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Cotham Gardens Primary is a Co-operative Academy Trust and the governors are also the Academy Trust Trustees.

The purpose of governance is to provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.

Our strategic Vision

In January 2020 our board of trustees agreed our 5 year strategic plan, covering the period 2020-2025.  This document was drafted by key governors and the school leadership team after consultation with school stakeholders.  Our consultation process included surveying parents, staff and local community members, as well as analysis of current OFSTED appraisal and in-school data.

Please see below for our 5 year strategic vision.

strategic vision 2020 2025.pdf



The 3 core functions of the governing board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent

To view the audited accounts please see our School Finances pages.

To view our funding agreement, please click here

To view our Articles of Association please click here

To view our Memorandum of Association please click here

To view our latest Register of Interests, please click here

To view our governors meeting attendance for the 2022/23 academic year please click here

Employees whose benefits exceed £100,000

Academy trusts are required to publish details of employees whose gross benefits, including salary, employers' pension contributions, and other taxable benefits, exceed £100,000 per annum.

To view details of Cotham Gardens employees meeting this criteria please click here

Who are the current school governors?

To view our trustee list, please click here

The governing body is made up of parent governors, staff governors, community governor, co-opted governors, the headteacher (principal professional adviser) and the School Business Manager (non-voting attendee).  See above for a list of current governors and details of their roles and terms of office.

To contact our governors, please email our Clerk to Governors Leanne Sowersby on leanne.sowersby@cothamgardens.co.uk