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Inspiring a Love for Learning

“Let all that you do be done with love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

Enabling children to flourish and succeed

Governing Body



The aim of the Governing Body at our school is to:


  • Provide a strategic direction for the school
  • Support, challenge, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the school
  • Hold the school accountable for the quality of education provided


Governors at Croxton Kerrial fulfil these responsibilities by working closely with the staff so that we can be successful in helping the children achieve their full potential in a happy, caring environment.



We do this in many ways including:


  • Working with the staff in supporting school improvement in line with the school vision.
  • Monitoring the performance and progress of our children.
  • Supporting the staff to help them teach and care for our children.
  • Working with the school to decide how the resources of the school are best used.
  • Planning ahead so that the performance of our children and our school continues to improve.
  • Contributing to school life through events and visits to the school.


School governors play a vital role in the life of the school and are responsible for providing strategic leadership and accountability in the work of the school. We  make regular visits to the school to meet the children and talk with the teachers about the work of the school. 


To deliver this effectively the Governor team members are representative of all the key groups involved in our school – the Parents, the Staff, the Community, the MAT and the Church. Some are appointed and some are elected. All serve for a term of four years.


We meet together at least once a term as a whole team, and in three sub-groups focused on Finance and Staffing, Health and Safety, and Standards. In addition, we each have a specialist subject that we take particular interest in (e.g., Maths, English, Art, ICT).


We look forward to a continued successful partnership with you and welcome any views and suggestions. If you are interested in becoming a governor, please do get in touch. You may contact me by letter via the school office, marking your envelope ‘Private and Confidential’.


Dr H Sykes

Chair of Governors


Appointment Type

Appointed by

Term of Office Start / End

Mrs Julie Hopkins

Executive Head



Mrs Amanda Scott

Staff Governor


01.09.20 – 31.08.24

Dr Helen Sykes




22.05.19 – 21.05.23

Dr Jackie Johnston (Vice Chair)



17.05.17 – 16.06.21

Mr Wayne Searle

Director Appointed


01.01.10 – 31.08.24

Mrs Angela Kingham



22.05.19 – 21.05.23

Mr David Stanford

Director Appointed


Mrs Clare Carvell

Director Appointed



Rev David Cowie





Meet Our Governor Team


Dr Helen Sykes, Chair of Governors

My name is Helen Sykes and I became a parent governor at Croxton Kerrial school in September 2017. I have two girls at the school and wanted to support the school and community by becoming a governor. I am a research scientist with an environmental consultancy and have experience of project management and grant writing through my work. I hope I will be able to use this experience to assist the school in future grant applications.

In my spare time I play the violin and I enjoy keeping fit and cake making. I am also involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme as an accredited expedition assessor.


Dr Jackie Johnston, Vice-Chair of Governors


Originally from Durham City in the North East, I moved into the village in 2015, having previously lived in the South East for many years. I am now retired, but worked in Further Education, originally teaching English, but then in various management roles. My last post was Principal and CEO of The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham, a Sixth Form College of 2000 + students, which gained Ofsted 'outstanding' on my watch in 2007. I am married and my husband is still working- having moved to take up a professorial post at Nottingham University and I have one grown up daughter who is a qualified primary school teacher.


Mr Wayne Searle, Chair of Finance and Audit Committee


I have been a governor since October 2010 and have had three children attend the school. I am qualified Chartered Accountant running my own accountancy business locally and aim to use my financial and business skills to contribute to the continued improvement of our school.

In my spare time, as well as spending time with my family, I enjoy a bit of triathlon!


Mrs Angela Kingham

I became a parent school governor in September 2017 after becoming interested in helping out at Croxton Kerrial School when my son first started in year 2 in November 2016. Moving your child into a new school is always daunting but my first impression of the school was that it was a very welcoming, caring and nurturing environment for all the children. I wanted to be able to contribute to the running of the school and help ensure it has an environment the children enjoy and thrive in.

I am a Specialist Biomedical Scientist and have worked within the NHS for my entire working career, currently working within the busy Pathology department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary in the role of Pathology Trials Scientist.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, baking and netball! I fell in love with the sport all over again back in 2012. As well as playing, I am a qualified level 2 netball coach and a C award umpire and have assisted the school in providing after school sporting activities by holding netball sessions for the children.



Miss Clare Carvell

My name is Clare Carvell and I moved to Croxton Kerrial in September 2000. Before this, I lived in Oxfordshire, where I trained to be a Primary School Teacher and subsequently taught there for eight years. I have continued to teach locally and I hope this experience will enable me to support the school in my role as governor. In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis, cycling, visiting the theatre and travelling (particularly on walking holidays).

Croxton Kerrial CE Primary School is part of the Rise Multi-Academy Trust. For information about the governance of the Trust please click here