Roundthorn and Coppice Academies have a shared governing body. This was established in January 2019. The key responsibilities of the governing body are to:

• Ensure the quality of educational provision
• Evaluate pupil outcomes
• Challenge and monitor performance
• Take decisions about personnel management
• Manage financial, physical and human resources
• Raise concerns with the Chief Executive of the Focus-Trust in a timely manner

Our governors are:

Mr. Kenneth Lees (Focus-Trust Governor, Chair of Governors)
Mrs. Finney Swift (Focus-Trust Governor, Vice chair of Governors)
Mr. John Taylor (Executive Princpal)
Mr. Andrew Hulmes (Head of Academy (Coppice))
Mrs. Jane Winterbottom (Staff Governor)
Miss. Heather Biggs (Staff Governor)
Mrs. Patricia Beecroft (Focus-Trust Governor)
Mr. David Kenneth Edwards (Focus-Trust Governor)
Mr. Stephen Schofield (Focus-Trust Governor)
Mr. Colin Noden (Focus-Trust Governor)

Focus Trust Governance Disclosure 2018 -19

Roundthorn Primary Academy


Name of GovernorType of GovernorDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeConflict of Interest declared (Name of Company)Relationship to any member of staffMember of other educational institutionsNumber of meetings attended 2017 – 18 (out of possible)
Lisa NeedhamStaff01/09/2007n/a (Executive Principal)N.B. term ended 31/12/18 due to resignationNoneMother of G NeedhamCoppice Primary Academy6/6
John TaylorStaff1/1/2019n/a (Interim Executive Principal))NoneHusband of S Taylor (teacher at RoundthornNone3/6
Andrew Hulmes


Staff18/09/20174 yearsNoneNoneNone6/6
Finney SwiftCommunity1/9/20144 yearsNoneNoneNone6/6



James Beecroft


Community03/03/20164 years

(resigned January 2018)

Stephen SchofieldCommunity20/07/20174 yearsNoneHusband of D SchofieldNone2/3
Jane WinterbottomStaff27/01/20174 yearsNoneNoneNone


Colin Noden


Community28/02/184 yearsNoneNoneNone2/2