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The Governing Board exists to provide strong strategic leadership to a school, ensuring accountability for its educational and financial performance. The Governing Board is made up of members of our community, parents, staff and local businesses. Some functions of the governing board include:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff

Our Trustees ensure that Oak Learning Partnership (OLP) Trust is operating in accordance with the provisions of the Articles of Association and the Scheme of Delegation. 

The Board of Trustees is the accountable body for the performance of all schools within the OLP Trust.


  • Ensure that the Trust has a firm strategic direction, well-defined aims and objectives, and  a strong ethos   
  • Ensure that the CEO accounts to them for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils, and for staff performance.
  • Scrutinise the financial performance of the Trust, ensuring financial probity and value for money.

For full details of our Trustees please visit the Oak Learning Partnership Governance page.


How governance works at Hazel Wood

Our governance model is the same as the other schools across the Oak Learning Partnership and our governors therefore sit on our Quality of Education Board. Members of this board are appointed by the CEO and the Executive Team, and all appointments are ratified by Trustees. The Quality of Education Boards support our Headteachers and report to Trustees.

The QEBs have a specific focus on the quality of education at each school.  They support the Headteacher and leadership team to devise and monitor the priorities for school improvement as laid down in the School Development Plan.

Across the school year the QEB meet five times and focus on the following areas:

·        Quality of the curriculum, teaching and pupil outcomes

·        Quality of pupil behaviour and personal development

·        Attendance

·        Quality of leadership and management

·        Safeguarding

·        Pupil premium strategy

·        Stakeholder engagement

Contacting our governing board

The chair of our Quality of Education Board (Sheila Gaskell) can be contacted via email to the or via post using the following information:

  • Via post: Sheila Gaskell, Chair of Governors, Hazel Wood High School, Hazel Avenue, Bury, BL9 7QT.
  • Via email: this can be done via the Clerk to the Quality Education Board - clerk@oaklp.co.uk

2023 - 2024 Governor Meeting Dates

Governors will meet on the following dates:

Date Time
26th September 2023 4.30pm - 6.00pm
21st November 2023 4.30pm - 6.00pm
23rd January 2024 4.30pm - 6.00pm
14th May 2024 4.30pm - 6.00pm
9th July 2024 4.30pm - 6.00pm
Governors 2023 - 2024
Previous Governors (left within last 12 months)
NameGovernance Appointment DateGovernance Term of Office EndsAppointed byNamed Business and/or personal interests with School/Trust
Sheila Gaskell (Chair)11.02.202019.07.2024Academy MembersOak LP Trustee, Chair of Governors of Unsworth Primary School until 31/08/2022
Gary Pullan01.09.202119.07.2024Academy MembersN/A
Noreen Saima (Staff Governor)11.02.2020 (Re-elected 12.07.2022)12.07.2026Staff BodySibling employed by Elms Bank
Wendy Jackson11.10.202311.10.2027Academy MembersN/A
NameGovernance Appointment DateGovernance Term of Office EndedAppointed by
Catherine Dent12.07.202223.01.2024Academy Members
Mohammed Akram11.02.202011.02.2024Academy Members

Governor Attendance at Meetings


Sheila GaskellAttendedAttendedAttended
Gary PullanAttendedAttendedAttended
Mohammed AkramAttended
Catherine DentAttendedAttended
Wendy JacksonN/AAttendedAttended
Noreen SaimaAttendedAttended
Paul GreenhalghAttendedAttendedAttended


Sheila GaskellAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Gary PullanAttendedAttendedAttended
Mohammed AkramAttendedAttendedAttended
Catherine DentAttendedAttendedAttended
Noreen SaimaAttendedAttended
Paul GreenhalghAttendedAttendedAttendedAttended
Halima KhatoonAttended
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