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Gothic Mede Academy


BEST - Bedfordshire Schools Trust

Gothic Mede Academy is part of the Bedfordshire Schools Trust (BEST) which is a learning community of five nurseries and ten schools, providing outstanding all-through 0-19 education.

BEST offer a range of dedicated services,  in place to support schools. Services include: Finance; Human Resources; Estates Management; IT and Communications. 

They also have a vibrant teaching school, the Central Bedfordshire Teaching School Partnership (CBTSP), which delivers a comprehensive school improvement package to 138 schools across Central Bedfordshire and a SCITT, the Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership, which provides both primary and secondary Initial Teaching Training (ITT) courses.

Bedfordshire Schools Trust Limited
BEST House, Shefford Road, Clifton, Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5QS
Companies House Registration Number: 07546141 England and Wales
VAT Registration Number: 120 7845 28

We are a charity by virtue of the fact that we are an academy trust.

Telephone: 01462 811519

Governance is through the trustees of Bedfordshire Schools Trust  (BEST) and Local Governing Bodies (LGBs). The board of trustees are responsible for the effective operation of BEST and each academy therein. LGBs are committees of the Board. Each LGB operates to both support and hold the Principal to account for the performance of students and staff and to engage meaningfully with all parents/carers, enabling them to put forward their views at key points in their child’s education.

In the document below you will find information about the governing body.

If you have any questions / enquiries for the attention of the Gothic Mede Academy governing body, we ask that you direct these to the school in the first instance.

If required, you can email the chair of governors on: 


For information on the funding of Gothic Mede Academy and the rest of BEST please visit their website: 

Here you will find information on the following:

  • Annual report
  • Annual audited accounts for last 2 years
  • Memorandum of association
  • Articles of association
  • Names of charity trustees and members
  • Funding agreement








Local Governance

Governance is through The Trustees of Bedfordshire Schools Trust (BEST) and Local Governing Bodies (LGBs). The board of trustees are responsible for the effective operation of BEST and each academy therein.

LGBs are committees of the Board. Each LGB operates to both support and hold the Principal to account for the performance. 

Governance Handbook/Scheme of Delegation can be found here

Jo Graves (Chair) - Co-opted Governor

I have lived in Arlesey since 2004 and I have two children who attend Gothic Mede and the Nursery.

I am the HR and Staff Welfare Governor and draw upon my experience gained working in the HR Department of a City Law Firm.

I became a Governor as I wanted to support Gothic Mede and help ensure that it is ready for the challenges that an expanding Arlesey will bring.

Areas of responsibility: Staff Welfare, HR, NQT Induction, lead governor for SEND, Performance Committee

Amy Morris (Vice Chair) - Co-opted Governor

Areas of responsibility: Performance Committee

Thomas Clarke - Principal

I became a governor at Gothic Mede upon my appointment in 2013. The ambition of the staff for the children of Arlesey is what first attracted me to the post and I think that the drive to maintain and improve standards has led us well through recent national changes in education, such as curriculum, assessment and provision for children with additional needs.

I am keen for the academy to develop and am grateful for the support and challenge that the local governing body provides for the leadership of the school.

Nicola Davis - Co-opted Governor

I have worked at Gothic Mede Academy since qualifying as a teacher in 2005. During this time I have been lucky enough to carry out a variety of roles within the school and have taught in all year groups from Reception to Year 4. In particular, I have played a big part in leading Early Years over the last few years which has included overseeing the addition of a nursery provision into our school. 

My role as Vice Principal has seen me take on the responsibility of areas such as Attendance, Assessment and GDPR as well as working with the Principal to improve the quality of teaching and learning across the school. 

I am very proud to work at Gothic Mede Academy and it is a pleasure to work with a fantastic group of staff and governors who are all dedicated to improving the opportunities and outcomes for the children at our school. 

Areas of responsibility: Vice Principal,

Mark Greaney - Parent Governor

I have two daughters who both love being at Gothic Mede, and that's testament to the hard work of the staff and the atmosphere they create. I joined the Board of Governors because I wanted to be more involved in my daughters' education, and because I believe this is a great school that really allows the children who attend it to flourish.

I am an internal business consultant for Transport for London, so my key skills are in problem solving, data analysis and helping to set business strategies. I look forward to using these skills to help make Gothic Mede even better.

Areas of responsibility: Finance Committee, Anti-Bullying, 

Michael Warlow - Staff Governor

Areas of responsibility: Performance Committee,

I have worked at Gothic Mede for around ten years, the vast majority of my teaching career, and find it hard to imagine working anywhere else. I have been a Year 4 teacher for the majority of this time, but have also worked in Year 3.

I joined the Senior Leadership Team several years ago. My current role is Acting Vice Principal, which has seen me take on a a range of responsibilities in addition to teaching. 

I am really proud of how the school has developed over the last decade, with dedicated, dynamic leaders working with our enthusiastic, dedicated staff to develop the ambition and high expectations that can be seen in all areas of school life.

Geraldine Warren - Parent Governor


Areas of responsibility: Finance Committee,

Trudie Squires - Co-opted Governor


Areas of responsibility: Performance Committee, Safeguarding, 

Christopher Gravett - Co-opted Governor



Vacancy - Clerk to the Governing Body