Governing Body

Local Governance Committee

On this site you will be able to access the policies that are specifically written for Monkwick Junior School.

To access the policies that apply to all schools within The Sigma Trust please click on the link below where you will be directed to The Sigma Trust website. Here you will also be able to access:

* The Annual Report and Accounts for The Sigma Trust

* Articles of Association

* The Funding Agreements

* The Scheme of Delegation

* The Terms of Reference for all Committees

* The Governance Structure

* Details of the Members and Trustees

Local Governance Committee

Governors at Monkwick Infant School & Nursery and Monkwick Junior School.

Since July 2017, the Local Governance Committee across both schools have been working together – it is the first time Monkwick Infant School & Nursery and Monkwick Junior School have had one team guiding and overseeing operations. Both schools can now work more closely together and support our families through the transition and provide continuity.

The governors of the school work to ensure that the school is functioning well, that the staff members are motivated and working for the well-being of the pupils and that the children are happy, settled and achieving their educational goals.

The full Local Governance Committee meets termly but the body is divided into two main committees which meet more frequently:

Resources (which includes finance) and Standards (looking at pupil progress)

The full Local Governance Committee consists of:

Sandra Tate – Chair of Governors

I am proud to be the Chair of Governors for both Monkwick Infants and Monkwick Junior Schools and to be working with the dedicated leadership and staff of two such vibrant schools. My previous experience is education based. I am currently the Deputy Headteacher at Clacton County High School and have previously worked in schools in the Tendring and Colchester area since 1986. I am passionate about student welfare and development as I know that security, safety and wellbeing ensures that children attain their best outcomes. My role at CCHS follows this passion in that I am  responsible for ensuring that our students are safe within the school and that where issues occur they are dealt with quickly and sensitively. I am the lead at the school for safeguarding and Children in Care and I am fully committed to the inclusion of all students. I have worked within a multi academy trust since 2009 and am committed to the high quality education for which Sigma Trust and Monkwick Infant and Junior schools strive.

Jacqueline Doran – Vice Chair of Governors

My name is Jacqueline Doran, many of you at the school gates know me as ‘Jaks’. I am your Parent Governor and vice chair of the Local Governance Committee for both Monkwick Infant and Junior schools and have been a Governor since 2014. I am a civil servant and Mum of two school age children who have each attended the Monkwick schools.

Claire Holmes – Headteacher Monkwick Infant School

Rebecca McCutcheon – Headteacher Monkwick Junior School

Gavin Bradley – Primary Strategic Lead.

Carol Carlsson Browne

I qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and practised for almost 12 years, when I retrained as a teacher. I taught in a number of schools in North Essex, worked as a literacy consultant for Essex County Council and retired three years ago after six years as a head teacher in Clacton.

I retain a keen interest in education. Since I retired, I have completed an MA in Children’s Literature and I am involved with initial teacher training with North Essex Teaching Training (NETT)

I was a school governor from 1990 – 1998 and again from 2008 onwards. I am currently a trustee of two Multi-Academy Trusts. I have undertaken much training, including more recently the Certificate in School Governance Studies, Safer Recruitment in Education, Level 3 Safeguarding and Leading Governance.

I believe wholeheartedly in the state-funded school system from which my children benefitted, and now my grandchildren. I want all children to have the best possible education, while at the same time acknowledging that schools play an important role in children’s health and wellbeing.

Dave Harris

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Helen Hobbs

In my professional life, I am a HR Manager within a school and this is the area of expertise I bring to the Local Governing Board. I live with my husband and daughter, of primary school age, very close to the Monkwick community. I am passionate about the vision and values of The Sigma Trust, which the Monkwick schools belongs to, and believe that every child should be able to access an education that builds the skills necessary for them to face the future with confidence. I am delighted to have the opportunity to take up a Governing Board role, to positively impact the education of all children who attend the Monkwick schools.

Russell Stubbs

I am a parent of two children who are attending, or have been attending, the Monkwick Infant and Junior schools. My wife is also a member of staff at the Infant School. We have been local to the area for over 20 years and have been involved in many aspects of activities around the schools so I have had a wide experience of the responsibilities and issues that each school deals with daily. I aim to make a useful contribution to the Local Governance Committee and provide a source of ideas and opinions that will help the school staff to continue with the great work that they already perform.

Sadie Brown – Clerk to Governors


There are still vacancies for parent governors in school.   It is important that views of parents are represented in school so please consider if you could take on this role.  Anyone needing further information can enquire at the school office.

The link below will take you to the registered business interests of our trustees;

Monkwick LGC Summary of Business Interests 2019-20



This link provides details from Sigma regarding our board of trustees-

Members and Trustees


Attendance at LGC Meetings

Scheme of Delegation

The Sigma Trust Scheme of Delegation can be found here.