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The Knowledge Schools Trust

We aim to provide children with a classical liberal education, regardless of background or ability.

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Governors

Governors

Declaration of Interests

To see a register of business interests and other information relating to the governors of the Edlesborough Primary School, click here.

The Board of Governors 

Beverley Trotman,  CHAIR OF GOVERNORS, CO-OPTED GOVERNOR

Beverley was born in Cambridge but grew up locally in Central Bedfordshire.  She has been in education since 1998 and studied Education (BA with Hons) at Luton University.   A mother of two, 26 and 24, she worked in the import and export industry for over twenty years before embarking on her educational journey which was inspired by her own children as she believes that every child, irrespective of their start in life, deserves the very best education that an institution can offer. Beverley currently works in a local primary school as Deputy Headteacher.  Beverley is very honoured to be working with the Knowledge Schools Trust in supporting its schools..

Term of office, four years. Appointed Mar 2021.

Oliver Pengelly, VICE-CHAIR OF GOVERNORS, CO-OPTED GOVERNOR

Oliver grew up in Devon before moving to London to study a degree in Acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. For nearly a decade he worked all over the world as an actor and acting coach before undertaking a PGCE at the University of Buckingham and relocating to the villages surrounding Edlesborough.

Oliver is currently a Housemaster at Berkhamsted School, a local independent school that received an “excellent” judgment in its most recent ISI inspection. Oliver feels lucky to have two children at Edlesborough and hopes to draw upon his professional experience to ensure all children leave for secondary education as confident and knowledgeable individuals.

Term of office, three years. Appointed Nov 2020.

Carlene Read, Parent GOVERNOR

Carlene has lived locally for over ten years and has children who attend EPA. She was educated at her local state primary and secondary school before obtaining a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and a post graduate diploma in Human Resources Management.

With almost twenty years in Human Resources, Carlene has experience of working across a variety of industries and in 2020 started her own independent HR Consultancy. Prior to this she worked for Cognita, an independent schools group, as part of a leadership team responsible for several schools across the UK.

Carlene is thrilled to be holding the position of parent governor at EPA and is looking forward to using her skills and experience to help support and uphold the schools values.

Term of office, one year. Appointed Nov 2020.

Simone Lawes, Parent GOVERNOR

Simone is from Hertfordshire and is a Human Resource Management professional. She has worked within the Construction Industry for fifteen years supporting large projects across the UK.

Simone has two children, her eldest attends Edlesborough School.

It is her son’s school career that inspired her to apply for a governor position and use her skill set to support the school.

She is excited and proud to join the governing board and looks forward to supporting the school.

Term of office, one year. Appointed Nov 2020.

Kara March, Staff GOVERNOR

Kara, was born in London and brought up in Hertfordshire, moving to Eaton Bray, (Edlesborough’s neighbouring village), when she married 19 years ago. For many years, Kara worked for the NHS, but has been working in schools, as an LSA, for the past seven years. Whilst working full time, she achieved a BA(Hon) degree in Applied Education and hopes to complete her Initial teacher training with KST once the pandemic is over. She has an interest in SEND, particularly ASD, as her daughter is on the spectrum and is an advocate for understanding children with these difficulties.

Out of school, Kara has worked in the community as a Beaver scout leader, which she reluctantly left to finish her degree. She is also the principal of a weekend theatre school, She teaches drama and singing, and has performed herself in local productions over the last thirty five years. She hopes to bring extra-curricular Drama/Musical Theatre classes to the school, not only for those children who love to perform, but for those who may need to gain confidence in a safe environment.

Kara has three children and cocker spaniel who is really the baby of the family.

She is delighted to become a staff governor and hopes she can develop to become a productive and positive member of the LGB.

Term of office, one year. Appointed Nov 2020.

Andrew Brown, co-opted GOVERNOR, Finance

Andrew grew up in Redbridge on the edge of London but has lived in Buckinghamshire for the last 30 years. He studied Computer Science at City University in London and initially he worked in the design and development of computer systems mainly for the banking industry including a stint based in Singapore. Andrew changed in the mid-90s to marketing, but still in the software industry, and he has undertaken a wide range of business marketing roles for global organisations. Until his retirement he was Marketing Director for the payments business within NCR.

Andrew first became a Governor in the mid 90s at his children’s Primary School. As they moved to Secondary he too moved and joined the Governing Board at Chesham Park Community College and later led it through the transition to Chiltern Hills Academy where he is currently Chair of the Trustees. He is also on the Local Governing Board at Great Missenden Primary Academy and is a committee member of the Buckinghamshire Association of School Governors.

Term of office, four years. Appointed May 2021.

Governance

The Edlesborough Primary Academy's local governing body is responsible for the quality of education at the school.  The governing body is a committee of the Knowledge Schools Trust Board.

Governors focus on ensuring the schools have a clear vision, ethos and strategic direction. We hold our headteacher to account for the educational performance of the schools, and we oversee the financial performance of the schools including ensuring that their budgets are well spent.

We currently have seven governor positions on the team including parent governors and a staff governors.  We've recruited a governance team to bring the skills and experience that we need to perform the functions described above. As such, we have governors with experience of working in education, finance, the local community and business. 

Our governing body will evolve as the school grows and develops. However, in line with both Lord Nash and Sir Michael Wilshaw’s comments about the excessive size of some governing bodies, we intend to keep our team small to ensure it is effective.

Governors exercise their responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff. We do not make day to day decisions on the operational running of the school unless there are weaknesses in the school, when governors then have a duty to investigate and take action. Instead, governors focus on longer-term strategic issues and on checking that the daily operations are taking place in line with the school’s vision, aims and strategic plan.

The Chair of Governors can be contacted directly at chair@epa-primary.org

KNOWLEDGE SCHOOLS TRUST

Knowledge Schools Trust (formerly the West London Free School Academy Trust) is the legal entity accountable for all schools within the group, currently the West London Free School, the West London Free School Primary, the Earl's Court Free School Primary, Kensington Primary Academy and Edlesborough Primary Academy. As such, the Trust is responsible for operating all schools within the group and holds the Master Funding Agreement with the Secretary of State.

The Trust's directors have specific responsibilities for defined aspects of governance across all the schools in the group, namely, Strategic Management, Curriculum and some co-ordinated administrative functions. They set the ethos and vision for the Trust, hold the title to the land the schools are on, employ the staff and are the contracting party for services that serve more than one school in the group (catering, ICT, etc). The Trust's directors have appointed a Chief Executive Officer, who is the Accounting Officer for the Trust, a Finance Director, and a Chief Operations Officer.  HR and Legal services are outsourced to an external provider.

The directors have delegated certain functions for each school to their local governing body. The Chairs of the local governing bodies are also directors of the MAT.

You can see an organogram showing how the Trust relates to the local governing bodies here and read the Terms of Reference, which set out the relationship between the Trust, the local governing bodies and the head teachers.