Our Governing Body

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 headteacher 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 2019/20





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




19 September18 September30 September7 October
211 November20 November16 December4 November
327 January22 January 13 January8 January
430 March4 March9 March
518 May6 May27 April
613 July17 June1 June22 June

Members of the Academy Trust

Rev Canon Alan Robson

Mr Nick Chambers

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 Linoln 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.

Ms Toni O’Brien – Vice Chair

Toni is a Business Growth Adviser with over 20 years’ experience of working with businesses in Lincolnshire to realise their growth plans. She previously worked as an Investors in People Adviser and Assessor working with Schools throughout the East Midlands to implement and assess their people strategies, policies and processes. Toni is an accredited Business Coach and Mentor who is also a qualified Children’s and Adult Counsellor and member of the BACP ( British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).

Mr Dale Hardy – Headteacher

Dale started as Head Teacher at SRPA in September 2018. He works closely with other Headteachers 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 Nick Chambers – Community Governor

Nick has worked within the Social Housing Sector for 28 years, 20 of which as Chief Executive Officer. With a background in finance, Nick studied Leadership and Management with Nottingham Trent University and is now a member of the Chartered Institute of Management. Nick has been involved in education for over 16 years during which he has served as Chair of a local Church of England Primary School before becoming a member of the Governing Body at the Sir Robert Pattinson Academy. 

Mrs Louis Harman – Commmunity Governor

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

Mr Pete Ward – Staff Governor

Pete is an Assistant Head Teacher at SRPA and has worked at the academy for over ten years. He joined the governors in November 2017.

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.


  • Governors Attendance & Business Interest Information 2017-2018
  • Governors Attendance & Business Interest Information 2018-2019
  • Governors Attendance 2018-2019
  • 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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