The Governing Body is the strategic decision-making body of the school. Its role is to:

  • set the schools overall strategic direction, and to then work with leaders to communicate this vision, ethos and strategic direction to the whole school community and develop a culture of ambition;
  • provide a balance of challenge and support to the school’s leaders, understanding the strengths and areas for improvement at the school;
  • understand the impact of teaching, learning and assessment on the progress of pupils currently in the school;
  • ensure that the school manages its finances effectively and that the school is properly using the pupil premium, primary PE and sport premium;
  • be transparent and accountable, including in recruiting staff, its governance structure, attendance at meetings and contact with parents.

Governors are volunteers who bring their outside experience into school to act as ‘critical friends’. Membership of the Governing Body is drawn from different parts of the community including parents, staff and co-opted members with specific skills.  The Governing Body meets six times throughout the school year.

All Governors may be contacted by writing to them directly using the school address or by contacting the school on Telephone: 01527 68430. 

Meet the Governors

Local Governing Body (2020-2021)

NameAppointedTerm EndTermTypeAreas of Responsibility
Mat Alsop
Acting Chair of Governors

16/10/202015/10/20244 yrsTrust Local GovernorFull Governing Body, Pupil Discipline, Hearings Panel, Appeals Panel
Health and Safety, Science, Safeguarding
Andrew Evans
Acting Vice Chair of Governors
13/10/202012/10/20244 yrsTrust Local GovernorFull Governing Body
Kate Alsop09/10/201908/10/20234 yrsTrust Local GovernorFull Governing Body, Pupil Discipline, Hearings Panel, Appeals Panel, Pupil Premium, Numeracy
Dominika Plenzler15/11/201814/11/20224 yrsTrust Local GovernorFull Governing Body, Pupil Discipline, Hearings Panel, Appeals Panel
Wendy Rigby03/07/201902/07/20234 yrsTrust Local GovernorFull Governing Body, Finance, Personnel and Premises, Pupil Discipline, Hearings Panel, Appeals Panel, LAC
Helen Smith09/10/201908/10/20234 yrsParentFull Governing Body, Pupil Discipline, Hearings Panel, Appeals Panel, SEN
Emily Skyte20/01/202119/01/20254 yrsParentFull Governing Body
Mark Brazier
N/A N/AN/AHeadteacher
Ex Officio
Full Governing Body
Amy Evans 19/09/2019 18/09/2023 4 yrs Staff GovernorFull Governing Body
Curriculum Lead
Rebecca Evans12/06/202011/06/20244 yrsStaff GovernorFull Governing Body
Head of Year 6
Pauline Begley
School Business Manager
Associate Non-votingFull Governing Body
Pete Clifton
Deputy Head Teacher
Associate Non-votingFull Governing Body
Rachel Smith
Assistant Headteacher & SENCO
Associate Non-votingFull Governing Body

Record of Pecuniary and Material Interests (2020-2021)

NameRelevant Business Interest to include
Name of Organisation
Nature of Business
Nature of Interest
Other educational establishments governedRelationship with this or other school’s staff top include:
Wendy RigbyNoneNoneNone
Mat AlsopNoneNoneSpouse to Kate Alsop (Governor)
Kate AlsopNoneNoneSpouse to Mat Alsop (Governor)
Dominika PlenzlerNoneNoneNone
Andrew EvansOwner of an independent retail businessNoneNone
Helen SmithNoneGovernor at Holyoakes First SchoolNone
Emily SkyteNoneNoneNone
Mark BrazierNone None Spouse to Kate Brazier (Staff)
Amy EvansHusband is a director of Electronic Recycling Ltd.None None
Rebecca EvansNone None None
Pauline BegleyNone NoneNone
Pete CliftonNoneNoneNone
Rachel SmithNoneNoneNone

Record of Attendance (2020-2021)

NameMeetings AttendedOut of a possible
Mat Alsop56
Andrew Evans55
Kate Alsop66
Dominika Plenzler66
Wendy Rigby22
Helen Smith66
Emily Skyte34
Mark Brazier66
Amy Evans66
Rebecca Evans66
Pauline Begley66
Rachel Smith66
Pete Clifton66

Previous Governors

Sue Amor resigned 31/08/20, Full governing body attendance (2019-2020) – 5/6

Tim Jones resigned 31/08/20, Full governing body attendance (2019-2020) – 6/6

Jim Preston resigned 31/08/20, Full governing body attendance (2019-2020) – 5/6

Mark Semens resigned 27/01/20, Full governing body attendance (2019-2020) – 1/3

Governor Records

Instrument of Governance