Bringing Learning to Life

Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy


What the Local Governing Body does:

The three core functions for governance in all academies are :

• Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

• Holding the Executive Leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

• Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it's money is well spent.

Primary responsibility for these functions is held by the DNEAT Board of Trustees, but it delegates responsibilities to the Local Governing Body (LGB) of each academy via a document called a Scheme of Delegation.

Our Local Governing Body consists of 6 Trust Appointed Governors, 2 Parent Governors, 1 Staff Governor and the Headteacher.

The full LGB meets twice each term. There are also termly meetings for each of the sub-committees:

• Resources Committee (covering finance, premises, IT, health & safety)

• Standards & Curriculum (covering teaching, learning and safeguarding)

• Ethos & Community (covering RE, Christian distinctiveness, Collective Worship, engagement with staff, pupils, parents and community)

School Governors


Jill Hemmings

Chair of Governors

Valerie Brown

Trust Governor

Rev’d Canon Christopher Ivory


 Kelly Bowen

Trust Governor

 Mark Stewart

Parent Governor

Father Adrian Ling

Trust Governor

 Richard Thompson

Parent Governor

Mathew Tuckwood

Head Teacher

 Sarah Craig

Staff Governor

Rebekah Woodrow

Associative Governor

Sandra Flaxman

Clerk to the Governors

 For further information on our Governors please click on the links below.

Committee Structure

Governors Declaration of Pecuniary Interests

Whitefriars Governing body dates 2018/19

Scheme of Delegation

DNEAT Governance Arrangements

Governor Pen Portraits

Governor Attendance 2016/17

Governor Attendance 2017/18

If you would like to know more about the Governing Body, please contact the school office on 01553 761001 or click here to find out more.

Details of our Trustees and their articles of Association can be found here.

 If you would like to send any correspondence to the governing body you can do so via the school office.