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The Board of Trustees is the key strategic decision maker and vision setter in every school and Academy and they are also a key part of the system for accountability.

The Board of Trustees has a strong focus on their three core strategic functions:

  1. Strategic leadership of the academy trust: the board defines the trust vision for high quality and inclusive education in line with its charitable objects. It establishes and fosters the trust’s culture and sets and champions the trust strategy including determining what, if any, governance functions are delegated to the local tier.

  2. Accountability and assurance: the board has robust effective oversight of the operations and performance of the academy trust, including:
    – The provision of education
    – Pupil welfare
    – Overseeing and ensuring appropriate use of funding
    – Effective financial performance
    – Keeping their estate safe and well-maintained.

  3. Engagement: the board has strategic oversight of relationships with stakeholders. The board involves parents, schools and communities so that decision-making is supported by meaningful engagement.

The Trustees' Vision for the Academy:

  1. All students are safe and nurtured.

  2. We value, support and invest in our staff.

  3. Students aspire to achieve beyond their academic potential irrespective of their background.

  4. We cultivate life skills to widen young people’s horizons.

  5. Fareham Academy is strategically led and financially secure.

Our Trustees
Mr C Prankerd


I am incredibly proud to say I am Fareham Academy’s Headteacher and excited to be leading the school on its journey, Unlocking Potential and Creating Opportunity for every student and staff member of our team. I have been in education for over 18 years and have experience of leading departments, heading up pastoral care, overseeing outcomes and developing whole school Teaching, Learning and Curriculum. Every school I have worked in has seen strong improvements in results, achievements and student wellbeing. My passion for education has always been to see all children reach their potential no matter their starting points. I am also Chair of the Governors for a primary school and offer support, challenge and encouragement to their Head Teacher. I find it invaluable to understand governance from both sides of the table. As a father myself I fully understand the responsibility we have to keep safe and nurture our students academically and socially, allowing them to flourish as responsible young adults. I am proud to work with the Academies Trustees to ensure we continue to do this.

Mrs R Clifton

Chair of Trustees

St Anne's Grove, Fareham, PO14 1JJ

I am a fully qualified primary school teacher with 10+ years’ experience of teaching with a passion for helping children to get the most out of their time at school. This experience has given me an insight into what is required within an academic setting and all of the problems and last-minute changes within education that need to be addressed. I am a local parent to 4 children, 1 of whom already attends Fareham Academy, with the rest following in the next few years. My children also attend a range of extra-curricular clubs run in the community that are held on the grounds of Fareham Academy. As a former pupil of this school, I am keen to make sure the school remains the heart of the community where all children are proud to be part of the school. Previously, I was a school governor at a local Junior school with extensive experience in the various challenges and expectations of a governor and am now dedicated to my role as a governor of Fareham academy.

Mr D O'Driscoll

Vice Chair of Trustees

I joined Fareham Academy as a member appointed Trustee in October 2020. I attended school and college in the nearby Portsmouth area before moving to London to read Philosophy. I then studied a Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Law before undertaking the Legal Practice Course and a Masters in Legal Practice to complete my vocational training to become a qualified solicitor. I became a Trustee at Fareham Academy because I am interested in the progression of equality and diversity within education, both locally within the school, as well as in the wider community.

Mrs J Tucker


I am a Purchase Ledger Administrator and Credit Controller at Bigneat Limited, Waterlooville which I joined in 2015. I passed my Association of Accounting Technicians exams in August 1998 and became a member in December of the same year. I have had accounting jobs for 33 years, 20 of them in the manufacturing trade. I am the treasurer of St John the Evangelist Church in Fareham. I am a Lieutenant Officer with 1st Wymering Boys Brigade Company, and have been an officer since 1993. I became a school parent governor in November 2000 when my son was in Year 10 because I wanted to help and know about the running of a school, my particular interest being special needs provision, as my son was discovered to have special needs when he was six. When my 4 year term was up I converted to being a community governor as my hearing impaired nephew had joined the school. I became a member appointed governor when the school converted to an Academy. My grandson started at Fareham Academy in 2017 and I also have a great niece in Year 8. My hobbies are cross stitch, lace making and knitting. Every year I spend a week at the Great Dorset Steam Fair which is my yearly holiday.

Mrs C Collins


I currently work at Fareham Borough Council and previously worked at Fareham College as a Learning Support Assistant. I am the SEND/Disadvantaged Pupils Trustee and am a member of The Achievements, Standards and Welfare Committee. I have been a Trustee at Fareham Academy since September 2019 and previously I was a Governor at a local junior School. I am committed to supporting and challenging within my role, to ensure pupils can unlock their potential and create opportunities to fulfil their aims and ambitions.

Mr S Jauncey


I’m proud and honoured to have been voted onto the Trustee Board in 2021. I have seen my eldest son thrive and my youngest start his journey at Fareham Academy. I have served on neighbouring junior and infant school governing bodies working in SEN, Child Protection, H&S and Finance areas. I’m an engineering professional working in energy and carbon reduction to get to Net Zero by 2050.

Mr A Laming


I have worked in the financial sector for over 30 years in various roles, from advisor to analyst and finally into governance and oversight activities for a major high street bank. I have undertaken implementation of new and improved practices within the industry which have come with their own challenges, however I do believe in setting achievable goals and standards. My daughter is currently a pupil at Fareham Academy and I am delighted to be a member appointed trustee, with the ability to assist in shaping the future of the school and provide services to the members to achieve our goals.

Mrs H Churchill


I now work for Children's Services in the Special Educational Needs department leading a team of 7 staff. My daily role is primarily working with my team to ensure that schools and other professionals follow legislation and procedures relating to SEN for pupils in the process of or having an Education, Health and Care Plan in place. I also offer support and guidance to schools and families and liaise with other professionals to ensure that provision is in place to support pupils with EHCPs in place.

Mr James Ford



Mr Simon Boyd-Smith


I have worked within Human Resources for the last 20 years in a variety of roles from administration to senior management. I worked for the Civil Service mainly, including The Cabinet Office and also within other public sector organisations such as Borough and County Councils. I currently work at National Air Traffic Services (NATS). My main experience focusses on HR strategy, employee relations and wellbeing of staff. I am an advocate for education and helping others realise their full potential and progress through their careers.

A Message from the Chair of Trustees

My name is Rachel Clifton and I feel very privileged after two years as a trustee to have been elected as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. I was once a pupil at Fareham Academy and went on to be a primary school teacher for many years. Now, my own children also attend Fareham Academy and I have seen first hand just how much effort the staff put in to ensure that they are unlocking potential and creating opportunities for every pupil within the Academy. I am looking forward to further supporting the Academy to grow as part of the community and hope to meet as many of you as possible over the coming year.

The Board oversees the quality of education provided at Fareham Academy and works closely with the senior leaders to make strategic decisions. We are committed to communicating with parents and carers, receiving your comments and ideas and working with you for the best outcomes for the children.

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