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

Trudy Stannard

I am proud to have been in the teaching profession for the past 27 years and very much enjoy working in the education sector. Throughout my career I have worked in three different Secondary schools teaching across the full age and ability range. I am currently Vice Principal, Student Progress, at Chantry Academy. As a dedicated member of the Senior Leadership team I have operated in a variety of capacities to help make a real difference to the lives of children and young people. I am passionate about all children being valued, feeling safe and making progress so they have the confidence to enjoy learning and continue to live happy successful lives in the future. In my capacity as a Governor I will endeavour to work for the benefit of the whole Gusford community.


Chair of Governors

Pupil Premium Governor

Declared interest:

ALT Employee - Vice Principal at Chantry Academy

Term of Office: 4 Years appointed 21/03/16

Vice Chair of Governors & Trust Governor

Pat Dobson

I have been a Trust Governor at Gusford for several years.

I became a school governor because I wanted to give back to society the skills and knowledge that I have acquired over the years. I have grandchildren, and nothing gives me more pleasure than when I have been able to help them in learning, and I can extend this help to others.

As well as attending the full governing body meetings I also chair the Personnel Committee and I am the Safeguarding Governor. I am also the governor who attends the School Council meetings, where I find that the children ask some very challenging questions but the meetings are always very rewarding.



Governor & Safer Employment Champion

Declared interest:

Connected Party Relationship to ALT (Individuals): Daughter

Term of Office: 4 Years appointed 04/09/13 & renewed 09/17


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

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



Declated interest:

Term of Office:

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



Declared interest:

Term of Office:

Governor Minutes

Scheme of Delegation