We would like to welcome you to the Governors’ section of the school website and thank you for your interest.

Pebsham Primary is an academy as part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT).

TKAT is a multi-academy trust which was established on 1st September 2010.  It’s constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the Scheme of Delegation.  TKAT have, through the Scheme of Delegation, established Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies.

Click here to view the Scheme of delegation.

Click here to view the Governor's consitution.

Click here to view the 2016-2017 Governors Leaflet.

The Local Governing Body of each of the Academies is responsible for fulfilling the strategic and operational governance role in the conduct of the Academy.

Please click here to link to the Directors of the TKAT Board.

Please click here to link to Governance information relating to TKAT, including the structure of governance and relevant details about Trustees terms of office, attendance and business interests.

Please click here for key documents including Master Funding Agreement. Articles of Association and Accounts


We, the Governors, are a diverse group of people from a range of backgrounds, including education, human resource management, retail work, legal work and finance.  We aim to use our skills to support the school so that we attain our vision of a school where every child can shine.  We are not paid, but can claim expenses for some activities.

We meet as a Local Governing Body, independent of the TKAT Board of Directors, but accountable to TKAT for everything we do, and our main functions are to set the strategic direction for the Academy and to hold its leadership to account.

We also meet in committees to examine aspects of the school’s work in closer detail.

We visit the school regularly to monitor its progress and we ask challenging questions to ensure that the school is meeting the needs of all the children and providing an education that will enthuse and inspire them.  We regularly speak to children, parents and staff to find out their views.

There are three categories of Governor: ‘Appointed Governors’ are approved and appointed by TKAT; Parent Governors are elected by parents of pupils in the school; and Staff Governors are chosen by the school staff (both teaching and non-teaching staff). We also have a Clerk who is appointed by TKAT to co-ordinate and to keep records of our work, and to advise us on legal matters.

Being a school governor is a rewarding and fulfilling role; helping to provide a suitable, safe, and exciting environment for learning is critical to giving every child the chance they deserve.

If you would like to know more about us and our work, please click on the handbook below to download our Governors’ Handbook


If you are interested in being a school governor or would like to speak to us at any time, please contact Mrs Old through our School Office on: 01424 215175 or by email:

A direct email for myself, Wendy Morgan is

Wendy Morgan (Chair)

Impact Statement

Please click here to view the Impact Statement

Our Governors:


Wendy Morgan -  I joined Pebsham’s Governing Body in January 2013.  I was formerly an Assistant Headteacher in a large high school in Staffordshire.  I was also the Chair of Governors at a small primary school quite similar to Pebsham.  Since becoming Chair at Pebsham, I have visited the school regularly and meet with Mrs Martin once a week to ensure that I understand the school fully. Our role as Governors is to support the school by ensuring that it is as effective as possible.  We monitor the standards achieved and the value for money on a regular basis and challenge the Leadership Team to do even better.  We are here to ensure that children receive the best possible education and appreciate hearing the views of staff, parents and children.  Please ask for my contact details at the school office if you would like to speak to me at any time.


Barbara Clarke -  I joined the Governing Body as a Parent Governor in 2011 and became an ordinary Governor and Vice Chair in 2014, when my son left for secondary school. I have over twenty years experience working with children with special educational needs and leading on curriculum and assessment. I am the SEN Link Governor and my role includes ensuring that the school complies with the legal requirements for children with special educational needs and disabilities. I have regular meetings with the Inclusion Manager, to discuss SEND pupils achievements and data, monitor planning, undertake learning walks and monitor marking during 'book looks' as part of my role to advise the Governing Body whether we are carrying out our responsibilities effectively. We look at ways in which teachers and teaching assistants can facilitate learning to enable all pupils at Pebsham Academy to shine.


Steve Rickard - I have been a secondary science teacher for over a decade.   My career has been diverse, gaining experience in mainstream schools, the Special Educational Needs sector and whole school leadership.  I am currently an Assistant Headteacher with responsibility for standards and student outcomes.  Having been elected as a parent governor in December 2017, I fulfil the roles of Joint Vice Chair of Governors and Link Governor for Science and the Wider Curriculum.   Part of my role is to make sure that students at Pebsham experience a broad, balanced, high quality curriculum. 

Nick Green - I'm a parent governor at the school.  I am currently the governor for Health and Safety at the school. I have     experience in human resources and retail management. I am delighted to be a part of the governing body as we continue to assist in developing the school.


Ella Roberts - I am the Deputy Director of Learning at TKAT. I was previously the Deputy Headteacher here at Pebsham Primary Academy.  I supported the Headteacher in overseeing many aspects of the everyday running of the school and I had a key responsibility for Teaching and Learning across the school. I joined the Governing Body as a staff governor in September 2014. I have worked in a variety of Primary Schools and have also been involved in education consultancy across East Sussex supporting schools with mathematics teaching and assessment. 

Councillor Doug Oliver - I was born and educated in Bexhill before moving away to pursue my career in Banking but maintained links with Bexhill as my parents resided in the town. Retiring after almost 40 years in Private Client banking I returned in 2010 to nurse my elderly father. On my returned I became actively involved in local community awareness and became a Rother District Councillor in 2014. although I have no education background I do feel my commercial experience and role as a councillor gives me a  broad base to assist the school to move forward to attain its aspirations as I am very keen to share the planned achievements. I am married with two adult children and my interests are local community affairs/sports/reading/history

Chris Cole - I was elected a Governor after a year of volunteering at Pebsham with Year 6 helping with Maths.  Since (semi) retiring in 2011 I have worked as a Supply Teacher in Secondary Education and as a Maths Tutor mostly with Looked After Children.  Prior to this, I taught Maths, Business and a range of Vocational Subjects in Secondary Schools including spells as Head of Faculty.  Before teaching, I worked in industry for about half my career, working in Logistics for a range of large international companies.  Having experienced Pebsham as a volunteer I wanted to contribute to the School’s overall achievement and when Governorship was mentioned it seemed the ideal way to help.


Janice Willis - I have recently been appointed as a staff Governor at Pebsham, where I have worked for 12 years. My role as a Teaching Assistant /HLTA entails providing classroom support in Year 4 and also planning and covering for teachers’ PPA time across Key Stage 1 and 2. Over the past 20 years I have worked in various educational settings, a pre-school, special school and a mainstream primary school whilst completing various qualifications associated with my roles. 

Sarah John  -  My background is in banking but whilst my children were young, I started at Pebsham as a Teaching Assistant, achieved Higher Level Teaching Assistant status and then joined the admin team as School Secretary thirteen years ago. After three years in the independent sector, I returned to Pebsham in July 2018.  Both of my children attended Pebsham and enjoyed a happy and fulfilling time here.  I have previously served on Pebsham’s Governing Body and am pleased to return to support the School.  Having been part of the Pebsham family since 2000, I am passionate about the School and the varied and exciting education that we provide for our children.

Our Governors


Current term



Attendance % 2017-18

Declarations of Interest to 31st August 2018

Wendy Morgan


Start Date: 01.01.13

Current Term: 01.01.18 - 31.12.21


Chair of Governors

Link Governor for Safeguarding and Looked after pupils


Governors at Ore Village Primary from October 2016

Barbara Clarke


Start Date: 01.01.11

Current Term: 01.01.18 - 31.12.21


Joint Vice Chair of Governors

Chair of Standards Committee

Link Governor for SEND


Associate Governor at Glyne Gap School from 1991

Steve Rickard


Current Term: 11.01.18 - 10.01.22


Joint Vice Chair of Governors Link Governor for Science and the Wider Curriculum


2 children attend Pebsham Primary Academy

Doug Oliver


Current Term: 19.11.15 - 18.10.19


Chair of Business Committee

Link Governor for Community



Doug is a Councillor for Rother District Council from 2014

Ella Roberts


Start Date 09.09.14

Current Term: 29.09.16 - 28.09.20


Link Governor for Maths & Early Years


Ella has been employed by TKAT since September 2014. 

Janice Willis


Current Term: 08.12.16 - 07.12.20




Janice is employed at Pebsham Primary Academy

Nick Green


Previous Term: 01.01.14   

Current Term: 03.09.18 - 02.09.22


Link Governor for Health & Safety


4 children attend Pebsham Primary Academy

Chris Cole


Current Term: 01.11.18 – 31.10.22


Link Governor for Maths



Sarah John


Current Term: 01.11.18 - 31.10.22




Sarah is employed at Pebsham Primary Academy

Rachel Martin


Start:  01.01.14




Head of School at Pebsham Primary Academy since 01.09.13

Headteacher at Pebsham Primary Academy since 01.04.19

Jennifer Old


Start: 03.09.18

Clerk to the Governors



Employed by TKAT from January 2018

 Employed at IDL Print from September 2018


Former Governors





Current term



Attendance % 2017-18

Declarations of Interest to 31st August 2017

Wendy Rees


Term: 01.10.2014 - 04.07.2018

Resignation: 04.07.18


Link Governor for Reading at Home and Parental Engagement


Child attends Pebsham Primary Academy

Anika Walls-Bruck


Term: 01.10.2015 - 04.07.2018

Resignation: 31.08.18




Anika is employed at Pebsham Primary Academy

Steve Excell


Term:  01.11.14 - 31.10.18

Resignation: 20.11.18




Steve is employed by TKAT