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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 Child Development and Curriculum;
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; Child Development and Curriculum (Chair); 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 Child Development and Curriculum
Phillippa Middleton Trust-appointed 24/05/2023 23/05/2027 Child Development and Curriculum
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 Governance Handbook assigns three core functions to the Governing Body:

1 - Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

2 - Holding leaders to account for the educational performance of the School, the performance of pupils and the performance management of staff

3 - Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and ensuring it is money well spent

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 and then in two main committees – Child Development and Curriculum and Finance, Premises and Personnel. 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: