Phoenix Academy
Odell Road, Leamore, Walsall, WS3 2ED

Tel: 01922 712834

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The Governors of Phoenix Academy

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Please see the Local Governing Body Terms of Reference for governor appointing bodies.


Parent View

Click here to visit the Parent View site

Thank you to all Parents/Carers who completed our Parent Questionnaire in July 2019.

Please see the results by following the link below:-

Pupil Year 6 Leavers Exit Questionnaire – July 2019

Pupil Questionnaire Results – June 2019

Parent Questionnaire Results – March 2019


Update for September 2019:

Phoenix Academy are currently forming a new Governing Body (some positions are still being confirmed). We will soon be able to confirm which sub-committees each Governor will be appointed and will update this information as soon as it is available.

In the meantime, should you have any queries relating to the previous Interim Executive Board please contact Della Shipton, Clerk to the Governing Body via


Mrs Pat Hunt – Chair of Governors / Trust Governor (ATT Appointed Member).

Address:  Phoenix Academy, Odell Road, Leamore, Walsall – Tel:  01922 712834

Chair of Governors / Safeguarding Link Governor.

I have over 30 years’ experience in education across all phases from 4-18 years.  With experience in senior leadership in secondary, leading on teaching and learning and special educational needs and inclusion.  I have worked for the Local Authority as a school improvement adviser and have previously led Ofsted inspections across primary, secondary, special schools and academies.

Following this, I was a Senior Academy Improvement Director in a large multi-academy trust with strategic responsibility for Governance, Safeguarding, SEND, Pupil Premium and PHSEE.  My specific work with academies is school improvement.  My current role is CEO of a small but developing Multi-Schools Trust.


Mr David Brownsword – Vice Chair



I did a variety of jobs before entering the world of education.  I began my teaching career in 1990.  I have worked in eight different schools; two large Group 4 Primary Schools, a Group 3 Junior School, where I was the Deputy Head Teacher, and five Group 2 Primary Schools, in which I have been the Head Teacher of three and Vince Principal of two.  I worked for seventeen years in London.  After this I became the Head Teacher of a school in Walsall.  Since December 2013, I have worked for ATT (Academy Transformation Trust) in Clacton and Walsall.  I took up post of Principal of Jubilee Academy on 5th June 2017.

My interests outside of work include spending time with my family, most sports, reading and music.


Mrs Jenny Thompson – Principal

I have over 20 years’ experience in special education across all phases including: primary, secondary, further education and higher education. I have experience of Senior Leadership in primary special education, and through my work as a Director of Special Educational Needs for Buckinghamshire Learning Trust, I worked as a school improvement adviser with a specific focus on special educational needs. My current role is Principal of Phoenix Academy, and I also lead the Strategic Development Group focusing on SEND across the Trust.


Miss Lucy Dawes – Staff Governor

I am proud to be a staff Governor at Phoenix Academy. I have been a teacher here since 2012 and have taught at both Key stage 1 and 2 stage, across all year groups. Before my appointment here, I taught in mainstream for five years. In 2018, I took on the role of Assistant Principal and SENDCo, leading on Personal development, Behaviour and Attitudes within the Academy. I am passionate about education and thoroughly believe that ALL children have a right to the best education for them and I fight tirelessly to help achieve this. I try to ensure that all children have a full and rounded experience of education and have plenty of opportunities to extend their learning beyond the academic curriculum. I hope to inspire a love of learning in all children that I teach or am involved with, enabling them to successfully transition into the next stage of their education and on into later life.


Miss Jade Greenwood – Staff Governor


Details to follow


Mr Neil Toplass – Community Governor 

I have worked supporting and educating challenging students for the last 25 years. I have been a school leader for over 16 years and have been a Head for 12. I am currently the Executive Head Teacher of a split site residential SEMH school covering students from KS2 to KS4 (7-16 yrs old).

I am clear that students experiencing SEMH issues need to be supported by the best staff and have access to the best resources and curriculum a school can offer.

Students quite simply need to leave our provisions literate, numerate, resilient and able to self regulate their behaviour. This will provide them with the best possible starting point to enter a place of work.

Over the last 6 years I have worked to develop a Regional Network of SEMH schools based in the Midlands. With the support of Engage, and joining the committee, our local schools are working more and more closely to bring together staff (through moderation exercises, conferences and visits), students (through inter school competitions and events) and leadership teams (through network meetings and more recently peer reviews).

I am passionate about improving the life chances of some of the most challenging and vulnerable students in our country and I’m happy to share my experiences, both good and not so good to support others in their journey.


Community Governor – To be confirmed….


Parent Governor – To be confirmed….