King Harold is an academy as part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT).

TKAT is a multi-academy trust which was established on 1st September 2010.  It’s constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the Scheme of Delegation. TKAT have, through the Scheme of Delegation, established Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies.

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The Local Governing Body of each of the Academies is responsible for fulfilling the strategic and operational governance role in the conduct of the Academy.

The Chair of Governors is Mr Dick Brown and the Vice Chair is Mr James Thomas. A list of governors is below and full details of our governing body and the Terms of Reference, can be found by downloading the attachment on the right of this page.

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Head of School, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

Governors have three main roles:

  • To provide strategic direction for the school
  • To act as a critical friend to the Head of School
  • To ensure accountability
They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:
  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors you can write to him at the school and mark your envelope confidential.  Alternatively, you can email him at:

All parents/carers are contacted when a parent/carer governor vacancy arises and are invited to apply.  If more than one application is received we undertake a ballot of parent/carers to determine who will fill the vacancy.

If anyone is interested in becoming a governor and they are not a parent/carer of a student at King Harold Academy they can contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, Carol Thomas by email to for further information on how to apply

Teacher governors are invited to apply to be a Staff Governor when a vacancy arises and should the school receive more than one teacher application we undertake a ballot process to determine who will fill the vacancy.

The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Governing Body are elected annually.

Terms of office for all Governors are reviewed every 4 years.

For further information on matters relating to the Governing Body please contact the Clerk, Carol Thomas by email to

 Name Role/Responsibility 4 Year Term starts/reviewed Meets Attended % Declaration of Interests
Ms Joanne Ashley Community Governor – King Harold Academy 30 November 2015 100% None
Ms Rebecca Heather Staff Governor – King Harold Academy 9 February 2015 67% None
Mr Dick Brown Chair of  Governors – King Harold Academy
Chair of Finance
1 March 2020 100% None
Mr James Thomas Vice Chair of Governors 30 November 2015 100% None
Mr Steve Fisher Executive Head Teacher – King Harold Academy September 2018 100% None
Mrs Sue Jinks Responsible Officer
Executive Business Manager – King Harold Academy and Debden Park High School
100% None
Mr David Williams Parent Governor April 2018 67% None


Over the last year governors have worked collaboratively across both schools, meeting regularly to review targets and set School Development Plans. Governors also reviewed a comprehensive report each term ‘Know Thy Impact’ for each school which gave them an overview from each leadership area detailing specific action to be taken and their outcomes. At these meetings governors have followed the policy review schedule and have approved policies for both schools that cover every aspect of school life from Health and Safety to Learning to specific TKAT procedures.

Governors have instigated topics for presentations to ensure that staff and student wellbeing is paramount, to gain a better understanding of new curriculum models and recent changes to the examination requirements and awards system.

They have monitored school finances regularly to ensure that they continue to be robust and that both schools have operated within the budgets assigned.

Governors have supported events and carried out various monitoring visits of specific areas of school life. Each governor has been assigned a link role that they have investigated to gain an insight and knowledge of each school and how it operates on a day to day basis. This has also allowed them to gain a better understanding of how improvements can be made and successes be recognised.

All governors have undertaken Level 2 Safeguarding Training and been DBS checked. All governing body agenda’s covered safeguarding and child protection

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