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Cotham Gardens Primary School

A Co-operative Academy


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.

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 our latest 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 trustee list, please click here

To view the Register of Interests, please click here


What does the governing body do?

Current News ...

School Name Consultation

Coronavirus Covid-19 and school opening

Staff of Cotham Gardens Primary have been working hard to look after the children of key workers and vulnerable children and providing remote learning for all pupils as directed by the government on Friday 20th March 2020 in response to the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak in the UK.

On 28th May 2020 the government confirmed a new directive for schools to re-open more widely as they begin to ease the lockdown considering it now safe to do this. Governors approved the school's wider re-opening plans on Thursday 4th June. The plans are based upon a robust risk assessment as per government guidance, and the school will re-open to more widely in line with government guidelines on Monday 15th June 2020. Letters outlining details for this have been sent to parents and carers from school. Please contact the school office if you have further questions.

Governors would like to extend thanks to everyone in the school community for the mutual support and understanding which has characterised, and continues to characterise the school's journey through these testing times.

We wish our whole community well as we rebuild school life together. 

Who are the current school governors?

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)

Governing body membership as at June 2020

Kate Swainson Price

Kate Swainson Price (Chair)

Parent Governor, re-elected 09 May 2019

Committees: Outcomes, Resources; Performance Review; Working Groups: Strategic Vision

Link governor roles: NW24 partnership

Term of office ends 09 May 2023

 Fred WithamFred Witham (Vice Chair)

Parent Governor, elected 6 December 2018

Committees: Outcomes, Performance Review

Link Governor roles: Data

Term of Office ends: 05/12/2022


Niklas Serning, co-opted Governor 

Niklas Serning

Co-opted Governor, elected 26 May 2017

Committees: Outcomes

Link governor roles: SEND, (Special Educational needs and disabilities)

Term of office ends 25 May 2021

Katy Dunscombe

Katy Dunscombe 

Co-opted Governor, re-elected 07 July 2018 

Committees: Resources Outcomes (Co-Chair)

Link governor roles: Attendance

Term of office ends 07 July 2022


Pauline Allen

Pauline Allen 

Community Governor, elected 11 March 2016 

Committees: Resources

Link governor roles: Health and Safety Governor

Term of office extended on 4 June 2020 to 10 September 2020 

Sally Reardon, Parent Governor

Sally Reardon

Parent Governor, elected 26 May 2017

Committees: Outcomes (Co-Chair)

Link governor roles: Looked After Children, Safeguarding (statutory)

Term of office ends 25 May 2021

Jamey Wilkinson

Jamey Wilkinson

Co-opted Governor, elected 21 September 2017

Committees: Resources (Chair), Performance Review; Working Groups: Strategic Vision

Term of office ends 20 September 2021

Imran Nazir

[Awaiting photo]

Community Governor, elected 05 July 2018

Committees: Outcomes

Link Governor Roles: Mental Health and Wellbeing, Pupil Premium (PP)

Term of office ends 04 July 2022

Tom Hilliard

[Awaiting photo]

Community Governor, elected 14 February 2019

Committees: Resources

Link Governor Roles: Maths

Term of office ends 13 February 2023

Mike Paton

Mike Paton

Co-opted Governor, elected 13 September 2018

Committees: Resources

Link Governor Roles: Finance

Term of office ends 12 September 2022


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Andrew Evans

Co-opted Governor, elected 14 March 2019

Committees: Resources

Link Governor Roles:  tbc

Term of office ends 13 March 2023

David Paton

[Awaiting photo]

Co-opted Governor, elected 14 March 2019

Committees and Working Groups: Outcomes

Link Governor Roles:  Curriculum

Term of office ends 13 March 2023

Janet Scott

[awaiting photo]

Schools Co-operative Partnership Governor, elected 07 March 2019

Committees and Working Groups: Outcomes

Link Governor Roles: Co-op, Power of Reading

Term of office ends 06 March 2023

Maxine Phillips

[Awaiting photo]

Staff Governor, elected 13 September 2018

Committees and Working Groups: tbc 

Term of office ends 12 September 2022

Emily Young, Staff Governor

Emily Young

Staff Governor, elected 14 October 2016

Committees: Outcomes

Term of office ends 13 October 2020

Alex Bell Headteacher

Alex Bell

Headteacher and Principal Advisor to the Governors

Appointed January 2016

Committees: Outcomes, Resources

Working Groups: Strategic Vision


Adam Sheldon

[Awaiting photo]

School Business Manager, Non-voting attendee and business advisor to the governors

Appointed September 2018

Company Secretary

Committees: Resources, Premises

Working Groups: Strategic Vision

Leanne Sowersby, Clerk

Leanne Sowersby

Clerk to the Governors, Appointed June 2015

Governors first point of contact:


Would you like to be a governor?

Current governor vacancies:

  • 1 staff governor

We are always looking for suitable candidates for succession planning since governing terms are just 4 years. So, if you are interested in finding out more about governing at our school do be in touch. With good and valuable community representation from our immediate community we are particularly interested in talking to prospective governors from outside of our immediate community.

We need people with relevant skills, experience and an interest in making a difference to education at large and more specifically school improvement for our school.

Having some governors with an objective distance from our school community is key for some of the functions required of the governing body and also helps provide the right balance for governor discussions and decisions.

For further information and expressions of interest please contact the clerk on in the first instance

Latest Governor News ...

Strategic Vision 2020-2025

Our 5 year strategic vision was drawn up further to consultation with school staff, the co-op forum, and governor analysis of the school's current ofsted appraisal from September 2017 and in-school evaluation during the academic year 2018/19.

The vision is made up of four overarching strategic objectives in the context of our school vision statement which outlines our inclusive ethos of 'Celebrating Diversity, Learning Together', as well as current local and national educational priorities.

Here they are:

  • to provide an inspiring teaching and learning experiences for all pupils
  • to ensure everyone is treated equally and has equity of opportunity
  • to create a cohesive and outward looking community which prepares pupils for their future
  • to provide a healthy, nurturing environment where the whole community can flourish

The annual school development plans will be regularly reviewed against these overarching objectives. A further review of our strategic vision will be carried out in 2025.

You can see the strategic vision in full including details about how we plan to measure and evaluate our progress here

 You can see who attended each meeting by downloading the attendance registers below:


2018/19: Click here

2017/18: Click here.

Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes 2018/19

 FGB Meeting Minutes 2018/19
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Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes 2017/18

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Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes 2016/17

 Governor Meeting Minutes 2016/17
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