Our Governors

We are very pleased to welcome you to the governors’ page of the Loders Primary Academy website.

Whilst the school operates under the umbrella of Acorn Multi Academy Trust and its Board of Directors, we retain our own Local Governing Body (LGB) and through this we work hard to preserve the individual character of our school.

Within the framework of our Terms of Reference and the Trust Board Scheme of Delegation, governors work as a team with children, parents, staff and the community to ensure the best outcomes for pupils. We are constantly striving to improve our own skills to strengthen the leadership of the school in order to fulfil these aims and obligations.

The focus of the governors has always been the well-being of our children. We want them to be the best they can be; happy, safe and healthy within a caring, positive and Christian environment which nurtures and celebrates their talents and provides the highest possible standards of education.

These aims are enhanced by the increased management and teaching expertise across the six schools of the Trust. As staff develop and share skills and knowledge together the curriculum and the extra-curricular opportunities for all the children at Loders will be extended.

Correspondence for the governors should be sent to the Clerk to Governors, Veronica Dower: clerk@acornacademy.org . Or contact the Chair, Jody Leaf at Loders CE Primary Academy, Loders, Bridport, DT6 3SA

The Local Governing Body:

  • sets the school’s strategic direction
  • holds the head teacher to account for a school’s performance
  • Local governing body meetings are held twice a term. Agendas, minutes and Head of School reports are available for inspection in the school office.

Who are our governors?

Our governors are comprised of parents, staff, and representatives from the community and diocese.

Safeguarding governor: Heather Burnett

Loders CE Primary Academy – LOCAL GOVERNING BODY Attendance at LGB meetings 2019-2020
Name Type of Governor Appointing Body Office Term Role Registered Possible Attendance
Ms Claire Pooley Acting Head of School Ex Officio Head of School 01.09.19   None 5  5
Mr Jody Leaf Parent Elected by Parents Chair 15.03.18 - 14.03.22 None 5 5
Mr Jim Fisher Community Trust Board  Vice Chair 02.04.19 – 01.04.23 SEN/PP Proprietor JEM (Dorset) 5 3
Mrs Sarah Sutton Foundation Salisbury Diocese   01.04.16 – 31.03.20 None 4 2
Revd Chris Grasske Ex Officio Salisbury Diocese   01.09.17   None 5  3
Ms Bethan McGrath Staff Elected by staff   01.04.16 – 31.04.20   None 5 5
Mrs Heather Burnett Community Trust Board 16.03.20 - 15.02.24 Safeguarding


Governor at St Mary's Thorncombe

2 2
Stood Down
Rob Stephenson Parent Parents 07.09.20 MD - RN Stephenson 4 1
Ian Gowrie Parent Parents 31.03.20 Redweb, Dev Director 6 5
Peter Beare Head Ex Officio Head of School 31.08.19 None 6 6
Steve Lincoln Associate Trust Board 23.07.19 P&L Accounts, Director 6 5
Lis Dunn Co-opted Trust Board 5.04.19 None 4 4


Notice to Parents

The Trust Board of Acorn Multi Academy Trust has agreed to submit a request for a variation to be made to the Admissions arrangements for Loders CE Primary Academy for 2021-22, in respect of the over-subscription criteria relating to church attendance.

The variation requested is that " In the event that during the period specified for attendance at worship the church has been closed for public worship and has not provided alternative premises for that worship, the requirements of these [admissions] arrangements in relation to attendance will only apply to the period when the church or alternative premises have been available for public worship". Please follow this link to the amended 2021 Admissions Policy and Supplementary Information Form (SIF)

Tribal Kingdom day at Hooke Court

07 Nov 2019

Year 4 became 2 different tribes today, with their friends from the other MAT schools.  They created tribal face art, built shelters and created secret trails with codes.  But the question i...

Year 4 at Hooke Court

06 Nov 2019

We have had a great first day at Hooke Court with Year 4 and as this is being written all children are asleep! Click here to see some more pictures from day 1

Loders celebrates 150 years

14 Oct 2019

We celebrated 150 years of the school on this site by dressing up as Victorian children and learning about life in Victorian times.

Service of Thanksgiving

14 Oct 2019

Pupils, teachers and parents past and present gathered in the church to celebrate 150 years of our school

Crealy Animal Visit

25 Apr 2019

We enjoyed a visit from some exotic animals this week from Crealy. The children were able to handle a stick insect, a millipede, ferrets and a milk snake.

Xtreme Falconry Display

04 Apr 2019

Thanks to the PTFA, we enjoyed a display from Xtreme falconry to end the term. This linked in with some of our science work about habitats and animal adaptations.

National Science Week

11 Mar 2019

This morning the children have worked across the school in house teams for the start of National Science Week. Each teacher led a different activity but all were focused on the skill of prediction.

Year 3/4 Dance Festival

08 Mar 2019

Monmouth pupils took part in the annual Dance Festival organised by Colfox students at Freshwater on Friday. The theme was 'Environment' and our dance was based around and undersea theme to raise awar...

School Library now open

31 Jan 2019

We are delighted to finally have a proper school library. Thanks to some of the Year 6 boys who have been busy sorting all the books, it is steadily becoming more organised and Mr Walsh has some great...

Well done Evelyn!

25 Jan 2019

Evelyn was awarded a medal at our Achievers' Assembly this week for coming 2nd at the recent area cross-country race at Sir John Colfox School. Mrs David came i  to present her with her award and...