The Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy Board
Ms J Johnson is Governance Officer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to contact Sue Pandit, Chair of Governors.
Leigh Academies Trust – Key Governance Documents:
Message from Sue Pandit, Chair of Governors
I am privileged to have been a governor at SCWA since 2014. I was one of the first group of Stationers’ Company governors who were appointed when the Stationers’ Livery Company sponsored the conversion of Crown Woods College to Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy and as it joined the very successful Leigh Academies Trust.
For the first three years I had a specific relationship with Sherwood School. I was then appointed Deputy Chair of Governors in 2017 and now succeed Kevin Dewey as Chair: following Kevin in this role is going to be quite a challenge for me!
The Stationers’ Company has been involved in a number of initiatives at SCWA including a donation of £500,000 to fund the Stationers’ Digital Media Centre in the William Morris building. I do hope you have all had a chance to visit the centre which is equipped with industry standard hardware and software in a beautifully designed suite of rooms. We continue to support the Academy with mentoring opportunities, visiting speakers supporting careers events and this term the launch of the CCF Royal Marine Corps.
I have seen how successfully SCWA has progressed over recent years and was very happy with the results of the recent Ofsted inspection which recognized the Academy as Good. I am particularly interested in the launch of the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme which will enhance the experience of pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9. It is good to see Arden go from strength to strength.
I have an honours degree in Economics and Economic and Social History from the University of York, a PGCE from the Institute of Education and an MBA from Henley Management College.
After 12 years in industry working in strategic planning and marketing for a number of companies including Unilever. I changed career direction and became a teacher. initially teaching A level. I then moved on to teaching and managing undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of the Arts, London and Oxford Brookes University. For five years I was the Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies – the premier centre for publishing education in the UK. My last job before retiring in 2010 was Dean of the School of Printing and Publishing at the University of the Arts London.
Since 2010 I have been very involved with the Stationers’ Company, the City Livery Company for the content and communications industries. I initially set up a postgraduate bursary scheme for students studying relevant subjects including publishing, journalism and digital media. I am a Liveryman and a member of the Company’s Court. I am also a Citizens Advice volunteer.
I look forward to meeting you at one of the many SCWA events over the next year.
The Board of Leigh Academies Trust has a range of powers and responsibilities which it is legally required to carry out, working in a close and balanced partnership with the Chief Executive and Principals, to ensure that the Academy provides the best possible education for all its students.
Detailed work is carried out in two Committees: Academic Standards and Resources which report to the full Trust Board.
Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy also has its own local Academy Board which is shared with Eastcote Primary Academy (the Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy Board). The Academy Board is responsible for the governance of the Academy. The majority of the day-to-day leadership and management is delegated to the Principal of the Academy. The Chair of the Academy Board is represented on the Trust Board to ensure that there is effective and coherent governance.