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Wycombe High School is part of Wycombe High School Academies Trust.

Wycombe High School Academies Trust has a Trust Board and Wycombe High School is the sole school in the Trust.

Wycombe High School had, until recently, a Trust Board and a Local Governing Body. These have been combined to simplify our governance structure, particularly as we anticipate being a single school trust for the foreseeable future.  This means that people on both original boards have been combined and the Local Governing Body is no longer in existence.

The Trustees 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 are represented on the Trust Board and staff routinely attend our meetings. We 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 offer support and challenge.

Trustees 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 Trustees when vacancies arise.

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

Mr David Garmon-Jones
Chair of the Trust Board


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.

The Chair of the Trust Board can be contacted through the School Office at office@whs.bucks.sch.uk

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 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 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 Trust Board. The Headteacher will appoint the school’s senior management team in conjunction with the Trust Board.

Trustees 2020-21

Name

 

Mrs Sharon Cromie, Headteacher

 

Mr David Garmon-Jones, (Chair)                                                  

 

Mr Stephen Jordan, (Vice-Chair)

 

Mr Colin  Baker

 

Mr Mike Dollin

 

Mr Richard Jones

 

Mrs Sheila Featherstone-Clark               

 

Mr Zahir Mohammed

 

Mrs Joanna Anderson

 

Mr Gerry O'Hagan

 

Mrs Hannah Skaanild

 

Mr Karim Bouzidi

 

Mrs Jenny Ricketts

 

The Chair of Trustees can be contacted through the School Office at office@whs.bucks.sch.uk

WHSAT Trustees

 

Mr David Garmon-Jones - Chair for the Board of Trustees

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 for the Board of Trustee 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 Stephen Jordan - Vice-Chair 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 supporting 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 was a trustee of the GSK pension scheme.  He is a member of 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. 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 

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.

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

Jenny Ricketts

With over 30 years of healthcare experience, Jenny is currently the Managing Director for Wycombe Hospital, Buckinghamshire NHS Trust. After qualifying as a nurse in 1986, she spent eight years in America specialising in Critical Care. She returned back to the UK to continue her career, working in a variety of different organisations. She remains passionate about making a difference and ensuring that patients receive the best and safest care possible. She is committed to supporting and developing the workforce and creating high performing teams.

Jenny lives locally and has three children - one of whom is a student at WHS. She was appointed a governor in May 2020 and has a  particular interest in safeguarding.