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Our Governors

Presdales School converted to academy status on 1 April 2012 thereby becoming a charitable company limited by guarantee. There is a flat governance structure where all governors have the opportunity to be appointed as members.

Governors recognise their duties and responsibilities as ‘trustees’ for charity law purposes, as ‘directors’ for company law purposes as well as ‘governors’ of the school. The board of governors is responsible for the management and administration of the academy and they meet as a board at least six times each academic year.

Governors are volunteers with fixed terms of office for 4 years with the sole exception of the Headteacher who is appointed to the board for the duration of their employment in the role. Parent and Staff governor appointments are made by election. Governors may be re-elected or re-appointed. An election for the Chair and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors takes place in each academic year.

Governance of the school is supported by the Company Secretary who clerks all board meetings.

The board of governors carries out a regular skills audit and self- evaluation to ensure that the make-up of the board is balanced and contains appropriate skills and experience. The current board brings a range of expertise and skills which helps to direct the academy in a positive and effective way.

The priorities for the board of governors are:

* to set the vision of the school;

* to hold the head teacher to account for educational performance;

* to ensure that the academy’s money is well spent.

The board works in close partnership with the Headteacher to whom it delegates day to day running of the school.

The board is committed to continuous improvement and ensuring that the pupils remain the focus of everything that they do.

Chair of the Board of Governors – Howard Freed

Vice Chair of the Board of Governors – Jacqueline Harvey

Chair of the Achievement and Curriculum Committee – Mark Dunstan

Chair of the Finance Committee – Michael Robinson

Chair of the Personnel Committee – Kate Belinis

Chair of the Premises Committee – Peter Dougherty

For further information of any governance issue or to provide feedback, please contact the Governors via post at the school address or email


Mr Paul AbrahamParentResourcesSeptember 201728/09/2021
Ms Kate Belinis DLCommunityChair - Personnel
Strategy Group
Mrs Oyinda BishiParentTBCSeptember 201724/10/2021
Mr Peter DoughertyCommunityChair – Premises
Strategy Group
Revd Mark DunstanCommunityChair – A&Curriculum
Strategy Group
Pat EdwardsCommunityFinance26/03/201525/03/2019
Mr Howard FreedCommunityChair
Strategy Group
Mrs Jacqueline HarveyParentVice Chair
Safeguarding Guarding
Mr Geoff HayterParentFinance
Pupil Premium Governor
26/11/2013 30/01/2021
Mrs Alison HobsonParentFinance15/11/201614/11/2020
Mr Mike RobinsonCommunityChair – Finance
Strategy Group
Mrs Margaret StanleyStaff (Support)Finance
Mrs Maddie WallerParent September 201728/09/2021
Mr Matt WarrenHeadteacherEducational Trust
Strategy Group
Mrs M YatesStaffPremises01/09/201531/08/2019

Company Secretary   Mrs Katie Paxton-Doggett 

Please download the Presdales School Academy Governance Structure, Members and Board Meeting and Committee Attendance 2016-2017.

To view the Register of Interests May 2017 please click here.

To access Presdales School Annual Report & Accounts CLICK HERE