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Governing Body

Becoming a Governor/Trustee at Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust

If you would like to register an interest in working with us as a Governor and support our vision and ethos please fill in the form below and return to

PHAT Becoming a Trustee or Governor and Application Form

The document below explains the role, responsibilities and job description of a member of the Local Governing Body.

The document also explains how we work alongside the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust Board:

Governance Overview Document 2018

Please click on the link below for Governors’ information:

Governors Information Audit

Governing Body Structure

The chart below explains how Governance works within the Preston Hedge’s Academy Trust.


Governing Body Visits into School

October 2019 Visit

The learning walk focused on KS2 and  our Maths Leader, Miss Summers, looked at the intent of the Maths curriculum, shared how it is implemented in classrooms during the walk, and looked at the impact in terms of pupil outcomes in KS2.

July 2019 Visit

Governors conducted a Wellbeing learning walk to see our new Wellbeing curriculum launch. The children were all mixed within their phases, and were taking part in a range of activities linked to the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’. It was clear that the children were taking part in meaningful wellbeing sessions and were enjoying the variety of opportunities on offer – from yoga, to mindfulness, to focusing on ‘being present’ and taking notice in the nature area.

March 2019 Visit

Governors conducted a Science learning walk to see our curriculum in action during Science week. During the walk, they observed the children taking part in Science experiments in each class, looking at the skills learned and how well our children were engaging in the sessions.

November 2018 Visit

Our Governors conducted a learning walk across school to see how the school was moving forward. There was a particular focus on how well the school had embedded a consistent approach to the new teaching and learning systems, and how marking for pupils was being used consistently to ensure pupils made progress. They also discussed the school’s priorities for 2018-19.


As a new academy, all of our co-opted governors were appointed to post in October 2018.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability, ensuring every child at Parklands Primary School gets the very best education and learning experiences.

They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its ethos, aims and objectives and are a source of challenge and support to the principal (a critical friend). When there is a principal vacancy, governors work with CEO to appoint a replacement.

Our Local Governing Body  members are:

Liz White- Chair of Governors , Vice-Chair of the Trust Performance Committee & Reading Governor

I am a mother of two children who attend Parklands Primary School; they are in Y2 and Y5.   I wanted to be a governor at the school as the school plays such an important part of all of our children’s lives.

I have a twenty year career in education; I am a qualified teacher and spent ten years teaching in the primary sector. I was also a staff governor at a school I taught at.  Since then, I have worked in school improvement for the Local Authority, firstly as a Primary Maths Consultant and, for the past 5 years, as a Senior School Improvement Manager.

I believe these skills are beneficial to the governing board of the school and am committed to supporting and challenging the school on its new chapter as a member of Preston Hedges Academy Trust.

Paul Dawes – Vice-Chair & Maths Governor

I was elected as Governor in December 2018 and have two children at Parklands Primary School who are in year 1 and 3.

I believe that the primary years of education play a crucial part in our children’s development. With this in mind, my main objective as a Governor is to play an active part in the running and future growth of the school and to ensure that our children are given the best opportunities to learn and develop.

I am a Senior Chartered Financial Planner with almost 20 years’ experience, this involves providing advice to directors and senior management within a number of companies. This background will enable me to provide guidance and opinion to ensure we make the best use of the resources available

Tracey Padley-Smith –  Community & Wellbeing Governor

I am a mother of 2 children that attend Parklands Primary School.  I feel I have a positive role in the school as a Governor.

My background is working with teenagers in an advisory role and recently I have completed BA (hons) Childhood and Youth Studies. I am now currently in the process of building a small sewing business.  I am also an Assistant Cub Leader with a local group which I find extremely rewarding.

It’s not just the education of the children that is important to me but the child as a whole, and want them to receive the best possible care whilst at the school, to give them the best possible future.

Jo Hatt – SEND & Safeguarding Governor

I have over 18 years’ experience as a primary school teacher, having taught in every year group.  I am currently teaching in EYFS and I am also the Head of School, SENDCO and Designated Safeguarding Lead at Weedon Bec Primary School.    I will utilise my experience to work with your Principal and Senior Management Team to ensure that Parklands creates the best learning opportunities for our children, and aspires to make every day a memorable experience.  It is my belief that teachers should inspire a passion for learning, enable every child to realise their potential and create children who are inquisitive, resilient and knowledgeable.

Since becoming part of Preston Hedges’ Academy Trust, I have begun to see some positive changes to the teaching and learning within the school and would relish the opportunity to place an active role in the future direction of the school, including building stronger links with the wider community.

Before becoming a mum, I spent 8 years as a teaching representative on Weedon Bec’s governing board and currently present SEN reports to our governors each term.

As a governor, my role would be to provide strategic leadership and accountability within the school by: ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent; act as a source of support and challenge to the Principal.


If you wish to get in touch with any of the governors, please contact the school office, who will pass on your details.