Education Advisory Board

Our Education Advisory Board has been elected from individuals who volunteer their time and commitment, from various backgrounds. The EAB all bring their life skills and expert knowledge to provide a wide outlook on the bigger picture. As a team they provide support from a mixture of minds for one goal: what's best for our school and pupils to give them the best learning and skills for life.

Roles & responsibilities

  • Strive to give our pupils the best tools, education & learning environment
  • Challenge Seniour Leaders for best practice
  • Monitor teaching and learning
  • Adopt all school policies
  • Be involved with all areas of the school
  • Form partnerships and links to promote the school in the community and beyond
  • Created a safe environment
  • To act as a critical friend
  • Same vision and ethos as the Delta


EAB 2015-16

Mr Roger William Dawson - Chair - Prof Dip Mngmt (Open) I Eng MIET


I am a fully qualified Electrical Engineer who has worked for 50 years in the electricity supply and associated industries. During this time I have held several senior leadership positions including, in more recent times, directorships in two independent companies. I am a Knottingley born person, married with two sons - both of whom attended Knottingley High School. In my 30 years’ experience of being a Governor I have seen many changes, most notably, the move to Academy status. My view is that De Lacy Academy belongs to the community and students of Knottingley.  The staff members at De Lacy are committed to provide the best possible education for our students and the change in management and the move to Academy status has led to a 50% improvement in achievement in the recent past. Our aim is to ensure sustained and consistent improvement to build on the excellent results of recent years. 

Mrs Pam Smith - Community Governor - Vice Chair
PamI am a semi - retired business woman with a background in Education.  A qualified teacher, experienced at teaching in secondary school and also FE, with a degree in Education Management.  A member of the Institute of Biology, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the Institute of Directors.  I am also a qualified business coach and run my own Coaching business.  I have been a governor for 5 years and I became a governor to use my skills to support the development of De Lacy Academy and the success of the students.   I have worked with both staff and students in supporting the constantly improving standards of the Academy.
Mr Michael Whittle - Delta Governor

I have been a teacher for over 35 years with experience of leading both a large technology faculty as well as being a member of Leadership of an outstanding academy.  I also have experience of successfully developing academy buildings and facilities so that pupils can learn in a vibrant and safe learning environment. I hope my experience will support the academy as it begins the process of a major rebuild/refurbishment in Priority School Programme Phase 2.

Ms Andrea Rhodes - Parent Governor
My name is Andrea Rhodes and I recently joined the governing body as a parent governor.  As I have a child that attends the school I am very keen to learn what happens behind the scenes and offer my help and support for now and in the future.  I work for a  local company as a calibration assistant and want this school to be one of the best assets for the community and for the pupils who attend it. This can then give every pupil the best possible experiences and development opportunities to prepare them for their futures.

Chris Eyre DipPFS Sponsor Governor
I work as a Financial Adviser and have recently moved into the Knottingley area. I am a father of 3 all of whom are at different stages of their education. I strongly believe that every child has a right to the best possible education they can receive and having seen the fantastic work that De Lacy Academy has been doing I was delighted to be asked to join the Governing Body in 2015. I sincerely hope that I can help the school become a shining light in the area and the experiences I have with my 3 children can be put to good use.

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