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Barclay Academy

Barclay Academy

Governance

Barclay Academy is sponsored by Future Academies, a multi-academy trust founded by Lord and Lady Nash with the aim of broadening horizons for young people across the country. Core to Future’s vision is the belief that, with the right support, encouragement and opportunities, there are no limits to what students can achieve.

Future Academies is a charity regulated by the Department for Education and a company limited by guarantee 6543442. Future Academies’ registered address is Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3AT, England.


Governing body

A MAT plays a number of roles in the life of an academy, setting its direction, working with the leadership team to ensure that it provides the best learning environment for the students, and leading the Governing Body. The MAT is responsible for fostering progress in all areas of the academy’s operation, promoting value for money and good use of public funds, and championing the academy in the wider community.

Steven Akers

Steve lives in Stevenage and works in law enforcement. He has been a Governor for 15 years, and chair of Governors for the past 12. His school was rated as Outstanding by OFSTED in October 2017. Steve has experience in all aspects of Governance and has dealt with almost all conceivable situations over the past 15 years. His three sons all attended Barclay Academy, the last left in 2020 for University. 

  • Role: Trust Appointed Governor
  • Date of appointment: 17 December 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Trust Appointed Governor
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Chair of Governors at Woolenwick Infants School
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff: None
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2019/20: 3/3

Ramanjit Kang

Having four years of experience as a secondary Science teacher and Head of Physics at two challenging London schools, Kate has a strong understanding of the life of a secondary school. She now works as a policy advisor in the Department for Education, bringing her experience from the classroom to policy-making. Outside of work she is a keen hiker and enjoys swimming and cycling. She lives locally to the school, and is a frequent visitor to the leisure centre at Phoenix.

  • Role: Trust Appointed Governor
  • Date of appointment: 15 June 2021
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Trust Board
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests:
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions:
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff: 
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2020/21: 1/1

Paul Smith Chair of Governors

Mr. Paul Smith is the CEO of Future Academies and a National Leader of Education (NLE). He is greatly experienced in education, and has served as head teacher of several schools as well as working as an Ofsted inspector and as a Regional Schools Commissioner.

  • Role: Chair of Governors
  • Date of appointment: 1 February 2019
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Governing Board
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Chair of Governors at The Grange Academy and of the Future Academies Primary Local Governing Boards; Governor of Pimlico Academy, Phoenix Academy, Laureate Academy and Future Academies Watford.
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None.
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2019/20: 3/3
  • Address: Future Academies, Lupus Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 3AT

Rachel Stockton

Rachel attended the Barclay School from 1994 - 2001 and has two cousins who are students at the school. Rachel began her career as a barrister before commissioning as an Army officer from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2007. After leaving the Army, Rachel moved to the UAE and worked at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as well as at McKinsey & Company. She emigrated to the US in 2017 and currently works at the intersection of technology and government in Washington D.C..

  • Role: Trust Appointed Governor
  • Date of appointment: 14 June 2021
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Trust Board
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests:
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions:
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff: 
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2020/21: 1/1

Karen Thorman

Previously worked for quite a few international airlines as part of their ticket office teams in London and Heathrow. I was very lucky to be able travel globally. Over the last twenty years been a busy mum juggling three children all now teenagers who are at school, college, and university, whilst being the main carer for my Mum and Dad.  Now I work for HCC as part of the busy operations team over various local Vaccination Centres. Ad hoc administration position including co-ordinating volunteers and ensuring both staff and volunteers adhere to regular Covid 19 LFT tests plus online recording. Online training for GDPR, Data Protection, Prevent and Radicalisation, ICT and information sharing, Equality and Diversity, Introduction to Health and Safety.

For the past three years I am the lead for a youth advocacy project to help young people to be able to achieve away from gang culture, exploitation and to make better decisions with support from a national children’s right charity. Including: - completing CVs in various local schools and community spaces. Giving additional 1:1 mentoring support to young people vulnerable to County Lines. Facilitated a couple of youth nights including table tennis and getting young people off the streets and into a safer environment. Assisting with homelessness issues, accessing benefit claims, mental health, and Bereavement support. 1:1 daily empowerment throughout Covid 19 with a couple of young people who were homeless and now are starting to see they have a future. Volunteer for BiKestorms (five thousand riders) in London for Mac Ferrari and Ambassador Stormzy (an anti- knife campaign) From 2019 -to date. Volunteer for Robert Kasanga, Hackney Wick FC. 32 Borough Cup, helping young people get away from gang culture through Football. August 2019 to date.

  • Role: Parent Governor
  • Date of election: 17 March 2021
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Elected by parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: 
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions:
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff: 
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2019/20: N/A

Peter Webber

  • Role: Parent Governor
  • Date of election: 17 March 2021
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Elected by parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: 
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions:
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff: 
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2019/20: N/A

Julie Willecomme

Julie (She/Her) is a French national who has no personal experience of the British school system, having studied in France where she obtained her Masters in Analytical chemistry in 2001, just before moving to the UK in January 2002.  She has spent her entire career in the Pharmaceutical industry, first as a lab coat wearing scientist before changing direction after a life-changing charity assignment in South Africa in 2014. She now works in change management, communication and engagement and really enjoys networking, working as a team and mentoring / coaching others to help them achieve their full potential. She is curious, likes to ask lots of questions and challenging the status quo.

  • Role: Trust Appointed Governor
  • Date of election: 28 September 2021
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Directors of Future Academies
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: None
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff: None

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