Term of Office
Community Governors:

Mrs Paula Whitfield (Chair)

Mr Antony Flint (Vice Chair)

17/11/14 - 16/11/18

04/07/13 - 03/07/17

Foundation Governors:

Mr John Owen

Revd. Jane Close      

21/01/17 - 20/01/18


Parent Governors:

Mrs Rachel Astley

Mr Matt Markham

1/12/13 - 30/11/17

17/11/16- 16/11/20

Head of School Governor:

Mrs Sandra Barnes

Teacher Governor: Mrs Melanie Andrews 01/09/13 - 31/08/17
 Clerk to the Governors

Ms Alex Rigler




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The Governing Body has two Full Governing Body meetings per term.  One meeting concentrates on issues concerning Finance & Premises and the other, Performance & Standards. 

Further information about the Governance Structure of the MAT and more detail about the Academy's Local Governing Body can be found here.  Governance within the Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust



 Mrs Paula Whitfield

Chair and Community Governor

Paula has been a governor at Leamington Hastings School for 8 years, the first 4 as a parent governor and the remainder as a community governor and was deputy chair of the governing body for 4 years.  Paula has 2 boys (aged 12 and 10 in 2013) who both attended Leamington Hastings School and nursery and thoroughly enjoyed their time there.  Paula is a chartered accountant, having spent 15 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers and now works in Warwick, employed by a large UK Pension Fund.




Mr John Owen 

Foundation Governor

John has been a governor at Leamington Hastings for the past 14 years, 8 of those years as Chair. He lives in Birdingbury with his wife and two sons; both of whom attended the school.  John works in the Logistics Industry and other interests include coaching junior rugby at Harbury RFC.

Revd. Jane Close

Foundation Governor

Rev’d Jane Close. Vicar at All Saint’s Church Leamington Hastings, The Church of the Good Shepherd, Broadwell, St Peter’s Church, Grandborough, St Nicholas Church Willoughby, St Marks Church, Flecknoe and St Peter’s Church, Wolfhampcote. Foundation Governor of Leamington Hastings Infant School for nine years. Married to Brian and has three Sons and four Grandchildren.


Mr Matt Markham

Parent Governor

Matt started working for West Midlands Police in 1989, a year after leaving school.  His policing career has been varied but predominately centred around investigative roles.  Matt is currently a Detective Chief Inspector with responsibility for the major investigation teams and serious acquisitive crime teams across Coventry and Solihull.  He is one of the Force’s senior investigating officers (SIO) and has investigated several murders during his time as a DI and DCI.  In addition, he is also one of a small number of kidnap and extortion (crimes in action) SIOs. Other interesting roles Matt has held are staff officer to the Deputy Chief Constable, head of press and PR for the West Midlands Police, and the Birmingham police lead on child death and serious case reviews..Matt is a member of the Warwickshire Race Equality Partnership and always had a keen interest on EDHR issues.  In 2006 he was the co-author of West Midlands Police first race equality scheme and still leads on EDHR for the Force CID.  In keeping with this interest, in 2013 Matt was awarded a Masters Degree (with distinction) in Community Cohesion Management from Coventry University.  Matt is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.



Mrs Sandra Barnes


Head of School Governor


 Mrs Rachel Astley



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Parent Governor

Rachael Astley works at Warwickshire College Group as Head of Department for Animal, Equine and Veterinary Higher Education at Moreton Morrell College. Having worked in education in the land-based sector for the past 20 years, she believes strongly in lifelong learning. She currently teaches across a range of subjects and Levels, from wildlife and equine science to undergraduate business management but is particularly passionate about working with low-level learners with a range of learning needs. She has previously held roles as Faculty Manager at Merrist Wood College, Guildford and Quality and Curriculum Manager at Warwickshire College. In this role, she oversaw the Schools Partnership work across Warwickshire and Worcestershire in delivering the 14-16 vocational curriculum across Warwickshire College Group. As a farmer's daughter, she is passionate about supporting and promoting the rural environment and rural communities. She has been member of the Governing Body since 2013 and recently became chair of the Performance and Standards Committee. She is keen to ensure the school delivers highly effective teaching to ensure all the children achieve their potential.


Antony Flint






Mr Antony Flint 

Vice Chair & Community Governor


Tony has been a governor at the school since 2010, lives in Birdingbury and has two children that have attended both the nursery and school. Tony has background in marketing but now works as a local government officer as well as running his own business.

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Mrs Melanie Andrews

Teacher Governor

I have been a teacher at Leamington Hastings for 10 years and I have taught for 15 year. In that time I e taught in a wide range  of schools as well as in America. I have 2 high school age children, 2 rabbits and a dog! I also think I have the best job in the world :)

Ms Alex Rigler  Clerk to the Governors


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