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Governing Body

Halewood Academy is part of the Wade Deacon Trust family of schools - the Trust's website can be found HERE

My name is Derek Darlington and I’m chair of governors here at Halewood Academy . I have lived in Knowsley for nearly 40 years whilst teaching for almost 42 years in the secondary sector in Liverpool. Being a governor is a very tough and demanding unpaid job. As governors we have 3 core responsibilities namely a) ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction b) holding leaders to account and c) overseeing financial performance and ensuring money is well spent.

It involves attending meetings, reading materials in preparation for those meetings, holding school leaders to account and supporting events held throughout the year.

Halewood Academy Governors

Co-opted Governor - Mr D Darlington (Chair)

Co-opted Governor – Miss J Brown (Vice Chair)

Co-Opted Governor - Rachael Smith

Co-opted Governor - David Hughes

Parent Governor - Mrs S Stanley 

Principal - Mr G Evans
Teaching Staff Governor - Miss J Gallagher
Non Teaching Staff Governor - Mrs F Campbell

Minutes of Governing Body & Governor Committee minutes are available on request from Mrs Dianne Chambers, Operations Manager. 

Governance Arrangements

Our Governors

Derek Darlington (Chair) - Derek is a retired teacher who worked in a Liverpool school with over 40 years experience in education.

Gary Evans (Principal) - Gary went to school and college in Knowsley.  He studied French Studies and his PGCE at Portsmouth University.  He then lived and taught in France.  He has worked in 4 schools in the North West since 1996 as a teacher of Languages, Head of Year, Head of Department, Assistant Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher.

Juliet Brown (Vice Chair) - Juliet is a Lead Principal for the Wade Deacon Trust.  She has worked in education for over 20 years.

Suzanne Stanley - Suzanne is a full time carer, previously having worked in the insurance and travel industries.

Josie Gallagher - Josie Gallagher is a teacher governor. She has worked in the performing arts industry for over 20 years. She has worked in education for 19 years working in a FE college in Wirral and a secondary school.

Fran Campbell - Fran has lived and worked in Knowsley all her life.  For the last 20 years she has been at Halewood supporting students who have experienced difficulties in their lives.