The Local Governing Board

Primrose Hill C of E Primary Academy is an Academy within the Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust (DGAT). The Trustees of DGAT have overall legal responsibility for all the schools in the trust, but they delegate powers and responsibilities with respect to the governance of each school to its governing board and Headteacher. The governing board is formally called a ‘Local Governing Board’, and is a committee of the Board of Trustees that reports to and is accountable to the Board of Trustees under a scheme of delegation of governance functions. 

The Governor's Roles

As in any school, the governors play an important role in the management of  the school. The full governing board meets at least once a term (6 times a year) and all of the work is completed in these meetings rather than in small committees. Minutes of meetings are available to view on request from the school office.

The school has an active Governing Board which is comprised of staff, parents, foundation and community representatives. The governors have three main roles – Strategic planning, Monitoring and Finances.

Statement on Co-Chair arrangements

At Primrose Hill we have a Co-Chairing arrangement as part of succession planning. Katherine Clamp intends to step back from the Co-Chair role in September 2022 and Katherine and Sara Sleeman will be sharing the Chair role for the academic year 2021-2022. 

The Chair@primrosehill.gloucs.sch.uk email will be picked up by Sara, meaning that any questions, comments or complaints etc will be dealt with by Sara under the relevant policy with support from DGAT. Katherine will remain independent in case she is needed to hear an appeal. 

Strategic Planning

The Governors plan with the staff leadership team for the strategic development and improvement of the school. This is both physically, with regard to the development of the site and facilities, as well as the development of the school ethos and the curriculum. They set the school aims, policies and budget together with the Headteacher.

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school.
The Governing Board:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school;
  • plans the future direction of the school;
  • selects the Headteacher and staff;
  • makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing;
  • ensures that the National Curriculum is taught;
  • decides how the school can encourage the pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development and ensures that the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special education needs.

 

Monitoring

The Governors support, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school. This is sometimes referred to as the role of a ‘critical friend’, not in terms of negative criticism but rather in terms of asking clear and useful questions about the way things are done and the reasons for them being done that way. This also involves setting the policy framework for the school and monitoring the implementation of policies as managed and carried out by the Headteacher and staff, as well as holding the school to account for the standards achieved and the quality of education provided.

Finances

The Governors hold the school to account for the handling of its finances, which includes both planning for long term spending and setting and monitoring the annual budget and funds.

Governors welcome constructive feedback and ideas about the strategic direction of the school. Please note that Governors do not get involved in the day-to-day functioning of the school, and it is not appropriate to contact Governors about individual children. For these requests, please either contact your class teacher or a member of the senior leadership team.

If you would like to contact the Chair of Governors this can be done through chair@primrosehill.gloucs.sch.uk 

Mrs Katherine Clamp 

 

 Foundation Governor/Joint Chair of Governors

I became a parent governor in 2018 and have two children at Primrose Hill School. In 2019 I transferred to become a foundation governor, supporting links between the school and our local church and also took on the role of Chair of Governors. I am currently Co-Chair with Sara Sleeman.

I have 12 years of experience working in communications for the Diocese of Gloucester, which operates central services for the Church of England in this area. Before this, I worked as a journalist on the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review Newspaper. I have an interest in English Literature and Language and have volunteered with the Brownies and Rainbows for the last 14 years. I am the link governor for English and music.

If you'd like to talk to me about your child's experience at Primrose Hill, I'd love to hear what's going well and any areas where we might be able to offer extra support. Please do feel free to contact me on kclampgov@primrosehill.gloucs.sch.uk or speak to me at the school gate. 

Mrs. Sara Sleeman  Co-opted/Joint Chair of Governors
Mrs. Emma Mignaud  Head Teacher (Ex-Offico) 
Vacancy  Co-opted
Mr. Graham Hosking

Parent Governor

I have over 20 years of experience delivering technology strategies for both public sector and enterprise companies, focusing on information management and data protection.​ Including 6 years experience at Microsoft covering cloud technologies, compliance and security. ​

My former roles include leading global information technology teams to drive the best business value and strategic roadmaps.​

Mrs Jayne Sargent  Parent Governor 
Vacancy  Foundation Governor
Vacancy Foundation Governor 
Rev. David Gardiner Foundation Governor (Ex-Offico) 
Miss. Alex Davies Staff Governor 
   
Mrs Rebecca Ball Clerk to Governors

 

Primrose Hill C of E Primary Academy's Local Governing Board attendance records:

LGB attendance record (2020-21)

LGB attendance record (2021-22) 

 

Details of the Board of Trustees of DGAT can be found at www.dgat.org.uk