Governors (who are also company directors and trustees) share responsibility for the strategic overview of how the School runs now, how it should run in the future and how well it carries out all its functions as an Academy Trust. This is not about day to day leadership and management of the School, which is the responsibility of the staff lead by the Principal and the Support and Leadership Team, but holding the School to account for its effectiveness. It is about establishing and maintaining a broad picture of what we do here and why, and contributing to our future direction. It is also about maintaining the vital links with the community we serve by acting as a conduit for the views of parents and others, and by acting as an ambassador for the work of the School.

Organisational Structure - The Board of Trustees meets once every half term. The Board establishes an overall framework for the governance of the Academy and determines membership, terms of reference and procedures of Committees and other groups. It receives reports including policies from its Committees for ratification. It monitors the activities of the Committees through the minutes of their meetings. The Board may from time to time establish Working Groups to perform specific tasks over a limited timescale. There are 3 main committees, Learning, People and Resources, who also consider Value for Money and Audit.

The following decisions are reserved to the Board of Trustees; to consider any proposals for changes to the status or constitution of the Academy and its committee structure, to appoint or remove the Chairman and/or Vice Chairman, to appoint the Principal and Clerk to the Trustees, to approve the Annual Improvement Plan (CIP) and budget. The Trustees are responsible for setting general policy, approving the budget and statutory accounts, monitoring the Academy by the use of budgets and other data, and making major decisions about the direction of the Academy, capital expenditure and staff appointments. The Trustees and Board of Trustees have devolved responsibility for day to day management of the Academy to the Principal and Support and Leadership Team.

To contact the Chair of Governors, Keith Baker, please e mail the Clerk, Lisa Champ on

Name Type of Governor Position Date of Appointment End of Office
Keith Baker Member Member/Governor 31/03/2014 N/A
Stephen Barnes Parent Governor Governor 21/03/2016 20/03/2020
David Brenton Member Member/Governor 14/03/2011 N/A
Chris Cooper Member Appointment  Governor 11/03/2013 21/05/2021
James Gregory Member Appointment Governor 28/11/2017 27/11/2021
Stephen Hichens Staff Governor Governor 22/10/2016 21/10/2020
Rosie Howard Member Appointment Governor 27/03/2017 28/03/2021
Jacquie Laffar Staff Governor Governor 20/10/2017 19/10/2021
Sue Leyman Member Member/Governor 01/09/2014 N/A
David Morey Member Member/Governor 14/03/2011 N/A
Rupert Poole Principal Governor 01/09/2014 N/A
Gemma Poulton Parent Governor Governor 20/10/2014 19/10/2018
Caran Reddick Staff Governor Governor 09/02/2015 08/02/2019
Paul Tearle Staff Governor Governor 05/10/2016 04/10/2020
Carey Thorne Member Appointment Governor 24/11/2017 23/11/2021
Sue Williams Member Member/Governor 19/05/2014 N/A
Nick Way LA Governor 19/10/2015 18/10/2019


Governors who are no longer serving but have served during the last academic year

Hilary Anderson Member Appointment End Term 03/10/2016
Tom Evans Staff Governor End Term 22/10/2016
Andrew Vaccari Co-Opted End Term 27/03/2017
Susie Hills Member Appointment End Term 26/04/2017
Adam Huntington-Whiteley Parent Governor End Term 10/07/2017
Dave Maddison Member Appointment End Term 13/06/2017
Robert Angell Staff Governor End Term 06/09/2017
Anne Hughes Member Appointment End Term 20/07/2017
Deborah Leighton Plom Member End Term 10/10/2017
Nigel Guthrie Member Appointment End Term 30/11/2017


Company Secretary Ben Brook

Clerk to Governors Lisa Champ 

Policy Group Terms of Reference
Full Board Terms of Reference
Trustees List and Meeting Attendance
Register of Interests 2018