Welcome to our Governors section. 


Current governance at Middleton is organised by the formation of an interim Transition Board. This board was formed in spring 2017 after the previous governing body was disbanded. As the school moves forward to a more formal federation, a shadow governing body will be appointed which will eventually form part of the governing body for both schools in the partnership.

The Transition Board has four members.


  • Jane Bourne. ex Senior LA Education Officer and Science Regional Director.

Board Members:

  • Bob Linnell - ex Headteacher and Director of Enabling Education.
  • Simon Morley - ex Headteacher, LA senior adviser and currently Academies Improvement Director for DNEAT.
  • Oliver Burwood - Ex Headteacher and currently Academies Group Executive principle with DNEAT.
  • Rachael Greenhalgh - Executive Headteacher.

The board meets monthly and fulfils the functions of usual committees during these meetings.

The governing body (Transition Board) has three main functions.

  • Ensuring clarity of vison, ethos and strategic direction in accordance with the DNEAT Ethos and Mission Statement.
  • Working with DNEAT to hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils.
  • Working with DNEAT in overseeing the financial performance of the Academy and ensuring the money is well spent

Additionally, the Transition Board are working to ensure a smooth transition to federation and supporting the school through the Ofsted process.

Primary responsibility for these functions is held by the DNEAT Board of Trustees, but it delegates responsibility to the local governing body (Transition Board) of each academy via a Scheme of Delegation. Our Scheme of Delegation for this academic year can be found on the web site.

Our priorities for the coming year are:-

Challenging leaders at all levels maintain a sharper focus in plans and practice on what is being done to improve teaching and learning and what impact this is having on improving more rapidly the progress that pupils and groups of pupils are making.

Challenging teachers have high expectations of all pupils and set work at the right level for pupils by taking account of what they already know and can do, and what they need to learn next.

We always welcome suggestions, feedback and ideas from parents – please contact the Chair of Governors via the Academy office on 01553 840234.