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.

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.

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.

Danny Millard

More info to follow

Steve Sadler

What responsibilities do you currently have as a governor? I’m a member of the finance and general purposes committee.

What do you do when you’re not being a governor? I am a senior UK leader for a global logistics and supply chain company based in Connecticut, USA.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the governing body? To support and enhance the development and achievements of the academy and its pupils.

What are the most important things that Ormiston Forge Academy needs to do during the next year? Continue to focus on giving every single pupil the opportunity to be the best they can
be.

What are your hopes for the long-term future of Ormiston Forge Academy? To be the academy of choice for parents and pupils alike.

Mrs L Smith

What responsibilities do you currently have as a governor? I sit on the finance and general purposes committee and the curriculum and standards committee. I’m also a link governor for KS3.

What do you do when you’re not being a governor? I work in a local estate agent as a manager, bookkeeping, controlling of all finances and I organise all repairs.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the governing body? Experience as a parent, to put my ideas and concerns forward.

What are the most important things that Ormiston Forge Academy needs to do during the next year? Ensure results improve through all year groups.

What are your hopes for the long-term future of Ormiston Forge Academy? I hope the Academy becomes an Outstanding School.

Nicola Fischer

What responsibilities do you currently have as a governor? I am a teacher nominated Governor and as such will be representing my esteemed colleagues and seek to ensure Teacher well being.

What do you do when you’re not being a governor? I am a member of the KS3 Pastoral Team as well as a MFL teacher. I also sit on the Enrichment Committee where I hope to encourage and improve any opportunities we can offer our pupils.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the governing body? I would like to bring my classroom experience as well as my passion for student well being to bear to ensure the best possible conditions in place to ensure that the diverse emotional, social and academic needs of pupils and
staff are met to the best of our ability.

What are the most important things that Ormiston Forge Academy needs to do during the next year? To improve results, keep up its excellent vision of pupil and teacher well being and introduce more pupils to the Forge family.

What are your hopes for the long-term future of Ormiston Forge Academy? To be widely recognised in the local community as a centre of very good learning as well as a very caring and
nurturing school.

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!

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.

Stephen Rayner

What responsibilities do you currently have as a governor?  My most important responsibility is as lead governor for safeguarding. I’m also a member of the enrichment committee and the curriculum and standards committee. I was chair of the local governing body from January 2013 until August 2017.
What do you do when you’re not being a governor?
I have a part-time post as Lecturer in Education Leadership at the University of Manchester. We have three grandchildren, who occupy most of the rest of the week.

What personal contribution do you hope to make to the work of the governing body? I was brought up a mile away, in Netherton, and I believe that I can contribute to my local community. I have experience in teaching, learning and educational leadership.

What are the most important things that Ormiston Forge Academy needs to do during the next year? To continue to improve our results, so that each year they are better than the previous year’s.

What are your hopes for the long-term future of Ormiston Forge Academy? That every family in our community wants their children to come here because they know that they are guaranteed a good education in a safe and friendly environment.

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’.