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Local Academy Board

Miers Court Primary School's Local Academy Board is committed to ensuring that all pupils at Miers Court Primary School achieve their full potential. The members of the Local Academy Board meet on a regular basis to challenge, support and monitor the school's performance.

The Local Academy Board of Miers Court Primary School

  • Gill Marshall (Chair of Governors, Co-opted)
  • Sarah Hart (Clerk to Governors)
  • Sue Champan (Head of School)
  • Nicola Barber (Staff)
  • Dawn Cork (Co-opted)
  • Simon Baggs (Parent)
  • Zoe Sindrey (Parent)
  • 3 x vacancies (Co-opted)

Terms of Reference for our Local Academy Board can be found here.

Contact Details:
Post: Chair of Governors, Miers Court Primary School, Silverspot Close, Rainham, Kent, ME8 8JR
Telephone: The School Office on 01634 388943

Governing Body Composition

The constitution for the Local Academy Board is:

Head of School, up to 2 parent governors, up to 2 staff governors and up to 5 co-opted governors. The quorum shall be 3 governors or, where greater, any one-third (rounded up) of the total number of governors of the LAB.

If you are interested in becoming a governor at Miers Court Primary School, please contact Sarah Hart via the school office.

Dates of LAB Meetings

  • 22nd January 2021
  • 23rd April 2021
  • 14th May 2021
  • 16th July 2021

Scheme of Delegated Authority - Annex 3 Non-sponsored.pdf



The Local Academy Board will meet at least 3 times a year and otherwise as required. Members of the Local Academy Board will have at least seven clear days' notice of the meeting and its agenda, except in the case of an emergency meeting. The agenda and minutes will be produced by the Clerk to Governors and made available to all members of the Local Academy Board via GovernorHub.

A copy of the minutes, apart from confidential items, will be available in the school office for inspection by parents/carers and staff.

Name Declaration of Business Interest Attendance ('19-'20)
Sue Chapman (Head of School)
Nil 100%
Simon Baggs (Parent)
Appointed: August 2017
Nicola Barber (Staff)
Appointed: January 2021
Zoey Sindrey (Parent)
Appointed: January 2021
Dawn Cork (Co-opted)
Appointed: August 2017
Gill Marshall (Co-opted)
Appointed: March 2019
Owen McColgan (CEO/Accounting Officer)
Appointed: September 2020

Inspiring Change MAT
(Member from 12/12/2018)
Medway Academy of Performing Arts
(Partner from 03/01/2020)
Featherby Infants & Junior School
(Governor from 08/09/2020)


Governors Left in the Last 12 Months

Mrs Sue Edwards

About our Governors

Introduction from Gill Marshall - Chair of LAB

My name is Gill Marshall and I volunteer as a governor for Miers Court Primary School. I am employed by Medway Foundation Trust as a children's community nurse and, as a member of the local community, I have made a long-term commitment to Miers Court Primary School by volunteering as a governor for 16 years, and being Chair for 8 years. During this time, I have sat on other school governing bodies and worked with and appointed several Headteachers, taken part in Ofsted inspections and supported the transition of Miers Court to become an academy. I continue to enjoy my role as a school governor and feel the experience I have gained enables me to advise and support the hardworking Miers Court staff team.

There are seven other governors, including staff who work at Miers Court, parents of children at the school and other individuals with a range of professional backgrounds. Together we form Miers Court's Local Academy Board (LAB) and we are a strong and committed team. Our role as a Local Academy Board is a strategic one; we do not get involved with running the school on a day-to-day basis, however we ensure that the school's leadership team has everything in place to enable all children at Miers Court to feel safe and to make progress in their learning.

The Local Academy Board help to set the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the school ensuring parents are engaged and all statutory duties are met. We hold the Head of School and the senior leadership team to account by challenging, supporting and monitoring teaching, achievement, behaviour and the safety of the children. We contribute to the school's self-evaluation and improvement plan and monitor the staff's adherence to this plan. Governors also monitor the school's finances by discussing the budget at meetings; this includes the expenditure of pupil premium.

The LAB meet at least 6 times a year to ensure we work closely with the school. We visit the school regularly to talk to the staff and children and we also plan visits with a specific focus to enable us to scrutinise a specific area in greater depth.

As Chair of the Local Academy Board I also sit on the Regional Governing Board. All Chairs of Local Academy Boards from The Howard School Trust sit on the Regional Board. The Board provides another layer of governance which holds the senior leaders from the Trust to account and enables members to share good practice.

Introduction from Sue Chapman - Head of School

As Headteacher, I automatically become a member of the Local Academy Board. Holding meetings and working alongside the elected Governors is a privilege. Our Governors give their time and use their skills wisely to support, challenge and improve the lives of all of the children and staff at Miers Court Primary School.

Introduction from Zoe Sindrey - Parent Governor

My name is Zoë Sindrey and I have been a parent at Miers Court since 2010. I have three children and two of my children still attend Miers Court. I work part time in a local supermarket as the hours fit nicely around my children. I have helped out on the PTFA since 2010 and during this time, have seen how some of the daily activities take place within the school. A vacancy for a parent governor became available so I applied for it and I was successful so I became a parent governor in 2016. I was interested and intrigued to find out what the position entailed. I currently specialise in the EYFS area of the school. I find my role very rewarding and before I became a parent governor did not realise what goes into the daily running of the school.

Introduction from Simon Baggs - Parent Governor

Originally from Manchester, I moved to London in 1999 after attending Lancaster University. I am a qualified management accountant and corporate restructuring specialist and work at a leading restructuring firm in Central London. My key skills are financial and operational management issues, as well as corporate restructuring and turnaround. I have three sons at Miers Court and am keen to ensure the best possible education for all children attending the school, with a particular interest in maths and science. I have a broad range of interests, from science and technology to history, politics and rugby. I am also a keen runner and cyclist.

Introduction from Dawn Cork - Co-opted Governor

My name is Dawn Cork and I have been a parent at Miers Court since 2010. I currently have one child at Miers Court who is in his last year. I applied to be a Governor at Miers Court when my eldest child was in Year 6, when reflecting on her time at Miers Court I felt I wanted to give something back to the school community and help support the onward progress of the school for all future local children. I am a registered nurse working with cardiac patients in the local community; my links within the local community led to my role on the Local Academy Board as a co-opted governor as opposed to a parent governor. I have an interest within the Local Academy Board consulting with the school council. This is a very enjoyable aspect of being a governor, meeting with the school council representatives and getting the children's direct viewpoint on how their school runs and the influence their pupil voice makes. I am looking forward to continuing to work on the Miers Court Local Academy Board as the school adapts and changes to new challenges and the ongoing demands of a modern education system.