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Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy

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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 up to 10 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

 Appointment Type




of office

Jill Hemmings

Chair of Governors



Rev. Canon Mark Dimond

Incumbent Ex Officio None 2021-25


Trust Appointed Governor

 Mark Stewart

Parent Governor None 2020-24

Mathew Tuckwood

Head Teacher


Abbie Williamson

Trust Appointed Governor



Richard Thompson

Trust Appointed Governor



 Kirstie Taylor

Staff Governor



Rebekah Woodrow

Associate Governor


Melissa Morgan

Parent Governor



Mary Currie-Smith

Clerk to the Governors


Father Adrian Ling


Co-opted Member

 Governor Report 2020-2021

The academic year brought many challenges resulting from the Covid 19 Pandemic. However, this was a year that showed the true meaning of working together as a team, both with the school and DNEAT, in order to fulfil our function as a Governing Body by supporting and challenging the education provision for our young people and staff members.

The Resources Committee worked to improve the accommodation of the school, with the provision of funds from the budget, for a new SEND Office and Meeting Room, a redevelopment of the Caretaker Bungalow for Speech and Language development and a dedicated area for Year 6 to improve collaborative learning. Funds to improve the reading and writing work of all pupils was approved for Read Write Inc and Destination Reader. There is now an extension to the outdoor learning area for YrR and Yr1.

 Much of this work was completed during the school holiday periods and grateful thanks are due to our wonderful Academy Business Manager who took these projects forward. KS2 outdoor provision is pending. We said goodbye to Kelly Bowen at the start of 2021 and thanks were taken forward for her service to the school.

Standards and the provision of education were a priority during the pandemic. Although visits to the school by Governors were not allowed, we did receive updates from the staff during presentations via zoom at our regular meetings, all of which were held in a virtual fashion this year. We were able to monitor the provision of resources for both in school and remote learning and for when bubble structures needed to be actioned due to the infection rate at the school. It was clear that a good quality of education was provided throughout the year to all pupils. The newly launched, re vamped curriculum was implemented and is now embedded in all learning areas. Ofsted Inspections were put on hold but work progressed in order that we be ready for a visit when it comes. Collaborative working with DNEAT is of the utmost importance with this matter and all meetings with them continued in a virtual manner during this academic year.

The Ethos and Community committee was charged with monitoring the wellbeing of staff, children and their families. The necessary provision of food and other items needed were monitored.  Assemblies were provided virtually with grateful thanks to local clergy and school staff and each class was able to interact with these in their own dedicated space. The SIAMS inspections were put on hold but work continued in preparation for the return to a more normal situation. Our School Vision Statement held secure throughout the pandemic and is now fully embedded in all aspects of the work for the school. 

For the coming year (2021-2022) we are looking forward to a more normal way of working, but we have learnt new skills from virtual meetings and monitoring from a distance. Members will continue to undertake various training modules virtually. We look forward to meeting our new incumbent at the Minster and hope that he will join our Governing Board. Sadly, we need to say goodbye and thank you to Mr Sunith deFonseka who has been a real asset to our Resources Committee. His business skills have been much appreciated and we wish both him and his family well for the future.

Committee Members: 2020-2021


Head Teacher, Mark Stewart, Jill Hemmings, Kelly Bowen (resigned 2021) Sunith deFonseka, Rebekah Woodrow (maternity leave April 2021) Amy Greenwood (ABM)

Standards and Curriculum:

Head Teacher, Richard Thompson, Jill Hemmings, Melissa Morgan, Abbie Williamson, Kirstie Taylor, Rebekah Woodrow.

Ethos and Community:

Head Teacher, Fr. Adrian Ling (All Saints) Jill Hemmings, Kirsty Foreman (invited RE lead)


Our Clerk to the Board changed midyear from Sandra Flaxman to Mary Currie- Smith (both of whom are accountable to Educator Solutions.)


Jill Hemmings (Chair of Governors 2020-2021)




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

Scheme of Delegation

DNEAT Governance Arrangements


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.

DNEAT Accounts can be found here

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