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Wycombe High School is part of Wycombe High School Academies Trust (WHSAT), an educational trust led by Wycombe High School to promote high academic standards for its schools.

The Governors of Wycombe High School are proud of the opportunities the school offers its students to develop the values and skills essential for their future.  Our aim is that all students achieve their full academic potential whilst developing the personal qualities of initiative, self-confidence and a lifelong love of learning.

To achieve these goals 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 Head Teacher and wider Leadership Group to set the aims and targets for the school and ensure that the school provides a broad and balanced curriculum.

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 Gerry O'Hagan
Chair 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 Executive Headteacher, who is the Trust’s Accounting Officer, is delegated by the Trustees to implement the policies and procedures listed above. The Headteacher of each Trust school reports directly to the Executive Headteacher (who is also the Headteacher of Wycombe High School).

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 production and maintenance of the school’s Self Evaluation Form (“SEF”).

The Headteacher at each school 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 and their Committees

Name

Membership Category

 

Mrs Sharon Cromie

Headteacher

 

Community, Learning & Teaching Committee

Facilities, Finance & Personnel Committee

 

Mr Gerry O’Hagan

(Chair of Governors)

Community, Learning & Teaching Committee

Facilities, Finance & Personnel Committee

Mr Colin  Baker

(Vice-Chair of Governors)

(Vice-Chair of FF&P)

Facilities, Finance & Personnel Committee

Mr Mike Dollin

Facilities, Finance & Personnel Committee

Mr Richard Jones

(Chair of FF&P)

Facilities, Finance & Personnel Committee

Mrs Sheila Featherstone-Clark

(Chair of CLT)

Community, Learning & Teaching Committee

Mrs Tracy Moore

Community, Learning & Teaching Committee

Mr Simon Garrett

 Facilities, Finance & Personnel Committee

Dr Monica Broscatan

Facilities, Finance & Personnel Committee

Zahir Mohammed

Facilities, Finance & Personnel Committee

Priya Atwal

Community, Learning & Teaching Committee

James Tutt

Community, Learning & Teaching Committee

Joanna Anderson

Community, Learning & Teaching Committee

David Garmon- Jones

Facilities, Finance & Personnel Committee

 

 

 

 

 

Clerk to the Governors:  Mrs Julie Jarrott

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

Staff Discipline Committee:

  • Mr G O'Hagan
  • Mr C Baker
  • Mr M Dollin
  • Mr R Jones

Any three Governors from the above list 

Staff Dismissal Appeals Committee

  • Mr G O'Hagan

Any two Governors from the Staff Discipline Committee list who were not on the Staff Discipline Committee under appeal.

Pupil Discipline Committee:

  • Mr G O'Hagan
  • Mr M Dollin
  • Mr R Jones

Governors 2018-19

 

Mr Gerry O’Hagan (Chair)

 

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.

Mr Simon Garrett

Simon had two daughters (twins) who attended WHS, was elected a parent governor in 2016 and sits on the Facilities, Finance and Personnel committee.  He is the MD of X-Venture Global Risk Solutions which is a safety and security consultancy specialising in advising organisers of large high profile events around the world.  After a military career he joined P&O as a security consultant and then moved to Earls Court Exhibition Centre as Operations Director.  During this time he gained a masters degree in management practice and a post graduate level diploma in occupational safety and health.  Simon continued with his military activities in the Army Reserve retiring with the rank of Colonel in 2014.  Simon and his wife Kitty have been involved in school activities for a number of years through PAFA.

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.

Priya Atwal

Priya Atwal is a current Knowledge Exchange Fellow at TORCH (2017-18). She recently completed a DPhil in History, entitled: 'Between the Courts of Lahore and Windsor: Anglo-Indian relations and the re-making of royalty in the nineteenth century', and is currently working on developing this research further for a book project, alongside her KE work with Oxford's History Faculty and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum.

Priya has long been interested in exploring the history of the British Raj and the British Asian community, and is committed to making historical research more accessible and engaging for the public. She has experience working on TV documentaries, and school and museum heritage projects, as well as contributing to academic outreach projects for prospective undergraduate applicants.

James Tutt

James studied History at Bristol University and has spent the last 25 years in the technology industry - primarily in the field of public relations.  Currently the Director of Corporate Communications at Microsoft UK, he takes a keen interest in the impact on the economy and society of powerful new technologies.   This interest also includes achieving a better gender balance in all these areas.  

James has a daughter in Year 11 at Wycombe High as well as two sons at the Royal Grammar School High Wycombe, also in Year 11.  He was elected a parent governor in 2018.

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.

David Garmon-Jones

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 a governor 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.

Governor Liaison Groupings 2018 - 2019

SUBJECT/TEAM

SUBJECT/TEAM LEADER

LIAISON GOVERNOR

Archive & GuildDana Morgan 

Art

Lesley Woodward

Colin Baker

Business Studies,  Economics & Enterprise 

Abigail Jones

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 

Jack Rushton

Richard Jones

Modern Foreign Languages 

Latin & Classics

Camilla Lahmanes

Robert Walpole 

Colin 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 

Vicki Williams

Tasha Saint-Smith

 

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

Lesley Woodward

James Tutt

Psychology, Sociology & CitizenshipAbigail JonesRichard Jones

Pupil Premium

Jack Rushton Joanna Anderson

RS 

Patrick Mackerras

Richard Jones

Safeguarding & Equality

Sally Jarrett & Elizabeth Mansir Gerry O'Hagan
SENDHannah Tipper

Joanna Anderson

Science & Science STEMAilis Drysdale

David Garmon-Jones

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

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.

99%

of students gain 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including Maths and English