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Mrs L. Hyde (Chair)

Lian joined our team of Governors 18 months ago and took up the position of Chair of Governors in September 2023. She has two children who attend the school and was keen to become involved in supporting Woodcroft Academy in a Governing role.

Lian's background lies in Primary teaching and working with children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). She taught in a large special school in Gloucester for 17 years and worked with pupils from 2-16 years old. Her specialisms include working with children with a wide range of autistic spectrum disorders (and related behavioural issues), early years education and managing maths, music (including singing and signing) and arts subjects across the board. 

She relocated back to her home town of Leek to be closer to family. Lian attended Woodcroft over 35 years ago and subsequently as a student 20 years ago! Woodcroft has a special place in her heart and she hopes to positively support the school in areas of Governing life. 

Governor Type: Parent 

End of Term: 1st January 2026

Miss C. Wright

Carly has been Principal at Woodcroft Academy since January 2023. Prior to this role, she was Vice Principal at Saint Nathaniel's for 6 years and has held senior leader roles in schools across Cheshire East and Stoke. She is a Specialist Leader of Education for English and has facilitated Network meetings for BTSA and has supported schools in the development of English across the trust. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.


Governor Type: Staff - Principal
End of Term: Ex-Officio
Miss E. Cerioni
Eva works as a Training and Development Officer for St Bart’s MAT, leading the BTSA School Direct teacher training programme and supporting the delivery of CPD for all school staff within our Trust and external schools. Eva is passionate about school improvement and feels privileged to be able to utilise her experience as a primary school teacher, English specialist and university lecturer to support schools on their learning journey. Eva is committed to her role as governor at Woodcroft Academy and looks forward to working with the school to improve outcomes for all pupils and to have a positive impact on the wider school community.

Governor Type: Trust Representative
End of Term: 
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Mr A. Geens

Adam has seen both his children pass through Woodcroft Academy and took up the role of Parent Governor in 2020, keen to support the academy on its journey. His professional role is Head of Outdoor Education for Stoke-on-Trent which includes managing Stanley Head OEC and operating as the City’s Outdoor Education Adviser. Both roles involve Adam working with a wide range of schools from Stoke, Staffordshire Moorlands and further afield and although predominantly office-based, he enjoys nothing more than delivering a range of adventurous activities to children during the busier periods.

When not working, Adam can probably be found down a cave with his two boys, jogging around the streets of Leek, or out in the Peak District with his family.

Governor Type: Parent
End of Term: 25th February 2025
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Mrs B. Bible

Beverley has worked in the school office at Woodcroft Academy for over 9 years, this is Beverley's second term as Staff Governor. Beverley has three children, two of which attended Woodcroft and the youngest currently attends Woodcroft nursery. Beverley is committed to her governor role and to upholding the high standards that Woodcroft aspires to.
Apart from spending time with her family and friends, Beverley enjoys knit
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Governor Type: Staff
End of Term: 1st September 2026
Mrs R. Patrick

Rosemarie has been Principal at Saint Nathaniel’s since January 2020.
She has over twenty years’ experience in teaching and leadership across schools in Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Cheshire. Rosemarie also sits on the Local Governing Committee of Bursley Academy in Staffordshire as Chair of Governors. Away from school she likes to spend time with her husband and their three children.

Governor Type: Trust Appointed
End of Term: Ex-Officio
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Mrs S. McInnes

Sheena moved to Leek from her home County of Norfolk 15 years ago.  She works in adult care and children's residential care and education as a Health & Safety Advisor and when she's not helping to keep everyone safe, she can be found in the kitchen cooking for friends, Sheena is looking forward to supporting the children and staff at Woodcroft Academy as a member of the Governing Body. 

Governor Type: Trust Appointed
End of Term: 1st September 2026
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