The Local Governing Body at Leiston Primary School

The Local Governing Body carry out the three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.

  • Holding the Principals to account for the educational performance of the school and it's pupils and the performance management of staff.

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent


Community Governor Recruitment information September 2018 click here

Current members of Leiston Local Governing Body

Mrs M Geater Head of School

 6 Miss L Carr Teacher

 Melissa Geater 

 Lucy Melton

Position and Responsibilities: Head of School

Brief Biography: Melissa has worked within Avocet Academy since its inception.

Her role was Class Teacher and Assistant Principal at Easton Primary School before being seconded to work at Leiston as Head of School.

She has a passion for curriculum development and teacher development and has been teaching for 14 years. Melissa is an accredited Maths Specialist Teacher and a Specialist Leader in Education with a particular focus on teacher development and teacher training.

"Living in the local area I have a true passion to make sure that the children of the community get a premier quality education both through academic achievement and wider curriculum enrichment."

Position and Responsibilities: Assistant Head of School, Year 4/5 Class Teacher and Staff Representative.

Brief Biography: Lucy has worked within the Avocet group since it's inception. She has been teaching for 11 years and is an accredited Maths Specialist Teacher and a Specialist Leader in Education for Maths. She is currently Maths lead across the School.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to join the governing body. I have a passion and enthusiasm to ensure that every child has the opportunity to achieve their best in education."

Mrs K Fellowes  2 Miss K Nye Governor

 Kelly Fellowes

 Katie Nye

Position and Responsibilities: Vice Chair, Parent Governor

Brief Biography: Kelly works as the Head of Health and Safety for Vertas, Property Management.  She has 2 children which attends the school.  Kelly has worked in Health and Safety and the construction industry for the past 15 years, she currently leads a team who ensures H&S compliance across Suffolk County Councils assets as well as Academies.

 Position and Responsibilities: Community Governor

Brief Biography: Katie has two children at the school. She works as an Occupational Psychologist for Magnox based at Sizewell A. Katie has worked in organisational team and individual performance improvement programmes for 13 years in the nuclear industry.

"I am delighted to have the opportunity to use my skills and experience to help the school reach it's strategic objectives, and in doing so, contribute back to the local community from which I benefit so much from being a part of."


Lesley Cassie Governor

Lesley Cassie


Position and Responsibilities: Chair of the Governing Body, Community Governor

Brief Biography: Lesley’s professional background is in education – teaching and leading a range of schools as well as advising schools on leadership and governance. Her background in educational research supports the Board in thinking through how to address the challenges facing the School and build further on Leiston’s successes in preparing young people for the future.

"I applied to be a governor at Leiston for two main reasons. Firstly, having moved to the town in 2014, I wanted to get to know my community and contribute positively to it. What better way to do that than support the institution which lies at the heart of it? Schools are always tied deeply within the fabric of their community and part of the role of being a governor is to ensure the school is accountable to the area it serves. Secondly, being a governor at Leiston is a fantastic opportunity for me to have an impact on education by helping to ensure that all children at Leiston Primary have every opportunity to excel and succeed."

Position and Responsibilities: 

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Katie Merrett 


Position and Responsibilities: Parent Governor

Brief Biography: Katie works as an independent reviewing officer for Suffolk County Council. She is a qualified Social Worker and has worked with children in a range of settings for the last 20 years. She has one child who attends the school and one who will attend in 2020.

"I have a passion for helping children reach their full potential in education and I am looking forward to contributing to the continued development of Leiston Primary School.






Leiston Governors Pecuniary Interests and Meeting Attendance 2018 / 19

Name  Date Appointed Resignation Date Pecuniary Interest Meetings attended  
Lesley Cassie (chair) 01/06/2017    None 3/3  
Melissa Geater (head of school) 01/09/2016    None 2/3   
Lucy Melton (staff governor) 26/09/2018   None  3/3  
Andrew Quartermain 01/07/2017     1/3   
Kelly Fellowes 26/04/2017   None  3/3   
Sally Irvine 01/07/2017     1/1   
Mia Chadwick 01/11/2014  31/10/2018  None 1/1   


Leiston Governors Pecuniary Interests and Meeting Attendance 2017/ 18


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Leiston Governors Pecuniary Interests and Meeting Attendance 2016/17


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