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Mill Chase Academy


Interim Local Governing Body

The current Governors of Mill Chase Academy have been co-opted by the University of Chichester Academy Trust (CAT) as academy sponsor and will serve until a Local Governing Body is constituted.  Expressions of interest will be invited and interviews carried out to ensure the right blend of skills and representation on the LGB.

The Local Governing Body serves to provide support and challenge to the Academy.  Individual members represent and are representative of key groups but do not pursue individual agenda.  The scope of responsibilities for each LGB is set out in the Scheme of Delegation that exists between the Trust and each of its academies.

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Chair: Mr Michael Grant

Michael Grant has recently joined as Governor of Mill Chase Academy.  Over the past ten years he has worked closely with both the Lillian Baylis School in Lambeth and has been a Governor of the Hammersmith Academy as part of his responsibilities as both Clerk and Master of the City Livery Company for Information Technologists.

He spent 25 years in the IT Industry and has a strong background in Marketing, Public Relations and recruitment around the world.  He mentors students both in London and Kent schools and has worked hard to introduce extracurricular activities such as Cadet Units.  Michael lives within walking distance of the academy.

Correspondence to the Chair of Governors should be addressed to:

Mr M Grant, Chair of Governors, Mill Chase Academy, Mill Chase Road, Bordon, GU35 0ER

Principal: Mr Paul Hemmings

Paul Hemmings has been Principal of Mill Chase Academy since April 2014.  From 2007 he had been Deputy Head Teacher responsible for Standards & Achievement at a school recently recognised as performing in the top 20% of schools in the country.  Prior to this post, he had been Assistant Head Teacher responsible for Key Stage 3 at Robert May’s School in East Hampshire for 3 years.  Paul’s first two teaching posts were in Cambridgeshire where he was as a teacher of Business Studies & Economics for the first 3 years of his career before being appointed as Director of Sixth Form at another Cambridgeshire school.

Throughout his career, school improvement work has been central to his role and he is passionate about raising standards to ensure that young people get the best possible education and start in life.

Dr Peter John Bunyan

Peter Bunyan was educated as a chemist/biochemist at University College, University of Durham and at Kings College and then University College London.  He spent more than thirty years in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, initially researching the side effects of pesticides on wildlife and the environment in the forerunners of what is now the Central Science Laboratory at York and then as a scientific administrator in both the food and agriculture sectors.  He finished his career as Director General of ADAS and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Minister.  

Since leaving the Ministry, he has been involved in a wide variety of activities, including becoming Honorary Secretary of the Royal Society of Biology and Chairman of the British Crop Production Council.  He has also been a Director of Horticulture Research International and Visiting Professor of Agriculture and Horticulture at De Montfort University.  He was Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey on Local and Regional Affairs, with special interests in knowledge transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship, the funding of research and economic development between 1995 and 2008.  He continues to have a special interest agriculture and in the development of the rural economy.  He is currently a Governor of the University of Portsmouth and Chair of its Audit and Quality Committee.  

He holds a DSc from the University of Durham, a DSc (Honoris causa) from De Montfort University and a DUniv (Honoris causa) from the University of Surrey.

Dr Michael John Kent

Mike Kent has been a governor since 2007 and has chaired the Finance Committee for two separate terms.  Has often taken the lead on Health, Safety & Environmental matters.  He has recently retired from running a chemicals & plastics company that he relocated to Bordon from Leatherhead in 2001.  Mike is a fluent French speaker with a strong interest in science and engineering.  He has played the guitar with enthusiasm for more than 50 years and is now slightly better than when he started.

Mrs Bernardine Reynolds

Bernardine Reynolds’ teaching career and involvement with Mill Chase spanned 40 years before her “retirement” and she has been a Governor for six years, serving as a Community Governor.

Her responsibilities at Mill Chase between 1966 and 2006 included Youth Leader, Teacher of English, Head of Years 7-11, Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator and Key Stage 4 Co-ordinator.  She had particular interest and experience in primary liaison, parent engagement, pastoral care, examination study, work experience and links to colleges.

Bernardine says: ‘I have always enjoyed organising and being involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, including musical and dramatic productions, water polo and many school trips and visits!  My work in the community currently includes working with the Condé Link Committee, Arford Handbells, and as a reader and steward at the Parish Church.’

Mrs Amanda Mitchell

Amanda has over thirty years' experience of working in education settings and looking after the needs of children. She has been involved in SENCO work with secondary aged pupils and has experienced various roles within primary education including Pre-School Assistant and Reception Teaching Assistant.  She is currently supporting Mill Chase Academy's drive to raise standards of reading for students when they join the school by listening to them read and guiding them with their reading during their library sessions.

Amanda is a mother of four whose youngest son currently attends Mill Chase Academy and she is committed to making a difference to the aspirations and life chances of young people by striving to forge a caring, compassionate and positive community around the school.

Mr James Child

James has had a variety of roles in construction and property companies in the UK and overseas.  He is now currently leading the regeneration of the Prince Phillip Barracks in Whitehill & Bordon delivering a new town centre, housing, new schools (including the proposed new build for Mill Chase) and new community spaces. "I am delighted to be a governor of Mill Chase Academy and be involved in shaping its future".

Dr John Carne

John Carne is a retired naval doctor who has recently retired from his subsequent post as Medico-legal Advisor to the Royal Navy.  Having retired from the Bramshott and Liphook Parish Council he has continued to support local interests.

For details of the governor's responsibilities please see below:

  1. MCA Governor Responsibilities