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Welcome to our Governors’ section

Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

The Governing Body warmly welcomes you to Locking Primary School.

What is a School Governor?

The school governors are a team of dedicated volunteers who work with the Head of School and staff to ensure high standards of education and care.

This is achieved by:

• Setting suitable aims and objectives.
• Agreeing policies, curriculum, targets and priorities. 
• Monitoring and reviewing the school's achievements and progress.


What do the School Governors do?
School governors oversee important decisions, such as staffing and school finances. The Governing Body is made up of parents, staff, past and present members of the Local Authority and people from the local community.


On the 1st October 2017 Locking Primary converted to academy status and formally became part of the Extend Learning Academies Network (ELAN). Each school within ELAN has a Local Governing Body (LGB). The LGB of Locking Primary School aims to support the whole community of the school using their varying skills, strengths and expertise from all walks of life to enrich the work of the governing body and improve the governance of the school.


The LGB of Locking Primary undertake the responsibilities delegated to them by the Board of Trustees. These include aspects such as maintaining an overview of the standards and performance achieved in the school, securing a local interest in the school's strategic development and providing support and challenge for the Head of School.


In all decision making, the governors are committed to ensuring that the best interests of all children in the school are the highest priority.


Interested in being a Governor?

Undertaking the role of being a Governor is rewarding and a way of contributing to the local community. You do not need to be an expert about education as we welcome Governors from all walks of life encompassing different perspectives and views. All you need is passion and commitment to support our pupils and school community.

If you are interested in being a Governor at Locking Primary School, please contact the Chair of Governors.

The current governors of Locking Primary School are:

Parent Governors

1). Hannah Whitten (Vice Chair with a responsibility for Behaviour & Welfare)
2). Amanda Darlow (Vice Chair with a responsibility for Teaching & Learning)

3). Rebecca Taylor
4). Vacancy

Staff Governors1). Kate Evans
2). Sian Fox
Headteacher of Locking Primary School

James Oakley Executive Headteacher

Natalie Sweet Head of School

Appointed by the Board1). Vacancy
2). Vikki Beamish (Chair of Governors)
Co-opted Governors

1). Vacancy
2). Vacancy
3). Vacancy

4). Vacancy

Clerk to the Governing BodySarah Edwards


To contact the Chair of Governors, please email: or write to Mrs. Vikki Beamish at the school postal address.

Interested in becoming a governor?

Being a Governor is a rewarding way of making a voluntary contribution to the lives of local young people. We don’t expect you to be an expert in education, we welcome governors from all walks of life to bring different perspectives and views. You just need to be interested in supporting our school, community and the educational outcomes of our pupils. In all decision making, the governors are committed to ensuring that the best interests of all children in the school are the highest priority.


If you are interested in becoming a governor, please download and complete the expression of interest form and email it to the Chair of Governors: 

Local Governing Body Information:

For Memorandum of Association, Funding Agreement, Accounts and Annual Report for Extend Learning Academies Network please go to ELAN Statutory Documentation


ELAN Trade Union Facility Time Reporting