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Meet the Local Governing Body: Corley

The Local  Governing Body (LGB) of Corley Academy is committed to working in partnership with the Headteacher, staff and students to promote high standards of educational achievement and pastoral care. Governors monitor the school’s activities by receipt of reports at meetings and conducting whole school self-evaluation monitoring visits on a half-term basis.

Each visit has a separate focus; Leadership and Management, Progress and Achievement, Teaching and Learning, Behaviour and Safety, External Agency Working and Curriculum.

Should you wish to contact the governors, please forward details in writing, marked private and confidential for the attention of Ms M Lea, Corley Academy, Church Lane, Corley CV7 8AZ.

Alternatively, you can email, marked FAO of Chair of Governors in the subject line. Please remember that this is not a confidential email and could be viewed by any member of our school office staff.

Maureen Lea (Chair) - Safeguarding

I have been involved with Corley from when it was a part-time residential school and have witnessed its many changes to become the school it is today. I am currently a doctor's receptionist, working in a local practice for 25 years. Prior to that role, I had an extensive career in Pre-School Childcare in private and educational settings. I have brought this experience of working and supporting childcare to the board to help continue to improve and enhance students' life experiences.

Stephen Rees (Vice Chair) - Leadership and Management

My background has been in engineering, more specifically related to the automotive industry. My final post was Jaguar Cars, Browns Lane, as a manager and subsequently responsible for test facilities at Whitley and Land Rover at Gaydon.

It was whilst at Jaguar that I was first introduced to the possibility of becoming a school governor in Coventry. I made enquiries and my journey as a school Governor for the past 20 years (and counting) began. I have been a governor at two primary schools, the last of which I was Chair of Governors for 8 years, before moving to Corley 6 years ago. 

Now retired, I have more time to get involved and understand the workings and complexity of a school.

Over the 21 years as a school governor I have learnt the workings of the academic environment, so very different to working in industry, but most of all, I never cease to be amazed and impressed by the dedication, skills and the commitment of all the staff in the school environment.

Fabia Cipolat (Co-Opted Governor) - E-Safety

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Timi Hyacinth (Parent Governor) - Quality of Education / Behaviour & Attitudes

Dr Timi Hyacinth has over twenty years' experience in a range of educational roles, including: teacher, headteacher, IELTS examiner, programme leader, teacher trainer and educational consultant. Her PhD is from University of Warwick where she studied reflective practice in the context of English language teaching and applied linguistics. She excels in curriculum design, school strategy and teacher training.  She loves to design training materials and school quality assurance tools instruments. She is happily married with four children; two of them, biological.

Kelly Jones (Co-Opted Governor) - Health and Safety

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Nicky McIntosh (Parent Governor) - Quality of Education / Behaviour & Attitudes

I am a Mum of two, and a museum and gallery professional. I’ve worked in the sector for over 20 years, which has included working with schools and encouraging learning outside the classroom. Until 2019, I was Community and Learning Manager for Culture Coventry Museums, overseeing visits by around 200 different schools each year, a family learning and early years programme and managing teacher CPD in partnership with schools. I also acted as Deputy Designated Safeguarding Officer for the Herbert Art Gallery. I now work freelance for the arts & cultural sector and am interested in ways that museums and galleries can advocate for and work with neurodivergent people. I also help with children’s work at All Saints Church, Allesley.

Mandy Wilkinson - Website / Policies

I am the School Business Manager at Corley Academy and worked for Corley Centre 15 years prior to our acadamisation.

I have seen changes at Corley and feel very proud to be part of the school we are today. I was a governor at my children's primary school and missed being involved in school at that level when they moved to a secondary school, so when the opportunity presented itself to be a governor at Corley, I jumped at the chance. 

I have been a governor now for over 12 years and still enjoy the contribution we can make to the school.

Zara White (Staff Governor)

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Mark White Ex-Officio (Headteacher)

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