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Board of Governors

The School Advisory Board


Welcome to Kibworth’s Advisory Board

At Discovery Trust the Board of Trustees (sometimes known as the board of directors or governing body) is ultimately responsible for governance of the schools in the trust and is accountable for their performance. To support effective governance and oversight, the Board has delegated governance function to be carried out through committees, locally through each school Advisory Board and through the central executive team.

At Kibworth CofE Primary School the Foundation Committee, chaired by Revd Ludger Fremmer, works with the headteacher and all the staff to support the schools development of our Christian values.

The Advisory Board consists of parents, staff and community representatives; the Headteacher is a member of the Advisory Board by virtue of their office. Community Members are appointed by the Advisory Board and are people, who in the opinion of the Advisory Board, have the skills required to contribute to the work of the board; Parent and staff members are elected to the board by the parent and staff body respectively.

Foundation and Community Committee

The Advisory Board operates a Foundation and Community Committee which meets termly. The role of the committee is to protect, promote and develop the Christian character and distinctiveness of the school in partnership with the church and to help evidence the impact of the Christian vision on school performance.

Membership 2020-21

  • Emily Mclean
  • Simon Riley
  • Revd. Ludger Fremmer
  • Advisory Board members 2020-2021

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    Gilly Paterson

    Headteacher


    Headteacher (Ex-Officio)

    As Head Teacher, Gilly automatically becomes a member of the Advisory Board. Gilly attends all Full Board meetings and Committee meetings. As Head Teacher she is responsible for the leadership, organisation, management and control of the school. It is her duty to inform the Board of Advisors on the strategic development of the school and implement the Boards strategic framework. She very much enjoys working with her governance colleagues, who are incredibly dedicated and supportive, but who at the same time rigorously challenge and question her on school improvement and development.

    Gilly has taught for twenty years in schools in Cheshire, Devon and Leicestershire. Her areas of expertise are art, English, wellbeing and coaching. Prior to becoming a teacher Gilly was a theatrical costume designer working in theatres and for television.

    Gilly has tremendous admiration for our fantastic Board of Advisors and the immense care, dedication and expertise they give to our school.

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    Rob Woolston

    Chair of Advisory Board

    Community Advisory Board Member


    Chair of Advisory Board & appointed Community member

    Term of Office: 7.12.20-6.12.23

    Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4

    Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 4/4

    Business interests declared 8.9.20: Director and Partner at rg&p Ltd architects since July 1997

    Rob became a Parent Governor in 2013 when his eldest daughter Amelia was in Foundation before moving into a Community Advisory Board member role. Rob became Chair of the Advisory Board in 2017 and has a daughter Freya in year 5.

    Rob is an Architect and Director of a practice with studios in Leicester, London and Birmingham. Rob takes a hands on role with matters concerning property for the school and wider Trust and brings management and leadership experience to the Chair’s role from his professional life.

    Rob’s duties as Chair of the Advisory Board include chairing Advisory Board meetings, attending Discovery Chair’s meetings and representing the school as a Member of Discovery Trust as one of the founding schools. Rob also undertakes Headteacher performance management and liaises with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team on a regular basis on a whole range of matters concerning the day-to-day operations of the school. Rob also attends Senior Leadership Team meetings with Vice Chair Simon Riley to better understand the issues and challenges facing the school.

    Rob thoroughly enjoys supporting the school and working with the whole school community to ensure the best possible outcomes for the children.

    Simon Riley

    Vice Chair & Foundation Advisory Board member,

    Chair of Pay Appeals Committee

    Member of Finance Committee

    Numeracy Governor

    Finance Governor


    Vice Chair of Advisory Board & appointed Foundation member

    Term of Office: 20.1.19 -19.1.23

    Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4

    Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 4/4

    Business interests declared 4.10.20: Strategic Director of Corporate Resources at Derby City Council since August 2019; community governor at The Kibworth School since September 2019.

    Simon is a Foundation Advisory Board member appointed by the diocese. Alongside the other Foundation members he ensures that the Christian ethos of the school is maintained and promoted. He believes that Kibworth being the village school, with the benefit of being a Church School, is a winning combination.

    He moved to the village in 2013 and his daughter has attended Kibworth Primary. Kibworth Mead Academy and is just completing her GCSEs to move onto Beauchamp College. In addition to the Primary School, he is currently vice chair of Kibworth Mead Academy.

    Simon brings a variety of professional expertise to the Advisory Board from his day job as the Strategic Director of Resources and Director of Finance at Derby City Council where he has responsibility for finance, property, legal services human resources, ICT and Corporate Services. He has also in the past led school finance teams, advised head-teachers and managed major building projects.

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    Andrew Petersen

    Community Advisory Board member


    Appointed Community member

    Term of Office 22.09.20 – 21.09.23

    Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4

    Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 4/4

    No business interests declared 9.9.20

    Andrew became an Advisory Board member as he has a background in educational support and management, and is really interested in getting more involved with the community in Kibworth, and the School is a central part of that.

    Andrew works in Higher Education so is really interested in how the governance of the school can really contribute to improving outcomes for students.

    He is appointed by the Advisory Board as a Community member, and has responsibility for Humanities, which he finds really exciting as his own educational background is in History and Politics.

    Andrew lives in Kibworth and has a little boy who is nearly two.

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    Mick Beck

    Elected Staff Member


    Elected Staff Member

    Term of Office: 17.9.18-16.9.21

    Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4

    Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 4/4

    No business interests declared 3.9.20

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    Emily Mclean

    Foundation Governor

    Member of Foundation & Community Committee


    Appointed Foundation member

    Term of Office 26.10.18-25.10.22

    Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4

    Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 4/4

    Business interests declared 7.9.20: teacher of Farndon Fields Primary School since August 2017.

    Emily is a member of St. Wilfrid’s church and was asked to become a foundation governor 2014. She was appointed by the diocese, so one of her key responsibilities is to ensure the school fulfils their obligation to provide pupils with an understanding of what it means to be a practising Christian.

    Emily studied theology and is passionate about teaching all faiths to children in an engaging and creative way. She works part-time as a Primary School teacher in a different Discovery school, specialising in EYFS, Key Stage One and R.E. Prior to this she was a stay at home parent for five years. Emily has three children, two of whom are current pupils at the school. Emily has experience in the insurance industry, and uses the skills gained during this time to support the school in HR matters. Emily really enjoys being an Advisory Board member, and is continually impressed at the dedication and effort all our staff put in to ensuring our pupils get the best possible start in life.

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    Revd. Ludger Fremmer

    Rector of the Kibworth Benefice

    Chair of Foundation Governors Team


    Foundation member (Ex-officio)

    Term of Office 3.8.09 – 2.8.23

    Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4

    Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 4/4

    Business interests declared 11.9.20: Rector at St Wilfred’s Church of England, Kibworth since 2007; Trustee of Kibworth and Smeeton Religious Educational Trust (registered charity) since 2007; wife primary school teacher.

    Being an Advisory Board member at Kibworth CE Primary School gives me the opportunity to serve my local community, helping towards the wellbeing of children and staff, and ensuring our children can get the best educational start possible.

    I consider it a privilege that I can give my time and energy towards a wonderful school with a great staff team and Head teacher.

    As a Church of England school, Kibworth has Foundation Advisory Board members, appointed by the Diocese of Leicester, which is the team I am privileged to chair.

    My main area of involvement is in Religious Education. This includes also taking assemblies, Church visits and activity days. The foundation governors are involved in helping the school be prepared for church school inspections (SIAMS), and we help the school formulate its vision and values.

    We are glad to have many Christians from different churches involved in praying for the school, taking activities, running small groups such as ‘Faith Followers’ and working for the good of the school and the wider community. We also encourage strong links between the school and other Christian work in the community such as the Well, with its food bank, charity shop, prayer room and various support groups and -activities.

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    Helen Collins Rackley

    Elected Parent Member


    Elected Parent Member

    Term of Office 6.2.21 – 5.2.24

    Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 2/4

    Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 2/4

    Business interests declared 20.9.20 Kibworth Creatives/Freelance Musician and Music Teacher at Kibworth Primary School since September 2020

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    Jenny Blewitt

    Elected Parent Member


    Elected Parent Member

    Term of Office 3.12.19 – 2.12.22

    Attendance at AB meetings 2020-21: 4/4

    Attendance at AB meetings 2019-20: 2/2

    No business interests declared 7.10.20

    Jenny is a Parent Advisory Board member voted for by parents who was appointed in December 2019 and has 2 daughters in Key Stage 1 at the school. As a member of the Advisory Board Jenny is working with the Leadership team at the school to ensure that investment in mental health and wellbeing is making an impact across the school community.

    Jenny is a Parent Advisory Board member voted for by parents who was appointed in December 2019 and has 2 daughters in Key Stage 1 at the school. As a member of the Advisory Board Jenny is working with the Leadership team at the school to ensure that investment in mental health and wellbeing is making an impact across the school community.

    For many years Jenny was also an active member of Girlguiding working with leaders and participants delivering exciting events and programmes for girls of all ages as well as being County Treasurer for Girlguiding Leicestershire.

    Jenny has recently became a member of the newly formed DSAT Equality Consultative Group and is passionate about ensuring each child at the school and every member of the wider school community has the opportunity to be the best they can be without limits.

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    Scheme of Delegation Authority


    Kibworth CE Primary School Scheme of Delegtion


    Governance Strategy


    Kibworth CE Primary School Governance Strategy


    Get in Touch


    If you have a passion for improving outcomes for children and would like to use your skills and expertise to contribute to the governance of our schools please get in touch by contacting the Head of Governance, Helen Stockill: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    You can contact our Chair of the Advisory Board, Rob Woolston, directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the Trust Clerk

    Board meeting minutes are available on request. Requests should be directed to the Trust Clerk This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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