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Each Academy in the Priory Federation has its own Local Governing Body (LGB) and the individuals on this committee are known as Governors. The LGBs are advisory committees to the Priory Federation of Academies Trust – as established in the Trust’s Scheme of Delegated Authority.

The Governors of the LGB are responsible to the Trust for supporting the day-to-day running of the Academy. The LGB is not independent of the Trust. The Chair of the LGB is a Trust nominee and the Head of the Academy is an ex-officio member of the Governing Committee.

Each LGB has a small number of governing sub committees, including a Disciplinary and Appeals Committee (constituted as required).

Furthermore, each governor is linked to a member of the SLT both as ‘critical friend’ and as a Link Governor. Each Link (Governor/SLT) is responsible for one or more elements of the self-evaluation record (SEF). The governors challenge the SLT members to provide secure evidence for the SEF and support the SLT member in reaching the judgements for the SEF.

Training of the governing body in the development of self-evaluation is the focus of governor CPD on an annual basis.


Lesley Tyreman   Chair of Governors

I have been involved in primary education all my working life, first as a teacher, followed by seventeen years as headteacher of two successful Lincolnshire schools. I am married with two adult children, and we now enjoy spending time with our five grandchildren.
I first became a school governor in 1992, and have been part of a governing body ever since, as teacher, headteacher and community governor, joining Heighington Millfield Governing Body on my retirement in 2015. I became Chair of Governors when Heighington Millfield joined the Priory Academies Trust.  

I bring to the Governing Body my skills in leading teams, a love of lifelong learning and a knowledge of effective assessment and teaching practices.  I work with governors and staff to ensure the school we serve provides the best possible educational environment for all our children.

John Beaven - Headteacher - Ex Officio Governor

Benjamin Faulkner - Parent Governor

I have lived in Heighington for 6 years, and with my son now thoroughly enjoying his time at Millfield, I am very proud to be a new parent governor for the school. Together with my wife, we all enjoy the wonderful countryside both on Heighington's doorstep and further afield , walking, cycling and generally getting out into the fresh air.
Working in Lincoln for a large engineering firm I bring to the governing body skills and experience from business such as leadership, team working and investigative and analytical competence; all which will help me add value to the existing governors board in our duties and responsibilities.

Tina Bramley - Parent Governor

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1992 and for fifteen years I worked as a Children’s Occupational Therapist in a variety of educational settings across Lincolnshire. I am now working within the senior management team of Lincolnshire Community Health Services  where I am Head of Clinical Services for therapy and children’s services working across the communities of Lincolnshire.

As a child I attended Millfield and my twin girls are currently in year 5 at the school. I have close family and friendship ties to the village and feel passionate about ensuring that the children within the area attend a high quality school which allows them to reach their potential.

Rachel Bage - Community Governor

I enjoy being a busy community member supporting a local cubs group, teaching beginner brass music and being part of a community band.  My husband and I both enjoy the freedom and space living in Lincolnshire and enjoy many local walks and community activities.

As a mental health nurse and mental health university lecturer, I have recently finished my MSc looking at the link between primary school teacher – student relationships and student wellbeing. I bring to the Governing Body my skills in leadership, wellbeing, mental health and environmental and human factors.  

I am thrilled to be joining the Millfield Primary Academy Governing Board. I aim to ensure our young people have the opportunity to develop a lifelong love of learning and wellbeing is promoted in both students and staff.  

Tineke Brooks - Community Governor

My family and I have lived in Heighington for the past 4 years and very much enjoy being part of the community. My role as a Governor will now allow me to give a little back to the community we now call home and to support the school our eldest son loves so much.

As a Training Consultant with a Royal Air Force background, I understand what it means to focus on the ‘learner needs’. I hope to be able to add value and objectivity to support our Governing Body Team by offering skills and experience in leadership, analysis and continuous improvement.

I enjoy running and cycling and generally spending time exploring the Lincolnshire countryside with my family.

Jenna Warman - Staff Governor

I have been a teacher at Heighington Millfield for the past 7 years. Throughout my time there, I have taught Upper KS2 (Years 5 and 6). Over the past few years, I have also lead English across the school.

This is my first year as a member of The Governing Body, and I am looking forward to being a part of the team.

Lisa Sellers – Community Governor

I work at Manor Farm Academy in Lincoln, where I lead on Computing, Personal Development and Mental Health. I have been a classroom teacher since 2009, I am currently working in Year 1. Since 2015, I have been a Specialist Leader of Education for LEAD Equate Teaching School Alliance and have been privileged to work alongside many schools and professionals.  More recently in 2021 I became a Literacy Specialist for the Witham St Hughs English Hub which has been both exciting and extremely rewarding.

I am passionate about working in collaboration with other schools and professionals, to enable all children become confident and established learners. I enjoy learning about the needs and strengths of other settings and the challenge of getting the curriculum right for those individual needs.

I am thrilled to be a part of the Governing Body at Heighington Millfield Primary Academy and as a recent newcomer, I am looking forward to learning more about the Academy, staff and pupils and I hope to make a difference.

I enjoy swimming, walking my dogs and spending time with my family.