Local Governing Body

Steve Wilson – Chair of Governors – Student Voice Governor

Steve is a Governor on the Board of Coal Clough Academy. His day job is as Headteacher of Pendle Vale College in Nelson for over ten years, which was judged to be ‘Good’ by Ofsted in December 2016. He is also on the Governing Body of Barrowford Primary School and The Alternative School (TAS). He has taught in three Pendle schools, Primet High School in Colne (13 years, 12 as Head of Maths and two as Assistant Headteacher), Mansfield High School in Brierfield (6 years, 5 as Deputy Headteacher and 1 as Acting Headteacher) and 10 years at Pendle Vale College.

Olivia Hart – Health & Safety Governor

Olivia is an Associate Solicitor with over 13 years’ legal experience in the Casualty Claims team having been a trainee with the firm 12 years ago. She represents both private and public sector clients and has experience of defending many types of claims including a wide spectrum of public liability and employer liability claims.  In particular she specialises in education claims from a variety of local authorities and academy trusts.

Olivia regularly gives training sessions to clients on a wide range of subjects recently including the new Highways Code of Practice (the Risk based approach) and how to improve defensibility of claims within the claims portal. She regularly speaks at high profile events including ALARM and provides bespoke client in-house training sessions.

Sally Sagar – SEND Governor

Sally is a Deputy Headteacher of a local high school with over 20 years of experience in the classroom as a science teacher. Sally is a qualified Special Educational Needs Coordinator as well as an experienced Safeguarding Lead. Sally’s passion is to improve students’ wellbeing and life chances through facilitating academic and vocational achievements through curriculum design and excellent teaching and learning.

Carla Hornby – Safeguarding (Secondary) Governor

Carla is the Assistant Headteacher, with a specific responsibility for pastoral care in a local High School.  After graduating with a degree in Psychology, she went on to do a PGCE and has almost 20 years of experience in the classroom, teaching Psychology, Sociology, Religious Studies and PSHE.  She is passionate about education and a firm believer that every child has a talent and is capable of achieving success.  It is the role of the educator to create an environment where students feel safe, valued and inspired to achieve.

Christopher Nutter – Finance & Careers Governor

Christopher is a Civil Servant at the Department for Work and Pensions with over 6 years’ experience working in operational leadership and Business Project roles. Where he led projects on improving the customer journey and complex needs. He has passion for staff wellbeing and inclusion. Christopher is currently studying CMI Level 6 Advanced Management & Leadership in Operational Delivery.

Prior to this Christopher spent 12 years in Hospitality management working across a variety of Business, with a focus on the customer service experience and improving business performance.

Christopher is looking forward to contributing to the school in his role as a Governor, sharing his skills and knowledge to ensure that all pupils achieve their full potential without barriers.

Hayley Walsh – Safeguarding (Primary) & Curriculum Governor

Hayley is an Assistant Principal in a three-form entry Primary school.  She has over 15 years experience working in a variety of educational settings, including alternative provision, SEMH and mainstream schools.  Hayley holds a first class Bachelor of Honours degree in Education and Professional Studies, has successfully completed National Professional Qualification for Headship and is currently working towards a Masters in Education and senior leadership.  Hayley has a passion to ensure no child is left behind.

Abrar Azam – Behaviour Governor

Abrar is an experienced IT Project and Programme Manager with a strong record of delivery for major clients in the public and private sectors. His experience spans across nearly 20 years during which time he has delivered numerous critical technology and business solutions for clients. Abrar holds a BSc Honours degree in Information Systems Engineering. He is enthused to apply his knowledge and skills to support strong school governance allowing pupils to develop and achieve their potential.

Kathryn Arnott-Gent – Personal Development Governor

Kathryn is a university graduate and qualified lecturer, having studied BA (Hons) Social Care (Children & Families) at the University of Manchester and the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) at Bolton University. Kathryn has a wealth of practice experience working predominantly with vulnerable young people, spanning over 25 years, in both Public Services, Social Care and latterly education. Her current position is that of North Coordinator for the Alcohol Education Trust.  A varied role where she has the responsibility of ensuring that all the schools and youth organisations across the North of England have adequate alcohol education available within their organisation or within their PSHE curriculum, Kathryn ensures that staff feel confident by delivering training around the resources. In addition to her role with the Alcohol Education Trust, Kathryn is also a part time lecturer delivering a variety of social care courses around substance misuse and mental health predominantly in the community for vulnerable students, many of whom have not been in the education system for a number of years.

Local Governing Body Information

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Chair of Governors contact details
Name: Steve Wilson
Address: Education Partnership Trust, Pleckgate Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 8QA

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Susannah Berry, Headteacher