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Barclay Academy

Barclay Academy

Barclay Academy

Welcome toBarclay Academy

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Governing Body

Sponsors

Barclay Academy is sponsored by the Future Academies MAT, founded by John and Caroline Nash with the aim of broadening horizons for young people across the country. Core to Future’s vision is the belief that, with the right support, encouragement and opportunities, there are no limits to what students can achieve.

A MAT plays a number of roles in the life of an Academy, setting its direction, working with the leadership team to ensure that it provides the best learning environment for the students, and leading the Governing Body. The MAT is responsible for fostering progress in all areas of the school’s operation, promoting value for money and good use of public funds, and championing the Academy in the wider community.

Future Academies is a charity regulated by the Department for Education, and a company limited by guarantee 6543442. Future Academies’ registered address is Pimlico Academy, Lupus Street, London, SW1V 3AT. For more information about the Trust, our Members, Directors and key documents, visit www.futureacademies.org.

Click here to view the Future Academies' annual report and accounts.

Click here to view the Barclay Academy Supplemental Funding Agreement.

Click here to view the Memorandum of Association and the Articles of Association.

For more information on the Governance Structure at Future Academies, click here.

Governing Body

Full profiles of the members of the Barclay Academy Local Governing Board can be found below.

Paul Smith: Chair of Governors

Mr. Paul Smith is the CEO of Future Academies and a National Leader of Education (NLE). He is greatly experienced in education, and has served as head teacher of several schools as well as working as an Ofsted inspector and as a Regional Schools Commissioner.

  • Role: CEO/ Chair
  • Date of appointment: 1st February 2019
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Governing Board
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Chair of Governors at The Grange Academy and of the Future Academies Primary Local Governing Boards; Governor of Pimlico Academy, Phoenix Academy, Laureate Academy and Future Academies Watford.
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives): None.
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2019/20: 3/3

Steven Akers

Steve lives in Stevenage and works in law enforcement. He has been a Governor for 15 years, and chair of Governors for the past 12. His school was rated as Outstanding by OFSTED in October 2017. Steve has experience in all aspects of Governance and has dealt with almost all conceivable situations over the past 15 years. His three sons all attended Barclay Academy, the last left in 2020 for University. 

  • Role: Governor
  • Date of appointment: 17th December 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Trust Appointed Governor
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Chair of governors at Woolenwick Infants School
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff: None
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2019/20: 3/3

Marvin Bates

Marvin and his family have lived in Stevenage for over 25 years and both of his children attended Barclay Academy. Marvin is a Recruitment Consultant with over 20 years’ experience within the Financial Services sector.  Outside of work Marvin likes to keep fit and is fan of most sports, including playing golf. He previously played semi-professional football for many years in Hertfordshire for teams including Stevenage FC.

  • Role: Governor
  • Date of appointment: 17th December 2020
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Trust Appointed Governor
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: None
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions: Sister in law is headmistress of the Crest Academy
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff: None
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2019/20: 3/3

Karen Thorman

  • Role: Parent Governor
  • Date of election: 17th March 2021
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Elected by parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: 
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions:
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff: 
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2019/20: N/A

Peter Webber

  • Role: Parent Governor
  • Date of election: 17th March 2021
  • Term of office: 3 years
  • Appointed by: Elected by parents
  • Relevant business and pecuniary interests as recorded in the register of interests: 
  • Governance roles in other educational institutions:
  • Relationships with other governors or school staff: 
  • Attendance record at LGB meetings 2019/20: N/A

Would you like to shape the future of Barclay Academy as a Governor?

Outstanding local governance is vital to the success of Future Academies. Our local governing bodies carry much of the responsibility for overseeing the performance and educational offer our academies provide. 

At the heart of our ethos is the aspiration that children are enabled to be socially mobile through a knowledge-led approach to curriculum planning and delivery, as well as a broad and wide-ranging educational enrichment programme. 

Being a governor is a voluntary position, and we are incredibly grateful to the highly skilled group of people who commit their time and expertise to our academies.

If you want to become a governor and if you share our aspirations for our children and teenagers, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Next steps

If you are interested in becoming a Future Academies Governor, whether you are ready to apply or if you just want more information, please contact our Governance Lead.