Governance Structure

Our school is part of Pontefract Academies Trust.

The Trust 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 that the Trust Board is required to make all of the decisions itself. Some decisions can be, and are delegated, including to SPRB, delegated officers, and other Trust Board established committees. The Scheme of Delegation sets out the framework which the Trust Board has approved.

De Lacy Primary School Performance Review Board (SPRB)

The De Lacy Primary School SPRB 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 SPRB of De Lacy Primary School is currently made up of:

Name Role Appointed By From To
J Beevers Chair Trust Board 18/03/2015 17/03/2023
T Fay Executive Director of Primary and Interim Headteacher Ex-officio 01/09/2018 Not Applicable
T Hollies SPRB Member Trust Board 04/02/2014 03/02/2022
C Hughes SPRB Member Trust Board 10/12/2019 09/12/2023
A Lunn Vice Chair Trust Board 07/03/2019 06/03/2023

The Chair can be contacted at the following address:

De Lacy Primary School
Chequerfield Lane

or by email at


We feel privileged to be in a position of looking for new talent to appoint as our School governors for our School Performance Review Board. To find out more information on what the position entails or to apply, please click here.


John Beevers (Chair)

I attended The King’s School, Pontefract until the age of 18 and then began a career with Wakefield MDC in the Finance Department. I qualified as a chartered accountant and eventually became Head of Corporate Finance with the Council. In 2006 I obtained the post of Head of Financial Projects with Nottingham City Council and was involved in many large projects such as the redevelopment of Trent Bridge Cricket Ground and the relocation of council offices into one central hub. While at Nottingham I also took on lead responsibility for Children’s Services at a time when the academy programme was beginning.

In 2010 I became Director of Finance for Outwood Grange Academies Trust and in 2013 I was appointed as Director of Finance at Wakefield City Academies Trust. I am now supporting the Department for Education in the role of School Resource Management Advisor.

I joined the De Lacy SPRB in March 2015 and became the Chair in June 2017. I am also currently President of Pontefract and District Golf Club.

Tom Fay (Executive Director of Primary and Interim Headteacher)

I joined the Trust in September 2018 as part of the Executive Leadership Team and am delighted to work with the pupils in our primary educational phase as Director of Primary Education. My educational background is in the field of science, particularly neuroscience and pathology, in which I hold an MSc and BSc respectively.

I am passionate about teaching and learning and supporting pupils to be the 'best version of themselves possible'. I am genuinely excited about the future for our pupils in Pontefract. Our work is rooted in ensuring they have the right skills, knowledge and behaviours to be a success in whatever endeavours they pursue.

I have been lucky enough to have worked in four types of educational phases throughout my career, including primary, secondary, sixth form and university settings. It has been a wonderful personal and professional journey for me as I have experienced pupils' first day in nursery and last day in university.

My mantra is simple - we are in the 'changing lives' business. There is no greater pleasure as an educationalist than being able to support the academic and personal development of a pupil.
Trish Hollies (SPRB Member)

I grew up on a council estate on the outskirts of Leeds in the late 50s and in the 60s I was selected for a place at the local grammar school, where I decided teaching was to be my career. After qualifying as a teacher I worked in a secondary school, later in primary school and finally a nursery school, at which point I started working with families.

A move into ‘Family Learning’ followed and I worked for a number of providers who created and developed courses to help parents support their child’s learning, improve their own skills, develop their confidence and enable them to have more of a say in local community matters. I later moved into my current role in Adult Education, becoming an Area Education Organiser for the Workers Educational Association.

When my children started secondary school I was asked to become a member of the SPRB and I also became a governor at a local primary school. During this time I took on a range of roles, usually in relation to special needs, safeguarding and inclusion.

My heart lies with working with parents, seeing the impact learning has on families, seeing a parent lead by example, the parent celebrating their child’s success and, in turn, raising aspirations for their family and future. I feel proud and privileged to be part of that and, as a member of the SPRB at De Lacy Primary School, to be part of Pontefract Academies Trust.

Claire Hughes (SPRB Member)

Coming soon

Alex Lunn (Vice Chair)

Having been to school in Otley, West Yorkshire, I went on to study English at Trinity College, Cambridge University. From there I began Teach First and entered my teaching career in an area of social deprivation near Halifax. After learning my craft in the classroom I took on a leadership role in the Sixth Form of an outstanding school, supporting it to rapidly improve outcomes and raise the aspirations of its students.

Following this, I was appointed as Assistant Headteacher for Behaviour and Safeguarding in a challenging school with a diverse cohort of students. Recently, I have moved into a similar role for Student Support at The King's School, Pontefract and am thoroughly enjoying my work for the school and the Trust. My areas of specialism include safeguarding culture and practice, improving attendance and managing behaviour to create a positive climate for learning.

I joined the SPRB in January 2019.

SPRB Current Register of Business Interests

Role Name of business or organisation/educational organisation Nature of business or organisation Nature of interest Date of appointment of acquisition Date of cessation of interest
J Beevers Chair of SPRB Wakefield City Academies Trust Education CFO 01/01/2017
De Lacy Primary School Education provider Son employee in school 05/09/2016
ISBL Financial Advisors Contractor 01/06/2019
T Fay Executive Director of Primary and Interim Headteacher None declared
T Hollies SPRB Member None declared
C Hughes SPRB Member De Lacy Primary School Education Teacher 01/09/2018
A Lunn Vice Chair of SPRB None declared

SPRB Membership & Attendance Summary 2019/20

From To Appointed By Meetings Attended Out of a Possible
J Beevers (Chair) 18/03/15 17/03/23 Trust Board 3 3
T Fay 01/09/2018 N/A Ex-Officio 1 1
T Hollies 04/02/14 03/02/22 Trust Board 3 3
C Hughes 10/12/19 09/12/23 Trust Board 3 3
A Lunn (Vice Chair) 07/03/19 06/03/23 Trust Board 3 3
Left within the last 12 months:
G Smith 01/07/19 30/04/20 Ex-officio 2 2