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We are part of RISEMAT, a Church of England Multi-Academy Trust whose directors are responsible for all aspects of governance for every school across the Trust. The Board of Directors delegate certain key responsibilities for governance to officers of the Trust, local and cluster governing committees.

RISEMAT’s scheme of delegation may be seen by following the link below:

Local Arrangements

A single ‘Cluster Governance Committee’ (GCG) has been established to provide robust local governance for both St Simon and St Jude and Higham on Hill CE Primary Schools. Largely advisory in nature, this committee is a de facto sub-committee of the Trust Board. Details of how this Cluster Governance Committee functions can be found below;

LINK to term of Reference: 

The chair of our CGC is :  Mrs Karen Allen

Who may be contacted via: or 01455 842138


The clerk to the CGC is: Miss Bryony Haggart

Who may be contacted at:

What does a school governor do?


Effective governing bodies work in close partnership with the headteacher in making decisions. The head,not the governing body, is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and management of the school.

The responsibilities of the governing body are defined in law. They are predominantly strategic and include:

  • being accountable for the performance of the school;
  • being involved in the planning the future direction of the school;
  • promoting high standards of educational attainment;
  • ensuring targets are set for pupil achievement;
  • taking general responsibility for the conduct of the school;
  • monitoring the school’s budget, including key staffing decisions;
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced, broadly based and complies with legal requirements;
  • making sure that the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special educational needs;
  • in our church school, foundation governors are expected to help preserve and develop the school’s Christian character.


The governing body’s formal work and decision-making is undertaken in meetings. Their workload is managed by delegating some tasks to committees or other small groups. Committees specialise in one of a number of areas, typically curriculum, finance, staff and premises matters.


The governing body is made up of:

  • parent governors
  • staff representatives
  • local authority governors (appointed by the local authority)
  • Co-opted governors (members of the local community appointed by the governing body)
  • foundation governors ( appointed by the relevant religious body) 


Local Governing Body


GovernorAppointment TypeAppointed byAppointment ends

Mrs Karen Allen



Mr Eric Fowler

(Vice Chair)

Mrs Wendy ParkerFoundationRISE09/01/2026
Mr Douglas PeglerCo-optedRISE09/01/2026
Mr Matthew CooteParentLGB09/01/2026
Marlene PartingtonParentLGB01/09/2027
Abigail MalikParentLGB01/09/2027
Mark WhitelocksParentLGB01/09/2027

Meeting Minutes

Copies of meeting minutes can be requested by emailing