Gusford is part of the Active Learning Trust. This is 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. In essence the role of the Local Governing Body (which should then underpin the work of the LGB) can be summarised as follows:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The Active Learning Trust has further information on the links below:



To understand the full responsibilities then please read the document below:

Role of Governors - Summary document.docx

Chair of Governors & Trust Governor

Jenny Milsom

Photo coming soon!

I have worked for over 30 years in education in East Anglia; the last 15 of those at senior leadership level. My biggest accomplishment was creating One Sixth Form College as both Principal and Deputy Principal; this was a unique experience; opening a brand-new college in 2010, taking it to ‘Outstanding’ in 2015, (Ofsted 2015).

Our pupils and staff must be at the forefront of the decisions we make, always mindful of financial stability, innovation and creativity.

I am delighted to have been asked to be the Chair of the Local Governing Body of Gusford Primary School and will bring the same level of enthusiasm and commitment to this role as I have in my previous roles.

Read full Jenny Milsom bio here here


Chair of Governors

Declared interest:

Trust Governor

Jonathan Eddy

Photo & more details coming soon!


Declared interest:

Term of Office: 4 years


Claire Claydon

I took up post as the new Headteacher of Gusford on 1st September 2017.

This is my second headship following 14 years as a Headteacher in North Essex. Prior to this I have worked in Primary, Junior and Infant Schools in the West Midlands and South Essex.

I have worked as a SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) in 3 very different schools in very different areas of the country. Special Educational Needs is an area of particular interest to me and I am always keen to increase my understanding of the barriers to learning that some children may face.

Declared interest: ALT employee - Headteacher at Gusford Primary School.

Trust Governor

Emma Clifton

I became a Trust Governor in November 2016.

I wanted to become a school Governor because I wanted the invaluable experience that comes with helping to run a school. I have a son at the school and being able to positively contribute towards his education and future is a great opportunity.

I look forward to developing my role to be able to assist the school in years to come.

Duties: Health & Safety

Declared interest: None

Term of Office: 4 Years appointed 05/12/16

Term of Office: 4 years

Trust Governor

Nicola Griffiths

I became a Trust Governor in December 2018. I am currently Acting Head at Ipswich High School in Woolverstone and previously I was Deputy Head with a focus on whole school academic performance and assessment. Previously, I have worked as a Head of Science and Head of Biology in both co-education and single sex, day and boarding schools in Oxfordshire, Warwickshire and North London. I passionately believe that all pupils have the ability to do well, if given appropriate academic and pastoral support.

I wanted to become a local school Governor because I want to give back something to the community that I live and work in. I have a particular interest in the academic side of schools, which is why I am pleased to be the Science and English link governor. I am keen to support the senior management team in helping ensure that all the pupils at Gusford Primary School have an excellent primary education.

Duties: Science & English Governor

Declared interest: None

Term of office: 4 Years

Trust Governor

Jonathan Wynne

Photo & more details coming soon!


Declated interest:

Term of Office: 4 years

Parent Governor

Samantha Collins

I was elected as a parent Governor in January 2018.

My career is as a Chartered Accountant specialising in solicitors so I am very used to regulation, targets, deadlines and paperwork and I have a good understanding of finances and reporting.

I have two children in the school and like any parent I want the best for them. I joined the governing body as I believe we as parents and teachers have the responsibility to help all the children in the school gain the best start in life and I would like to use my skills to help achieve this.

I’m keen to support the Head teacher and other staff to continue to improve the school to its full potential. I’m looking forward to learning more about the school as I continue in my role and to being part of its positive journey for the benefit of the children.

Duties: Maths Governor

Declared interest: None

Term of Office: 3 Years appointed 24/01/18

Parent Governor

Lisa Wood

I became a Parent Governor in June 2020.

I work as a Practice Manager for a Wealth Management company. Prior to this, I have worked in retail banking undertaking various roles including Branch Manager, Area Manager, and project management in head office.

Although I have never worked in education, I believe my skills and experience will be transferable and invaluable to the school.

I welcome the opportunity to apply my experience of corporate governance and regulation; to add value to the board by asking probing questions and providing strategic direction; and to bring an understanding and viewpoint from a parent’s perspective.

I have a son at Gusford, and I am very passionate about his learning and development. I believe every child deserves the best education to fulfil their potential and aspirations.

I offer commitment, enthusiasm, and a desire to influence, and I very much look forward to helping the school achieve their objectives.

Duties: Tbc

Declared interest: None

Term of Office: 3 Years Appointed 25/06/20

Governor Minutes

Governor Attendance

Scheme of Delegation