Board of Trustees

“The school provides a good quality of education. In the short time they have been at the school, the headteacher and deputy headteacher have raised expectations in relation to pupils’ attendance, behaviour and achievement.” – Ofsted, November 2019


What does a board of trustees do?

Our board of trustees helps the school to set high standards by planning for the school’s future and setting targets for school improvement. Our trustees offer support and advice, while holding the school to account for its results and performance.

Our community trustees and parent trustees, as members of the local community, help the school to respond to the needs of the public and make us accountable to the public for what we do.

Trustees are involved in setting the strategic direction of the school and exercises its responsibilities in partnership with the Head Teacher and the senior team. The board of trustees, while not intervening in the day to day running of the school, maintain a presence at key school events and take an active interest in our work.

Board of Trustees Meeting Planning 2023-24

Date Meeting  
11 Sept Full Governing Body (FGB)  
20 Sept Governor Engagement  
25 Sept Audit & compliance scrutiny committee (AC)  
9 Oct Education scrutiny committee (ES)  
6 Nov Human resources committee (HR)
Teaching Staff & National Pay Decisions
27 Nov Full Governing Body (FGB)  
6 Dec Governor Engagement  
11 Dec Audit & compliance scrutiny committee (AC)  
17 Jan AGM & Member meeting  
22 Jan Education scrutiny committee (ES)  
5 Feb Full Governing Body (FGB)  
7 Feb Governor Engagement  
11 Mar Audit & compliance scrutiny committee (AC)  
20 Mar Governor Engagement  
25 Mar Full Governing Body (FGB)  
22 Apr Education scrutiny committee (ES)  
13 May Human resources committee (HR)
Support Staff Pay Decisions
15 May Governor Engagement  
20 May Full Governing Body (FGB)  
10 June Audit & compliance scrutiny committee (AC)  
1 July Education scrutiny committee (ES)  
3 July Governor Engagement  
15 July Full Governing Body (FGB)  



The following additional evening training dates are suggested:

Wednesday 11 October 2023
Wednesday 29 November 2023
Wednesday 7 February 2024 (wrapped up with Gov Eng)
Wednesday 20 March 2024 (wrapped up with Gov Eng)
Wednesday 15 May 2024 (wrapped up with Gov Eng)
Wednesday 3 July 2024 (wrapped up with Gov Eng)


Contact The Board of Trustees

If you have any correspondence for the board of trustees please post it to.

Rev Alan Robson
Chair of Board of Trustees
Sir Robert Pattinson Academy
Moor Lane
North Hykeham

Members of the Academy Trust

Mr Neil Appleby

Neil is a local dentist. He became a trustee of SRPA in January 2010 and became Chair of Board of Trustees in April 2013. He completed the NCTL Chair of Board of Trustees course in 2013 and he has run his own small business for 22 years and brings knowledge of working in a highly regulated industry.

Miss May Pattinson

May is an English and Maths teacher at Charles Read Academy; she is also Transition Lead and a staff-governor. She is currently completing a MSc in Learning and Teaching at Oxford University and the NPQLL.  Before this, in 2020 she graduated from Durham University. May has taught in Primary and Secondary settings and has experience with a range of school contexts, pupil profiles and educational agencies. Outside teaching, May volunteers for her local Brownies. As her great-great uncle is Sir Robert Pattinson she is keen to oversee the school’s vision and progression.

Mrs Carrie Bates

Qualified chartered accountant for over 20 years and has worked in both practice, industry and as a consultant. She is employed by Queensgate Management (East Midlands) LLP which offers financial support to SMEs in the form of one off projects, continued support of client’s finance team or interim FD roles. Carrie also volunteers on the village hall management committee and acts as Treasurer for social events organization and long term projects.

Who are our trustees?

Rev Canon Alan Robson – Chair of Board of Trustees

Alan has previously been a Chair of Governors at Wooton CE Primary, Spilsby Primary, Toynton All Saints Primary and De Aston Academy. He is a Methodist Minister, as well as a Canon of Honour at Lincoln Cathedral. Alan is Lincolnshire’s Agricultural Chaplain and a board member at Hill Holt Wood, Green Synergy, Lincolnshire Rural Support Network and the Education Committee of Lincolnshire Agricultural Society.

Mr Louis Harman – Vice Chair

Louis is a solicitor and lecturer specialising in immigration law, employment law and matters of general litigation. He currently teaches at the University of Lincoln whilst also providing legal consultancy services as an associate at In-House (PBS) Limited. He is also the Safeguarding Lead on the Board of Trustees.

Mr Dale Hardy – Headmaster

Mr Hardy has led SRPA as Head Teacher since September 2018 securing a ‘Good’ Ofsted outcome in November 2019 and received the Lincolnshire Headmaster of the Year Award in 2022. As an experienced school leader and Local Leader in Education, he leads on the implementation of the Trust’s strategy as well as mentoring and coaching other Head teachers at varying stages of their career.

Mr Simon McIntyre - Parent Trustee

Simon is an engineering manager for Siemens Energy in Lincoln, with operational responsibility for two teams. He has held various positions in his 27 years employment with the company including working overseas as part of multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams. He is a registered Chartered Engineer and member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

Mr Ian McGowan - Community Trustee

Ian McGowan is Head of School and Colleges Engagement at the University of Lincoln. He has previously been a senior leader in secondary education for 15 years including Deputy Headship, before joining the University in 2021. Having taught for 23 years (10 years at SRPA), Ian has worked in both state and independent sectors, gaining a full understanding of Ofsted and ISI inspections criteria and undergone inspections all areas. He has specialised in teaching & learning and behaviour management. He has lead sessions at national conference level and has his Masters in Education. Ian has significant experience in dealing with budgets and finances in an educational setting.

Mrs Joanne Borrill - Parent Trustee

Joanne has a background in Psychology; in the NHS as an Assistant Psychologist and the Prison Service.  She has completed the NCFE Initial Training for Classroom Assistants.  Between 2015-2016 she completed a year’s contract at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy as Administrative Assistant within the Student Support Services.  This experience, along with volunteering at Ling Moor and raising a son, has given her a wide understanding of the issues experienced by staff and pupils.  Her son is currently in Year 9. She has experience in analysing the NHS service via Clinical Audit and more recently her work as Project Administrator is focused on giving the best service she can and looking at ways to improve.  She attends meetings (Team and face to face) at work and is happy to contribute in whatever way is required to improve and develop the experience of SRPA.

Mr Geoffrey Killingsworth - Community Trustee

Geoff and his wife have lived in North Hykeham for 21 years although he has lived in the local area all his life, he has a very strong affinity to the area having married at All Saints Church as his wife was brought up here.Geoff has previously been involved in many sports, but most recently as a manager of age group rugby at Newark RUFC and also Nottinghamshire Schools.In his life as a Civil Servant, he has supported schools in the area with job fairs looking at recruitment into the Civil Service as well as apprenticeships. Geoff also supports families of young people who have severe learning difficulties moving towards employment.

Mrs Caroline Gadsby – Staff Trustee

Caroline has been teaching at SRPA since September 1997. She teaches Science and works as part of the Sixth Form team as a Wellbeing Mentor, offering one-to-one support.
Caroline has been trained to teach mindfulness by the charity Mindfulness in Schools Project. This is a nationally recognised qualification that brings mindfulness to SRPA.

Mrs Tracey Gibson – Staff Trustee

‘I started employment at SRPA on 04 January 1994 as a laboratory technician, I am now part of the safeguarding team. I have more than 12 years’ experience on the governing body as a support staff governor and enjoy the role very much. ‘

The following have left our board of trustees in the last 12 months.

Mr Paul Charman 10.10.22

Mr Norman Norris 20.2.23


If you are interested in becoming a Governor, please contact Mrs A Goffe using

Letters to parents
Safeguarding & E-Safety