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Governing Body

School Governors 2023-24


Governor Type

Start Date

End Date


Sarah Hilling Ex-officio 06/06/2022   Head of School
John Rankin Trust-appointed 01/10/2020 30/09/2024

Chair of Governors;

Finance, Premises and Personnel

Amanda Prince Staff 27/11/2023 26/11/2027 Safeguarding Governor
Catherine Westerling Parent 06/05/2021 05/05/2025

Finance, Premises and Personnel (Chair)

Ingrid Thorp Parent 06/05/2021 05/05/2025

Vice Chair of Governors; 

Safeguarding Governor; SEND Governor; Appeals

Rachel Leitch-Devlin Foundation 06/05/2021 05/05/2025

Finance, Premises and Personnel;

SIAMS Governor

Kate Wiggins Trust-appointed 24/05/2023 23/05/2027

Finance, Premises and Personnel;

Health and Safety Governor

Norah Thomas Trust-appointed 17/03/2023 16/03/2027  
Phillippa Middleton Trust-appointed 24/05/2023 23/05/2027  
Vacant Foundation      
Jo Ince Governance Professional 05/01/2023



Ken Curry Trust-appointed 01/09/2019 31/08/2023
Claire Lawrence Foundation 06/05/2021 05/02/2024


The Department for Education's Academy Trust Governance Guide identifies that the purpose of governance is to provide: 

  • Strategic leadership
  • Accountability and assurance
  • Strategic engagement

Governors are responsible to The Keys Academy Trust for monitoring and evaluating the performance and effectiveness of our school, working closely with the Executive Headteacher, Head of School and staff. They act as a critical friend and are not involved in the day-to-day working of the school but work more strategically looking at how we can achieve our vision of Laying Firm Foundations To Believe And Achieve so that every child can reach their full potential.

All governors are volunteers. They are appointed to the Local Governing Body (LGB) by The Keys Academy Trust. Elections take place within school to elect our parent and staff governors so do look out for information on future vacancies.

We meet as a full governing body twice a term. A Finance, Premises and Personnel committee also meets half termly. In addition, we have a number of smaller working groups which are involved in developing and reviewing different aspects of the work of the school and for specific projects working on areas of our School Development Plan. Governors are also linked to different subjects and are encouraged to visit classes and meet with subject leaders to gain a better understanding of how the school operates. Governors are also linked to specific roles for areas such as safeguarding, health and safety, training, special needs, pupil premium and how we demonstrate our Christian ethos as a Church of England School.

Governors can be contacted via email at or in writing via the school office.

You can also see us at school events. Local Governing Body minutes are available on request from the school office.

As governors we are committed to raising standards and hope you will work in partnership with school staff and as part our community to fulfil our vision, goals and aspirations. We believe that St. Nicholas CE Primary School is a dynamic and creative learning environment where within our Christian ethos all children and adults are valued and respected and diversity is celebrated.

For more information about governance within the Keys Academy Trust, please visit: