Meet the Governors


As a governing body, all of the governors of Shaw Wood Academy are passionate about ensuring that the development and education of each and every child is the best it can possibly be.

Our vision for Shaw Wood Academy is to be a school that develops all our pupils as confident, well-rounded, caring young people who learn effectively and contribute to their communities and wider society. We strive to do this through the provision of outstanding teaching in a caring and supportive environment that gives every child the opportunity to achieve their academic, personal and social potential.

To achieve this we work we work closely with Ms Campbell, Mrs Taylor, and Miss Horsfield and the rest of the senior leadership team, constantly monitoring and challenging all aspects of the school and its workings whilst supporting them in the great work they do. The board of governors hold the leadership team to account to ensure the best education possible is available to all of our children. The staff work with great enthusiasm and energy to ensure that this goal is achieved.

There is a clear strategic plan for the development of the school. The governing body, along side the senior leadership team constantly challenge, monitor and develop this plan.

There are currently 9 members of the Governing Body, which is composed of:
2 Parent Governors (elected from parents),
2 Staff Governors (elected by staff) and
5 Governors appointed by the Governing Body itself.
All governors bring different skill sets and experience to the board from expertise in law, local government, finance and business to knowledge of the local community and parental concerns.

There are three Governor committees which oversee all aspects of school life:
i) School improvement Committee
ii) Business Management Committee
iii) Full governors

We work closely with the schools in the Armthorpe pyramid and have strong relationships with other schools throughout Doncaster as part of our commitment to the wider education community.

We are always eager to hear the views of members of our community including parents and pupils. If you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me through the school. I am happy to contact you by phone or come into school to personally meet you.

The governing body and senior management team are constantly striving to improve and develop the school and will continue to do so to ensure our school is the best it can possibly be and the children continue to develop in a caring and safe environment.


Val Wren

Chair of Governors

> Our Governors

Current Governors and Governors in office over the last 12 months  
Val WrenChair of Governors
Phil CrawleyVice ChairAppointed 11/11/16
Sandra McGeachieStaff GovernorAppointed 01/09/15
Amanda FisherParent GovernorAppointed 02/02/15
Jo CampbellStaff Governor
Sarah SimmsParent GovernorAppointed 01/03/17
Scott DuffieldCommunity GovernorAppointed 13/04/17
Sue McGuinessCo-opted GovernorAppointed 11/11/2016
Michael WoodstonesCommunity GovernorAppointed 06/12/2017
The terms of office end for the current governors on the dates listed below:  
Phil Crawley31/08/2019
Val Wren11/11/2019
Sandra McGeachie31/08/2019
Amanda Fisher01/02/2019
Jo Campbell NAN/A
Sarah Simms01/03/2020
Sue McGuiness11/11/2019
Scott Duffield13/04/2020
Michael Woodstones06/12/2020

All Governors are also directors registered at Companies House. All Governors are on the School Improvement Committee, the Business Management committee as well as the full governing body.

Governors Register of Interest 
Governor NameInterest Declared
Phil CrawleySolicitor at Taylor Bracewell
Sandra McGeachieEmployee at Shaw Wood Academy
Amanda FisherNone declared
Sarah SimmsNone declared
Val WrenSon employed by SWA
Scott DuffieldEmployed by DMBC. Wife teacher at Balby Academy
Sue McGuinessCouncillor for DMBC
Jo CampbellEmployee of Shaw Wood Academy & Calderdale Teaching School Alliance
Michael WoodstonesNone declared
Meeting Attendance Records Full Governors  
Governor NameActual AttendancePossible Attendance
Phil Crawley03
Val Wren13
Sandra McGeachie33
Amanda Fisher23
Jo Campbell23
Sarah Simms13
Sue McGuiness13
Scott Duffield33
Michael Woodstones22
Business Management Committee  
Governor NameActual AttendancePossible Attendance
Phil Crawley13
Jo Campbell33
Val Wren33
Scott Duffield23
Sue McGuiness13
Governor NameActual AttendancePossible Attendance
Phil Crawley12
Val Wren22
Sandra McGeachie22
Amanda Fisher02
Jo Campbell22
Sarah Simms22
Sue McGuiness22
Scott Duffield22
Michael Woodstones12