EYFS parents at stay and play morning.


Fun in the snow at HPAB today!


Open again today. The worst of the snow is due this afternoon and although we will be open until 3.30pm, any parents worried about the journey are welcome to collect their child(ren) after 1.30pm.


Just some of the amazing costumes across the academy today. Thanks to our fabulous parents for their support.


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We're honoured to have with us at for today!


We're honoured to have with us at for today!


Local author Chris Ezra reading his new book the the children at HPAB today.


Having a great day at Harris Primary Academy Benson.


The crayons are ready for world book day !!!


Getting ready for world book day at Harris Benson


Everyone is looking forward to World Book Day in the academy tomorrow! Don't forget to dress up.


School open as usual today.


📚Dear parents, remember World Book Day on Thursday 1st March where we welcome all children to come into school as characters from their favourite book.


So proud to see HPAB in the local paper.


Lord Harris talking about Maths with Year 6.

Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

The Governing Body

The Role of Governor

Within England, there are over 300,000 School/Academy Governors, who form the largest volunteer force in the country.

The roles of individual Governors, and subsequently members of a Governing Body, work collectively to perform a strategic role and carry out key functions such as:

  • Discuss and set the aims and objectives for the Academy.
  • Set the required policies for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Set the required targets for achieving those aims and objectives.
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress that the Academy is making towards its set aims and objectives.

Finally the role of role of the Academy Governor is to be a source of challenge and support to the Principal, i.e. a 'critical friend.'


The Governing Body of Harris Academy Benson

The Academy is a member of the Harris Federation. Ultimate responsibility for the Academy rests with the Board of Trustees of the Federation, (Federation governance details and scheme of delegation can be found here), but much of the work of the Board is delegated to the Local Governing Body which is comprised of Governors of the Academy. Some Governors are appointed by the Federation whilst others are elected by parents/guardians of students at the Academy or by staff. The details of the Governors at Harris Primary Academy Benson are shown below:

The Chair of the Academy Governing Body at Harris Academy Benson is

Dr Nigel Rata
The Governor responsible for Safeguarding at Harris Primary Academy Benson is

Mrs Sally Gosling

The Clerk to the Governing Body is Mrs J Callan who can be contacted on

020 8660 2714 or via

Click here to access the Governors Academic Year Meetings

Name Date of Appointment Term of Office Appointed as Business and
Pecuniary Interests
Meetings attended 2015-2016

Meetings attended


Dr Nigel Rata

01/09/2013 4 Years Chair of Governors; Chair of Finance and General Purposes Employed at Royal Holloway 6 6
Mrs Nivedita Rath 20/03/2014 4 Years  Sponsor Governor None 5 4
Mrs Stella Malekos 18/04/2016 4 years Parent Governor Gillespie Maintenance 1 2
Mrs Jayne Carter 20/02/2014 4 Years Staff Governor None 3 3
Mrs Sally Gosling 01/09/2017 4 Years Sponsor Governor Family Lives - Independent supporter 2 3
Sir Daniel Moynihan 01/09/2013 Ex-Officio CEO Harris Federation CEO Harris Federation 1  
Ms Pia Ellis 11/11/2015 4 years Sponsor Governor None 1 4
Mrs Jennifer Mundy 01/04/2017 4 years Sponsor Governor Daughter employed at another Academy n/a 2