Kelvedon St Mary's Church of England Primary Academy is part of the Canonium Learning Trust, and as such, the Trust Board is responsible for the overall governance of the school.  Canonium Learning Trust has a governance structure that places great importance on local governance arrangements and therefore the Academy also has local governance arrangements, known as referred to as the Local Governing Committee (LGC), which plays a vital role in supporting the Academy's day-to-day operations and educational performance.

The Local Governing Committee comprises individuals from the local community, including parents and members of staff.  They are responsible for providing oversight of the Academy's educational performance, ensuring that its policies and procedures are appropriate, and promoting the welfare of its students. The LGC works in partnership with the Trust Board to ensure that the Academy operates in line with the Trust's values and objectives.

While the Canonium Trust Board has ultimate responsibility for the governance of the Academy, the Local Governing Committee has a more direct and local focus. The committee is responsible for providing a link between the Academy and the local community, ensuring that the Academy is responsive to the needs of its students, parents, and staff.  They play an important role in providing feedback to the Trust Board on local issues, which can help inform the Trust's strategic direction.

In addition to the monitoring of educational performance, the LGC also has specific responsibilities for overseeing areas such as local Health and Safety arrangements, safeguarding and premises. They work closely with the Academy's senior leadership team to ensure that these areas are managed effectively and that resources are used efficiently.  They also provide a channel for parents and staff to voice their concerns or provide feedback, which can help inform decision-making at the Academy.

For more information about the Trust and the board of directors, please visit the Canonium Learning Trust website, here

Local Governing Committee

Monica Rogers

I offer 11 years experience on the board and am currently the Chair and the safeguarding Governor.  I have three children, one who still attends KSM. Since I became a parent I have worked part time as a commercial underwriter. 

 I was actively involved in our last two Ofsted Inspections. I am passionate that all children within our school, are offered a comprehensive and inspiring education, providing them with opportunities and positive outcomes.

Mark Walsh
Vice Chair

Mr Walsh is an IT professional with over 20 years experience. He has led in areas of management, compliance, budgeting and project delivery. 

Lois Osborne
Executive Headteacher (Ex-officio)

Mrs Osborne is the Executive Headteacher at Kelvedon St Mary's C of E Primary Academy. 

Simon Garwood
Foundation Governor (Ex-officio)

The Revd. Simon Garwood has been Priest-in-Charge (Vicar) of St Mary’s Church Kelvedon and All Saints’ Church Feering since 2014.  Simon is an ‘ex-officio’ director, which means he was automatically appointed to the Board when he became Priest-in-Charge, since it is a Church of England school.  Simon is in school regularly, taking assemblies and working with the Head, RE Lead Teacher Miss Hutley and other staff.  He leads the annual school Christingle service, the whole-school Christmas, Easter and Harvest services in church, and takes two Holy Communion services in school, one for Year 3 (in March) and one for Year 6 (in November) to which parents and families are warmly invited.  He takes part in several other church-school events too, and is always willing to talk with families in confidence about any pastoral concerns they may have, whether they are linked to the school or not.  The children know him as ‘Father Simon’, but to adults he is more than happy to be just ‘Simon’! 

Rachel Banning
Appointed by the Academy Trust

Mrs Banning is the Office Manager of a property development company. She has led the governance of teaching, learning and governor development for the past 12 years at Kelvedon.

In her time with the school she has overseen the transformation of teaching and learning and the year on year high achievements of the school. She was part of the team rated outstanding by the Ofsted in 2016.

She is a volunteer swimming coach at the local swimming club in Witham. 

Suzanne Shand
Appointed by the Academy Trust

As a Parent Member, I am passionate about our children experiencing a fully rounded education - leaving primary school ready for the exciting opportunities and challenges that senior school and the wider world brings. I am committed to helping the school work together with parents in shaping kind, empathetic, conscientious children who are provided the best opportunities to reach their potential. As a freelancer, I have 10 years of marketing experience. 

India Jayatillake

Elected Church Governor from 10/07/2023 (further details to follow)