Our Governing Body

"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 governing body do?

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

Our community governors and parent governors, 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.

Governors 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 governing body, 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.

Upcoming Meetings

Governing Body Meeting Dates 2020/21

Term FGB




AC (Audit & Compliance Scrutiny Committee) ES (Education Scrutiny Committee)




1 14 September 23 September 28 September 12 October
2 9 November 18 November 14 December 2 November
3 1 Feb 20 January  18 January 13 January
4 29 March 3 March 8 March
5 24 May 5 May 26 April
6 12 July 16 June 7 June 21 June

Minutes available on request

The following additional training dates are suggested with content to be confirmed:

Wednesday 14 October 2020

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Wednesday 3 February 2021

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Wednesday 19 May 2021

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Members of the Academy Trust

Rev Canon Alan Robson

Dr Neil Appleby

Who are our governors?

Rev Canon Alan Robson – Chair of Governors

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. 



Dr Neil Appleby – Vice Chair

Dr. Neil Appleby is a local dentist. He became a governor of SRPA in January 2010 and became Chair of the governing body in April 2013. He completed the NCTL Chair of Governors course in 2013 and is the Safeguarding lead on the governing body.  He has run his own small business for 18 years and brings knowledge of working in a highly regulated industry.


Mr Dale Hardy – Head Teacher

Dale started as Head Teacher at SRPA in September 2018. He works closely with other Head Teachers to ensure the Trust’s strategies are realised and in particular with the Head of North Kesteven Academy where the Academy works in a collaborative arrangement for sixth form provision.


Mr Louis Harman – Community Governor

Solicitor-Advocate at Chattertons; Head of Business Immigration.  Director & Data Protection Lead at East Lindsey Information Technology College.



Mrs Tracey Gibson – Staff Governor

Started employment at SRPA in January 1994 as science laboratory technician, was promoted to senior laboratory technician in 2001 and now Lead DLO in Science. Tracey was a staff governor for 7 years but had to step down due to personal circumstances, she has now re-joined the governing body.


Mrs Alison Braithwaite – Parent Governor

Alison is a Project Manager at Bishop Grosseteste University, supporting  unemployed adults back into work/learning. Before starting this role, she spent 25 years working in the Careers  Service. Alison is also a Volunteer Community Ambassador for the Children’ Society.


Mrs Sarah Adlington – Community Governor

Sarah is a recently qualified Chartered Accountant and works for Duncan and Toplis, a local accountancy firm. She has three years’ experience of working with their established Academy client base in both accounts and audit. Sarah is also a Sports Science graduate from Loughborough University and has always been a keen sportsperson, participating in athletics. She is passionate about her local community and helping towards others having a positive experience. Sarah has also assisted with sport and widening participation in a variety of settings including working with children and adults with physical and learning disabilities in swimming and athletics events.


Mr Geoff Wilson – Staff Governor

Geoff has over 20 years’ experience of school Senior Leadership positions. During this time I have been a Headteacher in both Secondary and Primary sectors as well as providing support for Headteachers across a large Academy chain.


Ms Emma Kinna – Parent Governor

Emma is a senior manager at Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln.  She specialises in leading change and managing a range of programmes in online, distance and executive education, working closely with both academic and professional services staff across the University.  She has over 20 years of experience in education and holds a Master’s in Online and Distance Education from The Open University.

Emma has one child in year 9, currently, with her son due to join the school in 2021.


The following have left our Governing Body in the last 12 months.

Natalie Thomas – 04/02/2019

Paul Fenton – 31/07/2019

Heather Lee – 31/08/2019

Karen Merchant – 30/09/2019

Paula Robinson – 08/10/2019

Pete Ward – 01/11/2019

Nick Chambers – 21/07/2020

Toni O’Brien – 08/09/2020

  • Governors Attendance & Business Interest Information 2018-2019
  • Governors Attendance & Business Interest Information 2020-2021
  • Governors Attendance 2019-2020
  • Contact The Governors

    If you have any correspondence for the governing body please post it to.

    Rev Canon Alan Robson
    Chair of Governors
    Sir Robert Pattinson Academy
    Moor Lane
    North Hykeham
    LN6 9AF

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