Academy Advisory Body

Our Academy Advisory Board has been elected from individuals who volunteer their time and commitment, from various backgrounds. The AAB 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

You can read more about our Academy Advisory Board on our Statutory Information page here.

To contact the Chair of Governors, please write to the school address and mark your envelope clearly "Chair of Governors".

AAB 2019-20

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

I 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

I  joined the AAB as a parent governor. I have a child that recently finished Y11 at the school and I am very keen to learn what happens behind the scenes and offer my help and support for now and 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.

Mrs Elaine Lenc - Delta Governor

Elaine Lenc joined the Academy Board in 2019 and is the chair of the AAB Finance and Resources Sub Committee. Elaine has over 40 years experience in Financial Services and is a Non Executive Director at the Ipswich Building Society. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland (FCIOBs).

Ms Lorraine Maddock - Delta Governor

Lorraine Maddock joined the AAB in 2019  following 25 years in the further education sector. Qualifications include an honours degree in librarianship and post graduate diploma in education management, together with experience of managing  IT support and delivering business coaching.

Mr Paul Mitchell - Parent Governor

Paul joined the AAB in 2019 to support and assist the Finance and Resources Sub Committee. Paul has over 35 years of management experience and expertise within the Industrial Operations, Project, Property and Financial budgeting sectors. Paul, who has a daughter attending the academy, has expressed a keen ingterest in getting involved and helping the Academy in continuing to improve its facilities and services for the local community.

Mrs Manina Tyler-Mort - Delta Governor

I am delighted to be a member of the De Lacy AAB. I am a qualified teacher of mathematics and have significant experience as a subject leader, senior leader and trust-wide leader. I have worked in several large comprehensive schools before the role I have now in school improvement. Being involved with the AAB is enabling me to play a greater part in the school community and supporting the Academy’s future success.

For more information about being a School Governor click on the link below http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/7362CF02-0663-4D98-A7FA-7FB87873195C/0/VolunteersBookletNewLogo120912.pdf