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Welcome to the Governors' section.

The William Alvey School Articles of Association

Name Governor Position Sub -Committee/ Working Group Specialised Area/Subject Appointed Expected Retirement Attendance Declarations of Interest
Emma Weston Staff Standards Cttee   27/01/18 26/01/22 1/1 See Below
Rev Phillip Johnson Ex- Officio Standards Cttee/ Curriculum Vision & Ethos   11/10/14       _ 0/1 See Below
Leah Kirkman

Co-opted/Chair of Govs


Finance Cttee /Standards Cttee / Curriculum Vision and Ethos Literacy 24/09/19 23/09/23 1/1 See below
Alison Snookes Foundation Standards Cttee / Community Connections   20/02/17 19/02/21 1/1 See Below
Vince Jones



Finance Cttee(Chair)/H&S Cttee   29/10/16 28/10/20 0/1 See Below
Stephen Tapley Head Teacher H&S Cttee - - - 1/1

See Below

Suzanne Creedon Community Wellbeing and Mental Health


Acting SEND

25/04/19 15/07/20 Resigned 1/1 See Below
Claudia Nel



H&S (Chair) / Community Connections GDPR  16/05/17 15/05/21 1/1 See Below
Clare Edwards Parent Community Connections (Chair) Art 16/05/17 15/05/21 1/1 See Below
Anne Smith Parent   



20/01/20 19/01/24 0/0 See Below
Amanda Jay

Parent-Vice Chair


Finance Committee Maths 07/12/18 06/12/22 1/1 See Below
Emma Sinclair Parent      15/05/15 Retired -  
Phil Smith  Co-Opted     15/04/16 Retired -  
Gaynor Jakeway Foundation   SEND 20/03/18 Resigned 02/10/19 0/1  
Kim Camm Staff     03/06/19 Resigned 23/09/19 0/0  
Jackie Waters Dewhurst

Member only


    02/05/18       - 0/0  
John Henwood

Member only


    01/01/19       - 0/0  
Laura Davies Clerk to Governors     15/09/17  - 1/1  


Name Governor Position  Pecuniary Interest  
Leah Kirkman  Chair/ Co-opted Governor/Standards/Finance Leah Kirkman Ltd  
Vince Jones Co-opted Governor/ Chair Finance  Governor to Church Lane Primary School  
Claudia Nel Parent Governor / Chair Health & Safety/ GDPR Non Executive Director Lincolnshire Co-operative, Committee of Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss- Carlton Centre Lincoln. Solicitor and Data Protection officer, Director Lincoln Corn Exchange and Markets 1991, Lincoln Cooperative Chemists Ltd, Gadsby's of Southwell Ltd, Greetwell Developments Ltd (real estate), Lincoln Shop Equipment Ltd (software and computer), South Lincolnshire Crematorium Ltd  
Stephen Tapley Head Teacher  Partner- Whatgadget-uk, Ipad sales  
Clare Edwards Parent Governor    
Father Phillip Johnson Ex-Officio Director Diocesan Board of education, Additional member of LCC representing DBE on CYPSP. Member of Robert Carre Trust, Rauceby representing DBE, Long Bennington DBE and St Gilberts Stamford DBE. Trustee of Sleaford United Charity ( controls the William Alvey Charity). Trustee of Sleaford Parish Church Council.  
Suzanne Creedon Community Governor/ Safeguarding


Alison Snookes  Foundation Governor/ Standards None  
Gaynor Jakeway Foundation Governor Resigned  
Emma Weston  Staff Governor/ Chair Standards Partner - Ian's Taxis  
Amanda Jay Parent Governor/Finance Cttee Management Accountant-employed by 4 companies of which I am director with significant control (50% shareholder). Electronic Metering Equipment, Doseuro UK, Succurro GB, Moor Farm Building Co- also trading as Moor Farm Cleaning.. Treasurer at Evedon St Mary's Parochial Church Council. AAT member, ACCA Affilliate member...  



Admissions/Appeals and Complaints Committees ( Leah Kirkman, Vince Jones, Claudia Nel) To be convened as necessary.


Working Groups - To celebrate success and achievements of the school and move it forward towards nominated goals set by each working group.


The William Alvey School Trust as an Academy has two layers of governance, the Members who operate at a strategic level, (they are the owners of the company) and the Directors (previously called governors) who together make up the governing body who have the responsibility for day to day management and operation of our Academy School.
The functions of the members of the Academy Trust include:


  • Overseeing the achievement of the objectives of the company.
  • Taking part in Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings.
  • Appointing some of the governors.
  • Power to amend the Articles of the company and, ultimately, to remove the governors/directors.
  • Generally speaking, members usually have much more limited practical involvement in the management of the company than the governors.
In Academies, Directors or Trustees are often referred to as Governors. Most day-to-day management decisions are made collectively through a board of Governors typically referred to as the Governing Body.
The Governing Body manages the Academy on behalf of the Academy Trust and the key responsibilities are to:


  • Ensure the quality of educational provision.
  • Challenge and monitor the performance of the school.
  • Manage the Academy’s finances and property.
  • Manage Key staff.
  • Exercise reasonable skill and care in carrying out their duties.
  • Ensure that the Academy complies with company law.
  • Operate the Academy in accordance with the Funding Agreement that has been signed with the Secretary of State.
  • Signing off the company’s financial accounts and annual report.

What does a Governor do?

There's no such thing as a typical Governor, however there will be similar tasks to fulfil from one school to the next. You'll normally find that the main Governing Body meets no more than once a term, and there will be sub-committees looking into key areas such as Finance, Standards and Health and Safety. Most Governors join one or more sub-committees, depending on their skills, and again these meet no more than once every half term (please see below).
In order to gain a better understanding of the school, its workings, staff and our children, Governors are given the opportunity to sponsor a year group. This role involves support and involvement of all classes within a specific year group. As a sponsor, you will follow those children as they transit through their years in school.
We feel that the benefits of such sponsorship will be:
  • Greater understanding of the curriculum for that particular year group.
  • Greater interaction with the children gaining trust and establishing an association with that specific year group.
  • Breaking down of the formal barriers that exist as a Governor, between the children and staff.
  • Being able to offer support and assistance to staff when available.
Working together:
Our school motto is “Learning Today For Living Tomorrow”. This is about everyone – Parents, Staff, Governors and the wider school community – working together to ensure that every child can succeed and reach their full potential. To achieve this, and to carry out our role as Governors effectively, we need to know what issues are important to you and ensure that you know what issues the Governors are discussing (so that we remain accountable).

Becoming a Governor:
Being a school Governor is an important role but you do not need to have any particular skills, knowledge or experience to become a governor. What you need to bring is: a commitment to school life; the ability to work with others; patience and enthusiasm; a willingness to learn; a commitment to working openly and democratically; and, most importantly a willingness to spend what time you can offer getting involved in school life. Our governors typically spend about 5 hours a month contributing to school life (attending meetings, undertaking training, visiting school, participating in school events and much more) you commit what time you can afford.

The most important thing to note is that Governors are a team, not a collection of individuals or groups with separate agendas. However much we may differ in our opinions and experiences we are united by our commitment to the school and the responsibility we share for its long-term success. In short, we have a common purpose.


Recent Achievements
  • Renaissance Reader Master School Status
  • Hub School (Maths)
  • Top ten Lincolnshire ranking attainment and achievement (16-17)
  • School renovation
  • CPD staff progression to leadership roles

At William Alvey we have a number of different Governor categories:


Parent Governor: Elected by our Parents.
Staff Governor: Elected by our Staff.

Foundation Governor: Nominated by the Church.

Co-opted Governor: Appointed by the Governing Body to address a specific need.

Community Governor: Appointed by the Governing Body to represent the local community.

At William Alvey some of the duties of the Governors are discharged through a committee or panel structure:


1. Finance committee

2. Standards and Development committee (including curriculum and behaviour)

3. Appeals committee (disciplinary, pay and grievance)

4. Admisions committee (including admissions and attendance)

5. Health and Safety committee

6. Head Teacher's Performance Management panel


If you have any questions relating to individual Governors, length of service, make up of committees, attendance at meetings and business and material interests, please read through the trust report below or contact our Clerk.

You can contact any of our Governors through our Clerk, Mrs Davies. You can e-mail her at:


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