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As a Governing Body we aim to ensure that our children experience a secure, safe and stimulating environment providing the full breadth of the National Curriculum – with emphasis on the acquisition of english, mathematics, science and computing skills – where all stakeholders are excited about learning and all learning activities encourage positive models of enquiry, reflection, innovation and challenge.


We nurture and support children of all abilities, helping each to achieve her/his potential in all aspects of learning and physical, social, emotional, moral and spiritual development. From this foundation we encourage staff to share success and equip children to become independent, creative thinkers and learners for life and to develop the resilience to face the challenges of an ever-changing world.


We recognise and value the diversity of our school family and the uniqueness of each of its members. We ensure excellence in teaching and learning through teamwork, support, collaboration and effective leadership.


We promote inclusion, creativity and enthusiasm. We promote British values – including tolerance, cooperation, trust and respect – within the school and the wider community.

Water Lane Primary Academy has a long, rich history and we actively encourage community involvement wherever possible. We achieve the best we can for our children by using the strength of partnership working with parents and others.


Governors keep the vision of the school at the heart of all that we do, including  when setting and accepting school policies and the School Development Plan.


Our Local Governing Body at Water Lane consists of individual volunteers who collectively help to oversee the strategic direction and management of the school.


Governing a school means giving much time, energy and enthusiasm in supporting our school and helping to shape the stimulating environment it is today.


Clerk To Governors

Mr Peter Goss (JuniperEducation)

REAch2 Trust Governors

Mrs Siobhan Chester - Senior Governance Advisor



Community Governors

 Reverend Jokey Poyntz - Reach2 Trust Appointed Governor and Acting Chair

                                   Link Governor for SEN/D

                                  Date Appointed: 01.11.2017

                                  Term Ends: 31.11.2020

Mrs Althea Blake  -Trust Appointed governor

                                 Link Governor for Finance 

                                 Date Appointed: 09.01.2018

                                Term Ends: 09.01.2021

Mrs Melinda Ochap Elected parent governor

                                 Link Governor for Curriculum

                                 Date Appointed: 01.04.2019

                                Term Ends: 31.04.2022

Staff Governors

Mr James Kenyon - Headteacher Water Lane Academy (non-voting)  


Mr Neil Coster - Headteacher Pemberley Academy (non-voting)


Mr Barry Watkins - Water Lane Staff Governor - Health+Safety Link

                                 Elected Staff Governor

                                 Date Appointed: 01.01.2019

                                 Term Ends: 31.08.2021


Mr Simon Harvey - Pemberley Staff Governor

                                Elected Staff Governor

                                Date Appointed: 01.01.2019

                                Term Ends: 31.08.2021


Governing Body Pecuniary Interests

The school recognises the requirement of all school governors to declare a pecuniary interest - direct or indirect.


All governors complete a pecuniary/business interest declaration at the start of the academic year and must declare a pecuniary interest if circumstances in this regard change during the course of the academic year.


At present we have no governors who have any pecuniary /business interests. 



For further information on governance please refer to the governance section of the REAch2 website: