Willow Grove, Milton Keynes, MK19 6AZ


Old Stratford Primary School


Creating lifelong learning opportunities for everyone


Overview of Governance 

Old Stratford Primary School is part of the Grand Union Partnership Multi Academy Trust. Each school within the Trust has its own Local Academy Committee with a constitution of 10 Governors which includes two parent governors, one staff governor and the Headteacher.

Effective Governance at any level in a Multi Academy Trust should have a focus on:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

The Local Academy Committee has a strategic role to provide support and challenge to the operational management of the school by the Headteacher and represents the interests of the local community.  

Governors at Old Stratford meet twice a term and use these meetings to oversee and monitor school improvement and financial health and providing constructive challenge to school leaders. Governors visit the school regularly to monitor school improvement and the progress that the school is making and to gain assurance that the school is fulfilling its key statutory duties.

Since the school is part of the Grand Union Partnership Multi Academy Trust, governor responsibilities are delegated to them by the Trust Board. Please use the link below to see the Scheme of Delegation the trust adopts:

Grand Union Partnership Multi Academy Trust Governance

All Trustee and Governor roles are voluntary, and we are very grateful for the significant commitment that all of the people involved make at every level of governance across the trust.

If you would like to find out more about any of these roles, we would be delighted to talk with you, please contact Karen Morris in the first instance.

Statutory information

Local Academy Committee meeting attendance registers:

Local Academy Committee Diversity Data Evaluation 2024

Old Stratford governors, their roles and terms of office are shown below:

Aditya Gupta


 01/01/2024 – 31/12/2027

Former governor of a middle school in Milton Keynes. Adi has worked in university, further, secondary and independent education sectors for the past twenty years. He specialises in Computer Science and information systems and leads a faculty in an independent school, while also managing the school Management Information Systems. As a professional in the education sector, Adi firmly believes in being forward-thinking and enabling all students to benefit from an excellent education.

Mark Ashmore

 Vice Chair

 01/09/2018 – 31/08/2026

Mark became involved as a governor because he has three children at Old Stratford and feels it is important to take part in their education in whatever way he can. He is an events manager for a wine company specialising in outdoor events, cultural, sporting and music. As a manager he brings his organisational, man management and operational experience to the governing body.

Rob Conway                                                                      Parent Governor                                                                  21/05/2024 - 20/05/2028       

Rob is a qualified accountant, currently working in corporate banking and has spent a number of years working with businesses within hospitality, retail, universities, manufacturing and real estate. He lives in Deanshanger and his son is in Reception at Old Stratford.

Louise Faraday

Staff Governor

28/09/2018 – 27/09/2026

Louise has been a governor for three years, having worked in a number of schools, and feels she brings a number of different experiences to help move the school forward. Louise enjoys being involved in making policy decisions and implementing how they work in practice across the school.

Amelia Gander 

Parent Governor

01/01/2023 – 31/12/2026

Amelia Gander attended Old Stratford herself as a child and now has one child already attending the school and two younger children who will hopefully follow up. She has many years of teaching experience, and with a parent’s perspective she hopes to help make informed decisions. Amelia is looking forward to being able to help make a positive impact as part of the governing body.

Tom Hayward

Trust Governor

01/01/2022 – 31/12/2025

As well as being an Old Stratford resident, Tom is a qualified teacher and has taught at New Bradwell School (also part of the Grand Union Partnership) for 7 years (2 in year 5 and 5 in year 2). Tom is a member of the Curriculum Group at New Bradwell and as part of this role he is actively involved in the monitoring and review of curriculum. Tom is looking forward to broadening his experience of education as a governor at Old Stratford.

Matthew Hoddinott

 Local Governor

 01/09/2018 – 31/08/2026

Part of the governing body since Autumn 2016, Matthew is passionate about the excellent academic and social skills the children receive from Old Stratford Primary School. Matthew has one child at Old Stratford and became a governor to help ensure the continued journey towards becoming an outstanding all-encompassing education for the children. Matthew is the Managing Director of a small business consultancy dealing with environmental solutions in the roofing, paving and water management industries.

Victoria Hooton

Trust Governor

 13/03/24 - 12/03/2028

Victoria’s journey as a teacher has been characterised by commitment to personal development, supporting the wider team and most importantly the welfare and growth of children. She has a strong passion for education and prides herself on her communication and teamwork skills and has successfully collaborated with colleagues, parents, local authorities and pupils to create a nurturing productive learning environment.

Victoria understands the needs of the Trust and has a breadth of experiences and skills gained from working in a variety of settings and year groups in different geographic areas, that are ideally suited to the role of Governor.

Gavin Jones

Gavin has two sons at Old Stratford and has a keen interest in education and the local community. He has gained managerial and operational skills in his career while working in facilities and project management within the Property industry. Gavin is looking forward to sharing his experience and supporting the existing Governance team. 

Karen Morris



Currently the Headteacher at Old Stratford Primary School, Karen has worked in a number of schools and has a huge passion for children's learning and encouraging children to be well rounded individuals. Being fresh from the classroom Karen believes she can help drive the school forward to an Outstanding Ofsted rating. She enjoys meeting with all stakeholders ensuring a collective vision for the school as well as clear robust policies.

Mariasole Paduas

Trust Governor

20/02/2023 – 19/02/2027

Born in Italy, Maria moved to the UK in 2007 and has lived in Old Stratford for the past 11 years. She has two children currently at Old Stratford School. Maria is an HR leader with over 15 years’ experience in the fast-moving consumer goods sector, helping to define and implement strategy and development plans. With her broad HR experience, Maria brings her knowledge of recruitment, onboarding, training & development and wellbeing, and much more, to support the governing body.