The principles of governance are the same in academies as in maintained schools, but the governing body has greater autonomy.

Academies are required to have at least two parent governors.

The governing body at Fishponds Church of England Academy is called the Local Board.  

The Local Board reports directly to a Multi Academy Trust, which is called the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT) with the chair and Principal sitting on DBAT with the chairs and Principals of any other schools who are also part of the Trust.

DBAT is a sub committee of the main sponsor of the school, the Diocese of Bristol Academy Company (DoBAC).


Diocese of Bristol Academy Company 



Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust



Other Academy Trusts

(none at present)

Local Board:

Fishponds Church of England Academy

  •       Five Members appointed by the Diocese
  • Four Members appointed by the school including the Principal, two parent Members and one staff Member

Local Boards of other Academies:

Christian Malford CE Primary School, Wiltshire

Easton CE Academy, Bristol

St Mary Redcliffe CE Primary Academy, Bristol

St Peters CE Academy, Chippenham

Tadpole Farm CE Academy, Swindon

Seagry CE Academy, Wiltshire

Somerfords’ Walter Powell CE Academy

Lydiard Millicent CE Primary Academy, Swindon

Ridgeway Farm CE Academy, Swindon

 The Deanery, Swindon



Our local board members:

Trish Dodds (Chair) - Foundation Member

Lizzie Kesteven - Ex Officio/ Foundation Member

Becky Taylor - Foundation Member

Zoe Cotton - Foundation Member

Katie Leaver - (Vice Chair) Foundation Member/ SEND Governor

Stephen Douglas - Foundation Member

Emily Fitzgerald - Staff Member

Helen Clew - Parent Member

Samina   Baig   - Parent Member

Debbie Coker - Principal

Susie Pannell - Clerk

Helen Godfrey - Associate Member (Academy Business Manager): no voting rights

Rebecca Goodman - Associate Member (Acting Vice Principal): no voting rights


Local Board Attendance 2017-2018. click here

DBAT Register of Interests 2017 - 2018. click here

DBAT Register of Interest 2018-2019. click here

Membership 2017-2018. click here

Membership 2018-2019. click here


To contact the Chair of The Local Board, please email: