Sidegate Primary School

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Governors and School Governance

Appointment of New Governors 


We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Parent Governor.

  • Stacey Turner is the parent of a child in YR and one who has just left Sidegate to join secondary school.  She has recently graduated from the University of Suffolk and now holds a Certificate of Education.  Stacey is excited about joining the Governing Body, to be the voice of the parent and express any praise, improvements and views of the parents and carers of the school.


We are also pleased to inform you that ALT, our Academy Sponsors, have appointed two new Trust Governors.

  • Becki Blackwood is the parent of a child in Year 4.  Becki speaks very highly of Sidegate, how they were welcomed with open arms when they joined Sidegate part way through a term.  She refers to Sidegate as 'home', how concerns were listened to and support offered to her family.  Becki is looking forward to giving something back to the school with her role as Trust Governor


  • Debbie Clarke is the parent of two children at Sidegate.  She works for Suffolk County Council as a Family Support Practitioner and describes her role as varied, always ensuring the child's best interests are at the centre of any plan. Debbie has been a member of the school PTA for 4 years and has hugely enjoyed raising much-needed funds for school resources. She says how very proud she feels to be a Sidegate parent and is a committed and passionate advocate of Sidegate.  Debbie is looking forward to increasing her involvement in the school community by being a Trust Governor.  


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



Miss Becki Blackwood 
Mrs Debbie Clarke 
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.
Mrs Anna Heaven
  • Staff Representative.  Business Interests to declare:  Employee of ALT.
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 Stacey Turner 
Mrs Heather Valentine
  • Staff Representative since September 2017. 
  • Business Interests to declare:  Employee of ALT.



Welcome back! Keep a look out for any Parentmail messages with information on what exciting things are happening this autumn term.