Please report all absences via the school absence line:

01234 352901 Option 1


School Improvement Board (formally the Governors)

We share the belief that pupils at Queens Park Academy are deserving of a rich and ambitious education, and that the school can significantly raise standards and improve pupil outcomes. We recognise that to serve pupils and their families, this work needs to be progressed with urgency whilst creating the conditions for improvement to be sustained in the long-term.

The work of the school improvement board is to provide interim expertise and governance during a transitionary period of ambitious school improvement.

Objectives of the School Improvement Board

The school improvement board work with school leaders regularly. They will continue to do this until they are satisfied that:

  1. Safeguarding is effective, pupil conduct is excellent, and pupils feel safe in school
  2. All statutory requirements are being met including but not limited to: health and safety, staffing, personnel
  3. The school is operating effectively within budget – Staff are
  4. Pupils of Queens Park Academy are benefitting from an ambitious, academic and enrichment curriculum and are experiencing the joy of success in their learning
  5. Leaders have the capacity to continue to implement the school improvement plan effectively
  6. Data, including pupil outcomes, indicate standards and achievement is improving in a sustainable manner across the school
  7. The community of Queens Park Academy is integrated into the Advantage Schools family
  8. Succession plans are in place to ensure a transition to an effective Local Governing Body as a replacement for the School Improvement Board
School Improvement Board Members
  • Jon Hutchinson (Chair), Trust Appointed
  • Emma Bolton, Headteacher (Ex Officio)
  • Sallie Stanton, Trust Appointed
  • Bodil Isaksen, Trust  Appointed
  • Asma Yousaf, Parent
  • Karen Dickens, Co-opted

Please use the following contact details to get in touch:

Chair: Jon Hutchinson
Address: Queen’s Park Academy, Chestnut Avenue, Bedford, MK40 4HA
Phone: 01234 352901
Email: [email protected]

Governors’ Details and Declaration of Business Interests
Governors’ Attendance Record 2022/23

Jon Hutchinson

Jon Hutchinson is Director of Training and Development at the Reach Foundation, which supports schools and MATs to develop cradle to career approaches. Prior to this, Jon was a primary school teacher, A Level teacher and assistant headteacher at Reach Academy Feltham, an outstanding all through school in southwest London. Jon is also a Visiting Fellow with Ambition Institute, where he tutors on a Master’s in Expert Teaching degree programme, and a Learning Sciences Exchange Fellow with New America. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Jon was a founding member of Oak National Academy where he also led the primary humanities curriculum. He has acted as an expert adviser to Ofsted and the DfE, including as a member of the core group which developed the Early Career Framework. When not working on education, Jon spends as much time as possible outdoors with his daughter Billie.

Sallie Stanton

Sallie is a very experienced school leader and teacher of English.

She has been the Advantage Schools Director of Education since September 2018. She has particular expertise in curricular development and resourcing across Primary and Secondary education.

Sallie is skilled in designing and delivering professional learning opportunities for teachers, with a particular focus on curricular thinking.

Sallie oversees all aspects of educational performance across Advantage Schools.

Bodil Isaksen

Bodil is COO of a prison reform charity called Unlocked Graduates. She has formerly worked as a teacher and Head of Mathematics in two London schools. She has previously led a Mathematics PGCE (teaching training) course and co-delivered a Master’s degree.
Bodil is interested in both the strategic and organisational elements of running a school, and the teaching and learning that happens inside classrooms. Bodil is passionate about the transformative power of excellent curriculums taught in a supportive, high-expectations environment. She is looking forward to supporting QPA to enable all children to flourish.

The focus of the meetings will alternate between:


In the School Improvement meetings, the Headteacher will provide the Board with a report which will measure progress against the school development plan and an update on the key performance indicators.

In the Governance and Compliance meetings the Board will focus on ensuring all statutory requirements of the school are met, policies are in place and effective, and that systems are in place to ensure effective governance and leadership in the long term.

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