Interim Academy Committee (IAC)
The IAC is a small body appointed on a short-term basis by ODST to take our school out of special measures - as such, it replaces the former governing body. Its members are appointed directly by ODST and are largely selected for their professional expertise in areas most valuable to the school during its journey out of special measures.
The IAC's main functions are to secure a sound basis for future improvement in the school and promote high standards of educational achievement.
After a period of up to two years, the transition from the IAC to a post-IAC governance structure begins with the appointment of a shadow governing body by ODST which works alongside the IAC for at least six months.
The IAC members are:
Simon Bissett (Chair)
Simon Bissett, born in Plymouth, is the Chair of the Interim Academy Committee. Simon was previously the Leadership and Governance Manager for Oxfordshire County Council and has considerable experience in the field of governance and school leadership. He was the head of a primary school and has taught all age ranges from Nursery to Year 9 as well as holding subject leadership and SEN coordinator roles.
Simon has worked with a significant number of schools, multi-academy trusts and local authorities. He is currently a Primary advisor to a multi-academy trust in the Westcountry and provides governance support to a large MAT in the Wiltshire area. In addition to this Simon is an OFSTED inspector and has completed over a dozen inspections this year. Simon is the Link IAC member for: Teaching and Learning; SEN; Safeguarding; Leadership & Management.
Lucy Mettyear has over 30 years of experience in teaching. She has taught English across KS3 and 4 and been a SENCO and senior leader in a number of schools. She has been an Advanced Skills Teacher working in partnership with primary schools to improve inclusive teaching and learning. Lucy was an Inclusion Consultant from 2004-2014. She has developed the SEND review, developed the Inclusion Handbook and launched the OXSIT website.
She teaches on the Brookes National Award for SENCOs. Her focus has always been on improving inclusive teaching and learning and developing systems and structures to support the accelerated progress of pupils with SEND. Lucy is the Service Manager for Vulnerable learners at Oxfordshire County Council. She is also the Headteacher of the Virtual School. She is the link IAC member for: SEN; safeguarding; personal development, behaviour and welfare.
Since September 2015 Karen Metcalfe has been working as a Diocesan Link Adviser for Oxford Diocesan Board of Education (ODBE). Previously she was a primary head teacher for seven years. She also undertake primary inspections for Ofsted. Karen is the link IAC member for: Curriculum; Reading; Writing; Personal development, behaviour and welfare.
Dr Nicola Mitchell
Nicola runs her own consultancy business working with UK universities and the third sector. She provides business critical services in strategic review and planning; business planning; programme and project evaluation; and, performance management review.
During her career Nicola has worked as an economist and senior policy adviser at a number of Government departments. Nicola has experience as a non-executive member on the Board of the UK Patent Office and the National Weights and Measurement Office. She has a long interest in education at all stages and has previously worked as a volunteer in a youth club. Nicola is the link IAC member for: Leadership & Management; Assessment
Liz Wickens has served as a governor of Wheatley Primary School for a total of nine years, originally as a parent governor and latterly as community governor, with responsibility for fostering links between school and community. This has included an ongoing project to establish a Trust to manage the Littleworth playing fields jointly for the benefit of both school and community, involving representatives from the parish council and ODST. Professionally, Liz is an editor and has worked for an educational assessment publisher (GL Education) for almost 20 years. She is the link IAC member for: Early Years; Reading; Writing; development of the school website.
Lou Golding (Parent Link)
Lou has been appointed by the IAC to act as the Parent Link, with responsibility for acting as a conduit between the IAC and parents and ensuring transparency of IAC actions and discussions. She says:
"I have been living in Wheatley for the last three and a half years and love the village! I attended Wheatley Park School many years ago. I am a mother to a football-mad boy in year three and have an eight month old boy also, so have lots of interest in the Primary School. Until recently I worked in a global role within a Market Research company locally. I am usually around at pick up and drop off, please feel free to pop over and have a chat!" Lou is the link IAC member for Early Years; Curriculum
Dates of the IAC meetings in 2018
These can be found on the school calendar and are also listed below:
Minutes of IAC meetings
IAC meetings take place every month. The minutes of the previous meeting are approved at each meeting and a copy filed in the school office. We are keen that parents receive as much information as possible about what the IAC is doing, but obviously some aspects of the IAC's business contain confidential pupil, financial or HR information so, in such cases, the discussion will be recorded separately as confidential minutes. However, the non-confidential minutes will be posted each month retrospectively as they are approved.