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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.  


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:

Governor Name Role/Responsibility  Type
Anne Clayton 


EYFS Governor

MAT Appointed
Manoj Subudhi

Curriculum Governor

Phonics Governor

Writing Governor

MAT Appointed
Joanne Fillmore

Sports Premium Governor

Phonics Governor

Writing Governor

MAT Appointed
Gulfraz Umar Ijaz

Employed by Peterborough City Council as a Children's Social Care Practitioner

Member of the school PTA

Parent Governor 
Kathryn Bothwell Staff Governor Staff Governor
Samia Kenley

SEN Governor

Marketing Governor

Parent 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:

PKAT Members

PKAT Trustees

Finance Documents

Articles of Association

Compliance Documents including Gender Pay Gap Information and Executive Pay Reporting

Funding Agreements


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