Waterhead Academy

Local Academy Board

What do our Governors do?

The governors’ role is not about fund-raising, neither is it about cheer-leading for the school – though governors might do both those things. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the headteacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. In some schools the site is owned by the governing body. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The Principal is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

Calendar of Meetings
Waterhead Academy Local Governing Body
Acting Chair: Mr Nick Middleton; 529 Huddersfield Road, Lees, Oldham. OL4 3NY
Governors Register of Interests
Terms of Reference for Committees
Scheme of Delegation for Local Academy Board Members

More information about the role of the governing body can be found in the Scheme of Delegation.

Who are our current Governors?


Name Category How appointed Role Term of office
Start Date End Date
Mr Gordon Leach Appointed by Trust   10/12/2019 09/12/2023
Mr Darren Lyon Principal Ex-officio   01/06/2020 On resignation
Mr Nick Middleton Acting Chair of Governors Appointed by Trust Acting Chair of Governors & Pupil Premium Champion 22/09/2020 21/09/2024
Mr Tariq Rafique Governor Appointed by Trust   22/09/2020 21/09/2024
Dr John Anchor Acting Vice Chair of Governors Appointed by Trust Acting Vice Chair of Governors 22/09/2020 21/09/2024
Mr Amir Khan Staff Governor Elected by school staff

Health & Wellbeing Champion

Mental Health & Wellbeing Champion

12/01/2019 30/11/2023
Mr Doug King Governor Appointed by Trust Careers Champion 11/02/2021 10/02/2025
Ms Martine Brown Parent Governor Elected by school parents  


Ms Sarah Knaggs Parent Governor Elected by school parents SEN Governor 05/02/2021 04/02/2025

 LAB members that have resigned 2020-2021: NONE

Business Interest


Name Current Employer Directorship
Other employment
Governor at other educational institutions & charities
Investment in limited company or other business Material business interests arising from close family relationships Close family contacts with other Directors/
Governors or Trust Employees
Mr Gordon Leach Self-Employed SIP with SPA None None None None
Mr Darren Lyon Waterhead Academy Governor at Buckstones Primary School None None None
Mr Nick Middleton Oldham College None None None None
Mr Tariq Rafique Alpha Fostering Agency Oldham Community Leisure None None S Bano - Teacher
Dr John Anchor The University of Huddersfield None None None Prof Tim Thornton is a Trustee
Mr Amir Khan Waterhead Academy None None None None
Mr Doug King Assistant Principal - Oldham  6th Form College None None None None
Ms Martine Brown          
Ms Sarah Knaggs Unity Partnership None None None None

 Dated 15th November 2021


Name 2021-22 (To date)
Attended  Possible
Mr Gordon Leach 0 1
Mr Darren Lyon 1 1
Mr Nick Middleton 1 1
Mr Tariq Rafique 0 1
Dr John Anchor 1 1
Mr Amir Khan 1 1
Mr Doug King 1 1
Ms Martine Brown 0 1
Ms Sarah Knaggs 1 1

Previous Years' Attendance 

Standards Sub-Committee - Structure and Roles

Standards Committee Terms of Reference

Name Role
Mr Gordon Leach
Mr Nick Middleton
Mr Doug King Chair
Ms Sarah Knaggs
Mr Darren Lyon Principal


Meetings schedule and Minutes of meetings

 Local Academy Board Meetings (2021-22)

Date Venue Time Minutes
07-10-2021 Waterhead Academy Conference Room 4.30pm
10-02-2022 Waterhead Academy Conference Room 4.30pm
12-05-2022 Waterhead Academy Conference Room 4.30pm
07-07-2022 Waterhead Academy Conference Room 4.30pm

 Standards Committee Meetings (2021-22)

Date Venue Time Minutes
01-12-21 Waterhead Academy Conference Room 4.30pm

  Local Academy Board Meetings (2020-21)

Date Venue Time Minutes
09-07-2020 Virtual Meeting 4:30pm
08-10-2020 Virtual Meeting 4:30pm
11-02-2021 Virtual Meeting 4:30pm
08-07-2021 Waterhead Academy 4:30pm

 Standards Committee Meetings (2020-21)

Date Venue Time Minutes
10-12-2020 Virtual Meeting 5.00pm
11-03-2021 Virtual Meeting 5.00pm
10-06-2021 Virtual Meeting 5.00pm

How to become a governor

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please call the Academy for further information. 

Before you put yourself forward, please talk to your employer. Many employers recognise the role of school governor as useful work experience and may offer paid leave as part of their initiative to give back to the community.