Pawlett Primary School Academy Gaunts Road, Pawlett, Bridgwater TA6 4SB
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Governance of The Priory Learning Trust

Governance is an important aspect of school life and our governors who are all unpaid volunteers represent many aspects of the local community.

The duration of the Term of Office for a governor is normally 4 years.

Free training is available and all governors commit to undertaking relevant training as appropriate throughout the time they are in office.

We have one committee which focuses on, Quality of Education, Behaviour and attitudes, Personal Development, Leadership and Management and Operations – Health & Safety.

Any governor may also be asked to serve on other sub committees such as the Principal’s Appraisal Panel,  Admissions Panel, Health and Safety Crew, the Pay Committee or the Complaints/Disciplinary panel.

Governors also visit the school to look at learning.

Governor meetings are held regularly, generally on the 2nd Monday of each new term in the early evening and are approximately 1 – 1.5 hours in duration.

The dates for the Academy Council Meeting for this academic year are shown below.

Academic year: 2023/24
Term 1 11th September 2023
Term 2 6th November 2023
Term 3 15th January 2024
Term 4 26th February 2024
Term 5 22nd April 2024
Term 6 10th June 2024


The responsibilities of the Board of Governors include:

  • Developing the strategic plan for the school.
  • Determining aims, policies and priorities of the school.
  • Setting statutory and non statutory targets.
  • Monitoring and evaluating standards in teaching, learning and pupils’ attainment and ensuring the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements.
  • Appointment of staff and ensuring the effective implementation of a range of personnel procedures, including staff and Head Teacher appraisal policies.
  • Strategic management of the budget ensuring probity and that there are effective financial monitoring and reporting procedures in place.
  • Securing high levels of attendance and good standards of pupil behaviour.
  • Ensuring that all children in the school have access to a broad and balanced curriculum which is suitable to age, aptitude and ability, which prepares them for adult life.
  • Ensuring the health and safety of pupils and staff.
Governor name Type of Governor Term of office Area of responsibility Business interests Number of meetings attended in last 12 months (6 meetings held annually)
Moira Allen Co-opted 15/01/2024 – 14/01/2028 Chair, Quality of Education None 5
Emma Barker Principal 01/09/2019 – Ongoing Principal None 5
Denise Hurr Co-opted 15/01/2024 – 14/01/2028 Quality of Eductation (PP) & Leadership & Management None 4
Sally Jeffries Staff 15/07/2020 – 14/07/2024 Behaviour and Attitudes None 5
Judith Ballard Co-opted 11/01/2021 – 10/01/2025 Vice Chair, Early Years None 5
Natalie Baker Elected Parent 14/06/2021 – 13/06/2025 Quality of Education (Safeguarding & SEND) None 3
Doug Radnidge Secondary school appointee 25/04/2022 – 24/04/2026 Secondary school link / Behaviour & Attitudes None 5
Nyree Davies Elected Parent 13/09/2023 – 12/09/2027 Personal Development None 2
Vacancy Co-opted
Vacancy Co-opted
If you would like to find out more information and become involved please contact:
Moira Allen, Chair to the Academy Council
c/o Pawlett Primary School Academy, Gaunts Road, Pawlett TA6 4SB
Tel: 01278 684 151 or by email:
Governor name ` Term of office Meeting attendance in last 12 months Date resigned
Chris Martin Co-opted 16/07/2018 – 15/07/2024 3 5/6/23
Lewis Plume Elected Parent 14/06/2021 – 13/06/2025 5 22/4/23
Samara Johnson Elected Parent 25/11/2018 – 31/07/2021 6 13/7/21
Paul Scott Elected Parent 06/11/2017 – 05/11/2021 3 5/1/22
Dan Milford Secondary school appointee 09/09/2019 – 08/09/2023 6 2/2/22

Kelly Podbury  – Clerk to the Academy Council – 01/09/2020 – 29/03/2024

For more information please follow the links below –

Annual report and accounts:

Memorandum of Association/Articles of Association:

Trustees and Members:

PPSA Funding Agreement:

Trustees information and Duties: