School governors are volunteers who work together with the Headteacher to help deliver the best education for the pupils at their school. Generally, school governors are not specialists in education. Instead, much of the role is about exercising common sense and, of course, working together in the best interests of the children.

On the1st of February 2019 Blakesley Church of England Primary School became an Academy joining the Peterborough Diocesan Education Trust (PDET). This year, the Governing Board became an Academy Governance Committee being a committee of the Board of Directors of PDET.  Whilst the Directors of PDET have ultimate accountability for the work of the Trust and the academies within it, the AGC is accountable for the day to day running of the school and has responsibility for exercising the powers that have been delegated to it including:

  • the monitoring of pupil progress and achievement;
  • the implementation of the school improvement plan;
  • giving regular, accurate feedback on progress, challenges / concerns and risks to PDET.

The AGC has a key role to play in the drive to raise standards and is required to promote and maintain high standards of pupil performance for all.

Governors act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school, advising, supporting and challenging the school’s leadership team. Whilst not involved in day to day or operational matters, Governors ask searching questions to obtain a critical understanding of the working of the school. They aim to ensure that the school is a place where all children will flourish.

In undertaking their role, Governors are expected to:

  • Conduct themselves in accordance with the National Governance Association Code of Conduct and the school’s values;
  • Visit the school as regularly as possible and attend school functions;
  • Participate in visits from outside agencies whenever possible and appropriate.

The full governing body meets regularly twice each term (six times per year) its standing agenda following the pattern set out on the attached schedule. In addition, Governors also undertake typically two termly monitoring visits at the school.,

Meetings last around two hours and are lively and interactive. Many of our current governors work full time and manage to fit in their role around their other commitments. Their motivation is invariably to make a positive contribution to something of fundamental importance, educating our children

The Academy Governance Committee is drawn from members of the local community (Co-opted Governors), the Church (Foundation Governors), parents (who are elected for a term of 4 years), the Head teacher and a staff representative.

Associate governors are appointed because of the specific experience and expertise they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school whether to help to address specific gaps identified in the skills of governing body members or to help the governing body respond to particular challenges. Whilst associate governors may attend full governing body meetings, they are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions.

The School’s current Governors are:

Name of Governor or Associate Member


Term of office


Maxine Conway




 Chair of Governors

Laurie Hill





Jo Wilkins





Jo Gray





Alexia Simon





Rev Sue Stanley Foundation 01/05/21 31/7/2023 Governor
Governors who have served within the last twelve months
Name of Governor or Associate Member Category Term commenced Steppped down Position
Vicky Rogers Associate Governor 01/02/2019 1/10/20 Associate Member
Chris Hamlet  Parent   06/02/2018  Stepped Down Governor

All Governor vacancies are advertised on the school website, in the school’s newsletters and externally if necessary.

If you have any queries or would be interested in learning more about the role of Governor and governance of our school, please e-mail the school office () addressing your email ‘For the Attention of ‘Mrs Maxine Conway, Chairman of Academy Governance Committee’.

Working together with the school and its community, we aim to make Blakesley Church of England Primary School the very best that it can be.

Maxine Conway
Chair of Governors

Governor Information