Board of Trustees


Our Board of Trustees has a balance and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience. They join the largest volunteer force in the county, there are over 250,000 volunteers governing state funded schools in England.

The board of trustees provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:
• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
• Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students
• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

Trustees set the aims and objectives for the school and set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as a source of challenge and support to the Headteacher. In action, this means:

• Appointing and performance reviewing the head teacher and senior leaders, including making decisions about pay
• Managing budgets and deciding how money is spent
• Engaging with students, parents and the school community
• Sitting on panels and making decisions about things like pupil exclusions and staff disciplinary
• Addressing a range of education issues within the school including disadvantaged students, students with special needs, staff wellbeing and teacher recruitment
• Looking at data and evidence to ask questions and have challenging conversations about the school

Trustees must be prepared to adopt the Nolan principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Trustees should also be committed to their role and to young people; confident in having courageous conversations; curious with an enquiring mind; able to challenge the status quo to improve things; collaborative to build strong relationships; critical to improve their own work and that of the board; and creative in problem solving and being innovative.

If you would like to consult the board of trustees  please contact Caroline Senior, Clerk to The Board of Trustees on email: or telephone 01270 765031

Chair of The Board of Trustees

Andrew Cliffe (22nd September 2020)

Vice Chair of The Board of Trustees

Gerard Heath (Term of Office 19/9/19 – 30/9/23)

Term of office as Vice Chair ends March 2022


Ben Hunt – (Term of Office 19/9/19 – 30/9/23)

Alan Bell – (Term of Office 19/9/19 – 30/9/23)

Sharon Joyce – (Term of Office 19/9/19 – 30/9/23)

Ellen Walton (Headteacher) September 2020

Matt Snelson (Term of Office 1/4/21 – 1/4/25)

Paula Arrowsmith (Term of Office 1/4/21 – 1/4/25)

David Roberts (Term of office 6/21 – 6/25)  – Parent Trustee

Sue Green (Term of office 6/21-6/25)- Parent Trustee



 Alan Bell (Appointed from 19/9/19)

 Andrew Cliffe (Appointed 22/9/20)

Patrick Heywood (Appointed 19/5/21)


Clerk to The Board of Trustees

Caroline Senior


Resignations within the last 12 months:

John Leigh (Retired Headteacher) August 2020

 Ginny Wynn – resigned September 2020

Louise Stanway – resigned Feb 2020

 Tom Jones – retired Feb 2021

Joanne Pressler – resigned March 21

Stephanie Owen – resigned May 21

Dom Graham – resigned May 21

Deborah Broad -resigned June 2021

Anna Condliffe – Resigned 7/7/21

Attendance at Meetings 19-20

Finance & Leadership sub-committee – Sharon Joyce (Chair)

Audit and Risk sub-committee – Sharon Joyce (Chair)

Environmental & Premises sub-committee – Ben Hunt (Chair)

Curriculum sub-committee – Anna Condliffe (Chair)

Student sub committee – TBC (Chair)

Staffing sub-committee – Steph Owen (Chair)



Mr Gerry Heath has made a declaration of business interest – further details on request to the Clerk


The Following Trustees have children/grandchildren at Sandbach High School & Sixth Form College

Mrs S Joyce,   Mr B Hunt, Mrs A Condliffe, Miss P Arrowsmith. Dr D Roberts and Mrs S Green


The Board of Trustees Handbook is currently being updated

Trustees’ Pecuniary Interests