The Governing Body


Thank you for showing an interest in our School. This page provides more information about our governance arrangements.


Exciting developments

On 1 November 2017, we joined Castle Rock High School and Newbridge High School to form a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) under our corporate name of ‘The Apollo Partnership Trust’. Our ambition is to work together to provide a seamless education for pupils in the local area, between the ages of 4 -14, by offering new opportunities and a broader curriculum, to bring out the best in every student.


Who are governors and what do they do?

The MAT is run by a Board of Trustees who are also known as governors or directors. Their role is to support the Executive Head by agreeing the future direction of the partnership, its principle aims and values and by endorsing the plans the senior leaders develop to deliver those goals. The Trustees meet each term to monitor progress against the plans and there are sub-committees to look at topics such as resource management and educational standards in more detail.


Within Broom Leys Primary School, we have a ‘Local Governing Body’ or LGB, which is another committee of the Trust. We have 10 members and our role is to look at the ways in which our school will deliver the MAT’s priorities. We work with our Head Teacher, Robert Prior, to agree the long term aims for the School. For us that means where we want to be in five years’ time and what we need to do to get there. We monitor the work of the School and make sure it is on track to reach our ambitions for the future. We don’t run the School on a day-to-day basis – that is the role of the Head Teacher.


As a LGB, we have our own role to play. This is summed up in the three areas we oversee:

  • Ensure clarity of our School vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the School and its pupils, and the performance management of its staff; and
  • The financial management of the School –to make sure our money is properly and well spent.

Our committee members are a mix of people who bring different skills to the School. The Head Teacher is a governor and brings extensive knowledge and experience of the education system to our work. Other governors bring experience from sectors within industry, local charities and our community. Between us, we try to make sure we offer skills and an understanding of all the areas involved in running a school today: from education, finance; personnel; asset management; business continuity; marketing and so on.  All these elements combine to make sure our pupils have a happy and fulfilling time at Broom Leys. Governors are appointed from our community, by the local authority, or elected by staff and parents.


Meet our LGB Committee members



Type of governor

4-year term of office ends…

About us…some specific responsibilities and interests

Mr Robert Prior

Head Teacher




Mrs Joy Knifton

Parent elected

1st November 2021


Mrs. Kami Kew

Parent elected

4th November 2022

Mrs Lisa Hicks

Staff elected

1st November 2021


Mrs. Natalie Yeomans

Staff elected

25th January 2022


Ms Collette Parker


1st November 2021

Chair of the GB, Safeguarding lead for the GB

Mrs Gill Stacey


1st November 2021


Rev Andrew Rhoades


1st November 2021


Mr Michael Kirby


1st November 2021


Mr Stuart McDonough

Clerk to the GB


Non governor


Details of previous governors (who have left within the last 12 months)


Type of governor

Date appointed

Date of leaving

Declarations of interest

Marlene Pearson


1st November 2017

31 August 2019



Academy Trust requirements

The Apollo Partnership Trust is an academy which means we receive our funding direct from the government to run our School (as opposed to one run and maintained by the local authority at County Hall in Leicestershire). To make sure we act responsibly, it is a registered company, and also classed as a charity, so we have to follow both company and charity laws in the UK. As well as the Board of Governors, which oversees the regular business of governance, we have an additional tier of Trust Members, who are responsible for making sure the Board observes the relevant laws and requirements of our funders, the Education Funding Agency.


A list of our members can be found on the website of the Apollo Partnership Trust.


There is a requirement to compile and declare a Register of People with Significant Control within limited companies. In our case, this refers to the number of Members who have voting rights which exceed 25%. Currently we do not have any members whose rights exceed this limit but we will continue to keep the situation under review.


How we work and our committees

The full LGB committee meets for up to five times a year to monitor the children’s progress and school finances overall and to make sure the School is on track to deliver the ambitious plans we agree for the future.

There is one sub-committee, which meets twice a year, the Pay Committee. This committee reviews the pay recommendations made by the Head Teacher and determines the awards made to staff annually, linked to their performance. See the terms of reference for this committee here.

Governors visit the School to monitor progress in all these areas, report back to the committees and GB, and work with the senior leadership team in School to get the best results for our pupils. A copy of our proposed meeting dates for 2017-2018 can be found here. Copies of all our meeting minutes are available from the School Office, if you wish to read them.


Governors’ interests

All governors and LGB committee members should act in the best interests of our Schools, and we have introduced a number of ways to make sure we are open and transparent in all our work. These include signing up to a national Code of Conduct, declaring any connections we have with associated businesses or School personnel and confirming we are still eligible to be a school governor. We also keep a Register of People with Significant Control (reported above). A copy of our current Business Interest declarations can be found below:


Name of governor

Nature of interest

Date interest began

Marlene Pearson

Trustee and Chair, Whitwick Historical Group


Andrew Rhoades

Vice chair of Governors, Warren Hills Primary School, Priest-in-Charge, St David’s Church (Charity)

September 2013

Collette Parker

Employee, Castle Rock High School (Future MAT partner)

August 2013

Gill Stacey

Governor, West Gate School, Leicester

Governor, Northfields House Primary School

Director. Gill Stacey Limited –education consultancy

January 2017

December 2013


May 2013

Joy Knifton

Spouse is a LGB member at Castle Rock High School

November 2017


Governor attendance

As many of our governors are elected, we publish an annual record of meeting attendance for the benefit of those who may have voted in staff or parental elections. The 2016/2017 figures can be found here.


We hope this brief summary has given you a better insight into our governance arrangements. If you have any questions, or would like to speak to someone about becoming involved, please leave a message for our clerk by telephoning the school office.


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