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Welcome to Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy which is an


“Outstanding” academy for children aged from 3-16 with physical and/or sensory needs.


We are co-located with Ormiston Endeavour Academy. 


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 Tel 01473 467600

 Defoe Road, Ipswich, IP1 6SG






Our Governors


At Thomas Wolsey, we have a very active and committed governing body who work closely with school staff to ensure that all pupils are safe and receive the support most appropriate to their needs in order to achieve to the very best of their ability. It is also the role of the governing body to ensure that school resources are used as efficiently and effectively as possible. 
Our full governing body meet termly but all governors have additional responsibilities and meet regularly in sub-committees to discuss particular aspects of school life.  All governors attend training sessions to ensure they are up-to-date with developments and are supported by a substantive clerk.
Our Governors visit school the regularly and enjoy being involved in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of school life. Most have personal or professional experience of working with young people with special needs.
In accordance with the law, all our governors are required to declare if they have any personal or financial interests. These declarations are up-dated termly.
All our governors can be contacted via the school office either by email: or by letter.  Please mark your envelope private and confidential and it will be forwarded to the named governor.



Governor Attendance

The essential trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do.

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Barbara Berresford

Curriculum Attainment Committee



My association with Thomas Wolsey goes back over many years. I have been a Parent Governor, Vice Chair and Chair. Previous experience as a high school teacher enables me to play an active role on the Curriculum Committee.


Term of Office 19/ 03/13 - 19/03/21


Pecuniary interests:




Attached to: Wonder Class

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Sue Chesworth


Finance Committee


I have had many years of experience in the field of special educational needs.  My roles have included: educational consultant, headteacher of a special school and CEO of a local charity which supports young people with additional needs.


Term of Office 21/01/2013 - 21/03/2021


Pecuniary interests:



Attached to: Da Vinci Class


Nicky Ashworth

Parent Governor

Finance Committee (Chair)

Personnel Committee

My daughter started at Thomas Wolsey in September 2012 and I became a Parent Governor in 2013.  I work full time for a technology company in the Payment Industry.  Having chaired the Management Committee at our local playgroup, I wanted to transfer what I had learnt from that role to support Thomas Wolsey.  I believe that every child deserves the opportunity to fulfil their individual potential.


Term of Office 19/03/2013 - 19/03/2021


Pecuniary interests:



Attached to: Owls Class

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Lynne Goodwyn

Co-opted Governor

Wellbeing Committee (Chair)


I have been involved with the school for a number of years as a parent of a former pupil who is now at One. My background is in nursing and I also run an accessible holiday home.


Term of Office 19/03/2013 - 19/03/2021


Pecuniary interests:



Attached to: Mandela Class

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Hollie Newton

Parent Governor

Personnel Committee (Chair)

Finance Committee

I have a child who is currently at the school.  My former background is in HR and investment banking.


Term of Office 28/02/2015 - 28/02/2019 


Pecuniary interests:



Attached to:Hedgehogs Class

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Dot Steeds

Co-opted Governor

Curriculum  Attainment Committee (Chair)

I have a long involvement with the school as I am a parent of a former pupil. I have alot of experience of working in schools as I am a former primary school teacher.  Other responsibilities that I hold include parish clerk.


Term of Office 19/03/2013 - 19/03/2021


Pecuniary interests:



Attached to:Rabbits Class


Emily Webster

Staff Governor

Curriculum Attainment Committee

I have worked at Thomas Wolsey School for over 12 years. I consider it an honour and a privilege to work with such a wonderful group of young people who challenge, entertain, enthuse and inspire me in equal measure!

I have a number of roles in school which keep me very busy. These include coordinating literacy and computing across the school and heading up the Secondary Department. Naturally I have to ensure that our pupils meet their individual learning goals, but I am also passionate about encouraging them to be as independent as possible and making sure they have lots of opportunities to develop their ideas and have their voices heard.


Term of Office 03/03/2014 - 03/03/2018 


Pecuniary interests:



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Nigel Woods

Co-opted Governor

Finance Committee

I have spent nearly 30 years in the IT industry and built up a successful IT consultancy company.  I am new to Thomas Wolsey although my daughter has been assisting the school through work experience for the last 4 years and she was so impressed at the level of support and commitment the school gives she inspired me to become involved. I focus on IT and Finance as part of my role as Governor.


Term of Office 23/11/2015 - 23/11/2019


Pecuniary interests:


Woodlands Consultancy Limited (director / shareholder)


Attached to:Foxes Class

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Rachel Shave

Staff Governor

Wellbeing Committee

I have held a number of roles at Thomas Wolsey since I started in 2014, these include Midday Supervisor, Playleader and Care Assistant.

I also provide supply cover for the Special Support Assistants.  I am really looking forward to my new role on the Governing Body and I hope the various roles I undertake at Thomas Wolsey will enable me to contribute further to the school.

                                   Term of Office: 26/06/17 – 28/06/2021

                                               Pecuniary Interests: Nil




Judi Newman    Term of Office: 16/06/2015-31/03/2017 

Pecuniary Interests: Armstrong Energy Very Sensible.

Chris Southwell Term of Office: 16/06/2015-31/03/2017

Pecuniary Interests: None.

Chris Chenery  Term of Office 21/01/2013 - 21/01/2017

Pecuniary interests: Nil