patrick made a successful bid for academy status at De La Salle, and was at the forefront of innovative practice when De La Salle became the first academy to be funded directly for a capital project. Patrick assumed client status with the builders, and undertook all the meetings and monitoring work which a construction process entails.
Patrick has always looked outwards to forge educational links, and established a student hotel at De La Salle. Among the guests from all over the world are a school from Saudi Arabia who spend a month every summer taking classes in English, maths and science; their initial visit was the first residential educational visit to Europe from a Saudi school.
In 2010 Patrick became a National Leader in Education, and has since helped many schools throughout the north-west region to overcome difficulties. As well as being principal of De La Salle, he has served as executive Headteacher of a Liverpool primary school and executive principal of De La Salle for more than a year after he left. He was shortlisted for the TES awards in the secondary school of the year, Headteacher of the year and leadership team of the year categories.
In January 2015 he joined Hope Academy as principal, and he is employing the same focused drive for improving standards that he has used at previous schools; building upon strengths, addressing areas of weakness, and maintaining excellent levels of communication both within the school and in the wider community. Patrick will consider it a huge disappointment if Hope Academy does not reach outstanding during his tenure.