Our Local Governing Body

Essa Primary Academy is part of the Essa Foundation Academies Trust and the Local Governing Body’s role is to set the direction for the academy, monitor and evaluate its performance, act as a critical friend and hold leaders to account for the pace and rate of improvement and the achievement of all pupils, ensure compliance with all financial, statutory and regulatory requirements, and help the academy respond to, and meet the needs of, parents and the wider local community.

You can find out more about the Essa Foundation Academies Trust and how it operates here

Our Local Governors are:

Nigel John Whittle is a chartered accountant. He is the finance director of two large companies and runs his own chartered accountancy practice providing services to the private sector and to public bodies including Local government. He has been a primary school governor for over 10 years. Nigel is the Chair of the Local Governing Body of Essa Primary Academy.

Contact: nigel.whittle@dukefield.co.uk

Joanna Louise Atherton is the Principal. She is also a governor.

Contact: principal@essaprimary.org

Our local governors meet regularly. You can request copies of the agendas and reports of Essa Primary Academy by emailing info@essafoundation.co.uk

Enid Cathcart spent 17 years as a teacher and became the Head of Infants in a Radcliffe Primary School.   She has also worked as a lecturer in a Further Education College and is now retired.  Enid is the Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body of Essa Primary Academy.

Sofiya Patel is an employee of the Trust and provides student support and creative technology support to students at Essa Academy.

Ismail Kala  has over 25 years teaching experience as a science teacher in a mixed community school in Blackburn. He has served as a primary school governor for 20 years. He is also a trustee of a cricket and social club.

Russell Kinch  is the staff governor.  He has been a teacher for 14 years, working across three different local authorities.   Russell is an AST, and has worked as a Deputy for the last 5/6 years.

Aatika Patel is a parent governor. She is a full time mum currently and has worked as a housing services officer for Bolton at Home and as an administrator for Jobcentreplus in the past . Aatika is also a volunteer at a local madressah teaching children of various age groups.

Fatima Harris is a parent governor with a child in Year 3. Fatima was the Business Manager for the north of England for Colgate Palmolive and has run her own business. Fatima is also a school governor at a secondary school in Bolton, with a focus on special educational needs.

Matthew Barnes is a parent governor with two children, one in Year 4 and one in Year 2. Matthew has over 10 years' experience in both the charity and adult education sectors, working with adults with special educational needs, literacy requirements and second language English speakers.

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