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Governing bodies work with the Head Teacher and staff to help ensure that the school provides the best possible education for all the children. The Governors are responsible for overseeing the school budget, the quality of education and curriculum and the leadership and management of the school. Governors are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds and bring their skills and knowledge and experience to their roles. The Governing Body is accountable to the Board of Trustees who are responsible in law for the governance of all the schools within Lingfield Education Trust.

Mrs J Cooke   (Chair)

Appointed by academy members      Term of office: 14/11/2020 - 14/11/2024

Miss T Webster   (Vice Chair)

Elected by Parents/Carers                             Term of office: 30/09/2020 - 30/09/2024

Mrs R Pavey

Ex-officio appointment

Trustee-Appointed Governor                       Term of Office: 30/09/2020 - 30/09/2024

Mrs H West

Elected by school staff                                     Term of office: 30/09/2020 - 30/09/2024

Mrs J Cooke   (Chair)

Appointed by academy members      Term of office: 14/11/2020 - 14/11/2024

Trustee-Appointed Governor                       Term of Office: 30/09/2020 - 30/09/2024

Mrs H West

Trustee-Appointed Governor                    Term of office: 30/09/2022 - 30/09/2026

Mrs S Betts

Elected by school staff                                     Term of office: 05/03/2022 to 04/03/2026

Mrs J Davison

Trustee-Appointed Governor                          Term of office: 07/12/2022 to 11/12/2026

When appointing governors, Lingfield Education Trust will seek to fill these posts with people who live in the local area where possible whilst having regard for the balance of skills and experience that the LGB needs to fulfil its functions.


This will include the following skills/experience:

  • Financial expertise and commercial experience.

  • Education; experience of primary education, understanding of current education policy and the Ofsted framework and school performance indicators.

  • Ability to analyse school data, ask questions and hold to account.

  • Legal expertise.

  • Community engagement/community cohesion.

  • School governance.

  • Premises management.

  • Strategic planning.

  • Human resources management, including performance appraisal.

  • Marketing.

More information regarding governance at Lingfield Education Trust can be found on the governance section of the website, click here. This includes the Trust 'Scheme of Delegation', which details the functions and responsibilities of Local Governing Bodies (and associated committees) within Lingfield Education Trust. 

To contact our chair of governors, please call the school and we will gladly put you in touch with Jenni by passing on her contact details. 

All academies and Trusts must publish their annual accounts as well as key legal governance information, such as Funding Agreements, Articles of Association and accounts information. For these documents relating to Lingfield Education Trust, please click here

Meet Our Chair of Governors

Jenni Cooke (Chair of Governors)


Jenni has had a lengthy and varied career working in Darlington, Durham and Middlesbrough. Through her role a social worker, she has been involved with children and families in Darlington for many years. Since retiring, Jenni wanted to bring something to the community through her role as a school Governor. She is currently Chair of Governors at Mount Pleasant and Cambrai, one of our other Lingfield Trust schools. Jenni loves to be out and about. She enjoys lots of gardening, walking and travelling and keeps busy with two gorgeous grandsons.

Contact Address:  Mount Pleasant Primary School​, Newton Lane, Darlington, Co. Durham, DL3 9HE

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