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Local Governing Body

Essa Academy is part of the Essa Foundation Academies Trust and the Local Governing Body’s role is to: set the direction for the Academy; monitor and evaluate its performance; act as a critical friend and hold leaders to account for the pace and rate of improvement and the achievement of all pupils; ensure compliance with all financial, statutory and regulatory requirements; and help the Academy respond to, and meet the needs of, parents and the wider local community.

You can download a copy of the Remit and Terms of Reference (Scheme of Delegation) here.

You can find out more about the Essa Foundation Academies Trust and how it operates here.

Our Local Governors:


Nicholas Ford

Headteacher at Bolton School, an independent school in Bolton. He has over 20 years teaching and senior leadership experience in state schools.  Nicholas is the Chair of the Local Governing body and a Sponsor Governor. Contact:

Paul Davidson

Teacher of Russian and French at Bolton School Boys Division, an independent school in Bolton. He is Head of Russian and Head of modern foreign languages and has lived and worked in Japan, Russia, and France. Paul is the Vice Chair of the Local Governing body and a Sponsor Governor.

Martin Knowles

Principal of Essa Academy. He is also a Staff Local Governor.


Joanna Atherton

Principal at Essa Primary School. She has over 12 years headship experience in a range of primary schools and has experience of working overseas as Vice Principal of a through school. 


Jordan Turner 

Staff Local Governor. He is faculty leader of science.

Farook Atcha

Project Officer working with local businesses for Bolton Council.  He is also a qualified Youth and Community worker. He is a Sponsor Governor


Sakil Kola

Parent Local Governor. Sakil is a local Bolton Entrepreneur. He is a shareholder of three companies. He is Vice Chairman of a registered UK charity. He also volunteers at a numbers of charities for example feed the homeless and supporting old age peoples homes.


Ihsan Niazi

Parent Local Governor


Amy Appleyard

Click to download the Essa Academy Register of Interests 2022-2023 and should you wish to apply to join the Academy Governing Body then please download and complete the Expression of Interest section in the Recruitment Pack.

Our local governors meet regularly. You can access copies of agendas and reports by emailing


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