Old Priory Junior Academy

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Meet the Governors

Chair Of Governors Rev Robert Harris 

On behalf of the Local Governing Board I welcome you to our Governance page.

Old Priory Junior Academy is part of St. Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust; “A strong family of outstanding schools, serving their community and contributing fully to the provision of education, collaborating with other partners to achieve common goals.” The Multi Academy Trust is accountable in Law for all decisions about its academies however, the Local Governing Board have been delegated responsibilities by the Trust which along with working with the senior leadership team ensures that many of the day to day decisions regarding the school are made locally by those who know the school best. The Local Governing Board also supports staff to ensure that the School continues to move forward in line with its School Improvement Plan.


The Local Governing Board is made up of dedicated volunteers all of whom have different skills and experience and have a common commitment to education, the school children, staff, parents/carers and the local community.


The Local Governing Board meets 6 times per year with members using their local knowledge to ensure that your children achieve the very highest level they can in all aspects of learning, social development and life skills this is achieved by:


  • Building an understanding of how the school is led and managed.
  • Monitor whether the school is:

1) Working within agreed policies

          2) Meeting statutory requirements

          3) Is meeting the agreed targets

          4) Managing its finances well

  • Engaging with stakeholders
  • Reporting to the board


We also work to ensure that all our children are safe and happy in our school and the school’s core values of Collaboration, Individuality, Resilience, Ambition, Respect and Honesty are at the heart of your children’s learning.


As a Governor it is essential that we understand the day to day life of the school therefore we regularly visit the school and spend time in the classroom meeting and talking to children and staff. We are also keen to engage with parents/carers and other stakeholders. If you would like to meet the Board of Governors, have an informal chat or discuss any aspect of life at Old priory please contact the Clerk to Governors either via the School Office or by email: clerk@oldpriorystcmat.org


I look forward to meeting you.


Reverend Rob Harris

Chair of Governors


Local Governing Body Members


Governor Name Position Date of appointment Business  and Pecuniary interests Term of office Appointed by Responsibility Committee Membership
Robert Harris Chair Of Governors,  Co-opted Governor 27/09/2018 Minister of St. Marys  Parish church 1 Year LGB N/A


Teaching and Learning

Karen Aspinall Parent Governor



Children attend the School

4 Years LGB Communication Resources
Sarah Woolven-Allen Foundation Governor 16/06/2017 Children attend the school 4 Years Trust


Pupil Groups

Teaching and Learning
Emma Kingwell Staff Governor 26/06/2018 None 4 Year  LGB N/A Resources
Suzie Ottewell Headteacher September 2018 Headteacher at St Mary's Primary School 1 year  Trust N/A


Teaching and Learning

Jane Burt Associate Governor

October 2018

Child Attending the School Ex Oficio Trust



Teaching and Learning

Diane Smith Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 None 4 Years Trust Ethos Teaching and Learning
Stuart Talbot Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 Child attends the school 4 Years Trust

Premises, Health & Safety

and Risk Management

Matthew Kent Clare Parent Governor 01/09/2019 Child attends the school 4 Years LGB Finance Resources
Christopher Banbury Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 None 4 Years Trust Safeguarding Teaching and Learning
Emma Young Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 Child at Plympton St Mary's C of E Infant School  4 Years Trust   Teaching and Learning


Governor Resignations 2019-2020


Governor Name Position Date of Appointment Date of Resignation Business  and Pecuniary interests Term of office Appointed by Responsibility Committee Membership
Nick Evans Foundation Governor 01/09/2019 06/02/2020 Governor at Hele's School 4 Trust Curriculum and Standards Resources
Daniel Campbell Co-opted Governor 01/09/2019 27/03/2020 Employed at Plympton St Mary's C of E 1 Trust N/A Teaching and Learning





Governor Meetings and Attendance from September 2018 to August 2019


Governor Attendance at meetings 2018/2019
Rob Harrison 6/6
Emma Kingwell 5/6
Emma Hermon-Wright 1/1
Sarah Woolven-Allen 6/6
Karen Aspinal 6/6
Jane Burt 5/5
Suzie Ottewell 6/6



Minutes are available on request.

Previous Governors

No Governors have ceased their term of office from 2018 to 2019.


Articles of Association and Scheme of Delegation

School Motto

Pursuing Excellence Through Inspirational Opportunities

Mission Statement

Collaboration, Individuality, Resilience, Ambition, Respect, Honesty

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