Local Governing Board
The Board of Directors of the Multi Academy Trust is the statutory Governing Board of the academies within it. Our Multi Academy Trust is called Prime 7 and includes our school, Middleton Cheney Primary Academy and Kings Sutton Primary Academy.
Our Local Governing Board is a committee of the Board of Directors of Prime 7 and is empowered by them to carry out much of the governance function via a Scheme of Delegation.
The Local Governing Board is a strategic Board which has providing the best possible education and educational opportunities for all of the pupils in a supportive caring environment at its heart.
The Department for Education is clear that its three core functions are:
- Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
- Holding the Head of School to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils
- Scrutinising the financial performance of the academy and making sure its money is well spent.
These functions are fulfilled in partnership with Prime 7 with specific reference to the details contained in the Scheme of Delegation.
The Local Governing Board meets once every half term.
In addition to the formal meetings the governors also get involved with school matters in a variety of other ways. The Chair regularly meets with the Head of School to undertake interim reviews of any issues the school may be having. All of the governors have dedicated subjects and areas of responsibilities and there is a rota of school visits planned and agreed with the Head of School.
If you are interested in becoming a governor you can find more information here
Mandatory governor information is available here
Mr Kevin Bowman
I am a Chartered Financial Planner based in the local community and have been involved as a Governor for 10 years.
Both of my children went through the school and my wife (Alison) occasionally assists at the kindergarten.
Mrs Nicola Bellamy (Chair)
I have been a community Governor at Chipping Warden since 2012, Chair since 2015.
I have two children currently at the school and live in the village. I am the school Safeguarding Governor.
I am a director of Prime 7 the multi academy trust. I have worked for the police for twenty years in a variety of roles. In my spare time I enjoy running and walking.
Mrs Victoria Wright
Mrs Elizabeth Thame
I am a farmer’s wife, my husband attended the school in 1943-1945. Our three children attended between 1974 until 1984 and my grand children between 2004 until 2010.
I am a church warden and am very involved in farming and countryside conservation.
I have been a governor for almost ten years.
Mr Peter James
I am a 62 year old qualified accountant and spent over 30 years in financial and general management roles in industry
I now work as School Business Manager for 3 Primary Schools in Warwickshire.
I am married to a retired Primary School Head teacher, have two grown up sons and two grandsons who attend the academy and live in Rugby, Warwickshire.
Mrs Hilary Harding
I came to teaching later in life, having worked as an Export Customer Services Manager before having my two children. I worked as a Teaching Assistant, then trained for my PGCE on the Graduate Teacher Programme. I came to Chipping Warden Primary Academy in 2008, starting with Year 5, going on to teach Reception, Year 1 and 2. I became Senior Teacher in 2015 and then Acting Head of School in January 2018. To relax, I love hill walking, going to the theatre and travel.
Mrs Rachel James
I run my own head hunting business and work in HR for a London law firm. I am also involved in the community through school and village life, I have two children, one at the academy and one in Kindergarten.
Mrs Emily Buttrum (Vice Chair)
I am a commercial business professional with 17 years of healthcare experience in the UK and Europe, including working at board level within the NHS. I run a healthcare consulting business. I take a special interest in applications for funding or grants that school may apply for. I am married and have two children at the academy.
Revd Viv Baldwin
I am a retired Anglican priest working part time as a Chaplain. I have been Clerk to the Governors for over 9 years so have lived through many changes a the school. Before ordination in 2000 I was an interim IT Director helping organisations to sort out their IT Departments so I have a broad business knowledge which I will bring to the Local Governing Board. I keep chickens - over 20 and have a gun dog and a mad cat.