INMAT and Local Academy Committee


Board of Governance

InMAT is governed by a Board of Directors all of whom are drawn from the academies in the Trust. The Board is drawn up in line with the model provided by the Department for Education.

The Board is made up of three groups all of whom work together to enhance the education of the children in our care.

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Governors at Standens Barn Primary

School governors are people from the local community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education. They must be aged 18 or over at the date of their election or appointment.

Governors form the largest volunteer force in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles of setting:

  • strategic direction,
  • ensuring accountability and
  • monitoring and evaluating school performance.

The Local Advisory Committee act as a team.  They supervise all aspects of school activity from the learning experiences of children to the business management of the school.  Many of the member bring individual expertise to their role in addition to their background as parents, Local Authority representatives, school staff or members of the community.

Through collaboration with the Headteacher and other staff, the Advisory Committee strive to create a safe, caring and happy environment where everybody is respected and valued.  The children in our care are afforded every opportunity to achieve their potential both academically and socially and to recognise the unique contribution that they have to make to the world around them.

Members of the Local Advisory Board

Amie James

I am the Headteacher at the school.  I work with the Advisory Committee to ensure that the education the children receive is the best it can be. 

I have worked at the school for a number of years and during this time my role has changed and evolved over time. I was a class teacher and then became a non class based SENCO and Deputy Head teacher. I have had the privilege of watching the school grow and develop for many years and it has been fabulous to continue to see our children thrive in our wonderful learning environment. I am now very proud to be the Head of the school and to work with a super team of people and wonderful children.

Appointed: 01/09/2019 by The Advisory Committee

Declared interests: None.

Paul James

I am a Business Assurance Analyst at Barclaycard and enjoy working with digital technology. In 2014, I became a Parent Member. I have a child who is currently in Year 3 and I am thoroughly impressed by the love of school life my daughter has and how Standens Barn encourages her to show BEST on a daily basis. Over the past year, it has also been a pleasure to watch Standens Barn grow and achieve well-deserved results and accolades.

Appointed: 02/12/2013 by parent election

Declared interest - Husband of staff member Mrs Amie James

Cllr Winston Strachan

I am very proud to be accepted as a member of this school even after serving 13 years on the governing body it is still a pleasure to be associated with Standens Barn Primary School.

Appointed: pre 2008 by Governing Body

Declared interests: none

Pauline Matheson-Mark (Chair of the Local Advisory Committee)

I have an MSc in Business Computing and have been a project manager in various local private, public and voluntary sector organisations for over 10 years. When I'm not working or governing I enjoy reading, cooking and learning new skills.  

Appointed: 25/06/2012 by the Governing Body

Declared interests: none

Cheryl Round-Turner (Chair of the Well-Being Committee)

I am semi-retired professional with a deep interest in the English Language and as a result reading regularly with a group of Y5/6.

Appointed: 28/09/2012 by the Governing Body

Declared interests: none

Associate Members

Kim Mattacola (Bursar - no voting rights)

Declared interests: none


Andy Price

Appointed on: 17/07/2017 by the Governing Board

Declared interests: none

Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months

  • Amarjeet Singh