Sidegate Primary School

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Governors and School Governance

Welcome to our Governors’ section


Sidegate is part of the Active Learning Trust (ALT). Click here to contact the Active Learning Trust.  ALT are a multi academy trust and there is an Active Learning Trust Board who place a local governing body in each school to oversee the leadership of the school.  The Local Governing Body acts in accordance with the scheme of delegation agreed by the ALT Board. This scheme sets out what the Trust board asks the Local Governing Body to carry out on its behalf.  Please click on the document link below to view our Scheme of Delegation.



ALT Governance information, including the below documents can be found by visiting the documents section on the ALT website.


  • Annual reports
  • Memorandum and Articles of Association
  • Charity Trustees and Members
  • Funding agreement.

Meet our Sidegate Governing Body

Appointment of New Parent Governor


I am pleased to announce that, as a result of the recent Parent Governor Election, Mrs Rachel Hamblin has been appointed as Parent Governor.  


Rachel Hamblin - Is a qualified primary school teacher and, when not on maternity leave, teaches Reception and Y1 at a small village primary school.  Professionally she has interests in Early Years, phonics and early maths.  As a Parent Governor, she would like to help strengthen vital links between the school and it's community, and to help support the direction of the school so that it can continue to go from strength to strength in providing excellent opportunities for both current and future pupils. Rachel hopes to be able to offer a representative parental voice, underpinned by a professional understanding of primary education.  She states that every child deserves to reach their full potential and how she is committed to working to ensure that all Sidegate pupils get the best possible start to their educational journey.


The Governing Board very much appreciate the commitment that all applicants were prepared to make to the school and would also like to thank all parents who participated in the ballot.


Toni Morris - Clerk to Governors

Public Documentation - click on the below link to access minutes of our Governing Body meetings


2021/22 Governor Attendance at Governing Body Meetings

2020/21 Governor Attendance at Governing Body Meetings



Our Chair of Governors (Mr Tim O'Keefe), can be contacted by emailing or by writing to Sidegate Primary School, Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 4JD.



Miss Becki Blackwood
  • Appointed September 2021 as Trust Governor.  Term of office ends September 2024.
Mrs Debbie Clarke
  • Appointed September 2021 as Trust Governor.  Term of office ends September 2024.
Mrs Wendy James

As the headteacher, I am automatically a member of the Governing Body. Before I became a headteacher I was a staff governor. I was also a parent governor at Suffolk One when my daughter was in the 6th Form.  I value the challenge and support that the Governing Body offers the school. Our governors bring a wide range of experience to the school and can bring a new perspective to our work.


  • Business Interests to declare: Employee of Active Learning Trust.

Mr Tim O'Keefe

  • Chair of Governors with effect from September 2021.
  • Appointed Chair September 2021.  Term of office ends September 2024. 
  • Business Interests to declare: None declared.
Mr Matthew Ferrier

I joined the school in 2001 and before becoming Deputy Headteacher, was a class teacher in Years 1, 3 and 5.  I have been an Associate Governor since 2011, helping to shape and facilitate the future direction of the school.  Whilst I am proud of the breadth and quality of learning opportunities that the school offers our pupils, I understand that the work of the Governors to build upon, improve and sustain this, remains a constant challenge. I am pleased to contribute to this process.


  • Staff Representative.  Business Interests to declare:  Employee of ALT.
Mrs Rachel Hamblin
  • Appointed April 2022 as Parent Governor.  Term of office ends April 2025.
Mrs Anna Heaven
  • Staff Representative.  Business Interests to declare:  Employee of ALT.
Mr Robert Herbert
  • Vice Chair with effect from September 2021.
  • Converted to Trust Governor May 2021.  Term of office ends May 2024.
Mrs Clair Hubbard

I have worked in Financial Services for most of my career.  I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and currently work as a Project Manager.  I understand the financial pressures of business and the importance of compromise.  I believe in the commitment and dedication of the leadership team at Sidegate and am very proud to be part of it today.

  • Appointed December 2020 as Parent Governor.  Term of office ends November 2023.
Mrs Helen Quantrill
  • Staff Representative.
  • Business Interests to declare:  Employee of ALT.
Mrs Heather Valentine
  • Staff Representative. 
  • Business Interests to declare:  Employee of ALT.



Summer 2022 - Termly Curriculum Overviews now available under our section 'Key Information' 'The Sidegate Curriculum'