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Cherry Tree Hill Primary School

Cherry Tree Hill Primary School

Be Safe, Be Caring, Be a Learner

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Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


The Local Governing Board's role


In accordance with the Governance handbook, all governing boards have three core functions:


  1. to ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. to hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the academy and its pupils, and the performance of staff
  3. to oversee the financial performance of the academy and make sure its money is well spent


Odyssey Collaborative Trust have chosen to have a Local Governing Board in each of the schools across the MAT (Multi-Academy Trust). The LGB is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school.  A key role is to act as a 'critical friend': to support, to challenge, to ask questions and ultimately to represent the school community.  The LGB works in close partnership with the Head Teacher, Staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Head Teacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such decisions as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. They ensure the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.


The Board of Trustees (Odyssey Collaborative Trust), work in collaboration with the LGB to ensure these functions can be fulfilled; the LGB and Board of Trustees maintain regular contact and put procedures in place to ensure the LGB report back to the Board of Trustees about the performance of the academy they oversee and the LGB's delegated functions.


How we work

The Local Governing Board was formed on 01 April 2019 when the school converted to Academy status.  They meet at least three times in an academic year and carry out governor monitoring visits into school.  The first meeting of the academic year will take place on 20 September 2021.  Dates for the 2021/2022 academic year will be published after that meeting on the LGB calendar. Attendance of governors at meetings will be published retrospectively. The standard term of office for a governor  is 4 years.  The Chair and Vice Chair of Governors are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.


Who we are


Paul  Appleton

Head Teacher 

Gareth Allen Co-opted Governor (Chair of the Board of Governors)
Simi McConnellCo-opted Governor (Vice Chair of the Board of Governors)
Traci GoodCo-opted Governor
Emma Munson

Staff Governor


Co-opted Governor


Co-opted Governor

 Sarah Hands

Clerk to Governors


There are three types of Governor in the School's current Constitution of 7:


  • 5 x Co-opted Governor
  • 1 x Staff Governor
  • 1 x Head Teacher


If you are interested in becoming a school governor, or have any general queries regarding governance, please contact Sarah Hands (Clerk to Governors) via the School


Our Chair of Governors can be contacted via E Mail here or in writing c/o Cherry Tree Hill Primary School, Lime Grove, Chaddesden, Derby DE21 6WL

In the Governance Statement you will find key information about our Local Governing Board.

Calendar of Meeting for the LGB 2020 - 2021 (meetings via Zoom)

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