Our Trustees are volunteers who play an important part in setting the strategic direction of The Crossley Heath School, ensuring we continue to raise standards and strive for excellence in everything that we do. All Crossley Heath School Trustees are passionate about improving the lives of every single young person and they are fully committed to our aim of being “outstanding and beyond”.

The core strategic functions of the governing body are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff;
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Trustees can be contacted via the Governance Professional on

The Chair of Trustees may also be contacted via the Governance Professional in the first instance.

The Crossley Heath School Trust

Crossley Heath School Academy Trust MembersAppointed
Sandra Whitson 1 January 2013Trust member
Nigel Bates1 January 2013Chair
Rod Atkinson 1 January 2013Trust member
Duncan Watson1 January 2022Trust member


TrusteeRoleAppointedIn Office Until
Dean JonesHead Teacher 1 February 2024Ex-Officio
Jaswinder SandhuChair01 January 202331 December 2026
Salma WindleVice-Chair12 December 202211 December 2026
Donna WoodParent18 October 202117 October 2025
Bill MontagueAppointed 1 September 202231 August 2026
Hamzah AhmedAppointed12 December 202211 December 2026
Kalyan MekalaAppointed12 December 202211 December 2026
Olivia MarshallAppointed12 December 202211 December 2026
Leigh BlanchardParent06 February 202305 February 2027
Gaurav JairathParent06 February 202305 February 2027
Shamaila SiddiquiParent06 February 202305 February 2027

Further Information

Trustees who have served within the last 12 months:

Nick Meir – 12 December 2022 to 06 July 2023
Sean Jagger – 12 December 2022 to 20 November 2023
Michael Amos – 14 November 2015 to 13 November 2023
Angela Birt – 1 January 2019 to 4 December 2023
Yasmin Ahmed – 21 March 2016 to 20 March 2024

Trust Members who have served within the last 12 months:

Business or personal interests – Trustees and Trust Members:
Some interests have been declared and are on the School’s Business Interests Register.

Trustees attendance at meetings can be found within the financial accounts

Trustees roles in other educational institutions:
Dr S Whitson

The agenda, minutes and associated papers of governing body meetings are available upon request from the Clerk to Governors  This does not include confidential reports or minutes.