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Cotham Gardens Primary School

A Co-operative Academy


  • The governors of Cotham Gardens Primary School are elected volunteers charged with shaping the overarching vision for school

  • The governors set the school's strategy, make key decisions and monitor school activities in relation to the school's vision and objectives

  • Cotham Gardens Primary is a Co-operative Academy Trust and the governors are also the Academy Trust Trustees

Who are the current school governors?

The governors are made up of parent governors elected by parents, community governors elected by the parents and co-op members, co-opted governors appointed by the governing body, staff governors elected by the staff, the headteacher and the business manager (non-voting attendee)

Governing body membership as at July 2018

Kate Swainson Price

Kate Swainson Price (Chair)

Parent Governor, elected 11 May 2015

Committees: Outcomes, Premises, Performance Review; Working Groups: School Name, Fundraising, MAT

Link governor roles: NW24 partnership, Catering, Co-op and PTAF

Term of office ends 10 May 2019

Steve Purdie, Parent Governor 

Steven Purdie (Vice-Chair)

Parent Governor, elected 13 October 2014

Committees: Outcomes (Chair), Finance and Staffing, Performance Review (Chair)

Working Groups: MAT, Fundraising

Term of office ends 14 October 2018

Emma Gledhill, Co-opted Governor 

Emma Gledhill

Co-opted Governor, elected 13 June 2017

Committees: Finance and Staffing (Chair)

Term of office ends 13 June 2021


Niklas Serning, co-opted Governor 

Niklas Serning

Co-opted Governor, elected 26 May 2017

Committees: Outcomes

Link governor roles: SEND, (Special Educational needs and disabilities) and PP (Pupil Premium) 

Term of office ends 25 May 2021

Katy Dunscombe

Katy Dunscombe 

Co-opted Governor, re-elected 5 July 2018 

Committees: Premises, Outcomes

Link governor roles: Looked After Children, Safeguarding and Attendance

Term of office ends 4 July 2019


Pauline Allen

Pauline Allen 

Community Governor, elected 11 March 2016 

Committees: Premises (Chair)

Link governor roles: Health and Safety Governor (satutory requirement)

Term of office ends 10 March 2020 

Sally Reardon, Parent Governor

Sally Reardon

Parent Governor, elected 26 May 2017

Committees: Outcomes

Link governor roles: shadowing Looked After Children, Safeguarding and Attendance (statutory requirements)

Term of office ends 25 May 2021

Jamey Wilkinson

Jamey Wilkinson

Co-opted Governor, elected 21 September 2017

Committees: Finance and Staffing (Staffing Lead), MATs

Term of office ends 20 September 2021

Imran Nazir

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Community Governor, elected 5 July 2018

Committees: Finance and Staffing

Term of office ends 4th July 2022

Emily Young, Staff Governor

Emily Young

Staff Governor, elected 14 October 2016

Committees: Outcomes

Working Groups: MATs

Term of office ends 13 October 2020

Alex Bell Headteacher

Alex Bell

Headteacher and Principal Advisor to the Governors

Appointed January 2016

Committees: Outcomes, Finance and Staffing, Premises

Working Groups: MATs (Multi Academy Trusts), Fundraising, School Name


Adam Sheldon

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School Business Manager, Non-voting attendee and business advisor to the governors

Appointed September 2018

Committees: Premises, Finance and Staffing

Working Groups: Fundraising, MAT, School Name, Food Group, Playground Group

Leanne Sowersby, Clerk

Leanne Sowersby

Clerk to the Governors, Appointed June 2015

Governors first point of contact:


Would you like to be a governor? Do you know anybody with the right skills and time to commit who may be interested?

Current governor vacancies:

  • 1 community governor (residing within 1 mile of the school)
  • 1 staff governor
  • 2 co-opted governors - looking for legal and business expertise

For further information and expressions of interest please contact the clerk on in the first instance

Latest Governor News ...

Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes 2016/17 available below: 

You can see who attended each meeting by downloading the attendance register here.

Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes 2017/18

 01 Sept 2017 FGB Minutes.pdfDownload
 02 Nov 2017 EGB NAME Minutes.pdfDownload
 03 Dec 2017 FGB Minutes.pdfDownload
 04 March 2018 FGB Minutes.pdfDownload
 05 May 2018 EGB NAME Minutes.pdfDownload
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Full Governing Body Meeting Minutes 2016/17

 01 FGB Minutes 2016-09-12.pdfDownload
 02 FGB Minutes 2016-10-14.pdfDownload
 03 FGB Minutes 2016-12-05.pdfDownload
 04 FGB Minutes 2017-02-10.pdfDownload
 05 FGB Minutes 2017-05-22.pdfDownload
 06 FGB Minutes 2017-07-10.pdfDownload
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