Our Governors

Governors are one of the largest volunteer groups in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is key to the effectiveness of a school. Ofsted has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management which include the governing body.

What do governors do?

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the Academy
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the Academy is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the Principal (a critical friend)
  • Importance of Foundation Governors

A strong, well-led Local Academy Committee, supportive of the Academy, its teachers and its mission makes an important contribution to the Academy’s well-being and effectiveness. The foundation governors will have an especial care for the Academy’s Christian character.

Foundation governors in Church schools are those appointed by the Church authorities. Often in Anglican schools the incumbent of the parish will be a member of the Local Academy Committee, by virtue of his/her office – this is called an ex-officio governor. Other foundation governors will mostly be active lay people.

The current Local Academy Committee is detailed below (with pen portraits).

Reverend Matthew Beer: (Chair) 

I'm the vicar of a local church called Telford Minster.  I'm passionate about community and people of all ages and seeing each other thrive and grow to be like Jesus and the best they can be.  Dawley is a great school where children are nurtured and encouraged.  As the chair of the Local Academy my role is to support, encourage, and challenge Dawley to be even greater.  I was a year 3 and 4 primary school teacher before coming a vicar and have been on a few school governing boards.  I'm married to Emily who is a research scientist in Birmingham, we have a little black dog called Zach.

St. Chad's Academies Trust: Mrs Sue Wedgwood:

My name is Sue Wedgwood. I work for St. Chad's Academies Trust and have been involved in education for many years! I have been a Headteacher and Adviser and enjoy working with schools. I have been working with Mr Andrews and Dawley for four years now and am very proud of what has been achieved. The children at Dawley are absolutely super and are working really hard. The Local Academy Committee can support the children , staff and parents to ensure that the children have great learning opportunities and experiences while they are at Dawley. They deserve the very best!


St. Chad's Academies Trust: Mrs Ffion Carr:

I have been a teacher and school leader in Shropshire for the last 23 years. I am passionate and committed in all that I do. I believe that all children have the potential to do great things and in my role as a LAC member, I hope to work hard on sharing my experience working alongside the amazing staff at Dawley.

Staff Representative: Mrs Kerri Houlston (SENDCo)

I am Kerri Houlston and Vice Principal/SENDCO at Dawley. I am the staff representative for the Academy. I have been member of the Dawley family for 6 years now and feel so lucky to work at such a special place.  I am passionate about supporting children to achieve their full potential and I am delighted to have an active role in shaping the future for the children at our Academy.


Academy: Mr Nick Andrews (Principal)

I'm Nick Andrews and Principal at Dawley.  It is an absolute privilege to work at Dawley and have contact with the children, families and community of Dawley.  We constantly strive to offer the best we can for the children and ensure that we offer a fun and challenging curriculum for all, with the philosophy that it is OK to make mistakes as this is part of the learning process.  We have fantastic children, parents and staff and Dawley has really become part of the local community, something which the governors and myself are really proud of.

Church Representative: Mrs Barbara Crawforth

Parent Governor: Vacant


Governor Business Interests

Dawley Governors 2021