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Wycombe High School is part of Wycombe High School Academies Trust (WHSAT).

WHSAT has a Trust Board and Wycombe High School has a Local Governing Body. Wycombe High School is the sole school in the Trust.

The Trust Board and Local Body Governors of Wycombe High School are proud of the opportunities the school offers its students in line with our vision, mission and values.  We want Wycombe High School to be a school where students relish challenge, chase excellence and inspire those around them at every stage of their lives. We build an ambitious and compassionate community of people who contribute eagerly to school life. We provide opportunities which propel our students out of their comfort zone, whilst supporting them at every stage and guiding them towards diverse futures. Our four key values of infectious joy, limitless ambition, insatiable curiosity and generous spirit are integral to all we do.

We are committed to appointing highly dedicated teachers to the school who inspire students with their passion for their specialist subject and who have the interest of every student at heart. Parents and Staff are represented on the Governing Body and work closely with the Headteacher and wider Leadership Group to set the vision, strategy and targets for the school and ensure that the school provides a high quality education via a broad and balanced curriculum. The Trust Board and Local Governing Body offer support and challenge.

Governors recognise that support at home is an essential part of learning for young people. We are always pleased to receive the views of parents and would encourage parents to consider standing for election as Parent Governors when vacancies arise.

You can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome when visiting the school.

Mr David Garmon-Jones
Chairman of Governors


Wycombe High School Academies Trust

Below you will find Financial Statements for Wycombe High School Academies Trust for the last three years (ending 31 August), together with other key documents relating to governance of the Trust and its schools (Wycombe High School and Bourne End Academy).

Governance

Governance

The Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The charitable company’s memorandum and articles of association are the primary governing documents of the Academy Trust. The Trustees of Wycombe High School Academies Trust are also the Directors of the charitable company for the purposes of company law. The charitable company is known as Wycombe High School Academies Trust.

The Trustees retain authority and responsibility for:

·         Compliance with the Master and Supplemental Funding Agreements with the Department for Education (DfE), the Academies Financial Handbook and all statutory regulations and Acts of Parliament governing the operation of the Trust and Trust Schools;

·         Determination of the Admissions Policy and arrangements for the Trust Schools in accordance with admissions law and DfE codes of practice;

·         Determination of the corporate planning, strategy and educational vision of the Trust and Trust Schools, including the Trust Schools’ Development Plans;

·         Agreement of the Trust School’s annual funding in consultation with the Local Governing Bodies;

·         Determination of the Trust’s procurement, finance and reporting policies and procedures;

·         Determination of the Trust’s human resource policies and procedures, terms and conditions of service and pay ranges for all staff;

·         Preparation and approval of the Scheme of Delegation under which the Trust Schools are governed and subsequent amendments.

The Local Governing Body (LGB) has delegated responsibility for implementing the actions required to comply with statutory regulations and the Funding Agreements and the Trust’s policies and procedures, and to manage and expend all monies received for the purposes of the school, less a percentage agreed annually. The LGB is responsible for oversight of the school’s activities, and the responsibilities placed on it via the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation,  and the production and maintenance of the school’s Self Evaluation Form (“SEF”).

The Headteacher is the Trust’s Accounting Officer and is delegated by the Trustees to implement the policies and procedures listed above. The Headteacher reports to the Trust Board and The LGB in accordance and required by with the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation, memorandum and articles of association. The Headteacher is responsible for the leadership and management of the School, the admission of pupils and managing the delegated budget and resources agreed by the LGB. The Headteacher will appoint the school’s senior management team in conjunction with the LGB.

Governors 2019-20

Name

Membership Category

Mrs Sharon Cromie

Headteacher

Local Governing Board

Mr David Garmon-Jones

(Chair of Governors)

Local Governing Board

Mr Colin  Baker

(Vice-Chair of Governors)

Local Governing Board

Mr Mike Dollin

Local Governing Board

Richard Jones

Local Governing Board

Sheila Featherstone-Clark

Local Governing Board

Mrs Tracy Moore

Local Governing Board

Zahir Mohammed

Local Governing Board

Joanna Anderson

Local Governing Board

Gerry O'Hagan

Local Governing Board

The Chair of Governors can be contacted through the School Office.

Clerk to the Governors:  Ms S Yeldham

Governor Pen Portraits

David Garmon-Jones (Chair)

David Garmon-Jones has spent 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry and healthcare. David lives locally in Marlow with his wife Jane. They have two grown up children.

David has recently become Chair of Governors at the school and is keen to make a positive contribution to this high quality school. He is particularly keen to encourage girls to consider a career in the varied and dynamic world of science.

Mr Gerry O’Hagan

Gerry was appointed a governor in October 2012. He is now Chair of Governors and is liaison governor for Safeguarding and Equality and Careers. Gerry is Managing Director of Fairholme Consulting Ltd which provides business advisory services and executive coaching to companies and individuals, specialising in innovation and supply chain management. He acts as an Adviser for Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Scheme, Europe’s leading programme helping businesses improve competitiveness and profitability through better use of the technology and skills that reside within UK Universities. For most of his career Gerry held a variety of global business leadership roles in Diageo plc who he joined as a graduate trainee.

Gerry has a degree in Economics from the University of London, an MBA from the University of Glasgow and is currently studying part-time for a post graduate qualification in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School, part of the University of Reading.  Gerry is a Member of Council at Royal Holloway, University of London and Treasurer of KidsOut a children’s charity.

Mrs Sharon Cromie (Headteacher)

Sharon Cromie was appointed as the Headteacher for Wycombe High in 2009. Since her appointment the school has developed at pace, culminating in its designation by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ in June 2012. Sharon was designated as a National Leader of Education in 2013 and Wycombe High School as a National Support School. Whilst maintaining and improving results at Wycombe High the school has taken a very outward-facing approach, supporting the development of other schools nationally. Prior to joining Wycombe High School, Sharon worked at a range of other schools and colleges and has experience of selective, non-selective, F.E and H.E institutions. Sharon graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with an honours degree in Law and worked as a Management Consultant with Accenture before retraining as a teacher in the early 1990s.

Mr Colin Baker (Vice-Chair)

Colin Baker became a Governor in 1999.  He was educated at St Bede’s College, Manchester and studied law at Manchester University and the College of Law in London, training as a solicitor before retraining as an actor at LAMDA, a profession he has now followed for 47 years. Two of his four daughters attended WHS and he was elected Parent Governor in 1999.  When they left the school, he was asked to stay on as a County appointee and subsequently a Foundation Governor. He chairs the Facilities Committee and is liaison Governor for Drama and Classics.  He was also Governor of his local primary school for twelve years.  For eight years Colin was Chairman of the cot death charity – The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths and until 2016 was Chairman of the Wycombe CCTV Lay Panel, scrutinising the use of CCTV in Wycombe.  He also served on the Council of the actors’ Union – Equity-  for eight years.  He is Hon President of Wycombe Sinfonia and WYSPAS, vice-president of St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital and Patron of Stokenchurch Dog Rescue. Since 1995, he has written a weekly opinion column for the Bucks Free Press which has been anthologised in two books – ‘Look Who’s Talking’ and ‘Second Thoughts’.  His book of short stories ‘Gallimaufry’ was published in 2012.

Mr Mike Dollin

After an international career with BP spanning 33 years, Michael Dollin retired in 1994 and decided that he would like to include school governorship in his activities portfolio, having had active involvement with schools in a variety of countries. When one of his daughters went to Wycombe High School in 1998 he was elected as a Parent Governor and just over a year later was elected Chairman of Governors.  At the end of his 4 year term of office he stood down and was then appointed as a Community Governor and also asked to be the Chairman of a significant Fundraising Campaign to build what is now known as the Wainwright Learning Centre.  Following the recent change of status of the school, Michael is now an appointed Governor and serves on the Finance & Personnel and Facilities Committees. He is the Link Governor for Music.

Mrs Sheila Featherstone-Clark

20 years in the IT industry in a range of roles from technical to sales and marketing including European responsibilities. Companies included major computer manufacturers, a software house and Vice-President of a search engine vendor based in California.  Working in specific industry sectors such as manufacturing, media and retail. Sheila trained to be a teacher in 2003 through the Graduate Teacher programme following up with an MA in Education looking particularly at the impact of Technology on how young people learn.  Currently Head of ICT and Computing at a non-selective independent school, previous schools include a local girl’s grammar school and large comprehensive.  Sheila was previously a parent governor at primary school. She is a Duke of Edinburgh Leader; is married with 2 children; and an active organic gardener with chickens and cats.

Mr Richard Jones

The many and complex issues concerned with people, both at work and at play, have formed the major theme in his career and interests.  In a business context, Richard’s career has largely been in the Human Resources function of large and international organisations – with BP, Lucas Aerospace (now TRW) and, until 2010, with the Bechtel Corporation. Although the businesses and locations have varied widely, the challenges have had much in common – how to motivate people to give of their best. Outside of work, Richard’s interests mostly lie in the development of young people, through scouting, some 12 years as a secondary school governor, Board membership of the Slough YMCA and as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Two major sporting interests are golf and a life-long passion for climbing mountains.

Mrs Tracy Moore

Elected as a parent governor in 2014, Tracy’s professional career began in marketing for Nat West Bank and progressed into the world of television and video production, working for the BBC, Sky and many other UK and International TV Broadcasters. She lived in Spain for 2 years, and ran a sports production company from La Manga during that time. In the last ten years she has worked in Digital Marketing with companies like Volvo, Kraft Foods, Who’s Who Publishing, Telefonica O2, and many other independent SME & Medium size businesses. She now runs her own Marketing consultancy and recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Marketing.  She volunteers in school with the Parents and Friends Association, as well as helping with digital and video communications for the students and their parents.  She’s a passionate advocate of opportunity for all young people as well as the rights and responsibilities that come with those opportunities. She has a daughter at Wycombe High School, a son at John Hampden Grammar School, and her oldest son studies Economics at Loughborough University.

Dr Monica Broscatan

Monica has a broad range of experience in education at different levels. After graduating from Transilvania University of Brasov, she worked as a designer in the furniture manufacturing industry before becoming a University lecturer. She then moved to the UK and obtained a PhD from Brunel University, retraining as a Secondary Education teacher in 2002. Monica has worked as a teacher in selective and non selective secondary schools before moving into the Further Education sector as a Course Leader.

After an extensive education career as a teacher, she decided to change direction by joining the support team at Wycombe High School in 2013, becoming the Technician Manager in 2016. She currently also works as an associate lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University, and is passionate about continuing to improve education at all levels.

Zahir Mohammed

Zahir became a governor in 2017. He’s lived locally virtually all his life and attended local schools. He studied Accountancy and Finance at University then moving on to to train in professional practice with a medium sized firms studying for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales exams.

Zahir currently works in industry for a FTSE 100 company and specialises in VAT.

Zahir also served as a Buckinghamshire County Councillor for a Wycombe division for 12 years and during that time also served as Chairman of the Council. Most notably he served as Cabinet Member for Education responsible for all (235) primary and secondary schools in Buckinghamshire, as well as early years provision and adult learning. During this time he worked for better funding for Buckinghamshire schools.

Zahir is a parent governor. He is on the Facilities, Finance and Personnel committee and liaison governor for geography and business studies.

Joanna Anderson

Joanna is currently Head of Procurement for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). After studying Sports & Fitness Science Joanna found herself studying Procurement and Supply Chain Management.  Qualifying to become a member of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Joanna has spent the past 18 years as a procurement professional spanning both public and private sector organisations including egg plc, Thomson Holidays, Slough Borough Council and Metropolitan Housing Association.

Joanna became a Governor in 2018, is on the Community, Learning and Teaching Committee and liaison governor for Pastoral care, guidance and support.

Hannah Skaanild

Hannah was elected Parent Governor in the summer term 2019.

Having graduated from Emmanuel College Cambridge with a Classics degree, Hannah went on to qualify as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers in London specializing in financial services.

After qualification she joined the BBC and worked in audit, governance and business assurance working across production and business areas. She then became a technical manager for corporate governance and risk for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Hannah spent the next 8 years abroad in Warsaw, Zurich and Amsterdam. During these years she took on the role as an International Editor for the Good Schools Guide.

She returned to the UK in 2016 and has worked in finance most recently as Finance Director for an art business.

Hannah lives locally and has 3 daughters one of whom is a student at WHS.

Karim Bouzidi

Karim Bouzidi was elected as a Parent Governor in June 2019. He is a practicing solicitor/Partner specialising in contractual, intellectual property, and employment disputes, in a leading London Media, Entertainment and Sports firm. Before becoming a lawyer he had my own business in the entertainment industry.

He has a degree in International Relations, Postgraduate diplomas in law and legal practice, and a Masters in Copyright Law. He speaks fluent French (having been educated at the French Lycée in London), and conversational German.

He was President of the Students’ Union and a Trustee of the Mandela Scholarship Fund at Sussex University.  He is an FA qualified football coach.

Karim is the liaison governor for PE and Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

Governor Liaison Groupings 2019-20

SUBJECT/TEAM

SUBJECT/TEAM LEADER

LIAISON GOVERNOR

Archive & GuildDana Morgan

Art

Nina Gadd

Hannah Skaanild

Business Studies,  Economics & Enterprise

Grant Sheehan

Zahir Mohammed

Careers

Penny ChidgeyGerry O'Hagan

Digital Learning/Technology /STEM

Craig Nevard

Ailis Drysdale

Sheila Featherstone-Clark

Drama

Simon Bellars

Colin Baker

English & Literacy

Debra Jewell

Michael Dollin

Geography

Kathryn Egerton

Zahir Mohammed

History & Politics

Grant Sheehan

Richard Jones

Modern Foreign Languages

Raf De Souza

Hannah Skaanild

Latin & ClassicsRobert WalpoleColin Baker

Mathematics & Numeracy

Sophie Cole

Tracy Moore

Most Able

Ailis DrysdaleJoanna Anderson

Music

Arthur Bell

Michael Dollin

Pastoral care, guidance & support

Elizabeth MansirJoanna Anderson

PE

Outdoor & Adventurous Activities

Tasha Saint-Smith (Maternity Cover)

Karim Bouzidi

PSHEE, Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural & British Values

Lesley Woodward

Pupil Premium

Jack RushtonJoanna Anderson

RS

Patrick Mackerras

Richard Jones

Safeguarding & Equality

Sally Jarrett & Elizabeth MansirDavid Garmon-Jones & Jo Anderson
SENDHannah Tipper

Joanna Anderson

Science & Science STEMAilis Drysdale

David Garmon-Jones

Sixth FormSarah EllisJoanna Anderson, David Garmon-Jones & Tracy Moore

Wycombe High School Academies Trust Board Members

 

Mr Stephen Jordan

Chairman for the Board of Trustees

Steve was appointed to the Wycombe High School Academy Trust Board as a Director and Member on its creation in 2014. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees.  He is passionate about education and hopes that the Trust can expand to an optimum size to better serve the educational needs of young people in the High Wycombe area.  He was a member of the governing board at Wycombe High School for over 20 years having been appointed initially as a parent governor.  He served on several committees and was chairman of governors for a couple of years.  His two daughters have both been educated at Wycombe High School.  He is a science graduate of Manchester University and a chartered accountant.  His business career was primarily in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry where he had a variety of international roles.  He was a Vice President and Finance Director at GlaxoSmithKline and is a current trustee of the GSK pension scheme.  He has experience in marketing, sales, R&D, manufacturing, distribution and of course finance.  He was recently appointed to the Audit Committee at Buckinghamshire New University.  Steve has lived in High Wycombe for 30 years.

Mr Gerry O’Hagan 

Gerry was appointed a governor in October 2012. He is now Chairman of Governors and is liaison governor for the English Department and Careers. Gerry is Managing Director of Fairholme Consulting Ltd which provides business advisory services and executive coaching to companies and individuals, specialising in innovation and supply chain management. He acts as an Adviser for Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Scheme, Europe’s leading programme helping businesses improve competitiveness and profitability through better use of the technology and skills that reside within UK Universities. For most of his career Gerry held a variety of global business leadership roles in Diageo plc who he joined as a graduate trainee.

Gerry has a degree in Economics from the University of London, an MBA from the University of Glasgow and is currently studying part-time for a post graduate qualification in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School, part of the University of Reading.  Gerry is a Member of Council at Royal Holloway, University of London and Treasurer of KidsOut a children’s charity.

Mrs Sharon Cromie (Headteacher)

Sharon Cromie was appointed as the Headteacher for Wycombe High in 2009. Since her appointment the school has developed at pace, culminating in its designation by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ in June 2012. Sharon was designated as a National Leader of Education in 2013 and Wycombe High School as a National Support School. Whilst maintaining and improving results at Wycombe High the school has taken a very outward-facing approach, supporting the development of other schools nationally. Prior to joining Wycombe High School, Sharon worked at a range of other schools and colleges and has experience of selective, non-selective, F.E and H.E institutions. Sharon graduated from Queen’s University Belfast with an honours degree in Law and worked as a Management Consultant with Accenture before retraining as a teacher in the early 1990s.

Mr Malcolm Peckham

Malcolm served on the Council of Keele University 2004-2014 having graduated from the University in 1969 in Economics and History with the Certificate of Education. He was appointed Deputy Pro Chancellor/Deputy Chair of Council in 2008 and Pro Chancellor/Chair of Council in 2012.  After a period of training as an accountant with the Milk Marketing Board he taught in secondary modern , technical ,comprehensive ,grammar schools and an FE college before entering education administration. He held senior posts in Buckinghamshire and Croydon before being invited to establish the new LEA In the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, a post he held with great distinction for 9 years until retirement.

Since that time he has provided consultancy across England and Wales whilst retaining numerous interests in local educational matters. He recently stepped down from Chairing the Wycombe and Marlow Teaching Schools Alliance.  He is a trustee of the Wycombe Child Contact Centre and a trustee and governor at the London School of Theology where he does some teaching.  Malcolm recently retired as a Magistrate after 22 years service, latterly sitting in West London Magistrates Courts and the Crown Court in Isleworth.

Mr Colin Baker  

Colin Baker became a Governor in 1999.  He was educated at St Bede’s College, Manchester and studied law at Manchester University and the College of Law in London, training as a solicitor before retraining as an actor at LAMDA, a profession he has now followed for 47 years. Two of his four daughters attended WHS and he was elected Parent Governor in 1999.  When they left the school, he was asked to stay on as a County appointee and subsequently a Foundation Governor. He chairs the Facilities Committee and is liaison Governor for Drama and Classics.  He was also Governor of his local primary school for twelve years.  For eight years Colin was Chairman of the cot death charity – The Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths and until 2016 was Chairman of the Wycombe CCTV Lay Panel, scrutinising the use of CCTV in Wycombe.  He also served on the Council of the actors’ Union – Equity-  for eight years.  He is Hon President of Wycombe Sinfonia and WYSPAS, vice-president of St Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital and Patron of Stokenchurch Dog Rescue. Since 1995, he has written a weekly opinion column for the Bucks Free Press which has been anthologised in two books – ‘Look Who’s Talking’ and ‘Second Thoughts’.  His book of short stories ‘Gallimaufry’ was published in 2012.

Mr Mike Dollin

After an international career with BP spanning 33 years, Michael Dollin retired in 1994 and decided that he would like to include school governorship in his activities portfolio, having had active involvement with schools in a variety of countries. When one of his daughters went to Wycombe High School in 1998 he was elected as a Parent Governor and just over a year later was elected Chairman of Governors.  At the end of his 4 year term of office he stood down and was then appointed as a Community Governor and also asked to be the Chairman of a significant Fundraising Campaign to build what is now known as the Wainwright Learning Centre.  Following the recent change of status of the school, Michael is now an appointed Governor and serves on the Finance & Personnel and Facilities Committees. He is the Link Governor for Music.

Mr Richard Jones

The many and complex issues concerned with people, both at work and at play, have formed the major theme in his career and interests.  In a business context, Richard’s career has largely been in the Human Resources function of large and international organisations – with BP, Lucas Aerospace (now TRW) and, until 2010, with the Bechtel Corporation. Although the businesses and locations have varied widely, the challenges have had much in common – how to motivate people to give of their best. Outside of work, Richard’s interests mostly lie in the development of young people, through scouting, some 12 years as a secondary school governor, Board membership of the Slough YMCA and as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Two major sporting interests are golf and a life-long passion for climbing mountains.