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In accordance with the Academies Act 2010, One In A Million Free School (OIAMFS) is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, incorporated on 27th March 2012. It has a two-tier structure consisting of (Academy Trust) Members and Directors (Governors’).

OIAMFS Academy Trust is the sponsors of the school. They retain ownership of the vision of the school and ensures it is upheld. The local Governing Body is delegated with a clearly defined role and responsibility to govern the overall performance of the school.

The Governing Body upholds a strong focus on 3 core strategic functions

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the executive leader/s to account for the educational performance of the school and its students, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Effective governance is based on six key features

  • Strategic leadership that sets and champions vision, ethos and strategy.
  • Accountability that drives up educational standards and financial performance.
  • People with the right skills, experience, qualities and capacity.
  • Structures that reinforce clearly defined roles and responsibilities.
  • Compliance with statutory and contractual requirements.
  • Evaluation to monitor and improve the quality and impact of governance.

OIAMFS Governing Body consists of a high calibre of individuals who are experts in their field of work from business, education, healthcare, sports and enterprise. These individuals are listed below.

To contact the Chairman of Governors please contact the school directly:

  • Chris Schofield, Chair of Governors, One In A Million Free School, Cliffe Terrace, Bradford, BD8 7DX or email Please address the email to the Chair of Governors who will respond upon receipt.
  • Rachael James, Clerk of Governors - is a highly valued and well respected colleague and integral to the functioning of the governing board and can be contacted by email,

Below is a list of our schools governors and their professions. To read their biographies click here or on the orange button listed at the bottom of this page.



Chris Schofield

Schofield Sweeney Solicitors (Chairman)
Under-Sheriff of West Yorkshire

Rachael James

Clerk of governors (only)

Pam Essler BEM

Retired / Health and Education / Chair of multi public sector boards
British Empire Medal

Nick Aldridge

Director of Relations (Barclays Bank)

Rachel Jacobs

Leading Children Limited (Founder, Managing Director)

Rob Moon

Bermar Building Co Ltd (Managing Director)

Steve Hawthorn

Astra Partners Ltd - Fractional Chief Commercial Officer
YouForia Limited – Fractional Chief Digital Officer

Susan Sharples

Retired. Education.

Mark Hughes

One In A Million Charity (Executive Leader)

Jane Hobbs

OIAM Free School (Principal) (Ex-officio)

Emma Nulty

Woodhouse Grove School (Deputy Headteacher)

Shariq Mumtaz

Emerald Group Publishing (Chief Commercial Officer)

Parent Governor


Parent Governor


The following documents listed below, in PDF format, may also be of interest to you: