Governor List

Our Governing Body

Pete Bates

What responsibilities do you currently have as a governor?  I am a Community Governor and Chair of the Curriculum and Standards Committee.

What do you do when you’re not being a governor? Being retired I have time to pursue my passion for teaching martial arts which I have studied for over thirty years. I am Chief Instructor at a number of clubs in the Wolverhampton area. Having recently been promoted to rank of 6th Dan I now concentrate on developing instructors.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the governing body?  Having taught in a similar school for thirty six years and been a Governor at another OAT academy for ten years I feel that I have the knowledge and experience to assist Governors, staff and students to achieve their potential.

What are the most important things that Ormiston Forge Academy needs to do during the next year?  To continue to improve results and to build on the good work already in place to nurture, safeguard and offer opportunities to all students.

What are your hopes for the long-term future of Ormiston Forge Academy?  To be recognised as an outstanding and inclusive academy of choice in the local and wider community.

Annaliese Cook

What responsibilities do you have as a Governor? I am an elected Parent Governor, currently attending each committee meeting to better understand their purpose.

What do you do when you're not being a Governor? My background is Early Years Education and Safeguarding. I currently work as a Senior Manager within Targeted Services for the Local Authority. When I am not working I enjoy spending time being active with my Son and 2 dogs, traveling and
socialising with friends.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the Governing Body? I have a wealth of experience with working with children and families to ensure that they are supported with the current challenges that they face today. As I have a child who attends Forge Academy I feel I am well placed to understand parents views and challenge and remind of how the impact of matters discussed can affect parents.

What are the most important things that Forge needs to do during the next year? 2021 will undoubtably be affected by the Covid Pandemic and Forge Academy will need to be as creative as ever to manage this whilst still providing a quality standard of education for all children. As I work within the social care field I can see just how much the last 12 months of the pandemic has impacted on families. I feel that there will be an inevitable impact on mental health and emotional well-being of children, their families and would like to see more initiatives, resources and working together with local partners to deal with this so that there is little impact on children’s education as possible. Parent partnership will be key to overcome the pandemic.

What are your hopes for the long term future of the Academy? I would like Forge Academy to continue to be a safe place for all children and families in the community and parent partnership to remain a strong area.

Sandra Gayle

What responsibilities do you currently have as a governor? I’m the chair of the enrichment committee, a link governor to KS3 and an OAT nominated governor.

What do you do when you’re not being a governor? I work part-time as a dinner supervisor assistant at a local primary school, I’m a housewife and I look after elderly parents.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the governing body? I hope to come into the school more and communicate with all staff and students

What are the most important things that Ormiston Forge Academy needs to do during the next year? Strive to get better results in 3Rs, make sure to have good teachers in all subjects, communicate more with parents.

What are your hopes for the long-term future of Ormiston Forge Academy? That the school gets to Outstanding and that it goes from strength-to-strength in all areas.

James Griffiths

What responsibilities do you have as a Governor? I have recently joined the governing body and represent the staff at The Forge.

What do you do when you're not being a Governor? I have been a teacher at The Forge for 12 years and I am currently the Subject Leader for Mathematics.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the Governing Body? By being a governor, I hope to represent the staff and students at The Forge to ensure we are offering the highest standard of education for our community. 

What are the most important things that Forge needs to do during the next year? During the pandemic, I have been extremely proud of the provision and support we have offered the students and it is extremely important that this work continues. Our students' education and social and emotional wellbeing are paramount over the next year and so we will do all we can to support our students.

What are your hopes for the long term future of the Academy? Ormiston Forge is an excellent school and aims to serve its community. I hope to see this grow further and address any gaps in education that may have emerged as a result of the pandemic.

Danny Millard

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Sarah Taylor

What responsibilities do you currently have as a governor? I am a Staff Governor (Support Staff) at Ormiston Forge Academy. I am also a member of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

What do you do when you’re not being a governor? I am also Senior Leader for Inclusion at Ormiston Forge Academy this means it is my job to ensure that I remove barriers that may prevent students from learning and achieving their very best.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the governing body?  I have 25 years of experience working within this field in mainstream, in alternative provisions and within PRUs (Pupil Referral Units).

What are the most important things that Ormiston Forge Academy needs to do during the next year?  I feel that the Governing Body has a massive part to play in leading the community that we serve and as such I am passionate about community work and ensuring Ormiston Forge is at the front of ALL community related projects. It has been a difficult period recently with the arrival of the pandemic due to Covid 19 so I see the governing body’s priority as supporting the young people to get back into routines and accessing their learning. It’s important that the staff are supported to be able to facilitate this for the young people and it’s vital that we prepare our SEND (Special Educational Needs) students with the ability to catch up.

What are your hopes for the long-term future of Ormiston Forge Academy?  Ormiston Forge is an excellent academy and serves its community well. We now need to ensure that we can continue to meet the ever changing and demanding community to ensure ‘Success for All’.

Errol Blackwood

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Warren Grant

What responsibilities do you currently have as a governor? I am a Staff Governor (Support Staff). I’m also a member of both the Enrichment, Finance and General Purposes Committees.

What do you do when you’re not being a governor? I am kept active and busy through a number of varying roles. My position as KS4 pastoral leader, football coach for a leading academy in the UK and father to two young sons.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the governing body? I hope that through sharing knowledge and experience, students at the end of their journey at Forge will leave as upstanding citizens prepared to achieve greatness. ‘Better Never Stops’

What are the most important things that Ormiston Forge Academy needs to do during the next year? Firstly, and most importantly we need to ensure the mental state of our staff and young people is sound and that the appropriate support is provided following the coronavirus pandemic. We then need to continue to strive for
excellence in all areas. My very nature is competitive and so I always want the next year to be better than the previous.

What are your hopes for the long-term future of Ormiston Forge Academy?  There is a saying I have adopted that is used by the New Zealand All Blacks ‘Champions do extra’. I hope that through collectively doing extra as part of our norm we can go on to be the very best academy across all areas!

Mr Robert Harding (Vice-chair)

What responsibilities do you currently have as a governor? I am the chair of the finance and general purposes committee and a link governor to KS5.

What do you do when you’re not being a governor? I teach performing arts on a part-time basis. I am an English examiner at various levels and I have served as a churchwarden for at least 10 years.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the governing body? To bring my experience in all three sectors of education for the benefit of colleague governors and the Academy.

What are the most important things that Ormiston Forge Academy needs to do during the next year? To build on results at KS3, KS4 and post-16  levels so as to improve the status of the academy.

What are your hopes for the long-term future of Ormiston Forge Academy? My hope is that the Forge will become a ‘flagship’ academy.

Rhiannon Martyn (Chair)

What responsibilities do you currently have as a governor? As from September 2020 I am the Chair of the Governing Body. Before this, I was a community governor.

What do you do when you’re not being a governor? I work at the University of Warwick as a professional services manager. I am also a part-time student at Warwick studying for a masters degree in career coaching. I live in Birmingham and spend quite a
bit of time knitting and reading.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the governing body? Through my career, I have extensive experience of education at all levels as a leader and manager. I am a great believer in the life-enhancing value of education and lifelong learning, and that it should
be accessible to everyone. As Chair I will work to ensure that all governors find their role rewarding, and that Forge has a governing body which adds real value to the inspiring work of the school’s staff, pupils, parents and the community.

What are the most important things that Ormiston Forge Academy needs to do during the next year? 2020/21 is going to be an exceptional year due to the pandemic. The most important thing for Forge is to keep moving forwards in spite of the additional challenges facing schools, and to do so with humour, humility and heart.

What are your hopes for the long-term future of Ormiston Forge Academy? I want Forge to keep going from strength to strength in terms of the outcomes for pupils (not only
academic achievement), the satisfaction and success of its staff, its place in the community, its
profile in the Ormiston Academy Trust, and beyond. I want to ensure that the excellent foundations
that have been laid have the durability and flexibility to enable Forge to have a long-lasting, rich and
prosperous legacy.

Jayne Homer

What are your hopes for the long term future of the Academy? To continue to maintain a high standard of teaching and learning.

What responsibilities do you have as a Governor? To support and challenge the school appropriately to constantly improve and succeed in providing the best possible education for all its pupils in order for them to succeed in life. I hope to gain a great understanding of how Forge is run and promote the best interest of all pupils.

What do you do when you're not being a Governor? As a parent to two children that both attend Forge, my spare time is split between their passion of dance and scuba diving. Currently, I am in my last year at University studying for an Early Years and Childhood degree. I work full time in a local Primary School in Early Years.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the Governing Body? As a parent Governor I hope to bring my own experiences and perspectives into decision making, taking it to account the interests of the community.

What are the most important things that Forge needs to do during the next year? Prioritising and supporting pupils and staff’s mental health and well-being, re-engaging pupils with learning and settling them back into school life.