Ore Village Primary Academy is an academy as part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT).

The Kemnal Academies Trust

TKAT is a multi-academy trust which was established on 1st September 2010. Its constitution is set out in the Articles of Association and this is shared with individual academies via the Scheme of Delegation. TKAT have, through the Scheme of Delegation, established Local Governing Bodies for each of the Academies.

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View the 2016/2017 Governors' Leaflet

Directors of the TKAT Board

View Governance information relating to TKAT - including the structure of governance, details about the Trustees terms of office, attendance and business interests.

View key documents including Master Funding Agreement, Articles of Association and Accounts.

The Local Governing Body of each of the Academies is responsible for fulfilling the strategic and operational governance role in the conduct of the Academy.

Ore Village Primary Academy's Governing Body

Structure & Mission Statement

We, the governors, are a diverse group of people from a range of backgrounds, including education, business and the civil service. Although some governors have considerable experience in the role, the team itself was formed very recently, and we are committed to developing our skills and knowledge.

We meet as a Local Governing Body six times a year; this will enable all board members to gain experience of all aspects of governance. We have established a business committee which meets three times a year to monitor the financial and premises issues. The terms of reference for the Local Governing Body and the Business Committee can be found in the Governor’s Handbook. We may also form other committees or panels to carry out specific functions, where circumstances call for them.

We aim to support the school to attain our vision - where every child receives an education which provides opportunities, develops their resilience and expands their minds and ambitions. We monitor the standards achieved and ensure that finances are well spent. We are not paid, but can claim expenses for some activities.

We meet as a Local Governing Body, independent of the TKAT Board of Directors, but accountable to TKAT for everything we do, and our main functions are to set the strategic direction for the Academy and to hold its leadership to account.

We visit the school regularly to monitor its progress and we ask challenging questions to ensure that the school is meeting the needs of all the children and providing an education that will enthuse and inspire them.  We regularly speak to children, parents and staff to find out their views.

There are three categories of Governor: ‘Appointed Governors’ are approved and appointed by TKAT; Parent Governors are elected by parents of pupils in the school; and Staff Governors are chosen by the school staff (both teaching and non-teaching staff). We also have a Clerk who is appointed by TKAT to co-ordinate and to keep records of our work, and to advise us on legal matters.

Being a school governor is a rewarding and fulfilling role; helping to provide a suitable, safe, and exciting environment for learning is critical to giving every child the chance they deserve.  If you would like to know more about us and our work, please take a look at our Governors' Handbook.

If you are interested in being a school governor or if you would like to speak to us at any time, please contact our Clerk, Jenny Old through our School Office on: 01424 422979 or by email: sbm@ovpa-tkat.org

A direct email for myself, Wendy Morgan is wmorgan@ovpa-tkat.org

Wendy Morgan (Chair)

Impact Statement

Please view the Impact Statment for 2017-2018

Membership of our Governing Body

Our recently established Governing Body currently consists of 10 members who bring together a broad range of skills and experience; however we are looking for additional governors to bring the total governing body up to 12.


5 governors appointed by TKAT: Wendy Morgan, Rachel Tizard, Dr Cetin Karakaya, Alex Kempton & Petrina Kempton

2 staff governors: James Foot & Roz Sheldrake

2 parent governors: Mark Lynn & Jennifer Hull

2 Headteachers: Darren Vallier and Jan Maclaine

We are supported by a Clerk: Jennifer Old

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Our Governors

Our Chair

Wendy Morgan moved to the Hastings area after she retired in 2008 from a career in teaching. She was an English teacher and an Assistant Headteacher at a large high school in Staffordshire for over thirty years.  At various times, she was responsible for pupil welfare and behavior, for assessment, for safeguarding and for curriculum development.  She is also Chair of Governors at Pebsham Primary Academy, another TKAT school. She joined the Governing Body at Ore Village in October 2016 and has just been elected to be the Chair.  She intends to use her background and experience to support the school to achieve the best possible outcomes for all children.

Governors always appreciate hearing the views of staff, parents and children.  Please feel free to email Wendy, or contact the school to ask for an appointment if you would like to speak to her at any time.

Our Parent Governors

Mark Lynn was born in Hastings and has lived most of his life here. He works as a Civil Servant and has previously served as a governor at both Helenswood and William Parker schools.  He has two children at the school and became a parent governor in November 2017 so that he could monitor, challenge standards and help maintain an environment where all the children have access to first class learning and teaching. He believes it is important children can maximise their potential and secure a stable foundation of knowledge in Maths and English to enable them to the progress to Secondary equipped with key skills to expand their opportunities.

Our Parent Governors

Jennifer Hull moved to Hastings in 2015 and has seen the transformative changes the school as been through over the last year.  She is driven to get the best for all the children of OVPA and has broad interst in education, with a good understanding of the data in assessing achievement which gives her a good basis for supporting and challenging the leadership team in these core matters.

Our Appointed Governors

Dr Cetin Karakaya was born in Turkey. He graduated from Gebze Industrial Vocational High School, Electrical Department in 1995 and gained a PhD in Education from Sakarya University in 2011. He worked as Assistant Associate Director for ten years in Sakarya University and for three years at Istanbul Commerce University He moved to the UK with his wife and two children in 2013 where he provided entrepreneurship training and services in university and to industrial firms. He continues to provide business advice and healthcare training in Hastings.

Our Appointed Governors

Rachel Tizard is group Director for Learning for TKAT and sits on the Trust’s Senior Leadership Team. Her role involves strategically planning the professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across TKAT. She ensures that school improvement and school to school support is effective. She is a qualified geography teacher and before joining TKAT in 2014 she held Assistant and Deputy Headship roles in different secondary schools. She is passionate about ensuring children in Hastings have the best possible life chances and one way to support this mission was to join the Governing Body of Ore Village Primary Academy. A governor’s role is to be a critical friend, through support and challenge, to the school’s leadership team. She very much enjoys being in school when she can, meeting the children, teachers and support staff.

Our Appointed Governors

Alex Kempton - moved to Hastings in 2013 having lived most of her life in London, with a few years in the South West. After a ten year career in PA and Communications roles for the private and public sector, she returned to University as a mature student and has since gained a BA(Hons) in English Language and Linguistics and an MA in English Language. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Linguistics at The University of Sussex. Alex is passionate about language and literacy and is committed to ensuring that all children at OVPA have access to high quality teaching in this area, and that the most able students are extended so that they may reach their full potential.

Our Appointed Governors

Petrina Kempton - Bio to follow.

Our Staff Governors

James Foot -has been a teacher for 12 years; starting as a secondary school physical education teacher and then Head of PE. He moved to Primary in 2011 and has since worked at three local primary schools teaching across all year groups. James is currently lead teacher for Maths and a senior leader at Ore. He is committed to ensuring all children receive the best, balanced education, regardless of their background. James is interested in physical activity and regularly competes at regional and national levels. He is also a dedicated family man and has two children who attend a local primary school.

Our Staff Governors

Roz Sheldrake - originally worked as a Mental Health Nurse. She joined Ore Village Primary Academy in 2015 as a student teacher. She trained through the SCITT programme and has been a Key Stage 1 teacher since 2016. She strongly believes in what all the members of staff at OVPA are working towards and thoroughly enjoys working here. In her role as staff governor, she works alongside the other governors to ensure that the governing body fulfils its duties to the children at our school – ensuring that they all reach their full potential.

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