The David Ross Education Trust

David Ross Education Trust schools create a rich and exciting learning environment that inspires students to become their confident, academic best.

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Barnes Wallis Academy

At Barnes Wallis Academy we aim to provide each and every one of our students with the guidance and support they need to excel.


Our Governors

Barnes Wallis Academy is governed by an Academy Scrutiny Committee.

Our Governors are:

  • Alastair O'Connor
    Executive Principal
  • Charlotte Dunsford
    Head of School
  • David Wilkinson
    Staff Governor
  • Sarah Swann
    Staff Governor
  • Tim Drakes
    DRET Appointed Governor (Chair)
  • Chris Blanchard
    DRET Appointed Governor (Vice Chair)
  • Kay Burge
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Marie-Anne Sardeson
    DRET Appointed Governor
  • Virginie Barre
    Trust Senior Link
  • Vicky Bayley
  • Jessica Oversby
    Parent Governor
  • Nicola Carr
    Parent Governor


Governor Assigned Responsibilities

Safeguarding - Chris Blanchard

Pupil Premium - Chris Blanchard 

Student Voice and Parent Voice - Jessica Oversby

Teaching and Learning - Tim Drakes 

Careers - Tim Drakes

Attendance - Jessica Oversby

Contacting a Governor

To contact a governor, please contact the Trust Governance Team by emailing

If you are looking to contact a Governor to make a complaint or share a concern, please note that as per our Complaints Policy, governors do not investigate complaints at Stage 1 or Stage 2.  This enables them to be impartial should a complaint be escalated to a Stage 3 governor panel. If you wish to make a complaint, please complete this form and your complaint will be investigated accordingly.

Scheme of Delegation

Information about the David Ross Education Trust's scheme of delegation is available here.

Minutes of the Academy Scrutiny Committee

Should you wish to view a copy of the minutes of the ASC at this Academy, please contact the Trust Governance Team, who will be able to provide you with an electronic or paper copy of the minutes.

Are you interested in becoming an Academy Governor?

We are looking for new Governors to support our academies. Our Governors work closely with their academies to support the Trust’s goal of broadening the horizons of young people through a world-class education, equipping our students with the skills and experiences to become their confident, academic best, no matter what.

If you have an interest in, and commitment to, improving education and would like to make a difference within your community, please register your interest in becoming a Governor by completing our governor application form. If you have any questions about a governor’s role or responsibilities please contact us at or review our information pack below. 

march 2024 governor recruitment booklet.pdf


What is it like being a Governor with DRET?

To understand what it is like to be a Governor with us, take a look at our testimonial booklet and videos which contain insights from serving Governors.

governor testimonial booklet .pdf


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Angela Watts 

Stephen Platten 

Garry Allen 

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