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Thorner C of E Primary School has been part of Elevate Multi Academy Trust from July 2018 and is happy to be part of the educational vision of the Trust, whilst retaining their own strong identity.  The Trustees have allowed academies to retain the same composition for their local governing bodies, which is set out below. 


The three core functions of the local governing board are:

  1. To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  2. To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupil.
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the academy and make sure its money is well spent.



Together, the Governors are responsible for:

  • Setting aims and targets for the academy and checking the academy’s progress towards attaining these.

  • Monitoring how well the academy’s policies and plans are working.

  • Accounting for the performance of the academy and the Governing Body.

  • Working with the Headteacher to make sure that teaching at the academy is effective and good quality and the children are making the best possible progress.

  • Taking general responsibility for the academy and its budget.

  • Challenging and supporting the senior management team and taking opportunities to show interest in and appreciation of staff and pupils.

  • Promoting the interests of the academy and its pupils in the wider community.


Types of Governors 

There are several different types of Governor:

  • Parent Governor

    Elected from parents at the school by parents at the academy.

  • Staff Governor

    Elected from staff at the school by staff at the academy.

  • Co-opted Governors

    Appointed by members of the Governing Body. They are intended to be representative of the local community and may add particular kinds of expertise.


Local Governing Body

Our Local Governing Body is made up of the following members: 

Governor Category Term of Office Specific
Ends Responsibilities
Mrs Carol Daniel Staff 08/03/2023



Mrs Susan Graham Foundation 06/11/2022

SEND, Pupil Premium, Resources, Staffing & Pay Committee, Maths, Attendance


Mr Ian Holmes Head teacher Ex officio

Head teacher


Mrs Michelle Manson Co-opted 18/09/2021

Vice-Chair, SEND, Pupil Premium, Staffing & Pay Committee, Data, Arts, Attendance


Rev Andy Nicholson Foundation Ex officio

Child protection / safeguarding, Pay Appeals Committee, Humanities, Equalities


Mr Chris Clark Parent 26/10/2022

Pay Appeals Committee, PTA, Science & Technology


Miss Dawn Scargill Parent 06/11/2022

Chair, Child protection / safeguarding, Head teacher performance management, Staffing & Pay Committee, Training, Complaints, English, EYFS, Equalities


Mr Paul Spurrier Co-opted 21/10/2019

Health & Safety, Sports funding, PSHE, Pay Appeals Committee


Mrs Gemma Whawell  Associate Member  

Deputy Head teacher, SENCO


Miss Sam Capstick Associate Member  

Acting Deputy Headteacher, DSL




Governance statement 2018

Governor Pen Portraits

Register of Interests 

Governor Attendance 2017/18