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The Board of Directors

The number of directors varies according to the size of the school or academy. Freemantle's directors are made up of:

  • Staff directors ,
  • Foundation directors  (members appointed by the Church),
  • Community directors
  • Parent  directors (normally parents or carers of children currently attending the school).
  • In addition the Co-heads and Executive officer are directors


There are director vacancies  at present. We are looking for directors who have specific skills in the finance sector to strengthen the board.

In addition to the appointment of senior staff, the roles of the directors centre around  monitoring the standards children attain, the progress they make and the curriculum they are taught, the health and safety of pupils, staff and visitors and ensuring that the academy's finances are spent wisely and for the benefit of the children's education.

To ensure these areas are fully explored, the directors have established a number of committees and working groups and these meet regularly during the year. The full board of directors meets twice each term, receiving reports from the various groups, looking closely and specific areas, such as SATs results, and discussing a headteacher's statement at each meeting. The board of directors also tries to maintain close links with parents or carers and welcomes comments and questions from any parent or carer of children at the school.

Curriculum and Standards


Chair: Mrs Janet Parker

Mrs V Caldwell,

Ms Emma Hindley (invited guest)

Miss Nina Myszkowski (invited guest)


Finance/Audit Committee


Chair: Mr Jack Powell

Mrs Val Caldwell,  Mr Jeremy Moulton,  

Mr Kevin Barnett (invited guest)

Directors Link Curriculum Areas


English Mrs Janet Parker
MathematicsMrs Janet Parker
Science/ EcoMr Jeremy Moulton

Humanities (Geography, History, MFL)


Mrs Val Caldwell
RE/CW/SMCT/British ValuesMiss Nina Myszkowski
PEMr Jack Powell
SEN- (Link)

Miss Emma Hindley



Mrs Val Caldwell



Governance Professional - Mrs Tracy O'Connor

Contact -

Responsible Officer- Mrs Carole Young




Mr Grant Strange- (chair)                                                                           appointed 26 Sept 2019

PI- Employed by Nexus education- provide some resources to the academy

PI- Director of Tenax Vult Ltd- no connections with the academy

Mrs Val Caldwell - (Trustee)                                                             appointed 01 April 2011

PI- Employed by TA South- apprentices supplied to academy

PI- Trustee of Southampton Cooperative Learning Trust- Partner trust to Freemantle

Mr David DeKretser                                                                          appointed 12 October 2021

Mr Mark Tolcher                                                                                appointed 5 July 2022

Mr Kevin Barnett- (Executive Officer)                                   (guest) appointed 01 April 2011

PI- Employed by FCA- daughter works for FCA

PI- Trustee of Southampton Cooperative Learning Trust- Partner trust to Freemantle

Mr Mike Denness                                                                                       appointed 26 Sept 2019

PI- Councillor for Southampton City Council                                              resigned 4 July 2022

The first members meeting will take place on Tuesday 12th October 2021.

Future meetings-

Tuesday 8th March 2022

Tuesday 5th July 2022


Agreed Members meetings 2022-23

11th October 2022

7th March 2023

4th July 2023


Agreed Members meetings 2022-2023

Member                                  Attended                         Possible attendance

Grant Strange                           

Val Caldwell                                  

David Dekretser                            

Kevin Barnett                               

Mark Tolcher                                




Agreed Members meetings 2021-2022

12th October 2021

8th March 2022

5th July 2022


Agreed Members meetings 2021-2022

Member                                  Attended                         Possible attendance

Grant Strange                               2                                             3

Val Caldwell                                  3                                             3

David Dekretser                            3                                             3

Kevin Barnett                                3                                             3

Mark Tolcher                                 1                                             1

Mike Denness                               3                                             3




Meet our directors

“The directors have consulted on the academy’s admissions policy for 2022/23.  The policy is available on the academy website (see Admissions).  If you would like to make any comments about the policy, please e-mail them to the academy’s admissions consultant, Mrs Jo Glenton, at or put your comments in writing, marked for the attention of Mrs Jo Glenton to the school office.”

The information on governance included here supplements that described in the governors' Report and in the Statement of governors' responsibilities. The board of directors has formally met twice during this year. Attendance during the year at meetings of the board of directors was as follows:





Out of a Possible


K Barnett (EH)

1  1             appt 21/04/03

V J Caldwell (Chair)

1  1             appt 12/11/20

J Moulton

1  1             appt 01/04/20
J Powell 1  1             appt 23/03/18

J Parker

1  1             appt 21/09/18

N Myszkowski- (staff)

1  1             appt 21/11/19

M Denness

1  1             appt 30/06/22
E Hindley (ex officio)1  1             appt 05/07/20

 Z Leigh (support staff directror)             0                             0


Agreed Board of Directors meetings for 2022/23

Autumn 1- 22nd September 2022

Autumn 2 – 24th November 2022

Spring 1 – 26th January 2023

Spring 2 – 9th  March 2023

Summer 1 – 11th May 2023

Summer 2 –  29th June 2023


Agreed Curriculum and Standards meetings 2022/23

Autumn 1- 15th September 2022

Autumn 2- 23rd November 2022

Spring 1- 18th January 2023

Spring 2- 2nd March 2023

Summer 1- 4th May 2023

Summer 2- 22nd June 2023


Agreed Finance Committee meetings 2022/23

Autumn 1- 8th September 2022

Autumn 2- 10th November 2022

Spring 1- 12th January 2023

Spring 2- 23rd February 2023

Summer 1- 15th May 2023

Summer 2- 23rd June 2023






Out of a Possible


K Barnett (Executive Head)

6 6                    appt 21/04/03

V J Caldwell (Chair)

5 6                    appt 12/11/20

J Moulton

3 6                    appt 01/04/20

J Powell

5 6                    appt 23/03/18

J Parker

6 6                    appt 21/09/18

N Myszkowski- (staff)

6 6                    appt 21/11/19

M Denness

11                     appt 30/06/22
E Hindley11                     appt 05/07/20
K Staszczyk66                      resigned 30 June 2022


Agreed Board of Directors meetings for 2021/22

Autumn 1- 23rd September 2021

Autumn 2 – 18th November 2021

Spring 1 – 27th January 2022

Spring 2 – 17th  March 2022

Summer 1 – 12th May 2022

Summer 2 –  30th June 2022


Agreed Curriculum and Standards meetings 2021/22

Autumn 1- 14th September 2021

Autumn 2- 9th November 2021

Spring 1- 18th January 2022

Spring 2- 8th March 2022

Summer 1- 3rd May 2022

Summer 2- 21st June 2022


Agreed Finance Committee meetings 2021/22

Autumn 1- 16th September 2021

Autumn 2- 11th November 2021

Spring 1- 20th January 2022

Spring 2- 10th March 2022

Summer 1- 5th May 2022

Summer 2- 23rd June 2022

Pecuniary Interests


Mr Kevin Barnett             - Daughter Employed by Freemantle Academy

                                        - Trustee for Southampton Cooperative Learning Trust

Mr Jeremy Moulton         - Councillor Southampton City Council

Mrs Val Caldwell             - TA South, Company that supplies Modern Apprenticeships

                                       - Trustee for Southampton Cooperative Learning Trust

Mrs Janet Parker           - Diocesan Rep- Christchurch Freemantle

Miss Nina Myszkowski  - Staff member at Freemantle Academy

Ms Emma Hindley         - Staff member at Freemantle Academy

Mr J Powell                   - Daughter employed by Freemantle Academy

Mr M Denness              - Councillor Southampton City Council

Mr Z Leigh                    - Member of staff at Freemantle Academy