Baxter College is a member of the Severn Academies Educational Trust and appoints its own local board of Governors. Members of this board hold elections in order to appoint their own Chair and Vice Chair. These appointments are subject to the approval of the Severn Academies Educational Trust Board of Directors. The appointment of Directors to the Severn Academies Educational Trust Board is the responsibility of the SAET Members. Click here to view our Governance Statement.
Our Academy Governance
Sarah BeadsworthChair of the Local Governing Board
I first joined the governing board of Baxter College in 2008 and became chairman when we joined the Severn Academies Educational Trust in the new year of 2017. I am also safeguarding link governor.
A journalist by profession, my two sons were educated at the school and I passionately believe in comprehensive education, where all children have the opportunity to thrive.
I was also a governor at St John’s CE Primary School for several years.
Charlotte BloorVice Chair of Governors
I’m Charlotte Bloor, and I am the Vice Chair of Governors at Baxter College. I’m passionate about education and learning, and believe that all students should have access to the best education they can. Being a parent governor gives me a different insight to the school and helps me understand how the strategic decisions that are made by the governing body impact on the students. I work in the education sector, and have seen 1st hand the impact a poor secondary education can have on a young person’s aspirations and goals – I became a governor to hopefully make a difference to our local school. I am also the link governor for English – as part of this role I need to ensure that the plans put in place to improve student progression and attainment are working – I do this through questioning and challenging, and reviewing data to see the impact. I am always impressed at the range of interventions provided to students to support them to make the best progress they can.
Throughout my career I have been involved in school governance, both as a staff representative and later as a Head Teacher.
I was Acting Head, at Burlish Middle School, from 2005 before taking up the Headship at Stourport Primary in 2007, during the Wyre Forest review.
When we converted to an academy in September 2016 I became Primary Director for Severn Academies Educational Trust which has six primary schools associated with it. As a director I am an advisor to the Board of Trustees. Most recently I have become Executive Head at St. Bartholomew’s Primary.
Ray BrookesChair of Finance & Premises
Ray joined as a Community Governor in June 2014, and chairs the Finance and Operations meetings. Ray works in and supports the local community, and has great beliefs in our young people’s success. His wealth of knowledge and experience supports the school in making strategic decisions to ensure best outcomes. He joined Wyre Forest District Council in March 1983 as a Senior Maintenance Officer and progressed through the organisation to become Head of Housing in 1994. He was the Lead Officer for the transfer process and set up the Shadow Board of Wyre Forest Community Housing in 1997. When the Council transferred its stock in March 2000 to Wyre Forest Community Housing Ray was appointed as Chief Executive. Now that the Company has moved on to become a group structure, Ray continues as the Group Chief Executive of The Community Housing Group, with a turnover of £42m and approximately 600 members of staff.
Ian BletcherCommunity & Safeguarding Link Governor
As a qualified and practicing teacher with a long background in sports development, I believe passionately in the value of high quality and relevant state education.
The chance to help contribute to the school’s continued improvement and growth is one I take seriously and relish.
The progress and development of the school in recent years is not only testimony to the hard work and excellence of the staff and other governors but also to the contribution of the local community, parents and pupils and this focus is key to continued advancement of the school for the benefit of all pupils.
David SmalesCommunity Governor
I am passionate about training and education and have for the last fifteen years worked for the Education and Skills Agency (ESFA), which is an executive agency of the Department for Education. In various roles. I have had responsibility for managing further education colleges and private training providers as well as monitoring performance against targets and budgets. I currently have counter fraud and investigation responsibilities as well as wider assurance across the training and education sector. I am an ex-steelworker and graduated from University with a BA (Hons) Politics as a mature student following redundancy from heavy industry. I then worked for Trade Unions and Training Providers before moving on to the ESFA. I have two sons at Baxter College in year 10 and sixth form. I enjoy most sports as well as cooking adventurous meals for friends and family.
It is an honour to be the Principal at Baxter College, a fantastic school with a supportive community. The governing board provides the school with excellent strategic direction and challenge, and provides an active voice for our local community. Our Governing board are proud of our school and our students and value success for all our students.
Luca CapuanoStaff Governor
Pen portrait coming soon.