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The Governing Body


On the 1st December 2018, we were proud to become one of the founding members of the Horncastle Education Trust.  Our partner schools are Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, Frithville Primary School and New York Primary School.

Our shared vision:

We believe that every student whatever their background has the right to flourish, to achieve and to succeed and everything undertaken by Horncastle Education Trust should have this ambition at its heart.

All governance in the Horncastle Education Trust flows from the Trust Board who have legal responsibility for the operation of the Trust.  The law places accountability for the educational outcomes and financial diligence of the Trust firmly with the Trustees and the CEO (Executive Headteacher) as Accounting Officer.  However, a fundamental principle for the Horncastle Education Trust is that effective governance is best delivered as close as possible to the point of impact of decisions.  We therefore have a governance structure that delegates significant accountability to our Local Governing Bodies.

Governors are appointed by the Trust in line with our Scheme of Delegation.  The Local Governing Body at Banovallum School is as follows:


Community Governors

Mrs W Ireland (Chair of Governors)
Mrs M Fitzaden-Gray  

Parent Governors

Mrs P Baxter

Mr G Kirkman (Deputy Chair of Governors)

Mrs D Dalgliesh
Mrs M Price

Staff Governors

Mrs J Priestner (Associate Staff)

Mrs A Hunter (Teaching Staff)


Mr G Edgar – Headteacher


Mrs M J Watters – Clerk to the Governing Body


Further details about the Horncastle Education Trust and links to our partner schools can be found here


The Role of Local Governing Bodies

Horncastle Education Trust believes that the governors of each Trust School are best able to meet and understand the needs of their school and the local community they belong to and that governance should be as close as possible to the point of impact of decision-making.  The structure of the Local Governing Bodies (LGBs) are set out in the Trust Scheme of Delegation. 

As a key principle of the Horncastle Education Trust is that we recognise that LGBs play a critical role to ensure each school delivers quality performance and upholds the values our educational community represents.  LGBs know their school best and are an integral partner to our Trust’s continued improvement.  The Trust Board will have responsibility for establishing LGBs, appointing the Chair, ensuring parents governors are appointed and will determine what will be delegated.

Typically, responsibilities will include:

  • Recruitment of staff, with shared responsibility for recruitment of a Headteacher.
  • Building an understanding of how the school is led and managed.

Monitoring whether the school is:

  • Working within agreed policies.
  • Meeting the agreed targets.
  • Managing its finances well.
  • Reporting to the Trust Board.
  • Delivering on its curriculum objectives to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which meets the needs of its pupils.
  • Ensuring highly effective communication with parents, the wider community and key stakeholders.
  • If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please contact us: