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Governing Body

The governing board exists to provide strong strategic leadership to the school, ensuring accountability for its educational and financial performance. There are three core functions to the board:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

Bentley has a governing body with 13 members, and two associate members, and one vacancy.  Each member initially signs up to a term of four years (end dates are noted below) and all members are voted onto the board at a Full Governing Body meeting.  Parent Governors remain for their four year term or until their child leaves the school, whichever is sooner. 

Full Governing Body meetings are held six times each academic year as are our committee meetings.  

Local Authority Governors

Dave Ibbotson (Chair) July 2023

Nick Austin (Vice Chair) June 2022


Co-opted Governors

James Aston March 2022

Laura Brace November 2023

Paul Harrison July 2023

Nick  Myers October 2024

Esther van Rooyen May 2022


Parent Governors

Eliza Bell February 2021




Judith Araque

Foundation Governors

Greg Dalton September 2022

Yann Dubreuil (ex officio)

Trevor Nixon July 2023


Staff Governors

Katy Pinchess - Headteacher

Becky Miffling December 2020

Natalie Drew July 2023


Associates (re-elected annually)

Claire Aston July 2021

Mark Desborough July 2021



Resources (Covering Finance & Buildings, Health and Safety)

James Aston

Greg Dalton

Mark Desborough

Paul Harrison (Chair)

Trevor Nixon

Katy Pinchess

Laura Wellstead


Curriculum and Standards

Nick Austin (Chair)

Eliza Bell

Natalie Drew

Dave Ibbotson

Becky Miffling

Nick Myers

Katy Pinchess

Esther van Rooyen


Policy/Hub link

Natalie Drew


Claire Aston

Yann Dubreuil

Paul Harrison (Safer Recruitment trained)

Dave Ibbotson (Safer Recruitment trained)

Katy Pinchess (Safer Recruitment trained)

Emily Spicer

Esther van Rooyen (Chair)


Headteacher Performance Management

Dave Ibbotson

Greg Dalton

Claire Aston  


Pay Committee 

Paul Harrison

Greg Dalton

Dave Ibbotson


Annual Self Evaluation and Data

Nick Austin

Should the following committees be needed, the Clerk will contact three eligible Governors in alphabetical order (excluding the Chair, Headteacher and Staff Governor) starting at the last member to serve on a panel. The Clerk will ensure that the Governors have not had prior involvement'. Capability, Disciplinary, Flexible working requests, Grievance, Pay Appeals, Redundancy, Staff Dismissal, Time off.

The pecuniary interests of the members can be downloaded from the foot of this page, along with the attendance details of the members for the last academic year.  With the exception of Yann Dubreuil, who is a governor at Binsted School, no-one else holds a governance role in any other educational institution.