Next week is half-term – Pupils return to school on Monday 28th October: Yr 11 Next Progress Evening & Next Steps Event – 28th Nov:

Governing Body

The Governing Body is a committee of the Trust – Advantage Schools. Its role is to oversee the strategic direction of the school and it is made up of the following people. You can also see the members of the Trust below.

Bedford Free School Governors

Nigel Syson (Chair of Governors) Member Appointed Governor/ Trustee
Kirsty Loveday Vice Chair
Paul Messam Co-opted Governor
Rupinder Judge Co-opted Governor
Dave West Parent Governor
Kerrie Rennie Parent Governor
Alice Damon Staff Governor
Rebecca Silliker Clerk to Governors

Advantage Schools Trustees

Ryan Tobias Vice Chair
Paul Jameson
Tom Rees
Martin Dodge
Mark McCourt
Nigel Syson
Michael Coward
Company Secretary

Governors play an important role in the life of the school. Their main function is to ensure that the school improves so that the highest standards possible are achieved in all aspects of school life. The Principal and the staff are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. They work hard to implement the School Improvement Plan. It is the responsibility of the governors to challenge and support the school in its ways of achieving the best for students.

Governors’ duties include:

  • promoting high standards
  • setting targets for pupil achievement
  • taking general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • making sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, in particular that the National Curriculum and religious education are taught, and reporting on pupils’ achievement in National Curriculum assessments and examination results
  • participating in the appointment of senior staff and regulating staff conduct and discipline

If you would like any further information about the governing body please contact Simon Campbell at the school or via email:

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Governors code of conduct
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Governing Body Interests and 2017-2018 attendance
2017-2018 attendance
Governor Role Pecunary Interest Term of Office 13/09/2017 04/10/2017 13/12/2017 21/02/2018 02/05/2018 04/07/2018
Stuart Lock Executive Principal Director at Northampton Primary Trust Sep-17 P P P P P P
Nigel Syson (Chair) Member appointed Employed by Haines Watts (SEM) Ltd Sep-18 Oct-22 P P P P P P
Kirstie Loveday (Vice Chair) Trustee appointed Employed by Milton Keynes County Council Oct-16 Oct-20 P P P P P P
Michael Cox staff None declared Dec-17 Nov-21 P P P P
Eliabeth Arden Trustee appointed Employed by LASS Law until Jan 2019.   Bedford Leader of Governance Jul-18 Aug-22 P P P P A P
Paul Messam (Safeguarding) Trustee appointed Wife Deputy Head in Northampton County Council school Dec-17 Dec-21 P P P P
Rupinder Judge Trustee appointed Consults to Chiltern Learning Trust Jun-17 Jul-21 P P P P P P
David West Parent Governor Employed by Openreach Ltd Jul-18 Jul-22 P
Alice Damon staff None declared Jul-18 Jul-22 P
Kerrie Rennie Parent Governor None declared Jan-19 Jan-23
Joanne Morey Trustee appointed Employed at Great Denham Primary May-17 Feb-18 P A A
Caroline Kirby Trustee appointed None declared Nov-13 Oct-17 A A
David Hill Trustee appointed Director David Hill Wealth Management.   Co- opted member of Endowment committee at Harpur Trust.  Spouse employed by Challenger Multi-Academy Trust Apr-17 Sep-17 P
Lorna Godden Trustee appointed None declared Jan-14 Sep-17