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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.

Donna Woosey - Headteacher - Ex Officio Governor

Benjamin Faulkner - Parent Governor

I have lived in Heighington for over 6 years, and with my son now thoroughly enjoying his time at Millfield, I am very proud to be a 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.

Tineke Brooks - Community Governor - Vice Chair

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 over 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 and Trust.

Jo Garraghty - Staff Governor

I have worked in the Reception class at Millfield for over 10 years. I have worked a total of 25 years in various school settings.

I studied Early Years in Manchester.  I am also Elklan trained in speech and language.

I live in the village with my husband and two teenage daughters.  Both my daughters attended Millfield.

Sandra Moore - Community Governor 

I am a local resident who has lived in the village for some forty years. My children attended Millfield many years ago, and the school was always a safe haven for them. Now with giving up full time work, and trying to think about retiring, I can give more time to village issues, the school being one.  

I have spent many years in industry working in the area of Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality, so I bring with me auditing and reporting skills.  

I am keen to ensure that as many opportunities as possible are available to the children attending the school, and to help them to become the best they can be. 

Helen Newton - Community Governor

I live in Heighington with my husband and 2 daughters. We moved here because of the lovely community feel and the excellent school, and have not been disappointed. Becoming a parent Governor allows me to give something back to our lovely school and to become more involved in our community.

I am a trained Secondary school teacher and have worked in education for the past 22 years. After having taught in local Secondary schools for a few years, I set up a language business and taught languages in Primary schools and to businesses. I now work in Higher Education as well as tutoring online, so I have experienced most sectors.
In my spare time, I am a keen dancer and attend ballet classes as often as I can. I also play flute. As a family, we love camping, gardening and crafting together, as well as visiting our local parks.

I bring to the governing body an understanding of the education system, a lifelong love of learning and also skills from running an educational business.

Lorna Spreckley - Community Governor

My family and I have lived in Heighington for nearly 6 years and absolutely adore the village. Our son attends Millfield and loves the school. I am hoping that by being a Governor I can give back to our local.

I’ve a variety of skills I’ve gained over the years, which I hope will help support our Governing Body and in turn help the school. I have many years experience of working in education, both in Primary and Early Years, as well as HR experience both internally within a company and supporting education settings.