Sidegate Primary School

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Governors and School Governance

Vacancy for Parent Governor 2021/22 


The Active Learning Trust (Academy Sponsor for Sidegate Primary School) currently has one vacancy on the governing body to support the Headteacher and staff to govern the school. We are therefore writing to ask if you would be interested in becoming a school governor.  Please read the letter sent by Parentmail on the 8th July, which explains the election process.


If you are interested in becoming a school governor, please complete the Parentmail nomination form under our 'forms' section by Friday 19th July. If you cannot access forms, visit our website.


Toni Morris - Clerk to Governors

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.
Click on the page link below to contact our Chair of Governors

Meet our Sidegate Governing Body



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

  • Acting Chair of Governors with effect from January 2020.
  • Appointed December 2020 as Trust Governor.  Term of office ends November 2023. 
  • 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.
Miss Mary Hallett

I am a chemistry teacher at Northgate High School, where I am also responsible for teacher training and professional development across the school. I have been a governor at Northgate since 2008 and I sit on the Finance Committee of the governing body.  I am passionate about teaching and working with teachers to support them as they work with young people. I am excited about being a part of Sidegate’s local governing body and I hope that I will be able to make a valuable contribution to the life of the school.


  • Appointed by ALT September 2017 as Trust Governor.   Term of office ends August 2021.  
  • Business Interests to declare:  Northgate High School Employee.
Mr Robert Herbert
  • Convert 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 since April 2017.
  • Business Interests to declare:  Employee of ALT.
Mrs Heather Valentine
  • Staff Representative since September 2017. 
  • Business Interests to declare:  Employee of ALT.

Mrs Karen Wesley

I have lived and worked in Suffolk for most of my life and I am currently employed as a School Financial Business Manager at two Suffolk Local Authority schools.  Prior to this I worked in the School Finance Team of Suffolk County Council (Schools Choice) and provided financial support and advice to a number of schools and academies in Suffolk.  I believe that every child should be given the opportunities to reach their full potential and I am proud to be part of the school team as we continue to build on the positive progress made over the last three years.


  • Appointed by ALT September 2017 as Trust Governor, Child Protection Governor and Safer Employment Champion.  Term of office ends August 2021. 
  • Business Interests to declare: Suffolk County Council Employee.



Wednesday 21st July is the last day of term. Children return on Monday 6th September.