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Pontefract Academies Trust

Our School Governance Committee

Our school is operated by Pontefract Academies Trust (PAT).

The PAT was created under the provisions of the Academies Act 2010, as amended by the Education Act 2011.  Its structure of governance is constituted under the Articles of Association.  The Trust is an exempt charity by virtue of the Charities Act 2011.

The Funding Agreement between the Department for Education (DfE) and the Trust sets out the terms and conditions on which grant is made.  The Trust Board is responsible for ensuring that the conditions of grant are met.  As part of this process the Trust is required to have in place appropriate arrangements for sound governance, financial management, securing value for money and accounting, and for using public funds for the purposes for which they were intended by Parliament.   

This Trust Board is accountable in law for all decisions about its schools.  This does not mean the Trust Board is required to make all the decisions itself.  Some decisions can be, and are delegated, including to School Governance Committees, delegated officers, and other Trust Board established committees.  The Governance Policy and Scheme of Delegation sets out the framework which the Trust Board has approved and is summarised below:


De Lacy Primary School School Governance Committee (SGC)

The De Lacy Primary School SGC is a sub-committee of the Trust Board and has various responsibilities delegated to it through the Pontefract Academies Trust Governance Policy and Scheme of Delegation.

The School Governance Committee of De Lacy Primary School  from September 2017 is made up of:



Appointed by

Appointment Date

Term End Date/Date Stepped Down

John Beevers


Trust Board



David Dunn

Head of School (ex-officio)

Trust Board


Not Applicable

John Parkin Executive Headteacher (ex-officio) Trust Board 01/09/2016 Not Applicable

Trish Hollies

Vice Chair

Trust Board



Averil Birch

School Governor

Trust Board



Sarah Asquith

Parent School Governor *

Trust Board



John Gough

School Governor**

Trust Board



Ashley Duncan Assistant Headteacher Trust Board 01/09/2017 Not Applicable
Sarah Humphreys Assistant Headteacher Trust Board 01/01/2018 Not Applicable

The role of Chair changed on 17/05/2017 from Trish Hollies to John Beevers

The role of Vice Chair changed on 17/05/2017 from Averil Birch to Trish Hollies

*Appointed without election as no other nominations received.  One Parental Vacancy which the SGC are aiming to fill in academic year 2017/18.

**Also a Member and Trustee for Pontefract Academies Trust

*** Also the CEO, Accounting Officer, and Trustee for Pontefract Academies Trust

Nominated School Governor Roles (from 7 September 2017)

Safeguarding and Vulnerable Learners Trish Hollies
SEND and Inclusion Averil Birch
Attendance Trish Hollies (interim)
Curriculum Progress & Attainment John Beevers (interim)
Early Years Sarah Asquith
Health & Safety John Gough
Finance & Restricted Grants John Beevers
Pay Committee

John Beevers

John Gough

Averil Birch