Meet the Governors
Mr R McRobbie
Partnership Governor, Chair of LGC, Link Governor Pupil Premium, Health & Safety, SEND
Mr McRobbie has been an academy governor since 2011, during which time he has been Chair of the Raising Attainment Committee and for the past two academic years has been the Chair of The Maltby Academy Local Governing Body, strategically overseeing improvements in student outcomes. The Ofsted Inspection on 14th March 2017 confirmed Maltby Academy had Outstanding Leadership and Management, of which governance is an integral part.
He has also been designated as a National Leader of Governance.
He has an affinity with the Doncaster area, having lived in Warmsworth, behind the ‘White Church’, for all of his teenage years. He attended Balby High School for Boys and for two seasons he represented Doncaster and District schoolboys at football, later playing for Doncaster Rovers FC.
During his working life he was a senior police officer, who for three years in the late 1980’s was in charge of policing the Edlington area. On leaving the police service he worked as Operations Manager at Sheffield United Football Club. This was followed by him becoming part of The Football League Governing Body with responsibility for Stadia, Safety and Supporter Liaison. He introduced the Football Supporters Charter and by working with the Club and Doncaster M.B.C. he was instrumental in ensuring that Doncaster Rovers FC moved from Belle Vue to the Keepmoat Stadium so everyone, particularly supporters, received a better experience.
Having now retired he is able to devote his energy, experience and commitment to Sir Thomas Wharton Academy at this important time in its development.
As a leader he always leads by example and ensures clarity of purpose. It is his commitment to challenge, support and work closely with the Chief Executive Officer of the Maltby Learning Trust, the Principal and Senior Leadership Team of Sir Thomas Wharton Academy and all the other governors to ensure there is always an innovative and aspirational strategy with high expectations for all students. The Academy is always a safe and welcoming environment, which together with best practice and value for money will allow it to become an outstanding educational provider which is comparable with any nationally.
Mrs J Chetwynd
Community Governor, Chair of RACC, Link Governor Safeguarding & Child Protection
Mrs Chetwynd wants every child to achieve their full potential in a high quality, stimulating learning environment. In her role of business governor, she wants to provide the Academy with challenge so that all pupils have a fair chance to reach their full potential and of equal importance enjoy and fully engage with their learning experience.
She has extensive experience as an Operations Manager within the financial services sector but for the last 14 years has been a director of her own company dealing with property searches for conveyancing professionals. In addition, she has been a governor within the primary school phase.
Sir Thomas Wharton Academy, with the support of the parents, can achieve its vision and goals and she feels privileged to be part of the governing body. She is committed to support the school to ensure that it will continue to provide a high quality education for all students.
Mr A Battle
Community Governor, Vice Chair of LGC, Link Governor KS4 Outcomes, Post 16, Life Skills and Religious Studies
Mr Battle recently retired as an Assistant Chief Constable with West Yorkshire Police. He has over 30 years experience of working within the public sector and over 20 years of being in a leadership role.
His roles have given him substantial experience in performance management, change management, project and performance management as well as people development. Mr Battle has acted as chair of discipline tribunals and led on diversity and inclusion.
Having now retired he is keen to put his experience to good use in a voluntary capacity and we are sure he can achieve this as a governor within the Maltby Learning Trust.
Miss G Stonier
Partnership Governor, Link Governor Curriculum Intent, Curriculum Implementation and Parent PCB
Gail has over 20 years of experience working in Post 16 and 11-16 provision and has successfully set up and established new sixth forms and various forms of specialist provision in Further Education Colleges and Technical environments. Working in education as a senior leader for over 15 years, Gail has effectively supported school improvement and concentrated on creating cultures which build strong, positive and supportive relationships based on moral values and character education. Her Executive responsibilities at Trust level have included safeguarding, SEN, health, well-being, careers and governance. Gail’s current position is as an Executive Director in a Specialist 16-25 Autism and SEN College.
Miss L Jackson
Community Governor, Link Governor Character Education and Rewards
Lauren recently joined the Governing Committee at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy in September 2020. Lauren is a former student of the Academy and now works for KPMG, a Professional Services firm in Leeds, where she works in business due diligence for M&A transactions.
Lauren feels her financial background along with her previous recent experience with Sir Thomas Wharton Academy will be a good opportunity to bring relevant skills to the governing committee and ultimately work towards achieving the best outcomes for the Academy. She is looking forward to working with the school to help accomplish its goals with both teachers and the pupils of STWA, as well as working collaboratively with the rest of the board to strive for an excellent future for the school.
Mrs S Greensill
Community Governor, Link Governor Behaviour and Attendance
Mrs Greensill is a Community Governor and has lived in Maltby for 20 years. She has two daughters who have both attended Maltby Academy. Mrs Greensill works as Professional Head of Physiotherapy within a local NHS trust. Mrs Greensill's role involves ensuring that practice and care delivery is safe, efficient and meets professional standards. Mrs Greensill currently sit on the National Council for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy which is the elected governing body for the profession. The council agrees policy, supports in the development and promotion of the core vision, ensures the voice of the membership at strategic level and oversees the governance and strategic direction of the profession. Mrs Greensill is a keen interest in education and is a visiting lecturer at Huddersfield University teaching on their undergraduate programme. Mrs Greensill has seen significant changes within education in Maltby both aesthetically, culturally and in the standard of learning delivered. The Academy has gone from a place where young people are taught to an environment where they are inspired, supported and prepared to achieve the best of their ability and to have the confidence to aspire to achieve. Mrs Greensill feels that the learning experiences that young people receive are key to their future regardless of whether their pathway is vocational or academic.
Mrs J Leech
Careers Link Governor, Link Governor Career Information Advice and Guidance
Mr M Swann
Mr Swann is new to the Governing board of Sir Thomas Wharton Academy for the 2020-21 academic year. This is his first position on a governing committee, but he has an extensive range of educational experience gained during 15 years of working in secondary education.
He has an affinity with the local area, having grown up and lived close to the academy. He attended Swinton Comprehensive school and has a passion for the life chances of all students from the area. Mr Swann is passionate about a fair education for all and has worked hard to ensure underperforming groups, such as pupil premium students, receive an education that allows them to achieve at least as well as others.
Mr Swann has a deep routed link to the academy chain. As an NQT Mr Swann started his teaching career at Maltby Academy and was part of MLT during its inauguration. Mr Swann firmly believes in the vision of the trust and particularly aligns to, being proud of our community, ambitious for all, and Enriching lives by developing character.
During his career Mr Swann has had a host of positions developing a rich experience of leadership and education. At Maltby Academy Mr Swann was a Leading Learner for Teaching and Learning and KS4 Coordinator for Science. He also worked at Sheffield Springs Academy for 5 years as Head of Science faculty gaining a deep understanding of driving curriculum. The next five years of his experience were at Kingswood Academy in Hull. In this time Kingswood Academy moved from OFSTED inadequate to Good, and from the lowest performing secondary school in Hull to the Highest. With a progress score of +1.17 the academy is now in the top one percent
of schools nationally and has been ranked as second-best performing school in a contextualised measure from the University of Bath. Moving from director of Science to Deputy Headteacher, Mr Swann has played a huge part in the school’s rise. Mr Swann is currently in position as Vice Principle at Wath Academy and leads on Curriculum and Attainment, putting in a great position to challenge advise and support leaders at Sir Thomas Wharton.
As a leader he believes communication, clarity and accountability are the basis of high-level performance. By listening to people and creating a dynamic culture within an establishment greatness can be achieved. He always leads by example and ensures the vision remains integral to all actions and initiatives. It is his commitment to work collaboratively with all stakeholders by offering support and challenge. The Academy must be a safe environment for young people serving the needs of its wider community, raising aspirations and enabling students to fulfil their dreams.
Mrs A Hughes
Amanda has a daughter in year 9 who is rapidly approaching her GCSE years; and the experience of an older son who left the school in 2018. Furthermore, Amanda was a pupil herself of the former Edlington School and so has a close connection to the school.
As a senior manager within NHS England, and with a background of working on the frontline of the NHS, she can contribute a wealth of experience from the care sector.
Amanda offers transferable skills for delivering on quality improvements and financial stability. She also has experience of working closely with a wide range of stakeholders, taking into account views of people from different backgrounds and developing collaboration opportunities.
Mrs S Guttridge
Sian has recently joined the Governing Committee as a Parent Governor in March 2021. Sian is a former pupil at Edlington Comprehensive and has three children at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy.
She has over 25 years experience working in the Insurance Industry and brings a wealth of business experience to aid the Governing Body. She completed her MBA in 2003 whilst remaining in full time employment. Sian currently runs a small family business providing Energy Consultancy.
Sian is looking forward to working with the school and the Governors to achieve the best for its pupils.