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The Local Governing Body

Our Local Governing Body comprises parents, staff and members of the local community.  The governors are responsible for the strategic management of the schools under guidance from the Consortium Multi Academy Trust Trustees and Principal.  Their term of office usually lasts for four years.

They have varied responsbilities: 

  • they oversee the school's aims, values and ethics
  • they promote high standards of educational attainment
  • they monitor targets for pupil achievement
  • they ensure compliance with the national curriculum
  • they take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • they manage the school's local budget
  • they participate in the appointment of school staff
  • they regulate school conduct and discipline.
  • they ensure the schools' safeguarding procedures are of the highest standard.

Mr John Beckett - Chair


John qualified in Chemistry whilst working, initially in electronic component manufacturing and then in electricity generation eventually retiring as the head of Chemistry, and Enviromental Coordinator at Sizewell A Power Station.  John has been a school governor for a number of years including Chair of Governors for the Kingfisher Federation Schools.

Mr Adrian Smith - Vice-Chair


Adrian Smith has a child at Middleton Primary School.

Mrs Christina Pates


Christina began teaching at Yoxford and Peasenhall Primary School in January 2018 when she moved to Suffolk with her husband.  Previously she lived in Nottinghamshire where she was a teacher in a busy junior school.  Outside of work, Christina enjoys travelling, being outdoors particularly along the coast and socialising with friends.

Miss Gail Jerman

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Gail Jerman is Academy Head of the Yox Valley Partnership of Schools.

Mrs Rachel Aldridge


Rachel is a Parent Governor and her three children attend  Yoxford and Peasenhall Primary School.  She also works part-time for Screen Suffolk, the official film office for Suffolk.  Rachel is keen on running, hiking and swimming and would like to use hre role as a governor to encourage more exercise and sport to be included in the curriculum at Yox Valley Partnership.

Mrs Kelly Amzad


Kelly is a Parent Governor and has children at Middleton Primary School.

Mr Nigel Smith


Nigel is a Community Governor.  After graduating in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and undertaking research on lunar rocks, Nigel became a chartered surveyor.  His career took him through the public sector into private practice, where he became a partner of a major firm.  He has now retired and lives in Middleton, where he is Chair of the Parish Council.

Mrs Annie Groves - Designated Safeguarding Lead


Annie is a Parent Governor and has a child at Yoxford and Peasenhall Primary School.  Annie works in health, well-being and community development across rural Suffolk.  In her spare time she enjoys helping to lead the Wildlife Explorers group at RSPB Minsmere for 7-11 year olds and assisting with her daughter's Rainbows group.

Join the Local Governing Body

The size of our local governing body is currently small so we are keen to welcome new members who can offer their skills to help our schools develop and grow.  Reasons for becoming a governor include:

  • you care about the education that children receive and you would like to play a part in improving childen's education
  • you want to make an important contribution to your local community
  • you enjoy a challenging and rewarding role
  • you are keen to help to strengthen the link between schools and their communities.

Our governors act as a team but the amount of time each of them can give to the role will vary.  Some people will be able and willing to give a lot of time throughout their service as a governor.  Others will find that the amount of time they can give increases or reduces during that period.  If you are serious about helping your school to help children then you need to:

  • be wiling to prepare for meetings - there can be a lot of papers to read
  • attend meetings - the governing body must meet at least once a term
  • serve on at least one committee - how often this meets will vary but it is usually once or twice a term
  • be able to get to meetings - these are often held during the afternoon and they last around 2 to 3 hours
  • participate - if you cannot prepare for, and attend, meetings you will not be able to help the school
  • visit the school when it is in operation - most governors will visit a class once or twice a year
  • undertake induction training - facilitated by the Consortium Mulit Academy Trust to help you understand your roles and responsibilities.

For more information speak to the Academy Head or any of the Office Managers.