Governance

The Learning Alliance

Local Governing Body (LGB)

Interim Executive Board (IEB)

On 1st September 2020 The Oaks Academy became part of The Learning Alliance.​  

The Learning Alliance

The Learning Alliance is a new multi-academy trust formed on 1st September 2020 as a merger between Congleton Multi-Academy Trust and Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust. The trust consists of eight schools, three of which are primary schools and five are secondary schools, all based across Cheshire and north Staffordshire.

The trust believes in allowing each school to retain its distinctive and successful ethos whilst also being able to support the ambition of individual schools, help children to reach their potential and benefit from the greater resources that partnership within the trust brings.  

Our vision and values are:

We are ambitious for all children – our schools share a commitment to providing world-class education while inspiring children to realise their full potential 

Our schools reflect their communities – each school has the freedom to determine its own ethos within overarching trust goals 

Together we can achieve more – we know that collaboration and working in partnership enriches us all 

The Learning Alliance,
Box Lane,
Congleton,
Cheshire,
CW12 4NS
Company registration no. 07538467

Local Governing Body (LGB)

The purpose of the IEB is to, on behalf of TLA, hold school leaders, and Trust Officers, to account for the improvement in performance of the school. It will ensure TLA receives regular information on the operation and performance of the school. It is expected to affect the immediate recovery of the school, including, as relevant, by:

  • Setting strategic and short-term objectives for the school
  • Enabling rapid decision making 
  • Providing support & challenge for the school leadership team
  • Building confidence among staff and parents in the school 
  • Establishing a strong platform for effective governance

LGB Governors and Additional Information

Contact for the Chair of Governors: clerk@thelearningalliance.co.uk

Former Ofsted Inspector

Extensive background in education, with about 36 years in the classroom followed by eight years as an HMI.  Supported school improvement and governance in a range of multi-academy trusts.

Date of Appointment: 1st September 2021

Term of Office: Four Years

Financial Interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: Vice Chair of Governors – Sir William Stanier (Crewe)

Contact for the Chair of Governors: clerk@thelearningalliance.co.uk

Headteacher at Springfield School in Crewe, which caters for children and young people between the age of 4 – 19 with Severe Learning Difficulties and Complex Needs.

Date of Appointment: 1st September 2021

Term of Office: Four Years

Financial Interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Head of Computing at a Cheshire high school, with significant Governor experience with a range of Governing Bodies.

Date of Appointment: 1st September 2021

Term of Office: Four Years

Financial Interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: Governor at Holmes Chapel Comprehensive

Assistant Headteacher in the West Midlands, former Crewe resident and Business & Law graduate.

Date of Appointment: 1st September 2021

Term of Office: Four Years

Financial Interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Membership Coordinator, Crewe Chamber of Commerce

Date of Appointment: 1st September 2021

Term of Office: Four Years

Financial Interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Global Technology and Infrastructure Services, Barclays.

Date of Appointment: 1st September 2021

Term of Office: Four Years

Financial Interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Pastor, Hope Church, Crewe.

Date of Appointment: 1st September 2021

Term of Office: Four Years

Financial Interests: None

Governance roles in other schools: None

Governor Attendance Records

Name20/09/202122/11/202116/2/20226/6/2022
Mary MasseyYesYes  
Lisa HodgkinsonYesYes  
Andrew MiddletonNoYes  
Daniel BullYesNo  
Angela WilkinsonYesYes  
Simon LockettNoYes  
Phil HowellYesYes  

IEB Members and Declarations

MemberRoleEntityNatureNotesFrom
Mr Andrew PearTrusteeReliance Medical LtdDirector  
Pecks Restaurant LtdDirector
Wheatsheaf Sandbach LtdDirector
East Cheshire Chamber of Commerce Director
Reliance Medical Shanghai LtdDirector
Pear Property Developments LtdDirector
Pleskarn LtdCEO  
Reliance Medical Holdings LtdCEO 01-Sep-20
Pleskarn LtdCEO 01-Sep-20
William Dean Education and Countryside TrustTrustee 01-Sep-20
Pear Hospitality and Retail Holdings LtdCEO 01-Sep-20
Pear Interiors LtdCEO 01-Sep-20
Lion and Swan LtdCEO 01-Sep-20
Pear Property Investments (Residential) LtdCEO 01-Sep-20
Pear Property Leases Sandbach LtdCEO 01-Sep-20
Pear Property Investments (Sandbach) LtdCEO 01-Sep-20
Rubys FundDirector 01-Sep-20
Castle Primary SchoolFamily ConnectionFamily connection to a Local Governor at Castle Primary School 
E-ACTMember  
East Cheshire Chamber of CommerceDirector 24-Apr-17
Lion and Swan LtdCEOHotel and restaurant23-Jun-20
Reliance Racing PartnershipPartnerHorse Racing Partnership01-Feb-21
MemberRoleEntityNatureNotesFrom
Mr David Wootton CBETrusteeAATTrusteeAurora Academies Trust – southern england01-Sep-12
UCATChair of TrusteesUCAT is in the process of wind down and should formally close soon09-Jun-18
WOTTONEDUCATIONOwner and Managing DirectorA leadership and school improvement consultancy and as such I work with a variety of schools, academies, colleges, multi academy trusts and others involved in other aspects of the education sector from time to time.01-Mar-11
LCTTrusteeLearning Communities Trust – Telford09-Sep-16
Educo TrustTrustee 01-May-21
MemberRoleEntityNatureNotesFrom
Mrs Dianne SinclairTrusteeStonehammer MusicOwned by sonHas supplied musical instruments and tuition to various local schools.01-Sep-20

IEB Minutes 2020 -2021

IEB Meeting Attendance

Date Dianne SinclairDavid WoottonAndy Pear
05/07/2021YesYesYes
07/06/2021YesYesYes
10/05/2021YesYesYes
29/03/2021YesYesYes
09/03/2021YesYesYes
08/02/2021YesNoYes
11/01/2021YesYesYes
11/12/2020YesYesYes
23/11/2020YesYesYes
02/11/2020YesYesYes
28/09/2020YesNoYes

The Oaks Academy Previous Governance

All Governance information from 1st November 2019 to 1st September 2020 can be found here.

All Governance information prior to 1st November 2019 can be found here.