Governance Structure

Our school is operated by Pontefract Academies Trust.

The Trust was created under the provisions of the Academies Act 2010, as amended by the Education Act 2011. Its structure of governance is constituted under the Articles of Association. The Trust is an exempt charity by virtue of the Charities Act 2011.

The Funding Agreement between the Department for Education (DfE) and the Trust sets out the terms and conditions on which grant is made. The Trust Board is responsible for ensuring that the conditions of grant are met. As part of this process the Trust is required to have in place appropriate arrangements for sound governance, financial management, securing value for money and accounting, and for using public funds for the purposes for which they were intended by Parliament.

This Trust Board is accountable in law for all decisions about its schools. This does not mean that the Trust Board is required to make all of the decisions itself. Some decisions can be, and are delegated, including to SPRB, delegated officers, and other Trust Board established committees. The Scheme of Delegation sets out the framework which the Trust Board has approved.

All governance documentation for the Trust, including the Funding Agreement, Scheme of Delegation and Articles of Association can be found here.

The Rookeries J, I & N and Carleton Park J & I Schools Performance Review Board (SPRB)

The Rookeries and Carleton Park Schools SPRB is a sub-committee of the Trust Board and has various responsibilities delegated to it through the Pontefract Academies Trust Governance Policy and Scheme of Delegation.

The SPRB of The Rookeries and Carleton Park is currently made up of:

Name Role From To Appointed by
J Cross Chair 12/03/2019 11/03/2023 Trust Board
M Neden Vice Chair 20/01/2016 19/01/2024 Trust Board
J Ayre Headteacher at Carleton Park J & I School 01/07/2018 N/A Ex-officio
R Grogan Headteacher at The Rookeries J, I & N School 01/09/2020 N/A Ex-officio
M Farrell SPRB Member 01/09/2016 31/08/2022 Trust Board
L Hatton SPRB Member 13/05/2019 12/05/2023 Trust Board
D J Leigh SPRB Member 04/02/2014 31/08/2022 Trust Board
N Loynes SPRB Member 20/01/2016 19/01/2024 Parent Elected
A Sharp SPRB Member 31/10/2016 30/10/2024 Parent Elected
A Worsnop SPRB Member 10/12/2019 09/12/2023 Trust Board

The Chair can be contacted at the following address:

The Rookeries Carleton Junior, Infant & Nursery School
Carleton Road
West Yorkshire

or by email at


SPRB Current Register of Business Interests


Role Name of business or organisation/educational organisation Nature of business or organisation Nature of interest Date of appointment of acquisition Date of cessation of interest
J Cross Chair of SPRB Carleton High School Education Headteacher 01/09/2018 N/A
M Neden Vice Chair of SPRB Lloyds Bank Banking Employee 01/02/2000 N/A
J Ayre Headteacher at Carleton Park, J & I School None declared
R Grogan Headteacher at The Rookeries J, I & N School None declared
M Farrell SPRB Member None declared
L Hatton SPRB Member Local Authority - WMDC Educational Psychologist Currently fulfilling delivery of Educational Psychology services to PAT on behalf of WMDC (Service Level Agreement in place) 10/11/2019 N/A
D J Leigh SPRB Member None declared
N Loynes SPRB Member Carleton Park J & I School Education provider Child in school 2014 N/A
A Sharp SPRB Member Wakefield Parent Carer Forum Advice/support to parents, LA, CCG regarding SEND at Board level Co-Founder/Treasurer 01/04/2020 N/A
A Worsnop SPRB Member Carleton Park J & I School Education provider Teacher 01/09/2015 N/A

SPRB Membership & Attendance Summary 2020/21

From To Appointed by Meetings attended Out of a possible
J Cross (Chair) 12/03/19 11/03/23 Parent Elected 4 4
J Ayre 01/07/18 N/A Ex-officio 4 4
D J Leigh 04/02/14 31/08/22 Trust Board 3 4
N Loynes 20/01/16 31/08/22 Parent Elected 1 4
L Hatton 13/05/19 12/05/23 Trust Board 4 4
M Neden 31/10/16 19/01/24 Trust Board 3 4
R Grogan 01/09/20 N/A Ex-officio 4 4
M Farrell 14/08/12 31/08/22 Trust Board 4 4
A Sharp 20/01/16 30/10/24 Trust Board 4 4
A Worsnop 10/12/19 09/12/23 Trust Board 4 4
Left within the last 12 months:
A Johnson 31/10/16 18/12/20 Trust Board 1 2
R Simmons 13/05/19 05/10/20 Parent Elected 0 1