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The school is part of the Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust and the Academy Governance Committee (AGC) is part of the governance structure of the Trust which is responsible for overseeing strategic decisions of the school. The governance structure for the trust as a whole is outlined in the governance structure documents here.


As an Academy Governance Committee we work in close partnership with the Headteacher and senior leadership team to ensure the best quality education is provided to every child. It is our responsibility to support, challenge, ask questions and ultimately represent the school community. The Academy Governance Committee acts as a ‘critical friend’ to the senior leadership team, questioning and challenging decisions in a constructive and professional way.


Academy Governance Committees have key roles in relation to: providing support, monitoring and challenge around educational experience and performance; church, community and stakeholder engagement and supporting alignment with Trust strategy, approach, ethos and values. The AGC Members meet regularly, visit the school when possible and during special events.  As a team, we are able to support the school to function well and strive to provide a high standard of education.


As a Church of England Academy (part of the Diocese of Coventry Multi-Academy Trust) all the AGC Members support the school in being a place of inclusive welcome and education for everyone.

Meet the AGC Members


Sue Patterson - AGC Chair, Community AGC Member


I was delighted to be invited to join the Academy Governance Committee of Leigh C of E Academy two years ago and it is a privilege to now serve the academy as the Chair of this group of volunteers.  It has been a joy to learn more about our vibrant, caring school not only through meetings and governor visits but also to be able to come into school as a volunteer, hearing children read as well as taking part in some theme days and staff training.


My own children now have families of their own and I have experienced schools as a parent, grandparent and as a teacher. As a retired primary school head teacher, education has been my passion for over 40 years, and it is that experience that I bring to my role as a governor at Leigh.


I welcome the opportunity to be a member of a whole school team in a Church of England Academy where children are encouraged to value themselves as special individuals. An academy whose purpose and ambition is shared by governors to inspire children to recognise, value and develop their unique combinations of talents and skills, within a safe, secure learning environment and to become the ‘best that they can be’ now and as they move on to new opportunities.


Lara Mills – Vice Chair


I am the Vice-Chair of Governors and also a Foundation Governor. I have been part of the Leigh family for around 12 years. Both my children attended Leigh (they are now 15 and 17!) and Leigh holds a special place in my heart as a caring school that knows all its pupils individually.


I’ve been a Governor for around 10 years. I work as a Pastoral Manager for two Coventry primary schools, and I find this helps in my role as Governor at Leigh.


In my spare time (there is not much of it!) I enjoy walks with our two dogs, long baths and reading. 


Mrs Lynn Lee – Head Teacher


I joined Leigh in September 2015 as an Assistant Head and the Year 2 teacher.  I have been with the school as they moved to an Academy, joining the Coventry Multi Academy Trust (MAT).  I became the Head Teacher of Leigh in May 2020. 


I am always working hard to improve our academy and work together with the children, the staff, the Governors, the parents and the MAT to ensure that this happens.


Sarah Tyrell – Associate AGC Member


I joined the Leigh team in September 2021 as Deputy Head and I am really enjoying getting to know the children, families, staff and the wider team. 


I have been a teacher for 16 years working in Northampton, Australia and Warwick.  Whilst I have spent most of my career at one primary school in Warwick, I have held a number of different positions over that time giving me a broad perspective on teaching and learning in a primary school.  My experience includes teaching across EYFS, KS1 and KS2, maths lead, reading lead, Deputy head and SENDCo.


As part of my role at Leigh, I lead the Inclusion Team responsible for supporting learning and attainment for all our vulnerable pupils. 


Thank you to everyone at Leigh for making me feel so welcome – I love the caring, nurturing approach that is central to everything we do for children and families at Leigh. 


Rev Stephen Burch – Foundation AGC Member


Mike Ashelby – Foundation AGC Member


I am a Foundation Governor for Leigh C of E Academy. I'm a member of St Stephen's Church in Canley, and run my own business helping churches and charities to use video more effectively.


I have two children at the school, and I'm excited to be able to play a part in helping Leigh to spur its pupils on to become who God has made them to be.

Miss Lucy Smith – Staff AGC Member

I am now in my sixth year of working at Leigh C of E Academy and am in my fourth year as a staff governor. During my time as a class teacher I have had lots of different job roles and responsibilities which has given me a wide experience across the curriculum and key stages. I am passionate about maths and have been the maths coordinator for the past four years. I enjoy my role as a governor because it gives me a greater insight into aspects of school life that I would not normally experience as a Class teacher.

Lisa Sullivan – Staff AGC Member


I have worked in Reception and EYFS for 4 years and before that I worked in year one and I have been a member of the Governors since 2017. I have four children, three who have now left Leigh C of E Academy and one who is currently in year 5. My eldest started Leigh in 2009 so I have been a part of the school for a while now.


I am passionate about children’s education and I love to see the children learning and how much they grow and develop during their time at school.


I am proud to be part of the Leigh C of E academy staff and a AGC member and hope to continue to drive the school forward, to ‘aim ever higher’.


Mr James Patterson – Parent AGC Member


My name is James Pattison. I have two children at Leigh, Jacob is in year 3, and Lily-Ann is in Reception. I have been a parent Governor for a couple of years now, and take pride in working with the team to help the school and it’s students moving forward. In work I am a Fire Health and Safety officer for a major Retailer.


I hope to bring my skills across to help ensure the school is a safe place for all its students, staff and visitors.


In my spare time I love to attend motor sports events and car shows, I have a scuba diving license, I enjoy go karting and I am a keen snowboarder.


Mrs Jennifer Dunne – Parent AGC Member


Hi, I'm Jenni, a Parent Governor since May 2020.


I currently have three children attending the school. I joined as a Parent governor as I am passionate about all children being able to achieve their goals and potential whilst having the ability to access a broad and balanced curriculum.


My background is in childcare and education, where I have gained a level 3 diploma and BA Hons degree in Child care, Education and Early Childhood Studies.


During my own children's early years I have taken on an administration role at St Stephen's church, Canley. Here I am able to better understand the Christian values which are part of the vision of Leigh Academy.


In my personal time, I am mostly busy spending time with my four girls. Our lives are always very busy and full of laughter and love.


Donna Weatherall – Community AGC Member


I became a community governor in 2021, but originally started as a parent governor when my eldest son started in reception at Leigh in 2016, and now both my sons attend the school.


I wanted to be a governor to support the school in continuing to be the warm and nurturing environment that I felt it to be right from my very first visit to the school. 


I am a qualified accountant, currently working in the legal sector, and I bring my finance and business skills to our governing committee. 


I want all the pupils at Leigh to be encouraged to try and achieve their potential through education, but also to become responsible and caring individuals.


Leigh is a wonderful school, that I am proud to send my children to, and to support as a governor. The staff really know and care for the children and encourage the children to thrive.

Parent AGC Members are appointed by a parent election.

Community AGC Members are nominated by the AGC and appointed by the Trust.

Staff AGC Members are appointed by a staff election.

Foundation AGC Members are nominated by the PCC and appointed by the DBE.

All AGC Members are appointed for a four year term.