Academy Council & Register of Business Interests
Westcliff Academy Council
As a member of the Fylde Coast Academy Trust (FCAT) the structure of the Academy Council and its responsibilities are set out in the FCAT Scheme of Delegation and Code of Conduct for Governors which can be found HERE.
The Academy Council plays a vital role in the governance and accountability of Westcliff Academy; its responsibilities include to:
• Support the vision and direction of FCAT
• Set and review the vision and direction for Westcliff Primary School within the framework of FCAT’s vision
• Approve the Westcliff Primary School Budget
• Oversee financial monitoring of Westcliff Primary School
• Hold the Principal to account for standards and report annually to the Directors
• Act as a critical friend to the Principal
• Approve capital programmes before submission to the Board of Directors
The Academy Council is not responsible for the operational and day to day management of Westcliff Primary School; this is the remit of the Principal who reports to the Chief Executive.
The Academy Council is made up of Governors who want to make a positive contribution to your child’s education.
Westcliff Academy Council
Alana Frith – FCAT Governor and Chair of the Academy Council
A governor for over 20 years, and currently also Chair of Governors at Roseacre Primary Academy, Alana joined Westcliff Academy Council (Governing Body) in 2016. She previously Managed Halifax Bank Branches on the Fylde Coast and is a Freelance Consultant for Leadership Skills. Alana also sits on the Blackpool School Improvement Board as the Governor Representative and is a National Leader of Governance (NLG).
Lisa Knowles – FCAT Governor and Vice Chair of the Academy Council
Chair of Hambleton Primary Academy Council, Lisa has lived in Hambleton for 30 years. She has two children and runs a local business in the community. She is passionate about local children's education and improving access to education for children of all abilities.
Pamela Birch – Executive Principal
Pamela has been a teacher for 30 years and in headship since 1999, mostly at Hambleton Primary Academy, which has had 2 “Outstanding” judgements from OFSTED. She is Deputy CEO of FCAT and sees her role as being the advocate for all children in the trust, to ensure they receive the best possible educational start in life.
She is a National Leader in Education and also sits on the Headteacher Board of the Regional Schools’ Commissioner.
Amanda Stokes – Principal
Amanda has been a teacher for 24 years, and a senior leader since 2011. She became an Advanced Skills Teacher for Mathematics across Lancashire in 2009, then in 2013, became an SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) supporting teachers in schools across Blackpool. Amanda joined Westcliff as Assistant Principal in September 2016, and was appointed Principal in January 2017.
Sue Burrows – FCAT Governor
A governor for over 20 years, previously Chair at Stanley Primary School, Sue joined Westcliff Governors in 2007. She previously worked at Nat West Bank and is a Financial Assistant employed by Fylde Micro Ltd. Sue is a qualified swimming teacher who sits on the Executive Committee of Blackpool Aquatics Amateur Swimming Club where she has been Treasurer for the past 11 years and also helps out in school.
Scott Pennington – FCAT Governor
Scott's career has been in the construction industry for over ten years in both the public and housing sector. He has previously worked closely with the school on various refurbishment projects and passes on his expertise on Health & Safety and construction matters. Scott has been a Governor at Westcliff Primary Academy for 3 years. He is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Building.
Scott Ainsworth - FCAT Governor
Scott has recently come back to his hometown of Blackpool after leaving the local area for education pursuits in Cheltenham, where he studied a BSc degree in Network Computing. Scott is an established project manager leading complex technical projects and is currently employed by the global firm Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Scott now lives with his Partner in Bispham.
Steph Fairclough – Staff Governor
Having successfully achieved a BA Hons degree in child and family studies Steph was elected as an ambassador to promote excellence in school centred initial teacher training. She joined Westcliff as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in 2014. Prior to this she worked extensively in child development as a deputy nursery manager and as a Key Stage 1 teaching assistant. Her knowledge and experience ensure that children are fully supported in their transition from Nursery through to Key Stage 1. Steph’s current role as a Year 1 teacher has seen her achieve a 100% pass mark in phonics screening. Her passion is for children to achieve the best that they can.
Sam Smillie – Staff Governor
Sam is currently on secondment at Westcliff Primary having worked at Hambleton Academy for 17 years. She has been in education for 23 years in a variety of roles and settings, which has allowed her to gain a good understanding and knowledge of what education is and the ethos needed in schools. In her role as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) she has experience in both supporting and teaching in the classroom and also working closely with other members of staff.
Chris Turner – Parent Governor
Employed by BAE Systems for the past 11 years on the F-35 Programme, Chris has been elected by his peers as local trade union representative for the previous 8 years. Both he and his wife are accredited foster carers for Blackpool Council.