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Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is currently comprised of: -

11 Governors – comprising

3 Parent Governors

2 Staff Governors

1 Chief Executive Officer (Head Teacher) - Staff

5 Co-opted Governors




The main task of the Board is to provide overall governance for the direction of the school.  The Board of Governors has legal responsibilities which are, broadly, these;


  • set strategic direction
  • follow Academy Articles or Association
  • to adhere to regulations governing companies
  • establish appropriate panels and committees, ensuring employment legalities followed
  • helping to establish (with the Head Teacher) the aims and policies of the school and how educational standards can be improved
  • establish the principles on which the conduct of the school is based
  • appoint the Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher
  • provide appropriate levels of accountability to the Leadership Team
  • approve and monitor the School Development Plan
  • approve and monitor the budget
  • ensure that Religious Education is taught and the agreed Curriculum is taught
  • draw up an action plan, after inspection, and ensure that it is monitored effectively
  • ensure that the Human Rights Act is not infringed
  • ensure Health & Safety practices are followed
  • ensure that rigorous Child Protection procedures are used, that Safer Recruitment is effectively implemented and that the Prevent Agenda is understood within the school


Whole Board meets once per term.  Committees meet once per term, or as necessary, to carry out their duties.  All Governors can be contacted through the school.


A register of pecuniary interests is performed annually and obtained when a new Governor joins the Board. Any business interests are declared at each meeting.





The structure of the Board is shown below


Board of Governors


  • Mrs T Edwards – Head Teacher/Chief Executive Officer
  • Mr R Frias-Robles – Chair, Member – Co-opted Governor
  • Mrs V Green – Vice Chair, Member, Governor for Child Protection & Safer Recruitment - Co-opted Governor
  • Rev M Evans – Chair of Curriculum Committee, Member - Co-opted Governor
  • Mrs F Blanchard – Deputy Head Teacher/ Co-opted Staff Governor
  •  Vacancy -  Staff Governor
  • Mrs J Ledun – Parent Governor
  • Mrs C Pigott – Parent Governor
  • Mrs S Varley – Parent Governor
  • Vacancy - Co-opted Governor
  • Mr D Maynard-Smith – Co-opted Governor
  • Mrs S White - Associate (term of office 01.09.16 to present)



There are currently 2 vacancies


Governor pen portraits


Tracey Edwards ~ Headteacher, Chief Executive  

Term of office - 01.09.16 to present

I am very happy to say that I have been Headteacher at Queen's Park Infant Academy since September 2016. Before this time I was the Deputy Headteacher at Stourfield Infant School in Southbourne. I am also a committee member of Queen's Park Pre-School. I have been teaching since 1993 and have been working in Bournemouth since 1996. I am passionate about high quality teaching experiences that motivate, nurture and inspire all young children to achieve their very best. I will always want to put the interests of the children first. I value team work and the commitment and enthusiasm that makes this the best it can be.

I am married to Gareth and we now live in West Moors where my rather long garden, including vegetable patches, keeps me busy.


Rafael Frias-Robles - Chair, Member,  Co-opted Governor

Term of office - 01.04.13 to present

I’m married with four grown up children, who all attended Summerbee First and Junior school, as the academies were then known. My granddaughter, and a number of my extended family members have attended the schools, the youngest having just left Year 2.

I became a parent governor when my children were at Summerbee First school, and continued to be involved as a parent governor, a community governor and now as a co-opted Governor. As my children moved through various local schools, I remained actively involved in the school including during its conversion to Queen’s Park Infant Academy in 2012.

At Queen’s Park Infant Academy it has been an honour to serve in various committees and working parties over the years, including premises, curriculum, finance and staffing, performance management and appeals. It's a privilege to have been involved in the development of the school and appointment of staff, including four Headteachers and, as the Chair of Governors, I look forward to continuing with the school's amazing journey and its bright future.

As an Chartered Architectural Technologist, I have worked in the architectural profession since leaving school, being involved at director level in a number of local architectural practices over the last 30 years, responsible for staff appointment, training and budgets. In 2007, together with my son, we set up our own practice of Chartered Building Surveyors and Architectural Technologists from which I retired in early 2014. I am also a Co-opted governor at Malmesbury Park Primary School, appointed in 2014.


Val Green - Vice Chair, Member,  Co-opted Governor

Term of office  - 01.04.13 to present


Rev’d Margaret Evans - Member,  Co-opted Governor

Term of office - 01.04.13 to present

I am a retired Minister of Religion in the United Reformed Church, having served latterly at Trinity church in Sutton Road. I continue to serve on national committees and particular with regard to Safeguarding. My background prior to this was through Teaching and as a Probation Officer. I have 2 sons and 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren ranging from 2 years old to 20 years of age. My tenure as a Governor at Queen’s Park Infant Academy stretches over the 29 years of the school’s history and I value being able to help with the overseeing of the delivery of the curriculum for all our children.


Fran Blanchard - Deputy Head Teacher/ Staff Governor

Term of office - 05.09.17 to present




Jennifer Ledun - Parent Governor

Term of office - June 2016 to present

I became a Governor at QPIA in June 2016. I have 3 children, 2 boys at QPIA, and a pre school child.   Although currently a stay at home mum, I previously worked for nearly 20 years in local government housing roles.  I hope to be able to support the school in maintaining and improving its education provision.


Caroline Pigott - Parent Governor

Term of office - June 2016 to present

I became a Governor at QPIA in June 2016. My three children have all attended QPIA, my twin daughters moved up to QPA this year and my son is currently in Year 2.  Although a relatively new parent to QPIA and Bournemouth, I fulfilled a parent governor role at my children's previous school in London.  It is important to me that all children are encouraged to be confident, happy, independent and able to take responsibility for their learning.


Sue Varley - Parent Governor

Term of office - June 2016 to present

I spent an enjoyable year volunteering each week in Kingfishers class in Reception before then taking on the role of a parent governor in June 2016. I remain volunteering in Year 1 each week.  I really love being a Mum and enjoy being involved in my daughter’s school.  A qualified physiotherapist, I have a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and work part-time as a Service Improvement Project Manager in the NHS.  I look forward to working as part of the Governing body to make QPIA the best it possibly can be, enabling every child to achieve their potential.  


David Maynard-Smith - Co-opted Governor

Term of office - May 2016 to present

I was a teacher at the school from 1997 until April 2016 and have taught mostly in Years 1 and 2, but also in Reception. For many years I was also a member of the leadership team and a Teacher Governor. I became a co-opted Governor in May 2016. These roles have enabled me to have greater oversight of the school and become more involved in ensuring that our children have every opportunity to achieve the best they can within a happy, secure and caring environment. Outside of school I am a member of a local tennis club and church.



Statutory Committees


Staff Dismissal

  • Mr R Frias-Robles
  • Mr D Maynard-Smith
  • Mrs S Varley


Staff Dismissal Appeal

  • Rev M Evans
  • Mrs C Pigott
  • Mrs J Ledun


Pupil Discipline & Exclusion

  • Mrs V Green
  • Mr D Maynard-Smith


Head Teacher's Performance Management

  • Mr R Frias-Robles
  • Rev M Evans


Pay Review Committee

  • Mrs S Varley
  • Mrs V Green
  • Mr D Maynard-Smith


Non Statutory Committees


Resources       (Staff, Finance, Premises)

  • Mr R Frias-Robles
  • Mrs T Edwards
  • Rev M Evans
  • Mrs Pigott
  • Mrs S White


Curriculum and Standards

  • Rev M Evans
  • Mr D Maynard-Smith
  • Mrs V Green
  • Mr R Frias-Robles
  • Mrs T Edwards
  • Mrs S Varley
  • Mrs J Ledun


Admission Panel

  • Rev M Evans
  • Mr R Frias-Robles
  • Mrs S Varley


Link Governors



  •  Mrs V Green





Health & Safety

  • Mr R Frias-Robles


Training Governor

  • Mrs S Varley


Clerk to Governors

Sarah Broadfoot


Governors' meeting attendance data as of April 2017:


Caroline Piggot


Tracey Brennan


Helen Wood


Tracey Edwards


Margaret Evans


Val Green


David Maynard-Smith


Raf Frias-Robles


Jennifer Ledun


Sue Varley