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 Hollies SPRB Member Trust Board 04/02/2014 02/02/2022
C Hughes SPRB Member Trust Board 10/12/2019 09/12/2023
A Lunn Vice Chair Trust Board 07/03/2019 06/03/2023
S Mitchell SPRB Member Trust Board 10/12/2019 09/12/2023
G Smith Head of School Ex-officio 01/07/2019 Not Applicable

The Chair can be contacted at the following address:

De Lacy Primary School
Chequerfield Lane

or by email at


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.

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.

Sarah Mitchell (SPRB Member)

Coming soon

Gemma Smith (Head of School)

From the age of 11, I knew I wanted to become a teacher and make a positive difference to the lives of children and their families. Over the past 14 years, I have taught in schools in Doncaster and Rotherham and have loved every minute of being a class teacher.

I made the decision to become a Head of School after working closely with other schools in Rotherham as part of my Specialist Leader in Education role and working with other leaders to improve a school to ‘Good’ from ‘Inadequate’. Through these roles, I found my passion for school improvement through coaching others.

My ambition is to raise standards and expectations at the school across the board, and to provide children and their families with the highest possible standard of academic and pastoral support during their time with us. Every child deserves the very best role models in life and this includes teachers who know each child as an individual. Relationships are key to success and I want every child at De Lacy to feel like they have somebody championing them on. I am proud to be Head of School at De Lacy and hope to encourage all children to work hard so that their ‘Cinderella dreams come true.’

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 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
S Mitchell SPRB Member De Lacy Primary School Education Children in School 01/10/2013
G Smith Head of School None declared

SPRB Membership & Attendance Summary 2018/19

From To Appointed By Meetings Attended Out of a Possible
J Beevers (Chair) 18/03/15 17/03/23 Trust Board 4 4
A Lunn (Vice Chair) 07/03/19 06/03/23 Trust Board 3 3
G Smith 01/07/19 N/A Ex-officio 1 1
T Hollies 04/02/14 02/02/22 Trust Board 4 4
Left within the last 12 months:
D Dunn 01/09/17 31/10/18 Ex-officio 1 1
S Asquith 01/04/17 25/03/19 Trust Board Appointed Parent 0 2