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Coppice School

Nexus Multi-Academy Trust

As an academy, the Local Governing Body of Coppice School has delegated powers from the ​Nexus Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors, which are outlined in the Trust’s Scheme of Delegation.

The Chief Executive Officer and Officers of the Trust act as advisors to the Local Governing Body and attend most meetings


Coppice School Local Governing Body was constituted on 1st December 2019 and the following structure of Governance is now in place:

The total membership shall be not less than 7 and not more than 12.

The membership shall comprise:

  • the Chair who is elected by the Trust Board of Directors;
  • the Headteacher;
  • no fewer than 2 elected Parent Governors;
  • two elected Members of Staff, one Teaching, one Non-Teaching;
  • the remaining Governors are appointed by the Local Governing Body. Governors can be Parents or Members of Staff but the number of Staff Governors (inc Headteacher) must not exceed one-third of the total number of Governors.


How are Governors chosen?

There are different categories of Governors: Parent Governors, Staff Governors and Governors.

Parent Governors are elected by current parents when a vacancy becomes available. Staff Governors, are representatives of the teaching or support staff and are elected by the eligible staff when a vacancy becomes available.  All Governors are appointed by the Local Governing Body.  ​They are selected to provide skills and experience which Governors feel are required.

The Chair of the Local Governing Body is appointed by the Nexus Multi Academy Trust Board of Directors.

All Governors initially serve for a period of four years. At the end of the four years, they can stand for re-election or be re-appointed. Governors are free to resign before the end of their four-year term if they so wish.

Members of Coppice School Governing Body

Paul Burns

Chair & Safeguarding Link Governor

Paul Burns Interests & Attendance Data

Karl O’Reilly

Executive Headteacher

Karl O’Reilly Interests & Attendance Data

Kathryn Deacey

Staff Governor/T&L Link Governor/Wellbeing Link Governor

Kathryn Deacey Interests & Attendance Data

Beverley Fox-Norris

Staff Governor

Bev Fox-Norris Interests & Attendance Data

Paula Fraser

Parent Governor/Wellbeing Link Governor

Paula Fraser Interests & Attendance Data

Zenab Khan

Parent Governor 

Zenab Khan Interests & Attendance Data

Damon Stead

Finance Link Governor

Damon Stead Interests & Attendance Data

Dan Vockins

Vice Chair/T&L Link Governor/Wellbeing Link Governor

Dan Vockins Interests & Attendance Data

Natalie Swearman

Head of School

Natalie Swearman Interests & Attendance Data


Governor Interests are reviewed at every meeting.  All individual Governor Information with regard to Interests & Attendance can be found within the Individual Governor Profiles.

Approved minutes of the Local Governing Body can be accessed at the bottom of this page


The Local Governing Body meets at least once a half term, with additional meetings being arranged as required.


Meet the Governors:

Paul Burns

I am the Chair of Governors, a role I find both rewarding and challenging. Before retirement, my careers included Primary Education (Teaching) and a Senior Manager in Doncaster Health Authority. I endeavour to bring my knowledge of both education and health issues to enhance my role as a Governor.

Karl O'Reilly

Karl OReilly

Karl is currently the Executive Head Teacher of two special schools Coppice and Bader Academy, and has a wealth of knowledge in all areas of Special Educational Needs. He has worked in and supported a number of schools to improve provision for children and young people. He has a passion for developing leadership in schools and is a Specialist Leader of Education, supporting other head teachers and senior leaders.
Karl has held a number of posts in education including chairing boards for safeguarding; representing schools and young people on special needs panel boards, strategic lead for SEND within Doncaster Teaching Schools and Special Needs Reviewer lead.  

Kathryn Deacey

Kathy Deacey

Beverley Fox-Norris

Bev Fox

Hi my name is Beverley but everyone at Coppice knows me as Bev. I have been a Teacher here for about 6 years now and I am delighted to be a Staff Governor. Before teaching at Coppice, I worked in mainstream education and had a brief experience of working for the education department at North Lincolnshire Museum. I am passionate about outdoor learning and am the Forest School Practitioner here at Coppice. I am also part of the Outdoor Learning Team and we look especially at how learning and simply being outside can have beneficial impacts on our student’s health and mental well-being. As I love being creative, I was recently very excited to take a lead role in the delivery of art at Coppice and I have no doubts that great things will be happening as we all get our creative thinking hats on.

Perhaps most important of all my greatest achievement in life is being a mum of 4 amazing children. Though they will always be my babies, they are incredible young adults now, ready to fly or already having left the nest…but believe me I know what a rocky road parenting can be, especially when your child is faced with extra difficulties that you could not predict or expect.

The greatest thing about Coppice are the people who make the school; staff, students and families, and together we make a wonderful community where help, support and advice are always available and readily given and I am proud to be part of the drive and vision to give our students the best education and experiences that we can.

Paula Fraser

Paula Fraser picture

Paula is the proud full time carer and parent of two children with additional needs, one of which is a pupil at Coppice School. Paula previously worked for ten years in HR for the NHS at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Paula is a Parent Governor and very keen to support Coppice School.

In her free time, Paula enjoys cooking, baking and road running.

Zenab Khan

Zenab Khan Photo 

I am a Parent Governor at Coppice School, where my two children attend. I believe being a parent gives me a unique insight into the challenges the children and school face.
I have a background in education as I have completed an English degree, attended a Post Graduate Certificate of Education as well as completing Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector and most recently a Makaton course. I believe this gives in-depth understanding and knowledge of the requirements of the teachers and the school.
My ambition is to ensure the children, parents and teachers receive the best possible experience and outcomes.


Dan Vockins

Dan Vockins Photo

I am a qualified Teacher who taught in primary schools for just over 5 years. I now run my own coaching, counselling, and tutoring business. Supporting young people, both academically and emotionally, is still a huge part of my job. I am passionate about the development of our young people and take a keen interest in career opportunities and life after school. I use my natural curiosity, and drive toward positive change, to help me support teaching and learning at Coppice.

How can I contact the School Governors?

The Chair of Governors can be contacted at Coppiceschool@nexusmat.org

You can also contact Clerking Services about any aspect of school governance at this address clerkingservices@nexusmat.org

Past Governors: 

Jenny Burnett


9th December 2020


LGB Minutes and Agendas

Below are copies of the Local Governing Body agendas and minutes. Reports on the agendas for any of these meetings are available to the public for public inspection. If any member of the public would like to request a copy of any of the reports from a meeting agenda, please submit a request in writing, specifying which reports are being requested, to foi@nexusmat.org


08/12/2021 Agenda

13/10/2021 Agenda

14/07/2021 Agenda 

26/05/2021 Agenda

24/03/2021 Agenda

10/02/2021 Agenda

09/12/2020 Agenda

14/10/2020 Agenda


Governor Minutes:



13/10/2021 Minutes

26/05/2021 Minutes

14/10/2020 Minutes

09/12/2020 Minutes

10/02/2021 Minutes

24/03/2021 Minutes



16/10/2019 Minutes

04/12/2019 Minutes



Further useful governance information can be found on the Nexus Trust website. Please click here to locate documents such as the Governance Handbook, Glossary of Terms and the Scheme of Delegation.

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