Governors' welcome

Welcome from the Chair of the RBA Academy Committee

Welcome to the Richard Barnes Academy. I hope you enjoy finding out more about our fantastic school, staff and learners. 

First and foremost, we pride ourselves on being a safe and enjoyable place of learning where our students are engaged, motivated and encouraged to be the best they can be.

We are on a journey at RBA, having joined the Thomas Deacon Educational Trust back in 2020 and are immensely proud of all we have achieved in supporting our children.

As you will discover, we are an inclusive specialist primary and secondary, alternative provision academy based in Peterborough Cambridgeshire and support learners from across the city.

Al Kinglsey

Chair of Academy Committee

Governance at RBA

Richard Barnes Academy is governed by an Academy Committee. This group of people is made up of a non-executive Chairman, a range of local business people, councillors, community representatives, sponsor representatives and parent representatives. The Academy Committee meets every half term and minutes of the meetings are readily available.

The core functions of the Academy Committee are:

  • Holding the Principal and other senior leadership to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its students
  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Overseeing financial performance of the Academy by making sure its money is well spent






Pen Portraits

Chair of Academy Committee - Al Kingsley (CEO Net Support)

In addition to his role at RBA, Al is also Chair of 2 Multi-Academy Trusts in the region, sits on the Regional Schools Commissioners Head Teachers board for the East of England and North London and is an East of England Apprenticeship Ambassador. He has 15 years school governance experience and currently chairs the Peterborough Governor Leadership group.

Al has been involved in Education Technology for 30 years, he is CEO of an International Software company specialising in School IT and Safeguarding solutions. Al is a member of  the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) Business Board and Chair of the regions Employment & Skills board.

Vice Chair of the Academy Committee - Adam Tedesco (Director of Operations, Olive Academies Multi Academy Trust)

Adam is committed to altering students’ life chances by promoting fully inclusive education in secondary settings and ensuring that all students achieve to the best of their abilities regardless of their social or economic background.

He has over nine years experience as a senior leader and school improvement consultant in some of the most challenging inner city schools. Adam has developed expertise in all forms of inclusive practice including behaviour management; special educational needs; safeguarding; learning support; vertical tutoring and alternative provision.

Previous experience:

  • Deputy headteacher in two large secondary schools in London and Birmingham responsible for Behaviour, Safety and Inclusion
  • Camden Children’s Safeguarding Board Member
  • School improvement consultant
  • Operational project manager for a five-year, £28 million whole school re-building programme.

Member- Mike Sandeman (CEO Arthur Mellows)

Over a career that spans 36 years, I have worked in 9 different schools and have had the privilege of working with outstanding people. I have been a Head for 20 years in 2 schools. At present I am approaching my 14th year of Headship at Arthur Mellows Village College in Peterborough and am also Chief Executive Officer of the Four Cs Multi-Academy Trust. During my tenure, Arthur Mellows Village College has received two Outstanding Ofsted judgements and continues to be a high attaining and highly sought-after comprehensive academy. In 2017 the Governors of Arthur Mellows and Fulbridge Academy took the decision to form the Four Cs Multi-Academy Trust which consists of three primary schools and currently one secondary school. At this time the Trust is responsible for building a new primary and secondary academy at Manor Drive, Peterborough and is also seeking to assume responsibility for a further secondary school in Peterborough, conversion for which should take place in 2022. I am passionate about all the young people of Peterborough and see that raising educational attainment and progress as key to providing increased opportunity for students across the city. I have played a guiding role in supporting both the ‘local’ teacher training institution, Teach East, and the Greater Peterborough Teaching School Alliance. Both of these I see as being key elements of city-wide improvement for all young people.I don’t profess to have all the answers, but have a view on what the key drivers for a successful school are and as importantly, what they are not.

Member - Jonathan Martin (YMCA Trinity)

Jonathan has worked in the Voluntary Sector for nearly 30 years; most of that time has been spent at YMCA Trinity Group, covering Cambridgeshire & Suffolk.

He was part of the UK’s Department for Education Task Force on School Exclusions representing the whole Voluntary Sector.

He is currently on the YMCA’s World Urban Network Executive Council and an Honorary Fellow of Anglia Ruskin University.

Jonathan remains passionate about Children and Young People & about the role the VCS can play in supporting, enabling & inspiring them to reach their full potential.

Member - Mark Cooper (Head Teacher Sacred Heart Primary School)

Mark is currently Headteacher of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School. During his career in education, he developed a keen interest in curriculum development and ensuring that all children access a high-quality experience-rich curriculum. Mark has worked on developing bespoke assessment systems to allow children, parents, and staff to have a full understanding of achievement and progress made. Mark hopes that in some small way he will be able to help the Richard Barnes Academy grow and develop in the coming years.

Member - Lynn Mayes (Principal QKA)

I am proud to be an RBA Academy Committee member. I am Principal of a local secondary school and I am committed to about ensuring children in Peterborough have the highest quality education.

It has been pleasure working with the leaders in the Academy and seeing the improvements in the academy and the success of its students. I love working with staff, students, and academy committee members at RBA, where everyone is kind, friendly and amazingly dedicated to enabling a diverse community to thrive and succeed.

Member - Jason Wing (Senior Exclusions Officer)

Jason is a senior local authority officer for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Combined Authority. Jason was previously the Executive Principal of three schools, Neale-Wade Academy in March, Littleport and East Cambs Academy as well as Burrowmoor Primary School in March. In 2017 Jason was shortlisted for The TES Headteacher of the Year, this was the same year that he was designated as a National Leader of Education by the DfE. Prior to working in Cambridgeshire Jason taught PE in a number of West London schools. During this time as an Assistant Headteacher and Director of Sport he led Isleworth and Syon School to the national title of Specialist Sports College of the Year in 2005.

Register of Interest: Thomas Deacon Education Trust - Register of Interest (