Local Governing Body
Long Melford CE Primary School is part of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Multi Academy Trust. The trust contains a growing number of schools each of which is run by their own Local Governing Body (LGB). The LGB has powers delegated to them by the Multi Academy Trust boards through what is termed 'Earned Autonomy'. In other words the more successful the school the more autonomy the governing body has.
The Local Governing Body works with the Head Teacher, School Leaders and the MAT Board to ensure pupils get the best education the school can provide.
Composition of the Local Governing Body
The Local Governing Body is made up of 9 members:
•One Parent governor - elected by parents, approved by the MAT
•One Staff representative - elected by school staff, approved by the MAT
•Five Diocesan Governors – appointed by the MAT, one of whom is recommended by the Parochial Church Council. (PCC)
•Additional Governors – appointed by the MAT for specific reasons/terms of office. For example to give additional capacity or knowledge to the Local Governing Body.
•The Headteacher and Incumbent (Vicar) are ex-officio which means they are members of the Governing Body because of the positions they hold within the school and community.
Responsibilities of the Local Governing Body
The Governing Body of a school is responsible for ensuring that it is
run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include:
•Setting the school’s strategic direction, objectives and policies.
•Approving the school budget and ensuring the school spends its funds taking regard of the MAT financial regulations and procedures.
•Reviewing progress against the school's strategic direction, objectives, and budget.
•Providing challenge and support to the Head Teacher
Parents are welcome to read the non-confidential minutes of Local Governing Body Meetings, they are available from the School Office.
The Local Governing Body meets every six weeks. The Governors are also expected to visit the school in order to monitor school improvement between meetings.
Local Governing Body September 2016
Chair – Ven. Dr. David Jenkins
Headteacher – Mrs Amanda Woolmer
Incumbent – Rev’d Matthew Lawson
Diocesan Governors - Mrs Cheryl Morgan (Vice-
-Rev’d Sharon Potter
-Mrs Justine Horseman-
Parent Governor - Awaiting Parent Election
Staff Governor - Awaiting Staff Election
The LGB can be contacted via the school admin team on