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 – Available shortly

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 12 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.

Name of GovernorCategory of Governor & term of officeAppointing bodyPositions of Responsibility
Mrs Jayne CootesClerk
Mr Ian MacleodChair of Governors
Mr Barry Muldoon
Mr Mark Scholtes
Mrs Deb Newman
Ms Sarah Rees
Mrs Charmaine Ward
Mr Neil Coster
Mrs Nadine Swift
Ms Kate Savage

Who we are

Message from the chair of Governors Mr Iain MacLeod

I feel privileged to be the Chair of Governors for the joint Governing Board covering both Pemberley and Water Lane Academies.  I look to support both Academies by ensuring that we keep the vision at the forefront of everything we do as Governors.    I use my professional skills and experience in leadership, consultancy, diplomacy and continuous improvement to support both Academies. In addition to Chair, I am also the link Governor for Safeguarding, something dear to by heart especially when I have two children in school.