durand academy

Governing Body

In all schools, governing bodies have three core strategic functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

It is largely a thinking and questioning role and Governors are not there to manage the school or do the jobs of school staff. Governors fulfil their role by regularly attending Governing Body meetings, providing strategic guidance and by asking probing and challenging questions of leaders within the school.

There are a number of different types of governors, but all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing body.

Community/Co-opted: Community/co-opted governors are recruited from the community around the school and can bring a community perspective or interest to the governing body.

Foundation: Foundation governors are appointed by the school’s founding body, named in the school’s instrument of government.

Parent: Parents are appointed to represent the parents within the school. Elections are held via the school.

Staff: Staff are represented on the governing body. Elections are held via the school.

You may contact the governors by email to the school office.

Durand Governing Body: structure and responsibilities 

Guidance from the Department for Education states that:

“Governing bodies should be no bigger than necessary to secure the range of skills they need. Smaller governing bodies are likely to be more cohesive and dynamic.”

In line with this guidance, Durand Academy’s Governing Body is made up of 9 Governors from all walks of life and who each bring different areas of expertise and skills to the school.

In addition to regular meetings of the full Governing Body, Durand Academy has the following Committees who meet on a regular basis. Each committee has a minimum of three members and they report directly to the Governing Body:

  • Finance Committee
  • HR Committee
  • Boarding Committee
  • Mediation
  • Governance

The Governing Body also works with specialist consultants where appropriate, particularly with regards to financial expertise.

Meet our Governors

Sir Greg Martin (Chair)    Co-opted Governor

Sir Greg became a teacher in the 1970s and took over as head of Durand in 1986. He inherited a school that was empty and failing, with children leaving aged 11 unable to properly read and write.

As someone who grew up in social housing in a working class family, Sir Greg understands that background and income should never be an excuse for failure.  He believes that with great teaching comes unlimited opportunity.

Sir Greg instilled a culture of high expectations, aspiration for all, and a sense of discipline and purpose at Durand, and has provided much of the vision behind Durand’s innovative fully-funded boarding school project.

Sir Greg has spent the last five years carefully researching the methodology of boarding schools and was instrumental in the setting up of Durand’s St Cuthman’s site. He has worked extensively at the site through its first year and been instrumental in the boarding school achieving the basic minimum standards as confirmed by Ofsted. As a governor he maintains a close interest in the boarding school, visiting regularly and offering advice to Mr Taylor, Acting Senior Deputy Head and Head of the Boarding School, and other staff at the school.

In 2013, Sir Greg was Knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Education.

Brendan McShane                      Staff Governor

Brendan brings many years of governor experience across several schools and extensive knowledge of the building trade to the Durand Governing Body.

This is Brendan’s second stint as a governor at Durand. Brendan was a parent governor from 1980 to 1990 when his two children attended the school. This covered the period when Durand Junior and Infant Schools were amalgamated.

Brendan joined Reay School in 1992 as Premises Manager, and later became a governor. During his 12 years as governor, Brendan sat on the finance committee, organised fundraising, accompanied teachers on school trips in Britain and abroad and managed the Reay School football team to become champions on two occasions.

Brendan brings extensive knowledge of the building industry and since joining Durand he has been involved in building project work. This includes leading the team that delivered the middle school build and boarding school. He has over five years of experience working with the income generation operation that helps to maintain and improve these facilities.

Angel Lue-Taim                Foundation Governor

 Angel joined the Governing Body as a parent governor and then became a foundation governor. Both of Angel’s children attended Durand Academy. One of Angel’s children has special educational needs, which means she has a strong understanding of the vital support children require at school to fulfil their potential.

Angel has volunteered in the local church and over the years has made contacts within the community. Angel used to be a civil servant at the Ministry of Justice and was also a representative of the Public and Commercial Services Union. The professional skills Angel has acquired are readily transferable to her role as a governor.

Angel is privileged and honoured to be a governor at Durand Academy and to have seen the school change. She believes that the creation of the first free boarding school in the country could not have been achieved without a strong Governing Body and staff at the school. 

Mark McLaughlin                        Acting Executive Headteacher (Ex-Officio)

Mark qualified as a teacher 27 years ago and held the positions of Deputy Head and Associate Head of Durand Academy for 13 years, before becoming Headteacher of the school in 2007.

Mark was Headteacher of Durand until 2012, before setting up his own education consultancy business in September 2012. He re-joined Durand Academy in April 2014 and became Acting Executive Headteacher in September 2015.

Gerard Brown                             Staff Governor

Tolu Stedford                              Parent Governor

Lorna Bell                                    Parent Governor

Aline Ranussi                             Parent Governor

Michael James Watson          Foundation Governor


Please click here for our annual accounts and report for the year ended 31 August 2015.

Please click here for our annual accounts and report for the year ended 31 August 2014.

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