Governance - East Cheshire Youth Acheivement Free School

The Fermain Academy Board of Governors meets every school term, as well as termly delegated committee meetings, and more regular sub committee meetings. Minutes for the following meetings can be viewed here:

Autumn Term 2015 - GB Minutes

Spring Term 2016 - GB Minutes

Attendance at GB Meetings

View attendance from all 2015/2016 GB Meetings.

Business / Pecunirary Interests

The Trust keeps a record of all declared business interests. The up to date register of interests can be viewed here.


Our Governing Board

Stephen Armstrong - Chair of Governing Board

Stephen is Project Leader for Special Schools with the Achievement for All 3As charity. His professional background is in primary, special education and advisory work in north London and Essex. His previous professional experience: Teaching in primary and special schools in North London and Essex. Stephen has been a head teacher in special schools in Essex and Enfield. He has also carried out advisory teaching work for children with complex needs in the London Borough of Newham. He led the Achievement for All pilot in Camden and is now working to promote Achievement for All, Early Support and Parental Engagement with schools, local authorities and parent groups in London.

He has previously been an accredited Ofsted inspector for primary and special schools and has participated as a team inspector in Section 5 inspections during 2011/2012. Stephen uses his experience of working in school inspections to inform his work in Achievement for All and Early Support.

Stephen has a particular interest in building networks between Achievement for All special schools and alternative provisions in order to promote networking and sharing best practice with colleagues and parents in special provision. He is a qualified Achievement for All Coach and has coached in special and mainstream schools. He uses his coaching role to support fellow professionals to gain maximum impact on the progress of children who have special educational needs.

Stephen is a member of the National Special Educational Needs and Disability Forum. He is engaged in working with colleagues from a number of local authorities in preparing for the impact of the new Children and Families Act 2014. Stephen works with colleagues in the field and with parents and carers to recognise that the Act and new Code for SEND offers a crucially important opportunity to ensure children get the best possible opportunities to thrive and enjoy a full life. The milestone reforms for children with SEND and their families represent the next critical step in the long journey of securing entitlement. This is a cause that Stephen is passionately committed to supporting.

John Hughes

My name is John Hughes I am 64 years of age, married with three grown up children. I graduated with a 2.1 Hons degree in sociology and Psychology, and sports Psychology from Newcastle University. I have spent most of my life working as a teacher of Sociology, business studies, Economics, and English having spent over ten years at Wirral Grammar School.

I am a Qualified Child Counsellor and Life Skills Mentor, having gained my qualification from Newcastle College in 2003. In 2004, I gained a diploma in ICT qualifying as an ICAA Teacher (Cert in Information Communication Technology).

In 2007 I gained qualifications (Cert) in Child Protection and safeguarding and also (Cert) in Private and Public Law Child Contact, (Cert) CORAM. Because of my experience related to family issues, I have been a registered Family court witness for a number of years and I am considered an authority on functions of the “modern family” and related poverty issues. I was heavily involved in founding of NYAS House Child Supervised Contact Centre, and acted as the project manager for the project.

I am also a certified Educational Visits Co-Ordinator (Health and Safety), having attended the required course in 2003.

In 1999 I contributed to the ‘Wirral Strategy’, a document highlighting the five deprived areas of the Wirral, relating to poverty and social stratification. Since then, I have helped various charities in the Wirral area.

I have various sports coaching awards and have been involved in sport at international level, having been involved in the Wirral International Tennis Event, and also Wimbledon as a qualified Umpire. Over the last few years I have been involved at director level in tennis and was men’s chairman and captain of my golf club.

At present, I am involved with charity work and I am governor of a local primary school.

Mervyn Harding

Director of Finance and Operations, Mervyn Harding PhD, MBA – Mervyn has worked in a number of high tech sectors taking innovative products and services through to commercial usage based on client focused methodologies. He has also delivered on a number of programmes designed to engaged young people into new progression pathways into higher education or training. The development of the online services involved several consultations with young people and impact evaluations to demonstrate value for money to the funders.

Martin Howlett

Martin has had 25 years experience in education and 7 years as a Secondary Headteacher. Training in Avery Hill College in SE London with a specialism of Design and Technology and second subject as PE, Martin achieved a BEd Hons in Education. Since qualifying as a teacher, Martin has gained further qualifications at Diploma, Advanced Diploma and Masters Level in Education Management. Martin has also achieved the NPQH. Working in challenging secondary schools, Martin was Headteacher in three large schools, two of which he moved out of a Special Measures category. He has had experience of moving schools into Academies and also mentored other schools on their improvement. Since leaving headship, Martin has successfully built up a Leadership Coaching and Mentoring business which is operating in the United States.

Martin currently works for the Youth Federation as an Operations Director and also works for Achievement for All (DfE Funded) as an Achievement Coach. Martin has been a National Trainer for Early Support and Parental/Carer Engagement Strategies. Martin has worked internationally with the Parent/Carer Engagement strategy by supporting the New York City Parental Engagement development for over ten years. In the role of Parent/Carer Engagement trainer, Martin has worked with four Local Authorities in the South East to support LA Officers in the implementation of the 2014 Children and Families Act. As an Achievement Coach, Martin is responsible for coaching eight challenging secondary schools in England and Wales around the SEND progress agenda.

Martin was recently appointed to the Education Advisory Board for Wales where he supports the national development of SEND education support strategies in Wales.

Tim Haselwood

Jane Dyson

Nic Brindle - Principal

Emma Colley - Staff Trustee

Get in touch

For more information or to refer a student please use the details below.

Tel: 01625 611 001

Address: The Fermain Academy, Beswick Street, Macclesfield, SK11 8JG