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Current Governance Structure

The Kingston Academy was set up by Kingston Educational Trust, a partnership between Kingston College, Kingston University and the Royal Borough of Kingston.

Kingston Educational Trust is an Academy Trust which is a state funded charity and a company limited by guarantee, with no share capital or shareholders.  It was incorporated on 17 December 2012 and is governed by its Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association and Funding Agreement with the Department for Education (copies of these documents are available from the drop down menu to the left). Details of the Trust’s Values and Principles can be found here.

Kingston Educational Trust has two layers of governance: its members and its trustees.  Its members are the three partners and details of their representatives are set out below:

Biographical details of the member representatives and of their relevant business and pecuniary interests are available from the drop down menu to the left.

The Function of the Trust Board

The Trust Board has three core governance functions:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Trust Board meets at least once a term and usually 4 to 5 times a year, to ensure challenge and accountability for the delivery of education at The Kingston Academy.


The Trust Board has delegated certain functions to dedicated committees, so that they may focus on specific areas, and consider these in detail and with sufficient frequency. There are three main committees:

  • Buildings, Finance and Resources (Chair: Sean Weston) which oversees robust accounting for income and expenditure, staffing arrangements and completion of the building project for the school’s accommodation;
  • Curriculum, Performance and Standards (Chair: Andrew Hudson) which oversees pupil progress and attainment, quality of teaching and the curriculum offer; and
  • Pupil Welfare and Community (Chair: Jenni Woods) which looks at safeguarding, health and safety, attendance, behaviour and the school within its local, national and international communities.

These committees usually meet every half term and there are further committees which meet as required: the Trust Development Group, the Pay Committee, Admissions, Appeals and Pupil Discipline.

Trust Board Membership Terms of Office and Appointing Bodies

The Kingston Academy benefits from a Trust Board which has a great depth and range of educational and commercial expertise.  It comprises the school’s head teacher and trustees from the local and wider community, chosen for the skills and experience they bring to the role, together with two parent trustees. Full details of all current trustees including their full names, dates of appointment, the committees they serve on and positions of responsibility are shown in the table below (including details of any trustees who have stepped down during the last 12 months). Biographical details of trustees, their attendance at meetings over the last academic year and details of their relevant business and pecuniary interests are available from the drop down menu to the left.

Each trustee has a four year term of office (with the exception of the head teacher, who holds the post ex officio) which may be extended for a further term . All community trustees were appointed by the members and all co-opted trustees were appointed by the Trust Board. The parent trustees were elected by the parent body.

The Chair of the Trust Board

The Chair of the Trust Board is appointed annually. The current Chair is Graham Willett and you can contact him via the Clerk.

The Clerk to the Trust 

The Clerk to the Trust is Zara Gallagher.

The Trust Board or Chair may be contacted via the Clerk by email or by post via Pupil Services marked for the attention of the Clerk to the Trust.

Minutes of meetings

Minutes of meetings are available for inspection via the Clerk. Minutes of recent Trust Board meetings may be downloaded using the drop down menu at the top left of this page and copies of older minutes are available on request, email: or call 0208 465 6200.  Paper copies can be made available, although our preference is for electronic delivery of the Minutes.

Trust Board 2021/2022

Full details of the current trustees and those who have served in the last 12 months are below (details of their business interests and attendance at meetings can be found using the drop down menu at the top left of this page).