Each academy in the de Ferrers Trust has a Local Governing Body (LGB) which works on behalf of the Trust Board to exercise leadership in the running of the individual academy and hold the Principal and staff to account. The LGB is responsible for promoting high standards and strives to ensure that our young people are attending a successful academy which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.

The role of the Local Governing Body:

  • helping the Principal and senior leadership team to set high standards by planning for the academy´s future and setting performance targets for the academy;
  • monitoring the effectiveness of the academy provision;
  • the management of risks against the academy's risk register;
  • acting as a critical friend to the Principal and senior leadership team, offering support and advice;
  • helping the academy respond to the needs of parents and the community;
  • helping make the academy be open and accountable to the public for what it does;
  • working with the academy on planning and developing policies and keeping the academy provision under review; and
  • exercising the responsibilities and powers delegated to it by the Directors in partnership with the Principal and staff.

The de Ferrers Trust is currently recruiting for governors in both primary and secondary schools.  Should you be interested please visit The de Ferrers Trust's website.

If you wish to contact the Local Governing Body, you can do so by contacting Ewelina Matysiak, Clerk to the Governors, by emailing or writing to:

Horninglow Primary School
Horninglow Road North
Burton upon Trent
DE13 0SW

The de Ferrers Trust Governance Documents

Meet our Local Governing Body

Ex-Officio Governor

The Principal of our Academy also sits on our Local Governing Body as a Governor.  They are referred to as an Ex-officio Governor, by virtue of their office.  This means that they will remain a Governor for as long as they are employed in their role as Principal. 

Roz Winter


Appointed: 03 January 2023

Attendance 2022/23: 4/4

Declarations:  None declared



Board Appointed Governors

Governors who are Board Appointed are appointed by the Trust Board.  Their term of office is four years.  At Horninglow Primary the governance structure allows for three Board Appointed Governors.

Lesley Wells
Chair of Governors

Leslie Wells

First Appointed: 30 March 2023
Term of office: 30 March 2023 - 29 March 2027
Appointed by: The LGB

Attendance 2022/23: 4/5

Declarations: Trustee and Chair of the Friends of Royal Derby Hospital.  President & Trustee of Uffa Magna WI. Chair of Governors at The de Ferrers Academy.

Bio: I joined the de Ferrers Academy Governing Body in 2011 when I was co-opted to represent the Burton Co-operative Learning Trust Primary & Special Schools which feed and work alongside the Academy. I have previously been the Headteacher, Executive Headteacher and Governor at four schools in both Staffordshire and Kent, two of them being judged outstanding by Ofsted. In August 2018 I retired from the post of Headteacher and Governor at Outwoods Primary School.

Since September 2018 I have also been on the LGB at Horninglow Primary School, becoming Vice Chair in December 2018.  My role is to provide both LGB's with information on primary education and staffing matters which they use to help them carry out their role as strategic leaders.

Caroline Wakelin

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Appointed: 30 March 2023
Term of Office: 30 March 2023 - 19 March 2027
Appointed by: The LGB

Attendance 2022/23: 3/3

Declarations: Local Governor at The de Ferrers Academy. Family members attend Granville and The de Ferrers Academy

Bio: I am a retired teacher. I spent my 36 year career at The de Ferrers Academy, in its many guises, teaching Religious Studies and CPSHE. I was an Assistant Head of Year for a number of years and latterly involved in Attendance. I have also served as a staff governor.

Jacqui Botten

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Appointed: 30 March 2023
Term of Office: 30 March 2023 - 19 March 2027
Appointed by: The LGB

Attendance 2022/23: 1/3

Declarations: Local Governor at The de Ferrers Academy

Bio: It is a pleasure to be joining the Horninglow School LGB community. I have spent all my life in secondary education as a Head of Faculty and Governor so it is a refreshing change to see where my students began their educational lives. I look forward to engaging with the school in lots of different ways and hope I will have lots to offer from my past experiences. 

Parent Governors

Parent Governors are elected by the parents/guardians of the students who attend Horninglow Primary.  When a parent governor vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all registered parents and guardians and an election takes place.  Their term of office is four years. At Horninglow Primary the governance structure allows for two parent governors. 

Rebecca Collyer
Vice Chair

Appointed: 30 March 2023
Term of office: 30 March 2023 - 29 March 2027
Appointed by: Parent Election

Attendance 2022/23: 4/5

Declarations: Teacher at Edge Hill Academy. 

Bio: I have been a fully qualified teacher for many years and have a good working knowledge of the education system and current education policy.  I am able to bring a parent's perspective to Governing Board meetings whilst also having first-hand knowledge of the inner workings of a school environment. I play a variety of musical instruments and am involved with a local community wind band and other small music groups.

Gail Gotheridge


Appointed: 17 May 2023
Term of office: 17 May 2023 - 16 May 2027
Appointed by: Parent Election

Attendance 2022/23: 1/1

Declarations: Employed at Absolute Roofing Solutions. Children attend Horninglow Primary Academy.

Bio: I became a Parent Governor in May 2023 as both of my daughters attend the school. I believe in the schools values and want to support the school. I currently work as an Accounts Assistant and am studying to become an accountant.


Staff Governor

The Staff Governor is elected by the staff based at Horninglow Primary. When a staff governor vacancy occurs, nominations are requested from all members of staff based at Horninglow Primary and an election takes place. Their term of office is four years. At Horninglow Primary the governance structure allows for one staff governor.




Co-Opted Governor

At Horninglow Primary, the governance structure allows for the local governors listed above to co-opt to four further local governors to the local governing body in order to bring a specific skill set that will add value to the academy, making local governance even more efficient and effective.  Co-opted governors have a term of office of four years.

Karen Langslow

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First appointed: 13 July 2021
Term of office: 13 July 2021 - 12 July 2025

Attendance 2022/23: 5/5

Declarations: None declared


Denise Shaw

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First appointed: 15th February 2023
Term of office: 15th February 2023 - 14 February 2027

Attendance 2022/23: 1/3

Declarations: Trustee at Red Lion House Community Centre. Family members attend The de Ferrers Academy

Bio: I was awarded the MBE for services to disability in education. I have been a governor for over 35 years and had retired but I was fortunate to be asked to become a governor at Horninglow Primary.  I am married with 3 grown up children and nana to seven grandchildren with ages ranging from seven to fifteen.  My main hobby is reading mainly crime fiction.


Previous Governors in the last 12 months

Louise Flemming


Appointed: 04 May 2020
Terms of Office:
 04 May 2020 - 03 May 2024

Attendance 2022/23: 5/5

Declarations: Employee at Horninglow Primary Academy


Clerk to Governors

The Clerk provides professional advice to the Governing Body on governance, constitutional and procedural matters. They provide administrative support including minute taking and convening meetings, ensure the Governing Body is properly constituted and manage all Governing Body information effectively. It is the Clerk’s role to ensure the Governing Body meets all of its statutory duties.

Ewelina Matysiak




Page Downloads Date  
Code of Conduct 23-24 03rd Oct 2023 Download
Scheme of Delegation Sept 2023 03rd Oct 2023 Download
Terms of Reference - LGB 22-23 03rd Oct 2023 Download
Horninglow LGB Register of Interests - February 2024 20th Feb 2024 Download