The Chair of our Governing Body is Mr Mike Thake.

To write to him please use the address below:
Mr Mike Thake, Chair of Governors
c/o Studley High School,
Crooks Lane,
B80 7QX

Governors and Committees:

Policy & Resources

  • Mr Mike Thake (Chair)  Community Governor
  • Mr Neil Robinson  Community Governor
  • Mrs Elaine Shelley  Community Governor
  • Mrs Penny Hunt  Community Governor
  • Mr Lee Gray  Headteacher

Finance & Staffing

  • Mrs Elaine Shelley (Chair) Community Governor
  • Mr Mike Thake Community Governor
  • Mr Mike Weddell  Community Governor
  • Mr Ian Dixon Parent Governor (Elected)


Curriculum & Communications

  • Mrs Penny Hunt (Chair)  Community Governor
  • Ms Jo Lumley Staff Governor
  • Mrs Helen Parry Parent Governor (Selected)
  • Mr David Stanley  Community Governor
  • Mr David Ward Parent Governor (Selected)
  • Vacancy

Health & Safety (Building & Premises)

  • Mr Neil Robinson (Chair)  Community Governor
  • Mrs Sally Stephenson  Parent Governor (Selected)
  • Mrs Yvonne Clarke  Staff Governor
  • Mrs Zarana Haines  Staff Governor
  • Mrs Jayne Woodward  Parent Governor (Selected)

Subject link Governors

  • Inclusion/SEND/G&T – Mr David Stanley
  • Pupil Progress/Vulnerable Groups – Mrs Penny Hunt
  • English – Mr Ian Dixon
  • Maths – Mr Mike Weddell
  • IT/Business – Mr Neil Robinson
  • Science – Mrs Elaine Shelley
  • Technology/Art – Mr Neil Robinson
  • Expressive Arts – Mr David Stanley
  • Humanities – Mrs Jayne Woodward
  • MFL – Mr Mike Thake
  • PE – Mrs David Ward
  • Careers – Mr Mike Thake

The Chair of Governors & Head Teacher are ex officio members of all committees

As an academy, Studley High School (SHS) is independent of the local authority but is still subject to the same checks and inspections as all other schools.   It receives regular Ofsted inspections and is accountable to its Governing Body (GB). The “company members” of the Academy Trust are responsible for appointing the governors. The GB consists of representatives from SHS staff (both teaching and non-teaching), parents and members of the local community.

The Governing Body is the board of management attached to the Academy Trust which has the legal responsibility for the schools financial accountability, setting and maintaining the strategic direction, the ethos of the school, monitoring and evaluating performance, and determining key policies eg admissions, behavior, etc. The GB works with the head teacher to ensure that the school achieves the highest possible standards across all areas of school activity.

Specific duties given to it by law include:

  • Agreeing and monitoring an annual budget detailing planned spending and staffing
  • Agreeing school development priorities
  • Monitoring and evaluating the performance of the school
  • Setting school targets
  • Making sure that the curriculum is balanced
  • Agreeing school policies
  • Appointment of Headteacher and other senior staff
  • Preparing an action plan following an Ofsted inspection
  • Developing extended services to meet the school’s needs as part of the wider local community

Governors have a responsibility to support and challenge the head teacher to ensure that the school operates to optimum performance for the benefit of all pupils to provide them with the best and most rounded education possible within prescribed budgets approved by the GB.

School Governors are, perhaps, the most important volunteers in education. Indeed, governors actively help to shape the workforce of the future. The quality of education we provide for today’s children will affect the quality of our society in the future.

We are privileged to have a full complement of governors at this time but if you are interested in helping us, or even joining us at some later date, and you feel you could contribute in some way and you have the ability to ask searching questions whilst respecting the Headteacher’s position. Questions on topics such as:

  • Is the head teacher delivering through her staff the right educational experience for our pupils?
  • Are all of our pupils developing and progressing as we would like?
  • Are we delivering value for money in the education we are giving pupils?
  • How can our school raise additional funds, whether for capital projects or extra activities?
  • How should our school engage with other schools and the wider community?
  • Are we maintaining an ethos and appearance that is consistent with our strategic vision?
  • Are we fulfilling our legal obligations (e.g. child protection, health and safety and corporate)?

There is no set formula for the type of person who should be on our GB. However, governors must be committed to the school and they must be able to ask the questions mentioned above in an effective way that ensures the school delivers the best education possible to our pupils in a safe and welcoming environment for all – pupils, parents, staff and all visitors.

If you would like to become a governor, or help in some way, then please get in touch.