Monks Coppenhall Academy benefits from two levels of governance that support the strategic development of the school:

  • Members
  • Directors/Trustees

All are volunteers and have been selected for the skills, experience and personal qualities that they bring to education. They decide the direction of the Academy, in discussion with the Leadership Team, but are not involved in the day to day management of the Academy. They hold the Academy to account for its performance and provide valuable expertise that contributes to the success of the Academy.

Chair of Directors/Trustees - Mr David Warr 


  • Mr David Warr
  • Mr Steve James
  • Mr Adam Pavey
  • Mrs Janet Fletcher


Directors, previously known as Governors, serve a four year term of office, after which their place is made available. Should they wish to serve for another term, they may be nominated. In the case of parent Directors, any parent/carer who has a child in the Academy is eligible to become a Director, once a vacancy arises. If more than one person is nominated, a secret ballot takes place.

Directors serve on a variety of committees, depending upon their skills and interests. Once a term, they meet as a whole group, to review the work of the Academy and of their various committees. Minutes of these meetings are available on request from the Academy office.

Directors are also involved in staff and Head Boy/ Head Girl appointments. They attend Academy functions such as Open Days, Stakeholders Meetings and performances. There are two nominated Directors with an interest in Special Educational Needs/ Inclusion and Child Protection and Safeguarding with responsibility for working with the Academy, in these important areas. 

In our Academy, the Board of Directors are split into four committees:

Audit - Chair Mr A Guildford

Behaviour, attitude, personal development and Safety - Chair Mrs L Brookes

Teaching and Progress - Chair Mr A Guildford

Leadership and Management - Chair Mr D Malam

These committees meet each term to ensure that the main priorities for the academic year are achieved and the Academy is held to account. 

  • Chair of Directors - Mr David Warr (Appointed by members)
  • Vice Chair of Directors - Mrs Gill Edwards (Appointed by members)
  • Principal - Mrs Pamela Simpson
  • Director - Mrs Alex Evans (Appointed by Members)
  • Director - Mr Gordon Fairbairn (Co-opted by Directors)
  • Director - Mr Adam Norbury (Co-opted by Directors)
  • Director - Miss Rachael Day (Co-opted by Directors)
  • Director - Mr Alan Guilford (Appointed by Members)
  • Director - Mrs Pauline Latchford (Appointed by Members)
  • Director - Mr David Malam (Appointed by Members)
  • Director - Mrs Sarah Hambleton (Elected by Parents)
  • Director - Mrs Lesley Brookes (Elected by Parents)

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