Meet the Governing Body

The Academy Governing Body (AGB) of Gatley Primary School has three core functions and is responsible for:

  • ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • to support and challenge the systems within the school to ensure the performance of the school remains at its highest level
  • overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent

 To ensure effective governance, the following have been put in place:

  • the appointment of individuals with the necessary skills, and diversity of perspectives
  • an effective chair and an explicit governor code of conduct
  • clear governance structures with tightly defined remits
  • clear separation, but a positive relationship, between the role of the board and its school leaders
  • the support and advice of an independent and professional clerk
  • robust processes for finance, business planning and compliance
  • processes for regular self-evaluation, review and improvement

Our AGB is chaired by Lisa Dennis, who can be contacted by email at:

The Education Learning Trust Board meet four times per academic year and also has committees which meet termly. The Trust Board receives regular updates from each academy in the Education Learning Trust. Please click on the following link for our governance structure.

Academy Governing Body 2020/21

Tanya Aspinall - Co-opted Governor

David Balmer - Co-opted Governor

Rebecca Catton - Staff Governor

Lisa Dennis - Co-opted Governor, Academy Chair of Governors

Tuyet Dickens - Co-opted Governor

Rebecca Keeping - Parent Governor

John Mackenzie - Co-opted Governor

Vanessa McManus - Staff Governor

Mike Merchant - Co-opted Governor

Hannah Sinclair - Parent Governor

For attendance records, please click here

Committee Membership

Finance and Audit Committee

  • Tuyet Dickens (Chair)
  • David Balmer
  • Lisa Dennis (Vice Chair)
  • John Mackenzie
  • Mike Merchant

Leadership and Succession Committee

  • John Mackenzie (Chair)
  • David Balmer
  • Tuyet Dickens
  • Rebecca Keeping
  • Hannah Sinclair

Curriculum and Standards Committee

  • Hannah Sinclair (Chair)
  • Tanya Aspinall
  • Rebecca Catton
  • Lisa Dennis
  • Rebecca Keeping (Vice Chair)
  • Mike Merchant

Governor School Designations

Curriculum: Mike Merchant

Safeguarding: John Mackenzie

Wellbeing: Hannah Sinclair

Research: Tuyet Dickens

SEN and Development: Rebecca Keeping

Best Value and Investment including Pupil Premium: David Balmer

Health and Safety: Tanya Aspinall 

Governors no longer in office:

Lois Morgan from 13.03.19 - 14.09.20 Appointed GB/Board

Mike Chow from 04.07.17 to 07.10.20 Appointed by GB/Board

The Chair of Governors can be contacted by post:

FAO: Lisa Dennis

C/O Gatley Primary School

Hawthorn Road

Governor Policies

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