Governance Structure

Our school is part of 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 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 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 Category/Role Appointed By From To
J Beevers Chair Trust Board 18/03/2015 17/03/2023
G Smith Head of School Ex-officio 01/07/2019 Not Applicable
T Hollies SPRB Member Trust Board 04/02/2014 02/02/2022
A Lunn SPRB Member Trust Board 07/03/2019 06/03/2023


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 and finally a nursery school, where at this 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 WEA.

When my boys entered 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.

Gemma Smith (Head of School)

Coming soon

Alex Lunn (SPRB Member)
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
T Hollies SPRB Member None declared
G Smith Head of School None declared
A Lunn SPRB Member 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
T Hollies 04/02/14 02/02/22 Trust Board 4 4
G Smith 01/07/19 N/A Trust Board 1 1
A Lunn 07/03/19 06/03/23 Trust Board 3 3
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