Lancaster Royal
Grammar School


Lancaster Royal Grammar School Academy Trust

Academy Trusts have different governance arrangements from schools that are under Local Authority control and their governors have a wider range of duties than governors of maintained schools. Academies also have an additional layer of governance, known as Members.  The Members are responsible for appointing governors, receiving the statutory accounts at their Annual Meeting and for making any changes to the constitution of the Academy Trust (known as the Articles of Association).

The Members of Lancaster Royal Grammar School Academy Trust are: Prof. M Alexander, Mr W Bancroft, Mr P Benson, Mr M Dobson, Mr P Dyer, Mr P Fitton, Mrs D Garritty, Dr N Parekh, Mrs W Preston, Mr H Roberts, Mr D Walker and Mr M Youlton.

Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for making strategic decisions and for overseeing the operation of the school.  As an academy is also a charitable company limited by guarantee, the governors have duties both as directors under company law and as trustees under charity law.

The main role of the governors of Lancaster Royal Grammar School is to work with the Headmaster to set the strategic direction and guiding principles of the school.

Governors are also responsible for:

  • Ensuring the quality of the educational provision
  • Challenging and monitoring the performance of the school
  • Ensuring the effective management of the resources, finances, property and employees of the school

The Governing Body works at a strategic rather than operational level delegating operational matters to the Headmaster. The Governors - who include members of stakeholder groups, such as staff, parents, Old Lancastrians, partner Universities and members of the local community - put the education and welfare of the pupils at the heart of their decision-making. They monitor the work, standards and performance of the school. They work collectively, offering their time and effort on a purely voluntary basis because they are proud to be associated with an outstanding school and are dedicated to its continuing excellence.

Current Governors

Mr Howard Roberts
Chair of Governors
East Road
Lancaster LA1 3EF

Mr. Richard Gittins
Clerk to the Governors
East Road
Lancaster LA1 3EF  

Dr Christopher Pyle, Headmaster (Ex-Officio)
Mr. Peter Dyer
Mr. Paul Fitton   
Prof Martin Alexander
Mr Douglas Walker
Dr Nina Parekh
Mrs Wendy Preston
Mr William Bancroft
Mr Matthew Dobson
Mr Paul Benson
Mr Mark Youlton
Mrs Deborah Garritty
Mr Nick King

Parent Governors

Mr. Andrew Whipp
Ms. Alison Bland 

Staff Governors

Mr. Richard Mellon
Mr. Hugh Castle
Mr Graeme Thompson       

If you would like to contact The Chairman of Governors, or any of our Governors, or obtain redacted minutes of Governing Body or committee meetings please contact us via the Clerk to the Governing Body