The Peak Academy About Us

Local Governing Body


The local governors of The Peak Academy have a wide range of experience and expertise. They meet regularly and work in close partnership with the principal to determine the school’s aims and agree policies. targets, and priorities for the development of the academy in order to continuously improve the standards of education and promote a safe and caring environment for the benefit of our pupils. Academy local governors have legal duties, powers, and responsibilities. However, they can only act together, not individually.

If you have any concerns or issues that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact Philippa Dancey, Chair of Governors, on

Below you will find more information about the role of our academy local governors.

Local Governors are appointed to help:

  • By working in partnership with the headteacher.
  • With the implementation of the academy development plan.
  • Advise on spending the budget.
  • Interview and select staff.
  • Ensure that all aspects of the curriculum are taught.

Academy local governors are:

  • Parents.
  • Staff at the Academy.
  • Academy sponsor representatives.
  • Community representatives.

Parent governors:

  • Have a pupil in the Academy.
  • Are elected by parents of the Academy.
  • Serve, as other Governors, for four years.

Parent governors bring the views of parents to the governing body, but they act and speak as individuals. They have equal status in the work of the governing body.

When our parent governors reach the end of their term of office, or if an individual resigns, parents will be invited to stand for election onto the governing body.

Current Local Governors

Philippa Dancey Chair of Governors
Professor Christopher Dunn Vice Chair of Governors
Richard Lewis Principal
Mike Allen Governor
Andy Low Staff Governor
Kristy Excell Governor

Current Local Governors

Philippa Dancey

WHF Governor and Chair Responsible for Leadership and Management, Safeguarding, Children in Care, & Attendance (Term of Office: March 2018 to March 2022)

Philippa Dancey has extensive experience as a governor having been chair of governors at a Gloucestershire primary school from 2002 to 2014. She is currently chair of governors of the Ridge Academy, a primary special school for pupils with social, emotional, and mental health Issues having joined their governing body in November 2012. Philippa has attended the following relevant training courses:

Safeguarding Children; Safer Recruitment; Exclusions; Performance-related Pay; Children in Care; Headteacher Appraisal; Governor Self-evaluation; Outstanding Governorship

Christopher Dunn

WHF Governor and Vice Chair Responsible for Behaviour and Conduct, Health and Safety, Finance, & Mental Health (Term of Office: April 2018 to April 2022)

Chris Dunn has been a long-term governor at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust due to his pharmaceutical background. Chris brings valuable medical experience and useful contacts from this role and has completed the following relevant training courses:

Child Protection E-Learning; Hidden Harm E-lEarning; Domestic Abuse E-Learning; Child Sexual Exploitation; Infection Control Competency; Fire Competency; Manual Handling Competency; Safeguarding; Human Factors in Patient Safety; Transgender Awareness for Employers and Service Providers; Academy West of England Understanding Quality Improvement

Mike Allen

WHF Governor Responsible for Progress & Teaching and Learning (Term of Office: March 2018 to March 2022

Mike Allen has 25 years’ primary school headship experience. Since retiring in 2004, he has been commissioned as acting headteacher in 11 mainstream primary schools ranging from 44 to 340 pupils. He is on the Gloucestershire Acting Headteacher Register and is a member of a local baptist church. Mike has completed the following relevant training courses:

Exclusions, Safeguarding, Special School Governor, Raise on line, Attainment 8 & Progress 8

Kristy Excell

WHF Governor responsible for Progress and Personal Development (Term of Office Sep 2019- Sep 2023)

Kristy has 20 years experience as a Primary School Teaacher. As a member of the Senior Leadership Team she was responsible for maths and pupil premium. She is currently on a gap year and interested in being involved in SEMH education.

Sue Easingwood - Clerk to the Governors

Register of Interests 2019-20 & Attendance 2018-19

NamePosition/Name of OrganisationNature of InterestDate RegisteredDate CeasedAttendance
Richard LewisNilNiln/a-4 of 4
Phillipa DanceyCoG The Ridge Academy

Gloucester & Forest Alternative Provision Service committee member
The Ridge & Peak are both SEMH schools

GFAPS & Peak are both Special Provisions


4 of 4
Mike AllenGovernor at Gloucester Academy

On Acting Head Register for Gloucestershire LA
Gloucester Academy & Peak are within the same MAT10/03/1931/08/173 of 4
Professor Christopher DunnStroud & Cotswold Alternative Provision Service committee memberSCAPS & Peak are both Special Provisions08/02/18-4 of 4
Andy LowNilNiln/a-3 of 4

Previous Governors

Our previous Governors include:

  • Gareth Jenkins: Governor Responsible for Behaviour and Conduct (Resigned April 2018)
  • Paul Rumming: Parent Governor Responsible for Attendance (Resigned June 2018)

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Code of Conduct

Every member of The Peak Academy governing body has agreed to abide by the code of conduct for school governing boards. Click the button below to view a copy of the governor code of conduct.

TWHF Information

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