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)

Ms Fiona Whittaker (Executive Headteacher)

Mrs Charlotte Alford (Deputy Headteacher) 

Mrs Karen Cocker (Parent)

Mr Ben Record (Parent)

Councillor Michael Baynham

Mr Mike Lloyd

A representative from North West Academies Trust attends every meeting.

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.

North West Academies Trust Board

Name of DirectorDate appointedExpiry dateRegister of Interests
Brendan Wignall (Chair) is Headteacher at Ellesmere College, Shropshire.
Michael Forber (Vice chair) Forber is the Executive Headteacher of Somerville Federation and Nursery School, Wallasey.
Iain Colledge1. is director and owner of World Academies and a project director for the British Council. He is a registered Ofsted school inspector and provides services in the Midlands.
Adrian Walmsley1. is a governor of St Martin’s Academy, and a Trustee/Governor at the Queen’s School - both in Chester
Steve Docking (CEO)1.10.17n/aSteve is formerly headteacher at Delamere Academy and CEO of NWAT. He is also a director of ACT Education. He lives with Wenda Smith, Head of School at St Martin's, and they have two children.
Kay Cook1. is a Director at Oliver and Co Solicitors and governor at St Martin's Academy.
Reverend Elaine Ollman1. Elaine Ollman BTh is now retired as Rector of St Peter’s Church, Delamere, and a governor at Delamere Academy.
Kirsty Cobb1. is Executive Head of the Manchester Office at law firm DWF and Chair of Governors at Delamere Academy.
Julie Roberts-Joyce1. Roberts-Joyce is a parent governor at Delamere Academy.
David Jones1. retired from his position as a Commercial Manager with Lloyds Bank in April 2019 after 40 years service.

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. Although semi-retired, he spends a lot of time coaching and mentoring people at many levels. Julian is also a Governor at Weaverham Primary Academy.
Ben Record 22.10.18- 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 Baynham30.9.15 - 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.
Charlotte Alford (Deputy Head & SENDCO)1.9.19None
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.
Mike Lloyd1.9.19 - 4 yearsMike is a retired and very successful businessman who works closely with the Tarporley Round Table.
Christine Clark22.10.18 - stepped down Easter 2019 due to increased work commitments.Christine was a parent of two children in the school.
Richard Clark (Previous Deputy Headteacher)1.9.14 - stepped down 31.8.19 due to promotion to work in another school.None


NWAT Attendance Register 2019-20

Oak View Governors Attendance Reg 2019-20

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 Ltd final accounts 2019

Oak View 19-20 Funding Statement

Academies Financial Handbook 2019