Governing Body Organisation

Our school, like all the schools in the Trust, has a local governing body (LGB). There is a scheme of delegation, which details how the LGB should work. The LGB hold meetings during the year in which they help to support the school, its leadership and pupils whilst challenging to make sure that everyone achieves as much progress as they should.

Our school’s LGB is made up of 4 trust-appointed members, who are volunteers, two parents, two staff and the headteacher. They can invite other members of staff in to meetings to discuss current issues. You can find out about our governors here [See below]. They have to declare that they are working for the school in an open and honest way and so fill in a declarations of interests form [link available shortly].

The LGB also works alongside a regional board where region-wide issues are discussed. The Regional Board is made up of volunteers, just like an LGB, with head teachers and chairs of governors. There is also a team of regional officers, led by the Regional Director, Simon Wood. They provide support to the schools in finance, HR, estates and governance.

We have to share this information with you about our governors and governance:

REACh2 Trust website :

Our governors’ names and roles and responsibilities on the LGB – See table below

Our governors’ declarations of interests – Available shortly

Our governors’ attendance at meetings during the last academic year –

The local governing body’s terms of reference – Available shortly

Our Governing Body

Governors at Water Lane and Pemberley aim to ensure that our children experience a secure, safe and stimulating environment providing the full breadth of the National Curriculum – with emphasis on English, mathematics, science and computing – where all are excited about learning and all learning activities encourage positive models of enquiry, reflection, innovation and challenge.

We nurture and support children of all abilities, helping each to achieve her/his potential in all aspects of learning and physical, social, emotional, moral and spiritual development. From this foundation we encourage staff to share success and equip children to become independent, creative thinkers and learners for life and to develop the resilience to face the challenges of an ever-changing world.

We recognise and value the diversity of our school family and the uniqueness of each of its members. We ensure excellence in teaching and learning through teamwork, support, collaboration and effective leadership.

We promote inclusion, creativity and enthusiasm. We promote British values – including tolerance, cooperation, trust and respect – within the school and the wider community.

The school has a long, rich history and we actively encourage community involvement wherever possible. We achieve the best we can for our children by using the strength of partnership working with parents and others.

Governors at Water Lane and Pemberley Academies keep our vision at the heart of all that we do, including setting the school’s policies and our School Development Plan.

Our Local Governing Body at Water Lane and Pemberley consists of a team of individuals who collectively help to oversee the strategic direction and management of our two schools.

Governing a school means giving much time, energy and enthusiasm in supporting our school and helping to shape the stimulating environment it is today.


REAch2 now has over 55 schools and is organised into 4 regions. Our school is part of the North Central region.


Green Ridge Primary Academy


Chigwell Primary Academy; Dorothy Barley Junior Academy; Langtons Junior Academy; Pemberley Primary Academy; Purfleet Primary Academy; Water Lane Primary Academy


Garden City Primary Academy; Wilshere-Dacre Junior Academy


Chapel End Junior School; Concordia Primary Academy; Minerva Primary Academy; Summerside Primary Academy; Woodside Primary Academy


Civitas Primary Academy; The Palmer Academy; Ranikhet Primary Academy

All our schools share the same governance structure and you can find information about the trust on the REAch2 website at The Governance page gives details of how the Trust is organised, including the Articles of Association, the Master Funding Agreement and all the documents which relate to how the Trust was founded and how it runs today. You can also find details of who our trustees are.

Pecuniary Interests

NameDate AppointedResponsibilityName of Organisation / Interest
Rev Jokey Pointz01.11.17Interim ChairVicar at St Mary’s Church, Harlow
Ms Sarah Rees01.01.16Executive HeadReach2 Trust Governor
Mr Neil Coster01.01.16HeadteacherPemberley Academy
Ms Charmaine Ward01.01.16HeadteacherWater Lane Primary Academy
Ms Althea Blake01.01.18FinanceReach2 Trust Governor
Mr Simon Harvey01.01.19Staff Governor, Health and SafetyPemberley Academy
Mr Barry Watkins01.01.19Staff Governor, SafeguardingWater Lane Primary Academy
Ms Melinda Ochap01.03.19Parent Governor, CurriculumParent of 1 pupil (Water Lane)

Who we are

Reverend Jokey Poyntz [Interim Chair]

I am currently (I started in May) the C of E Team Vicar for St Mary’s Little Parndon (off Elizabeth Way right next door to the proposed new housing estate being built right now!) working with Martin Harris at St Paul’s in the Town Centre.

The other part of my role is as Deanery Missioner which is to do with connecting churches in Harlow with their communities amongst other things! At the moment my focus for this is on the South Harlow Covenant area – mainly around Staple Tye, but the wider area would also include Water Lane.

In my previous parish in Stanford-le-Hope (Thurrock) I worked with all 5 of the local primary schools doing assemblies and was instrumental in setting up an “Open the Book” team ( in 3 of them. I also trained as a mentor and did some mentoring and a lunchtime support group in the 2 secondary schools in the parish and also helped to set up Prayer Spaces.

Before I became a vicar I was a teacher in the English Department at St Mark’s School in Harlow teaching Years 7-13 for 10 years. Before that I worked in special needs there for a year as an LSA. I was also a Form Tutor and ran a Fair Trade Cafe with pupils in the school as a social enterprise.

Prior to that I was a parent governor at Churchgate Primary, and worked with the elderly in the Godsafe Almshouses in that area, as well as continuing to run another social enterprise which some of you may remember; the fair trade shop in Old Harlow (Traders Fair World Shop) which had previously been operating as the Traidcraft Shop in the Latton Bush Centre. For a while we also had a shop in Colchester and an outlet in Tye Green Community Centre!

Even though we moved away for a time due to my ex-husband’s work, I have either lived or worked (or both) in Harlow pretty much continuously since 1987, and my daughter (who was born here) and son-in-law live in Church Langley, so coming back to Harlow feels like coming home!

I am very much looking forward to getting involved with Pemberley (both as your local parish priest and as a governor) and Water Lane as a governor; and I hope to learn a lot myself, but also to be a critical friend, a listening ear, and an advocate.

Althea Blake - Governor

Althea Blake [Finance Governor]

I am honoured to be part of the governing board and look forward to supporting both Pemberley and Water Lane academies.
I have been supporting businesses across a variety of sectors for nearly 20 years and believe firmly in the value of relationship building and understanding the needs of others, both in terms of their business culture and the requirements of any assigned project. I intend to use this same ethos by investing my time to support the management of the school towards the best outcome for all the children who attend.
For the past five years I have led reward-based activities for children aged 9-15, including an annual camping trip.
I also support young people in Harlow in entrepreneurship through coaching and workshops.
Both my children went to schools in Harlow, so I hope I can be objective in supporting your needs.

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