About Us



The Board of Governors of Leigh Academies Trust has a range of powers and responsibilities which it is legally required to carry out, working in a close and balanced partnership with the Chief Executive and Principals, to ensure that the Academy provides the best possible education for all its students.

Detailed work is carried out in two Committees: Academic Standards and Resources which report to the full Board of Governors.

Oaks Primary Academy also has its own Board of Governors which is shared with Tree Tops Primary Academy, Molehill Primary Academy and Langley Park Primary Academy (the Maidstone Primary Academies Board). The Academy Board is responsible for the day-to-day management and governance of the academies under its jurisdiction. The majority of the leadership and management is delegated to the Principals of each academy. The chairperson of the academy board is represented on the Trust Board to ensure that there is effective and coherent governance.

The Board of Governors of the Maidstone Primary Academies Board

  • Neil Willis (Chair)
  • Debbie Biggenden (Executive Principal, Maidstone Primary Cluster)
  • Karen Major (Link Principal, Dartford Primary Academy)
  • Peter Croughton (Governor)
  • Catharine Rotherham (Parent Governor)
  • Wayne Barnett (Link Principal)
  • David Creasey (Governor)
  • David Elliott (Governor)
  • Theresa Davies (Governor)
  • Andrew Ferguson (Governor)
  • Giles Osborne (Governor)

Oaks Primary Academy also has a Development Group, which has a largely monitoring role in support of the academy board. The membership of Group is as follows:

  • Giles Osborne (Chair)
  • Debbie Biggenden (Executive Principal, Maidstone Primary Cluster)
  • Libby Fidock (Link Principal, Langley Park Primary Academy)
  • Jonathan Jankowski (Governor)
  • Ian Miles (Parent Governor)
  • Catharine Rotherham (Parent Governor)
  • Jane Tipple (Principal, Oaks Primary Academy)

Pen Portrait of our Chair of Governors
Giles Osborne is a former Head of School who has worked in a range of Good and Outstanding schools. He is also formerly an advisor to Kent LEA and a Senior University Lecturer at Brighton and Canterbury Christ Church.

An experienced governor, currently on the board of 2 schools, Giles combines this with his work supporting trusts and schools focusing on the data and outcomes of the pupils. Giles teaches on the National qualification for Headteachers and nationally leads the training for schools on understanding the Dfe and Ofsted’s data.

Giles, born and bred in Kent, has a daughter who is currently in year 5, and understands the challenges faced by parents on a day to day basis

If you would like to view the original document containing the Central Kent Governance Structure then please click the link below:

Also, if you would like to view the Oaks Development Group Attendance for the past year 2017-2018, then please click on the link below:

Governors Declaration of Interests

Below is a link displaying the governor’s Declaration of Interests.


Parent Voice Meetings

Below are links to the reports of the Parent Voice Meetings from throughout the year.

Meeting from 25th January 2018
Meeting from 5th October 2017

Meeting from 15th March 2017
Meeting from 1st July 2016

Leigh Academies Trust Governance Documents

Below are links to a number of the Trust governance details which can all be accessed via the Leigh Academies website using the links below:

Annual Report

Annual Audited Accounts

Articles of Association

Funding Agreement

Governance Terms of Reference


Memorandum of Association

The Names of Charity Trustees and Members