Governance

Governance Structure

St Martin’s is part of the North West Academies Trust. The school operates a Local Governing Board which is made up of the following people:

Local Governing Board
Chair: Kay Cook
Kate Vaughan
Lesley Appleton
Adrian Walmsley
Neil Eccles
Helen White
Wenda Smith – Head of School

We operate the following subcommittees:

Education and Mission
Chair: Lesley Appleton
Kate Vaughan
Helen Bulkeley
Wenda Smith – Head of School
Teacher representative

Finance and Premises
Chair: Adrian Walmsley
Steve Docking
Kay Cook
Neil Eccles
Wenda Smith – Head of School

We also operate an Audit Committee, which is made up of the Chair of Governors and the Chair of each subcommittee, plus one other Governor from each committee. This committee meets a minimum of twice each year.

Other committees are formed as and when required from the governing body to manage other aspects of the school’s work. The governing body offers challenge and support in equal measure to ensure that St Martin’s maintains high performance in all areas and offers children a great learning experience.

Contact: admin@stmartinsacademychester.co.uk

Register of Interests

Name Of Governor/DirectorDate Appointed
Expiry date
Register of interests
Kay Cook (Chair)
12/11/1212/11/20Kay is a Director and shareholder in Quality Solicitors Oliver and Co, Chester.
Lesley Appleton
31/7/1431/7/22None
Kate Vaughan
31/7/1431/7/22Kate is also a governor at another local school.
Adrian Walmsley
1/9/131/9/21Adrian is a member of Council at the University of Chester and also at the Countess of Chester NHS Trust. He is Director of North West Academies Trust, of Avenue Services Ltd, Chester and of Sustainable Blacon Ltd, Chester.
Wenda Smith
Head of School
1/4/13N/AWenda lives with Steve Docking and they have two children.
Neil Eccles (Parent Governor)


29/11/1629/11/20None
Helen White (Parent Governor)29/11/1629/11/20None

 

Financial Policies

In addition to the polices published on our website, the Academy carries the following financial policies all of which are compliant with the Academies Handbook.

  • Manual of Internal Financial Control
  • Procurement Policy
  • Risk Register
  • Delegated Budgetary Control
  • Internal Control assessment
  • Pay Policy
  • Risk management Policy

Write off policy

NWAT Terms of Office and Register of Interests

Contact details: Mr Steve Docking, The Coach House, Union Street, Chester, CH1 1QP. Tel: 01244 566167.

The trust is a charitable body offering advice, support, expertise and a strategic overview to several academies in Cheshire and Shropshire.

 

Name of DirectorRegister of Interests
Steve DockingSteve was headteacher at Delamere C of E Academy until 2018. He is a director at St Martin’s Academy Chester (Appointed 5/9/2012) and is also CEO of The North West Academies Trust, a multi-academy sponsor (from 20/1/2014) and a Director of ACT Education, an educational advisory company (from 1/8/2010). Steve also lives with Wenda Smith, Head of School at St Martin’s Academy, and they have two children.
Michael ForberMichael Forber is the Executive Headteacher of Somerville Federation and has a genuine working knowledge of improving outcomes for children. In his own educational career he has removed two schools from OFSTED categories and been praised by the DFE twice for raising attainment and achievement in schools which had previously been at the lowest possible level. He is an experienced Nursery and Primary School Headteacher able to support the governors with school leadership and management knowledge.
Adrian WalmsleyAdrian is a former member of Cheshire West and Chester Council, where he was Chairman of its Licensing Committee. He was a council representative at the University of Chester and also at the Countess of Chester NHS Trust. He is a Governor at The Queen's School, Chester, Upton-by-Chester High School and St Martin's Academy, Chester.
Iain ColledgeIain is a Director of World Academies, a company dedicated to international school start-ups and development. He has been in leadership roles in four British international schools and in each he has significantly improved the quality of education and grown the school beyond expectations. He has been a governor in a state primary school and carried out various consultancy roles to improve school standards and develop leadership and management in primary and secondary schools.
Brendan WignallBrendan Wignall is Headmaster at Ellesmere College, a co-educational boarding and day school for pupils between the ages of 7-18. Brendan is also Chair of Governors at St Martin's Academy; Chair of the national dyslexia accreditation charity, CReSTeD; and serves on the Membership and Finance committees of HMC, the leading association for independent school heads and principals.
Name of DirectorRegister of Interests
Steve DockingSteve is former Headteacher at Delamere C of E Academy, is a director at St Martin’s Academy Chester (Appointed 5/9/2012) and is also CEO of The North West Academies Trust, a multi-academy sponsor (from 20/1/2014) and a Director of ACT Education, an educational advisory company (from 1/8/2010). Steve also lives with Wenda Smith, Head of School at St Martin’s Academy, and they have two children.
Michael ForberMichael Forber is the Executive Headteacher of Somerville Federation and has a genuine working knowledge of improving outcomes for children. In his own educational career he has removed two schools from OFSTED categories and been praised by the DFE twice for raising attainment and achievement in schools which had previously been at the lowest possible level. He is an experienced Nursery and Primary School Headteacher able to support the governors with school leadership and management knowledge.
Adrian WalmsleyAdrian is a former member of Cheshire West and Chester Council, where he was Chairman of its Licensing Committee. He was a council representative at the University of Chester and also at the Countess of Chester NHS Trust. He is a Governor at The Queen's School, Chester, Upton-by-Chester High School and St Martin's Academy, Chester.
Iain ColledgeIain is a Director of World Academies, a company dedicated to international school start-ups and development. He has been in leadership roles in four British international schools and in each he has significantly improved the quality of education and grown the school beyond expectations. He has been a governor in a state primary school and carried out various consultancy roles to improve school standards and develop leadership and management in primary and secondary schools.
Brendan WignallBrendan Wignall is Headmaster at Ellesmere College, a co-educational boarding and day school for pupils between the ages of 7-18. Brendan is also Chair of Governors at St Martin's Academy; Chair of the national dyslexia accreditation charity, CReSTeD; and serves on the Membership and Finance committees of HMC, the leading association for independent school heads and principals.

Accounts – NWAT limited

All academies have to produce audited accounts which must be submitted to the EFA and displayed on the school’s website. Our auditors are Hacker Young, Chester.

  • Wenda Smith

    Head of School

  • Emma Boynton

    Senior Teacher & Director of Pastoral Care

  • Danielle Lester

    Class Teacher (KS2)

  • Shona Valentine

    Director of Sport

  • Alice McMahon

    Assistant Teacher & Playworker

  • Nicola Bebbington

    Assistant Teacher & ELSA

  • Leah Dodd

    Class Teacher (KS2)

  • Marcus Walker

    Assistant Teacher (KS2)

  • Nicola Stansfield

    Administrative Assistant

  • Elizabeth O’Donoghue

    KS1 Lead Practitioner & SLE

  • Laura Thombs

    Assistant Teacher & EYT

  • Alexandra Pourghorban

    Class Teacher (KS1)

  • Elie Bowler

    EYFS Lead Practitioner & SLE

  • Bob Williams

    Caretaker

  • Sam Thomas

    Assistant Teacher & Playworker

  • Steve Fernyhough

    Head Chef

  • Adam Williams

    Catering Assistant

  • Sophie Brown

    Playworker

  • Louise Dunkerley

    Office Manager

  • Sarah Wynne

    Assistant Teacher & ELSA

  • Sarah Leese

    Office Manager

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  • Wenda Smith

    Head of School

    Best quote you ever read?

    The standard you walk by is the standard you accept.

     

    The world would be better without?

    Marzipan always spoils a great cake.

     

    Ideal holiday destination?

    Anywhere with great food, hot weather and good company.

  • Emma Boynton

    Senior Teacher & Director of Pastoral Care

    I’m inspired by..?

    Everyone I work with.

     

    Claim to fame?

    I once performed with Wayne Sleep.

     

    Random fact?

    I am distantly related to Catherine Zeta Jones.

  • Danielle Lester

    Class Teacher (KS2)

    Best advice you have ever received?

    Do what makes you happy.

     

    I’m inspired by..?

    My family.

     

    I’m baffled by…?

    Space / The Universe / where is the end of space / is there even an end / are there people living in another universe?

  • Shona Valentine

    Director of Sport

    When I’m not working, you’ll find me…?

    Playing sport or sleeping.

     

    The world would be better without…..?

    Mushrooms.

     

    Ideal holiday destination?

    Disney.

  • Alice McMahon

    Assistant Teacher & Playworker

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Being selected to run for England.

     

    Best quote you ever read?

    Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.

     

    Claim to fame?

    I ran against Jess Ennis-Hill.

  • Nicola Bebbington

    Assistant Teacher & ELSA

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Swimming the Dee Mile – when I didn’t believe I could!

     

    Best advice you have ever received?

    ‘Bebbingtons don’t give up’ from Adam Bebbington.

     

    Random fact?

    I’m a master slinky untangler!!

  • Leah Dodd

    Class Teacher (KS2)

    The world would be better without?

    Mosquitos.

     

    What couldn’t you live without?

    Family.

     

    Guilty pleasure?

    KFC gravy with tomato sauce!

  • Marcus Walker

    Assistant Teacher (KS2)

    Football Team?

    Huddersfield Town FC

     

    Perfect Car?

    Any Alfa Romeo

     

    Random Fact.

    I played for Huddersfield Town FC when I was 18.

  • Nicola Stansfield

    Administrative Assistant

    Favourite movie?

    I actually really like ‘Tangled’.

     

    What is your greatest achievement?

    My children.

     

    Guilty pleasure?

    Nutella – straight out of the jar!

  • Elizabeth O’Donoghue

    KS1 Lead Practitioner & SLE

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Buying my own house!

     

    What you couldn’t live without.

    Zara & Sunday lunch with friends.

     

    Random Fact.

    I climbed Mt Toubkal (Atlas Mountains) for Easter!

  • Laura Thombs

    Assistant Teacher & EYT

    Best quote you ever read?

    Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein.

     

    Favourite movie?

    Ferris Buller’s Day Off

     

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Completing the London Marathon

  • Alexandra Pourghorban

    Class Teacher (KS1)

    Best advice you have ever received?

    Stay positive, work hard, make it happen.

     

    Best quote you ever read?

    You can’t expect to be old and wise if you never were young and crazy.

     

    Guilty pleasure?

    Pistachio ice cream.

  • Elie Bowler

    EYFS Lead Practitioner & SLE

    Best song you ever heard?

    Drops of Jupiter

     

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Climbing Sydney harbour bridge was pretty great.

     

    I’m inspired by?

    The Lonely Planet guides

  • Bob Williams

    Caretaker

    Best song you ever heard?

    ‘Naive’ by The Kooks.

     

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Marrying the love of my life and bring up two sons who are taller than me.

     

    Random fact?

    I accidentally killed my sons pet Hamster 🙁

  • Sam Thomas

    Assistant Teacher & Playworker

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Being my little sister’s father figure.

     

    Claim to fame?

    Playing Fagin in my Year 6 play of Oliver Twist.

     

    Random fact?

    One of my first words was ‘telecommunication tower’.

  • Steve Fernyhough

    Head Chef

    Best song you ever heard?

    John Lennon, Imagine.

     

    What’s your greatest achievement?

    Completing a half ironman distance triathlon.

     

    Best quote you ever heard?

    ‘It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward’ Rocky Balboa.

  • Adam Williams

    Catering Assistant

    When I’m not working, you’ll find me?

    Writing songs.

     

    Ideal holiday destination?

    The Amazon.

     

    Random fact?

    I have perfect colour perception.

  • Sophie Brown

    Playworker

    Best song you ever heard?

    At Last – Etta James.

     

    Perfect car?

    A big orange Jeep.

     

    Guilty pleasure?

    High School Musical singalongs.

  • Louise Dunkerley

    Office Manager

    Claim to fame? 

    I was an extra on Coronation Street.

     

    Random fact?

    I climbed Table Mountain as I was too scared to ride the cable car.

     

    I am baffled by?

    Teenage minds!

  • Sarah Wynne

    Assistant Teacher & ELSA

    Best quote you ever read?

    Without the rain there would be no rainbow.

     

    I’m inspired by?

    My children.

     

    Claim to fame?

    Founding member of the University of Birmingham ‘s Battered Sausage Appreciation Society (which no longer exists!)

  • Sarah Leese

    Office Manager

    Football team?

    Newton Athletics, because my son plays for them.

     

    I’m inspired by?

    Rosie & Barry Leese OBE.

     

    Random fact?

    I went on Cilla Black’s Blind Date…as a reserve 🙂