Waterhead Academy

Local Academy Board

What do our Governors do?

The governors’ role is not about fund-raising, neither is it about cheer-leading for the school – though governors might do both those things. School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the headteacher and are involved in the appointment of other staff. In some schools the site is owned by the governing body. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the head teacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The Principal is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

Calendar of Meetings
Waterhead Academy Local Governing Body
Chair: Mr Gordon Leach; 529 Huddersfield Road, Lees, Oldham. OL4 3NY
Governors Register of Interests
Terms of Reference for Committees
Scheme of Delegation for Local Academy Board Members

More information about the role of the governing body can be found in the Scheme of Delegation.

Who are our current Governors?


Name Category


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How appointed Term of office
Start Date End Date
Mr Gordon Leach Chair of Governors 
Appointed by Trust 10/12/2019 09/12/2023
Mr Darren Lyon Principal Ex-officio 01/06/2020 On resignation
Mr Nick Middleton Governor Appointed by Trust 22/09/2020 21/09/2024
Mr Tariq Rafique Governor Appointed by Trust 22/09/2020 21/09/2024
Dr John Anchor Governor Appointed by Trust 22/09/2020 21/09/2024
Mr Amir Khan Staff Governor Elected by school staff 12/01/2019 30/11/2023
Mr David Long Staff Governor Elected by school staff 18/09/2020 17/09/2024
Mr Doug King Governor Appointed by Trust 11/02/2021 10/02/2025
Vacancy Parent Governor   Elected by school parents
Vacancy Parent Governor   Elected by school parents

 LAB members that have resigned 2019-2020 :

Shauna Dixon

Jayne Clarke

Phil Dennis

Kelly Eyres

Business Interest


Name Current Employer Directorship
Other employment
Governor at other educational institutions & charities
Investment in limited company or other business Material business interests arising from close family relationships Close family contacts with other Directors/
Governors or Trust Employees
Mr Gordon Leach Self-Employed SIP with SPA None None None None
Mr Darren Lyon Waterhead Academy None None None None
Mr Nick Middleton Oldham College None None None None
Mr Tariq Rafique Alpha Fostering Agency Oldham Community Leisure None None S Bano - Teacher
Dr John Anchor The University of Huddersfield None None None Prof Tim Thornton is a Trustee
Mr Amir Khan Waterhead Academy None None None None
Mr David Long Waterhead Academy None None None None
Mr Doug King Assistant Principal - Oldham  6th Form College None None None None



Name 2020-21 (To date)
Attended  Possible
Mr Gordon Leach 1 1
Mr Darren Lyon 1 1
Mr Nick Middleton 1 1
Mr Tariq Rafique 0 1
Dr John Anchor 1 1
Mr Amir Khan 1 1
Mr David Long 1 1
Mr Doug King 0 0

Previous Years' Attendance 

Standards Sub-Committee - Structure and Roles

Standards Committee Terms of Reference

Name Role
Mr Gordon Leach Chair
Mr Nick Middleton Vice-Chair
Mr Doug King
Mr Darren Lyon Principal


Meetings schedule and Minutes of meetings

Local Academy Board Meetings (2020-21)

Date Venue Time Minutes
09-07-2020 Virtual Meeting 4:30pm
08-10-2020 Virtual Meeting 4:30pm
11-02-2021 Virtual Meeting 4:30pm
08-07-2021* TBC 4:30pm

* - This date is likely to change. 

Standards Committee Meetings (2020-21)

Date Venue Time Minutes
10-12-2020 Virtual Meeting 5.00pm
11-03-2021 TBC 5.00pm
10-06-2021 TBC 5.00pm

How to become a governor

If you are interested in becoming a governor, please call the Academy for further information. 

Before you put yourself forward, please talk to your employer. Many employers recognise the role of school governor as useful work experience and may offer paid leave as part of their initiative to give back to the community.