Our Governors have full legal responsibility for all aspects of the school's life including performance, development, maintenance and the employment of staff. By working within a committee structure, the Governors provide the school with a framework which includes managing the school budget, ensuring legal requirements are met, developing the future plans of the school and also developing and implementing policies.
Both parents and staff are represented on the Governing Body together with the Headteacher, Tim Knapp. Our Governors serve for an initial period of four years.
Below you will find important documentation regarding the Whitecross Hereford Academy Trust.
Articles of Association
Whitecross Funding Agreement
2017 Annual Report and Financial Statements
2017 Audit and Regularity Assurance Engagement
2016 Annual Report and Financial Statements
2016 Letter of Responsibility
2015 Annual Report and Financial Statements
2014 Annual Report and Financial Statements
2014 Value for Money Statement
Marc Hales, Chair of Governors (March 2016-2020)
Marc was appointed a governor in March 2016 and is now Chair of Governors. He is employed as a Qualifications Manager for a local training provider. Working closely with OFSTED, Marc is well informed regarding the new Common Inspection Framework. Two of his four children attend Whitecross and two are currently at a local Primary School.
Tim Knapp, Headteacher (ex officio)
Tim was appointed Headteacher in September 2015 having served as Deputy Headteacher for 14 years.
Andy Douthwaite, Vice Chair of Governors (March 2016-2020)
Both Vice Chair of Governors and a parent governor, Andy was appointed in March 2016. He has worked at Hereford Sixth Form College since 1986 and is currently Head of Physical Education and Sport. He has responsibility for vocational provision within the college and act as Quality Nominee. He is passionate about the educational and personal benefits which sport can bring to young people. Andy is an active coach and part of the successful U15 rugby team at Luctonians. Both of his children are Whitecross students which has given Andy a good insight into what Whitecross is about as a school.
Andrew Blackman (September 2016-2020)
Andrew joined as a community governor in September 2016. Having attended Hereford Cathedral School Andrew went on to study engineering at university in Leicester. His career began in logistics management and on his return to Hereford some 28 years ago with his young family, Andrew joined Herefordshire Council where for the last 15 years has been in charge of school and college transport and school admissions. As a resident of the Whitecross area Andrew believes that his work experience will benefit his local secondary school.
Alistair Fitt (May 2017-2021)
Alistair was appointed as a community governor in May 2017. After spending most of his formative years in Herefordshire, Alistair moved to Kent to pursue a successful career as a golf professional until 2003. When he returned to Hereford he changed professions and moved into financial services, joining a local company where he is now a Partner. He hopes that his financial background will assist in the efficient economic running of Whitecross Hereford.
Ruth Hulse (September 2016-2020)
Ruth became a community governor in September 2016 and is a Team Vicar in the West Hereford Team Ministry, including Holy Trinity Church. Her background is in youth and schools work. Married to a primary school teacher with two young children, she is interested in education and has been impressed by the dedication of staff at Whitecross, as well as the level of care that they have for the students.
Sue Keswick (October 2016-2020)
As a member of the Student Services team Sue joined as a staff governor in October 2016. She has a BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences and has an advanced qualification in SEN support. Having worked previously as a Special Support Tutor at a further education college, Sue joined Whitecross Hereford in 1999. Currently the Study Support Co-ordinator she works mainly with Key Stage 4 students who have personalised timetables.
Tim Pitcher (December 2015-2019)
Elected as a staff governor in December 2015, Tim is an English Teacher at Whitecross Hereford and as you would expect, loves to read as much as possible with favourites being science fiction and the classics. He also likes to explore the great British countryside in his spare time with his wife and daughter.
Charlotte Thomas (July 2014-2018)
Charlotte was appointed parent governor in July 2014 and is now the safeguarding governor at Whitecross Hereford. Her career began in recruitment, health and safety and most recently, further education in particular apprenticeships. Whitecross Hereford is Charlotte's school of choice to educate her three daughters and she has embraced representing the voice of parents and guardians who want the best for their children.
Joanne Woolley (October 2016-2020)
Jo is a Science teacher at Whitecross Hereford and was elected as a staff governor in October 2016. She predominantly teaches physics to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students and also teaches biology and chemistry. Outside of school, Jo plays rugby for the Greyhound Rugby team.
Dr Nigel Wrigley (March 2016-2020)
Nigel was appointed as a parent governor in March 2016. His professional background focuses on engineering with a specialisation in mechanical testing. Nigel has a BEng degree and a Phd from the University of Salford and is currently head of two calibration laboratories and quality manager for a leading testing machine manufacturer. He has lived in Hereford for 10 years with his wife and three children. His youngest son is currently a student at Whitecross Hereford and as former students his eldest son is now pursuing a sporting career as a member of the British Sailing Team and his daughter is studying at the Sixth Form College.
Dame Oremi Evans DBE (September 2017-2021)
Dame Oremi was appointed governor in September 2017 with a responsibility for SEND. She is currently the Executive Head of the Herefordshire Pupil Referral Service, Hospital, Home Teaching Team & Behaviour Support Team. Dame Oremi retired as Headteacher of The Brookfield School in 2017 having seen the school graded outstanding by Ofsted three times. In 2012 she became a National Leader of Education and the school a National Support School, working with all phases of schools in Herefordshire and England.
Dame Oremi was Headteacher at The Brookfield School from September 2001 to December 2016 and was previously Headteacher at The John Venn Unit. She began her teaching career in 1979 at Whitecross High School and moved to the John Venn Unit as Deputy Headteacher in 1994. In March 2011 Dame Oremi became Executive Head of the Pupil Referral Service in Herefordshire and from April 2012, included The Behaviour Support Team. She jointly leads (with the Head of Additional Needs) the LA Behaviour and Attendance Strategy which strives to improve outcomes for the children and young people who access support and intervention across the range of universal, targeted and specialist services.
Julie Milsom (January 2018-2022)
Julie was appointed as a parent governor in January 2018. She lives locally with her partner and the youngest of their 3 daughters is a student at Whitecross. As a founding director of Hereford Community Farm and formerly a 14 year career in land based education, Julie understands the value of an holistic approach to learning that also builds self belief and emotional resilience.
Anna Nugent, Clerk to the Governors
Code of Practice 2017-18
Governors Register of Interests 2016-2017
Governor Visit Protocol