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Welcome from the Chair of Governors        

If you are new to The Dorcan Academy or considering sending your child here, I would like to welcome you.

We have seen a continuation of our improving GCSE results in August 2019.  Much of this progress is down to the tremendous hard work of the staff in lessons and during extra curricular sessions.

What really makes Dorcan stand out is that it is truly “An academy of Opportunity”. The range of out of school activities on offer is amazing. The staff give up much of their time voluntarily to ensure that our students have so many opportunities to experience a wide range of visits and activities. 

Along with the academic opportunities, there are other activities to help each student to develop fully as an individual. In turn this gives a great foundation for when they move on to the next stage of their education.

All these changes are working towards our aim of making Dorcan Academy an outstanding school of first choice at the heart of our community.

We continue to strengthen our team of Governors. They are all committed to providing the best environment for each of our students to thrive in.  

If you are interested in becoming a Governor do please contact the Clerk to the Governors at the school or by emailing   Becoming a governor is rewarding and an important way of making a contribution to the school.  Governors are also encouraged to attend training courses as part of their continuing development.

As Governors we would encourage every parent and carer to support the academy in every way possible and in so doing enabling their child to get the most from their time with us.

I can be contacted at the following email address:

Andria Thomas, Chair of Governors


Purpose and objectives of the Governing Body

The Governing Body has a number of responsibilities. The Governing Body acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the school’s senior leadership team, however governors are not involved in the day-to-day operational management of the school.

Establishing strategic direction: set the vision, values and objectives for the school; agreeing the school improvement strategy/plan with priorities and targets; meeting statutory duties

Ensuring accountability: appointing the Headteacher; holding the Headteacher to account for teaching, achievement, behaviour and safety; challenging and strengthening the Headteacher’s leadership; performance managing the Headteacher; engaging with stakeholders; contributing to school self-evaluation

Ensuring financial probity: setting the budget; monitoring spending against the budget; ensuring value for money is obtained; ensuring risks to the organisation are managed


The Governing Body consists of 20 posts:

9 Community Governors: these are volunteers from the local community and are elected by the rest of the Governing Body, in line with national guidelines. They provide experience and continuity and the opportunity to ensure there is the right skill set on the Governing Body

7 Parent Governors: nominated and elected by parents/carers

3 Staff Governors: nominated and elected by staff

The Headteacher

All Governors are subject to re-election every four years (with the exception of the Headteacher). Governors attend training to equip them to fulfil their role. 

If you have any queries about the Governing Body or an interest in becoming a Governor please contact us at

Available Downloads For This Page Upload Date
36D TDA Governor Visits and Monitoring Policy 2019.pdf 04-Feb-2020
Scheme of Delegation 2019-20.pdf 23-Jan-2020
Governor Profiles January 2020.pdf 23-Jan-2020
Governors List with pecuniary interest January 2020.pdf 23-Jan-2020
Funding Agreement.pdf 17-Apr-2015
Articles of Association.pdf 06-Nov-2014