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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 available here

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 SchoolGoverning Body

Paul Burns

Chair & Safeguarding Governor

Paul Burns Interests & Attendance Data

Karl O’Reilly

Executive Headteacher

Karl O’Reilly Interests & Attendance Data

Kathryn Deacey

Staff Governor – T&L & Wellbeing

Kathryn Deacey Interests & Attendance Data

Beverley Fox-Norris

Staff Governor

Bev Fox-Norris Interests & Attendance Data

Paula Fraser

Parent Governor - Wellbeing

Paula Fraser Interests & Attendance Data

Zenab Khan

Parent Governor 

Zenab Khan Interests & Attendance Data

Damon Stead

Governor - Finance

Damon Stead Interests & Attendance Data

Dan Vockins

Vice Chair & Governor – T&L & Wellbeing

Dan Vockins 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:


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


Governor Minutes:



14/10/2020 Minutes

09/12/2020 Minutes



16/10/2019 Minutes

04/12/2019 Minutes



Nexus Governance Handbook  

DfE Governance Handbook 2020

Glossary of Terms

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