Governor visits

Our Governors often visit to see the children at work, and how they benefit from the positive changes implemented since we became Oak View Academy in 2014.

They chat with the pupils and meet with the school council to discuss ways to make the learning experience even better.

As a result, the school has purchased some additional play equipment for both the Junior and Infant playgrounds.

Governor roles

We have a Local School Board which has replaced the Governing Body and which has the power to monitor the role of the Academy at an operational day-to-day level and review:

  • The management and organisation of the Academy
  • The implementation of the decisions of the Board and the Executive Headteacher.
  • Performance in relation to targets and standards approved by the Board
  • The implementation of policies monitoring student welfare and behaviour
  • The implementation of policies approved by the Board
  • The implementation of all extended school activities.

The School Board will report to NWAT on decisions and will also provide advice and make recommendations to them on issues.

Our School Board representatives are:

Mrs Vicki Ratchford (Chair)

Mr Julian Halstead (Vice Chair)

Mrs Fiona Whittaker (Executive Headteacher)

Mr Richard Clark (Deputy Headteacher)

Mrs Christine Clark (Parent)

Mr Ben Record (Parent)

Councillor Michael Baynham

A representative from North West Academies Trust attends every meeting.


Attendance register 15-16

Terms of Office & Register of Interests

North West Academies Trust

The school has been part of North West Academies Trust since its conversion on 1st April 2014.

Contact details: Mr Steve Docking, The Coach House, Union Street, Chester, CH1 1QP Tel: 01244 566167.

The trust is a charitable body offering advice, support, expertise and a strategic overview to several academies in Cheshire.

North West Academies Trust Board

Name of DirectorRegister of Interests
Steve Docking (CEO)Steve is a director at St Martin’s Academy Chester (Appointed 5/9/2012) and is also CEO of The North West Academies Trust, a multi-academy sponsor (from 20/1/2014) and a Director of ACT Education, an educational advisory company (from 1/8/2010). Steve also lives with Wenda Smith, Head of School at St Martin’s Academy, and they have two children.
Michael Forber (Vice chair)Michael Forber is the Executive Headteacher of Somerville Federation and Nursery School.
Adrian WalmsleyAdrian is a Governor at The Queen's School, Chester, Upton-by-Chester High School and St Martin's Academy, Chester.
Brendan Wignall (Chair)Brendan Wignall is Headmaster at Ellesmere College, Shropshire.

Oak View Academy Local School Board

NameDate appointed & term of officeRegister of Interests
Vicki Ratchford (Chair)1.9.15 - 4 yearsVicki is a retired Maths teacher and Secondary school Headteacher from the Chester Catholic High School.
Julian Halstead (Vice Chair)1.3.15 - 4 yearsJulian has extensive business experience across many disciplines. He has led departments of up to 100 people and inspired many to broaden and develop their skills base, and coached people who were trainees, through to senior management. He is an excellent presenter and communicator and believes in getting quickly to the point, simplifying it, and saying it like it is. His no nonsense, yet approachable style, leads many to ask for his advice, support and mentoring.
Ben Record 22.10.18- 4 yearsBen is a parent of two children in the school and works for an Educational Supply Staffing Company.
Christine Clark22.10.18 - 4 yearsChristine is a parent of three children in the school and is Director of Sales at Wychwood Park Hotel and Golf Club.
Councillor Michael Baynham30.9.15 - 4 yearsMichael is a conservative councillor for the Winsford Over and Verdin Ward.
Fiona Whittaker (Executive Headteacher)1.4.14None
Richard Clark (Vice Principal)1.4.14None
Michael Forber (NWAT)1.4.14Michael is the Executive Headteacher of the Somerville Federation on the Wirral. He is also the Education Director of The North West Academies Trust.


NWAT attendance register 15-16

NWAT Attendance Reg 2016-17

NWAT Attendance Reg 2017-18

Accounts – NWAT limited

All academies have to produce audited accounts which must be submitted to the EFA and displayed on the school’s website. Our auditors are White and Co, Manchester.


NWAT – 2016 Final Accounts 

NWAT Ltd -2017 – final accounts

NWAT Funding Agreement 2017


Oak View 17-18 funding Statement