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The Governing Body

Fressingfield Church of England Primary School is now an academy and a founding member of the All Saints Schools Trust. You can see information about how the Trust is governed on the Trust Website

Our school governing body’s role changes slightly in consequence.  Nevertheless, we retain a central role in ensuring that the school delivers the high standard of education our children deserve.

The Local School Governing Body works with and is accountable to the Board of Trustees and together we exercise the core functions of governance:

  • establishing the strategic vision and direction of the school
  • ensuring high standards of educational performance with accountability to parents and the community
  • ensuring financial probity and effective use of school resources

Here at Fressingfield School, we also aim for a happy, safe and supportive environment for both children and staff.

Our governing body includes two Foundation Governors, appointed by the Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich: they have the additional role of promoting the school’s distinctiveness as a Church of England School.

The full governing body meets twice a term and committees as required. Governors also visit to get to know the school in order to understand its strengths and weaknesses.

Governors are expected to uphold the seven principles of public service, and have a code of conduct which all governors sign; governing body responsibilities are corporate and so all governors stand by decisions once agreed.   As governors, our role is strategic with the operational running of the school the responsibility of the Headteacher and senior staff.

Fressingfield governing body is a member of the National Governors’ Association and governors have  the benefit of its weekly updates and regular magazine to help them in their work of contributing to high quality provision for a child’s important formative years.

Governors Introduce Themselves

Garry Deeks

Mr Garry Deeks, Chair (Trust)

As an appointed Trust governor, I hope to support the staff at the school in achieving the best for each pupil in attainment and wellbeing.  I bring to the role 17 years of experience as a Suffolk primary school headteacher and hopefully some new wisdom as a grandparent.  I am Chair  of Fressingfield Parish Council and bring a community interest to the governing body. I am also now a Trustee of All Saints School Trust.

Mrs Clare Foster-Clarke, Vice Chair (Parent)

As a parent of two boys at the school, I am looking to bring parents’ perspective to the governing body.

Susan Loxton

Revd Canon Susan Loxton (Foundation Governor)

As the parish priest here in Fressingfield, I have the privilege of being a Foundation governor and I also take assemblies on a regular basis.  My passion is for children to grow up knowing that they are loved not for what they can do but for who they are, and to encourage them to have the ambition to reach their potential.

Tony Newton

Mr Tony Newton (Co-opted)

I have recently retired to Fressingfield after a career in procurement, finance and business management.  I have had no previous involvement in schools but, with  an MBA degree and thirty years of business experience,  I hope to bring to the governing  body financial acumen and a fresh perspective on the challenges schools face today.

Mrs Lucy Popaj (Parent)

Newly elected.

Lavinia Haddingham

Newly elected.

Prue Rush

Mrs Prue Rush (Co-opted)

I have lived in Fressingfield for over 40 years.  I’m married to David who has lived and farmed here all his life and we have two children.  I retired as senior practice nurse at Fressingfield Medical Centre several years ago.  I served on Fressingfield Parish Council for 28 years.

Mr Jeremy Leicester (Staff)

Elected by Staff

 Mark Taylor

Mr Mark Taylor (Ex-officio)


Fressingfield Church of England Primary School

Constitution April 2018

Term Start Term End
Foundation governors
Susan Loxton 01 Apr 2018 31 Mar 2022
Staff governors
Jeremy Leicester 01 Apr 2018 31 Mar 2022
Mark Taylor
Parent governors
Clare Foster-Clarke (Vice-Chair) 01 Apr 2018 31 Mar 2022
Lucy Popaj 01 Apr 2018 31 Mar 2022
Co-opted governors
Tony Newton 01 Apr 2018 31 Mar 2022
Prunella Rush 01 Apr 2018 31 Mar 2022
Trust Governors
Garry Deeks* (Chair) 01 Apr 2018 31 Mar 2022

* Also a Trustee of All Saints Schools Trust

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