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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 additionally carry out governor monitoring visits in school.  The first meeting of the academic year 2023-2024 will take place in the Autumn Term 2023 on 19th September. Further governor meetings will take place on the 16th of January, 16th April and 16th July 2024. Attendance of governors at meetings is published retrospectively. The standard term of office for a governor  is 4 years.  Staff Governors normally serve for 2 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 

Jennie Christie

Designated Teaching and Learning Governor

Parent Governor

Joint Chair

Duncan Elliott Brown

Designated Health and Safety Governor

Parent Governor

Caroline Ferguson

Staff Governor

Claire Farris

Designated Pupil Premium Governor

Co-opted Governor

Joint Chair

Laura Russell

Designated Safeguarding Governor

Co-opted Governor

Natalie Whitehead

Co-opted Governor

Vice Chair


Co-opted Governor

Co-opted Governor

 VacancyCo-opted Governor
Rachael HarveyClerk to Governors



The School's current Constitution is 10:

  • 6 x Co-opted Governor (currently 3 vacancies)
  • 2 x Parent Governors
  • 1 x Head Teacher
  • 1 x Staff Governor 


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


Our Chair of Governors can be contacted c/o Cherry Tree Hill Primary School, Lime Grove, Chaddesden, Derby DE21 6WL

Governors Attendance 

Local Governing Board Terms of Reference

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