Chairman of Directors

Welcome to Hadrian Academy and to our new Principal -Miss Hannah Bennett.

My name is Angela Leishman and I have taken over as Chairman of Governors, from Angela Roberts as from November 2018. I have worked alongside Angela Roberts and been involved in the many changes that the Academy has gone through, to ensure it continues to move with the ever changing world we live in.

Hadrian Academy is a progressive school that is not afraid of change to maintain its high standards.

Hadrian Academy is a highly successful and motivated school, set in a lovely, rich environment in Dunstable, achieving excellent results year on year.

Thank you Angela for the 34 years that you gave to Hadrian Academy.

I have been involved with Hadrian for at least 9 years, along with our other Governors, new and old, to build up a strong, vibrant, school; that recognises the needs of every child that becomes part of the caring Hadrian family. I have had two children go through Hadrian Academy, who have now moved on to senior school. There are so many of our present or past parents, who have been pupils at Hadrian and love to visit us on those occasions when we celebrate our many school successes.

We encourage all children to work to their highest capabilities, whilst recognising that some of these need extra support within a school ethos which has a safe, caring environment.

Safeguarding and the Prevent Strategy are at the top of our agenda. Every member of the Governing Body and Staff, both teaching and support staff, are fully trained to recognise and respond, should it be necessary, to protect your child.

Ongoing Curriculum Development is across every aspect of learning, either in the classroom, playground or in whole school events such as the choir and school assemblies. You can look at our school website to see all the many and varied activities which take place at Hadrian on a daily basis.

Our professional teaching and non-teaching support staff work together to provide an excellent standard of education for all our pupils.

We were rated “Good” at our last OFSTED inspection. We know that when the inspectors came and visit us again, our expectations are high for another excellent report.

The Governing Body is composed of fifteen people, including parents, staff, and representatives of Education, Business and the wider community. All our Governors serve a four year term, on a rotation basis, which can be renewed for a further four year term.

As Trustees of the Academy we are accountable for the overall performance of our Academy, though the day to day management is led by the Principal. We work with her to see that the overall aims and ethos of the Academy are met. Our responsibilities include appointing the Principal and senior staff, overseeing the school’s finances, curriculum, premises and all personnel matters. We monitor to ensure the curriculum is balanced, whilst setting targets for pupil attainments. Pupil Premium is provided to ensure all children requiring additional help receive that help in all aspects of the curriculum and outside school activities and clubs. We employ specialists to audit many of these processes, to ensure they are being implemented correctly in accordance to DfE requirements.

As Chairman of the Governors, I am very happy to meet with you to discuss any aspects of Hadrian Academy. I can be contacted through the Clerk to the Governing Body, Joanna Loisel, at the school, or by email at

Yours sincerely

Angela Leishman, Chairman of Hadrian Academy

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