Whitby's Lane, Winsford, CW7 2LZ

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) vicki.ratchford@oak-view-academy.co.uk

Mr Julian Halstead (Vice Chair) julian.halstead@oak-view-academy.co.uk

Ms Fiona Whittaker (Executive Headteacher) fiona.whittaker@oak-view-academy.co.uk

Mrs Emma McCracken (Parent) Emma.mccracken@oak-view-academy.co.uk

Mrs Karen Cocker (Parent) karen.cocker@oak-view-academy.co.uk

Mrs Sandra Challinor Sandra.challinor@oak-view-academy.co.uk

Councillor Michael Baynham michael.baynham@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Mr Mike Lloyd mike.lloyd@oak-view-academy.co.uk

A representative from North West Academies Trust attends every meeting.

Oak View Academy Local School Board

NameDate appointed & term of officeRegister of Interests
Vicki Ratchford (Chair)1.9.19 - 4 yearsVicki is a retired Maths teacher and Secondary school Headteacher from the Chester Catholic High School.
Julian Halstead (Vice Chair)1.3.19 - 4 yearsJulian has extensive business experience across many disciplines. Julian is also a Governor at Weaverham Primary Academy.
Emma McCracken 22.10.21- 4 yearsBen is a parent of two children in the school and works for an Educational Recruitment Company.
Karen Cocker24.6.19 - 4 yearsKaren is a parent of a child in school and is a SENDCO in a secondary school in Crewe.
Councillor Michael Baynham30.9.19 - 4 yearsMichael is a conservative councillor for the Winsford Over and Verdin Ward.
Fiona Whittaker (Headteacher)1.4.14Fiona is also Executive Headteacher at Weaverham Primary Academy.
Sandra Challinor15.3.22 - 4 yearsSandra works for Unilever.
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. He is also a governor at Weaverham Primary Academy. He will soon be taking up post as School Development Partner for NWAT.
Mike Lloyd1.9.19 - 4 yearsMike is a retired and very successful businessman who works closely with the Tarporley Round Table.

Terms of Office & Register of Interests

North West Academies Trust

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

NWAT is passionate about supporting schools within their community and helping to ensure outstanding learning opportunities for every child. The Trust, and its schools, aspire to excellence in education and this is underpinned by The Seven Principles of Public Life: Selflessness; Integrity; Objectivity; Accountability; Openness; Honesty and Leadership.

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.

NWAT Board

Full details of NWAT governance, registers of interest and scheme of delegation are on the Trust website. Please use the link below to find out more.

Accounts – NWAT limited

All academies have to produce audited accounts which must be submitted to the EFA and displayed on the school’s website.

Further details of NWAT and its associated schools’ Finance and Accounts are on the Trust website. This includes memorandum of association, articles of association, funding agreement, annual audited accounts, annual report, off-payroll agreements, number of employees and gender pay gap information. Please use the link below to find out more.

Please use the link below for further details of NWAT’s finance and accounts.

Our auditors are Mitchell Charlesworth, Chester. https://www.mitchellcharlesworth.co.uk/contact/chester