Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about our school’s Academy Committee, and the work that they do.
Our school is governed at a local level by an Academy Committee, comprised of individuals local to our community who have a commitment to improving education, parents and staff. The Academy Committee’s main role is to carry forward the vision, values, ethos and strategic direction of the school, hold senior leaders to account for the educational performance of the school, and ensure the voices of stakeholders are heard. The Committee meets regularly and individual governors also visit the school to oversee specific aspects of our work.
For full details of our governor responsibilities, their business interests and their attendance record, please click here
Chair of the Academy Committee is Mrs A Clayton
Chair of the Academy Committee - Mrs A Clayton
Anne has been an active Governor at Thorpe Primary School for over 12 years and has worked in several Primary and Secondary schools.
Anne has previously worked at Deacon’s School as Headteacher’s PA and Clerk to Governors and studied for my BA Honours Degree in Business Administration and Management focusing on Finance. Anne has managed her own business for 10 years employed 4 staff.
Since retiring, Anne has volunteered for Witness Service (Citizens Advice) and is a Court Based and Outreach volunteer for Peterborough and Huntingdon Crown and Magistrates Courts. Anne is also a Project Co-ordinator and sit on interview panels interviewing applicants to become volunteers at the court.
Anne has been a link Governor with Finance at Thorpe for over 8 years and regularly meet the Business Lead to discuss the budget and any issues arising. Anne is also the Early Years link Governor and has worked with the lead and discussed progress on a regular basis.
vice Chair of the Academy Committee - Jo Filmore
Jo has previously worked as a Senior Environmental Consultant but took a career break to raise her family due to my husband working in the Armed Forces.
Previously to her governing role at Thorpe Primary, Jo was a committee member and then chair of a local preschool. Jo had varied roles during her time as a co-opted governor from dealing with finances/budgets, estates, Headteachers performance management review to safeguarding and sports premium.
Peterborough is Jo’s birthplace and relocated back to the area in 2010. Jo was impressed by the school on her very first visit and felt she wanted to not only utilise her current skills in a voluntary capacity but also be able to give something back to the local community.
Being a governor at Thorpe Primary is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable roles that Jo has undertaken. Jo can utilise her skills and knowledge to support the work of the governing committee and help the school to become even better than it already is.
Jo enjoys spending time with her family travelling across the UK & sometime internationally for sporting events. Jo loves the great outdoors particularly walking, snorkeling, baking and is an avid Netflix watcher.
MAT Governor - Manoj Subudhi
Manoj is an IT professional working at Tata Consultancy as a Senior IT Consultant for over 20 years. Manoj has had over 8 years experience working in various roles as a Governor, including School Improvement and Headteacher’s Performance Management Review.
Manoj main priority has been making sure children have a safe and secure environment to learn in, thrive within the setting and given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
In Manoj spare time, he enjoys yoga, meditating and keeping up to date with new techology.
staff governor - Kathryn Bothwell
Kathryn has been teaching at Thorpe Primary School for five years and is currently teaching Year 6 class. Kathryn joined as a staff governor as she wanted to have the opportunity to represent staff viewpoints and opinions. Kathryn also wanted to have a better understanding of how a governing body supports and challenges a school to improve and be outstanding.
Kathryn’s family moved to Peterborough area a number of years ago and a career opportunity arose within Thorpe Primary School and Kathryn decided to relocate to Peterborough from Northern Ireland.
Kathryn enjoys spending time travelling across the UK and internationally. Kathryn loves to read and volunteer with Peterborough reads to raise the profile of reading across Peterborough.
Parent Governor - Samia Kenley
Samia has extensive marketing background, which spans over 15 years of global experience. Samia wholeheartedly embraced the importance of actively engaging in Thorpe.
Samia is thrilled to collaborate with the school's governing body to uphold Thorpe's mission of providing a secure and enriching environment for all children.
Parent Governor - Gulfraz Umar Ijaz
Gulfraz has over 20 years’ experience of working with children and families and is currently working at Peterborough City Council in the Children Care team.
Gulfraz enjoys, cooking, baking, drawing and painting and has recently taken up sewing. Gulfraz has been running the Thorpe Parent Teacher Association since 2006.
Gulfraz motivation to become a governor was from other parents, so that parent views are shared with school leaders.
If you would like to contact our Chair of the Academy Committee, their details are below:
Sports Premium Governor
|Gulfraz Umar Ijaz||
Employed by Peterborough City Council as a Children's Social Care Practitioner
Member of the school PTA
|Kathryn Bothwell||Staff Governor||Staff Governor|
Our wider governance structure:
Our Academy Committee is part of the wider governance structure of the Peterborough Keys Academies Trust (PKAT). To find out more about the PKAT governance structure, including our Members and Trustees, visit the PKAT website here: PKAT Governance Structure
You can also find further compliance information here:
Are you interested in becoming a governor?
To find out more about the role and current opportunities within PKAT, please contact our Head of Governance, Emma Stephens-Dunn, at firstname.lastname@example.org