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Gothic Mede Academy

Local Governing Body

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 board of governors on:



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.

Jo Graves - Chair and lead governor for Staff Welfare, HR, Health & Safety, Premises and NQT Induction, lead governor for SEND

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.

Emily Rowlands - Pupil Premium, Safeguarding Governor

I served as a governor at Arlesey Nursery School from 2012 until its recent merger with Gothic Mede Academy, serving as Vice-Chair of Governors at the nursery for the last few years. I have two children who attend Gothic Mede and another who attends the nursery. I greatly enjoy the ability afforded as a governor to contribute to the educational experience of all children within the school through collaboration with the school’s excellent teaching staff.  

Before my third child was born I spent ten years working with as a Social Worker supporting children and families in a safeguarding-children role.  Currently, I am a trustee of BEST Nurseries. I also seek to raise money for Gothic Mede Acedemy both through participation in the Parents and Friends of Gothic Mede (PFGM), and by overseeing the local Terracycle recycling program.

Mark Greaney

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.

Nicola Davis - Co-opted Governor (Vice Principal)

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Daniela Sheehan - Staff Governor

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