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Discovery Primary Academy

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Trustees & Local Governing Committee

Dear Parent/Carer,




Thank you to Laura Harwood, Katharine Rist and Heather Weightman for standing as candidates in the Parent Governor Election. We would like to additionally thank the parents/ carers who have taken the time to read the Parent Governor Candidates Personal Statements and taking the time to vote.


All votes have been counted and verified by Mrs Madeleine Roberts a member of the Local Governing Committee of Governors.


We are pleased to announce that Mrs Katherine Rist has been appointed as the new Parent Governor. Parent Governors play an important part in the development of our Academy and are valued members of the team. They play a vital role in ensuring the Local Governing Committee is aware of the views of parents and the local community.


We would like to wish Mrs Katharine Rist all the best as a Parent Governor and welcome to the team.




For more information on Trustees, please see the Four Cs MAT website
First Name Surname Role
David  Briggs Member
John  Dadge  Trustee
Gary Dawkins Trustee and Member
Andrew Finding Trustee
Paulina  Ford  Trustee
John Holdich Member
Sarah Humble  Trustee 
Mary Kiernan Trustee
Gilmour McLaren Trustee and Member
Poppy Reynolds Member
Jonathan Theobalds Trustee
David Whiles Trustee
Sarah  Cooper  Clerk to Governors 
Debbie Sanderson Clerk to Governors



 List of the Local Governing Committee (LGC)

Category Name  Term of Office Expiry/ Review Date Link Governor Role      Details of Pecuniary Interest  Governance Role in other Educational Establishments 


Michelle Siequien      01/09/2023 Staff  Headteacher, Discovery Primary Academy  None 
Community/ Co-opted Governor 

Kevin Abbott 



Health & Safety 

Pupil Premium Governor 

Assistant Principal at Ken Stimpson Community School which is looking to join the MAT None 

Madeleine Roberts 

Vice Chair 

09/07/2023  Safeguarding and Prevent, CiC, SEND  Part time HSW for Age UK  None 
Parent  Staci Cotton  19/05/2024 None 

Account executive- e4education 

The Company provides MAT's websites

Staff  Claire Freeman  01/09/2024 Staff  Husband Daniel Freeman- Site Officer at Hampton Vale Primary  None 
Co-opted  Maria Crutchfield  01/01/2023 None  Waitrose  None 
Co-opted  Charlotte Burrows  11/06/2023

Mental Health and Wellbeing/ EAL 

Pupil Premium 

Equality & Diversity 

Teacher at Queen Katherine Academy  None 
Deputy Head  Cathy Daniels  N/A  Staff member who attends meetings  Deputy Head, Discovery Primary Academy  None 

A Parent Governor election process is currently underway. 

The Local Governing Committee shall consist of:

1 x Headteacher 

1 x Authority Governor 

1 x Staff Governor 

2 x Parent Governors

4 x Co-opted Governors 

Total number of Governors - 9 

Clerk to Governors - Caroline Curtis 

Reviewed and updated October 2021

Meet or Speak to a member of the LGC

If you wish to  speak to a member of the LGC please email the Academy office and they will pass your details on. The email for the office is: 


LGC Register of Interests 2020-2021

The LGC is under duty to publish their register of interests on the DPA website. It sets out the relevant business interests of governors and details of any other educational establishments they govern. It also sets out any relationships between governors and members of the academy staff including spouses, partners and relatives.

A Co-Opted Governor is a person appointed by the LGC and who, in the opinion of the LGC, has the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the academy.