Debden Park High School 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.

Click here to view the Scheme of Delegation.

Click here to view the Constitution of the LGB.

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.

School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, 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 headteacher

  • 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


The Governing body meet as a full governing body for all meetings. Next year, we are looking to put different committees in place. These will be confirmed once agreed.

Information About the Governors

We currently have three Parent Governors, three Staff Governors, an Appointed Governor. The Chair of Governor’s name is James Lillingston and the Vice Chair is Valerie Metcalfe.

Current Governors 2018/2019:


Former Governors 2017/2018:

The Joint Governing body of DPHS and King Harold Academy separated to form two different Governing bodies and so the KHA Governors left at the same time.

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Application Process

All parents are contacted as and when a parent governor vacancy rises and invited to apply.  If more than one application is received we undertake a ballot.  Anyone interested in joining should email

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

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

Terms of office are reviewed every 4 years.

For further information on matters relating to the Governing Body please contact the Clerk, Mrs Donna James on 0208 4181202.

Impact Statement  

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.

Governors met with Ofsted Inspectors as part of their most recent inspection of Debden Park High School in January 2017 whereby they were awarded Outstanding. Governors also met with Ofsted Inspectors and played a key role in monitoring the improvements made by King Harold Academy which was also recognised by Ofsted who awarded them Good. As part of both these inspections Ofsted carried out student and staff surveys which were both positive. Governors have also encouraged parents to participate in Ofsted’s online Parent View surveys throughout the year.

Both school examination results have improved and are recognised as above National Averages.

Governors have supported Debden Park High School in their successful application to become a Sixth Form and have celebrated the achievements of the first cohort of Year 13 exam results.

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

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 directly at

Please click the links below for information on TKAT

Please click here to link to the Directors of the TKAT Board.           (

 Please click here to link to Governance information relating to TKAT, including the structure of governance and relevant details about Trustees terms of office, attendance and business interests.


 Please click here for key documents including the Master Funding Agreement, Articles of Association and Accounts.


Trust’s Annual accounts (no later than the end of January following the financial year to which the accounts relate)

Relevant business and pecuniary interests of trustees and members

The structure and remit of the members , board of trustees and its committees and the full names of the chairs

The trust’s scheme of delegation for governance functions

For each member who has served at any point over the past 12 months, their full names, date of appointment, date they stepped down (where applicable), and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions

 Health and safety policy

Annual reports relating to the Academy Trust.

Memorandum association

Articles of Association

Funding Agreement (including Supplemental Funding Agreement, where applicable)

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