Each Compass school has a local governing body composed of a group of volunteers drawn from the community, each bringing a range of skills, expertise and professional experience. Our Governors provide essential links between the school, parents/carers and the local community. Governors work with staff and parents in an atmosphere of co-operation to provide the best possible framework for educating our children. They are involved in all aspects of school life and meet regularly with leadership teams.

Governors fulfil their responsibilities by:

  • Supporting the school and its ambition by working strategically to develop and implement vision and ethos;
  • Ensuring that the children are receiving the best education and achieve the best outcomes by monitoring the quality of teaching and standards across the school;
  • Setting a budget and making sure that financial resources made available to the school are used effectively;
  • Accounting to all stakeholders for the school’s performance and for the decisions they make.


Chair of Governors - Hugh Lewis

Hugh is a qualified solicitor of 37 years’ standing, and a partner in a high street practice specialising in land law and trusts, with knowledge of company and charity law. Hugh has a wide private client base that includes local charities. As a business owner, Hugh possesses key financial and analytical skills to ensure that his practice meets and satisfies ever-changing economic and regulatory demands. Having been a school governor for 16 years, Hugh possesses a good knowledge of the requirements of school governance, including the need to challenge and support school leaders, while at all times focusing on the well-being, safety and development of each pupil.

Hugh can be contacted at the Deansfield's contact address.


Deansfield Governance Structure

Hugh Lewis Chair of Governors
Bob Love Co-opted Governor
Janis Blyth Co-opted Governor
Karen Baldwin Staff Governor
Gill Efford Co-opted Governor
Joanne Gordon Executive Head Teacher
Clara Daly Head of School
Luke Saunders Parent Governor
Mike Laing Parent Governor


Please see the attachments section below for detailed governance information, including terms of office, appointment information and pecuniary interests.


MAT Governance Information Links

Please click on the links below to access Trust-wide governance information:


Data Protection

The Compass Partnership of Schools' Data Protection Officer is Nathalie Fitzgerald. If you have a data protection query, please click here for contact information.