Governance Structure


Our school is part of the Pontefract Academies Trust.

The Trust was created under the provisions of the Academies Act 2010, as amended by the Education Act 2011. Its structure of governance is constituted under the Articles of Association. The Trust is an exempt charity by virtue of the Charities Act 2011.

The Funding Agreement between the Department for Education (DfE) and the Trust sets out the terms and conditions on which grant is made. The Trust Board is responsible for ensuring that the conditions of grant are met. As part of this process the Trust is required to have in place appropriate arrangements for sound governance, financial management, securing value for money and accounting, and for using public funds for the purposes for which they were intended by Parliament.

This Trust Board is accountable in law for all decisions about its schools. This does not mean that the Trust Board is required to make all of the decisions itself. Some decisions can be, and are delegated, including to SPRB, delegated officers, and other Trust Board established committees. The Scheme of Delegation sets out the framework which the Trust Board has approved.

All governance documentation for the Trust, including the Funding Agreement, Scheme of Delegation and Articles of Association can be found here.

Orchard Head J, I & N and Halfpenny Lane J, I & N Schools Performance Review Board (SPRB)


The Orchard Head and Halfpenny Lane Schools SPRB is a sub-committee of the Trust Board and has various responsibilities delegated to it through the Pontefract Academies Trust Governance Policy and Scheme of Delegation.

The SPRB of Orchard Head and Halfpenny Lane is currently made up of:

Name Role Appointed By From To
T Craven Chair Trust Board 17/05/2017 16/05/2025
J Carr SPRB Member Trust Board appointed Staff Member 13/05/2019 12/05/2023
D Harrison SPRB Member Trust Board 19/03/2018 18/03/2022
J Mitchell Headteacher, Orchard Head J, I & N School Ex-officio 01/01/2019 Not Applicable
S McNally SPRB Member Trust Board 10/12/2019 09/12/2023
C Moore SPRB Member Trust Board 30/01/2014 31/08/2022
H McNeill Headteacher, Halfpenny Lane J, I & N School Ex-officio 12/04/2021 Not Applicable
A Small Vice Chair Trust Board Appointed Parent 19/03/2018 18/03/2022
C Twist SPRB Member Trust Board Appointed Parent 19/03/2018 18/03/2022
C Dawson SPRB Member Trust Board 20/07/2021 19/07/2025

The Chair can be contacted at the following address:

Orchard Head Junior & Infant School
Orchard Head Lane

or by email at


SPRB Current Register of Business Interests

Role Name of business or organisation/educational organisation Nature of business or organisation Nature of interest Date of appointment of acquisition Date of cessation of interest
T Craven Chair of SPRB None declared
J Carr SPRB Member None declared
D Harrison SPRB Member S Harrison ASPESL CPD for Primary PE Co-ordinators based at New College Wife provides CPD training September 2018 N/A
J Mitchell Headteacher, Orchard Head J, I & N School None declared
S McNally SPRB Member Wakefield District Housing Housing Association Employee 11/01/2015 N/A
H McNeill  Headteacher, Halfpenny Lane J, I & N School None declared
C Moore SPRB Member None declared
C Twist SPRB Member Snaith Primary School Education provider Nursery Teacher 01/09/2002 N/A
A Small Vice Chair Halfpenny Lane J, I & N School Education provider Parent - 2 children in school years 2 and 5 01/09/2014 N/A
C Dawson SPRB Member None declared

SPRB Membership & Attendance Summary 2020/21

From To Appointed By Meetings attended Out of a possible
T Craven (Chair) 17/05/17 16/05/25 Trust Board 4 4
J Carr 13/05/19 12/05/23 Trust Board 4 4
D Harrison 19/03/18 18/03/22 Trust Board 2 4
J Mitchell 01/09/19 N/A Ex-officio 4 4
S McNally 10/12/19 09/12/23 Trust Board 1 4
H McNeill 12/04/21 N/A Ex-Officio 1 1
C Moore 30/01/14 31/08/22 Trust Board Appointed Parent 4 4
A Small (Vice Chair) 19/03/18 18/03/22 Trust Board Appointed Parent 4 4
C Twist 19/03/18 18/03/22 Trust Board Appointed Parent 4 4
Left within the last 12 months:
Tom Fay (Interim Headteacher) 01/01/21 11/04/21 Ex-Officio 1 1
J Parkinson 01/09/17 N/A Ex-officio 3 3