Within the STAR Multi Academy Trust, each school has a Local Governing Board (LGB) that supports the work of the Trust and the school. It has certain delegated authority to oversee the running of the school under the Scheme of Delegation as defined by the Trust Board of the STAR Multi-Academy Trust.

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Minutes of the LGB for each school are available on request from the School Office or clerk to governors by emailing

Main aims of a Governing Board

Governing Boards provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools and have three core functions:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To assist the Trust in holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To help the Trust to oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

The Local Governing Board of Kellington Primary School is represented by members who are Parents (elected by the parental body); Staff (elected by the staff), Trust Board appointments who are co-opted, (selected by the Governing Body to bring specific skills or expertise), as well as those with a role that entitles them to be a governor (Headteacher).  

Our Current Local Governing Board is as follows:

David Cockayne (Chair and Trust Appointed governor)

David is one of the UK’s leading proponents of modern applied leadership and governance, and is Chief Executive of Wakefield based company thevaluecircleLLP.

An architect of the concept of ‘mechanics&dynamics’ in effective organisations, David provides strategy, transformation and development support to public and private sector organisations across the UK and internationally.

David has held Board level positions within both the public and private sectors. These include executive positions in the NHS, Tunstall UK, Humana Europe and as managing director of a governance consultancy was responsible for growth in health education and sports.

David is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Previous voluntary roles include membership of the Audit Committee of York St John University, Advisor to Roald Dahl’s Children’s charity and Vice-Chair of his local football club.

David is passionate about the power of education and is an advocate for opportunity and equity in its provision and is a member of our Curriculum and Standards Sub-Committee. He is a keen cyclist and holds a Masters degree from the University of Cambridge.


Melanie Lawrence (Headteacher) 


Mrs Caroline Gilley (Trust Appointed Governor)

I am a Quality Assurance and Compliance Officer in University Higher Education.  Working across a number of departments I am responsible for ensuring apprenticeship delivery meets quality standards and contract requirements.  Through my role I am involved in working with different key stakeholder organisations including schools, colleges and businesses.  I have worked in several different roles across the education sector for over 20 years. Having been part of a Governing Body when my children were small at their Primary School, I thoroughly enjoyed being part of School life as a Parent, Governor Vice Chair, and member of the PTA.  I look forward to bringing this experience to support Kellington Primary School.

Primary School is so important in shaping and developing children to give them a solid foundation to develop confidence, ability, and potential in whatever they wish to be in the future. I aim to help the Kellington Governing Board team continue to dedicate to ensuring every child can reach their full potential and succeed.

At home I have a large family with young grandchildren which keeps me very busy. In my spare time I try to keep fit walking our dog and taking part in Zumba classes. Holidays and eating out are another passion of mine – which unfortunately seem to counterbalance my plans for fitness!


Mrs Melanie Emsen (Trust Appointed Governor)

I am a Trust Appointed governor, and parent with 2 of my 3 young children currently attending Kellington Primary School.

As an experienced teacher of secondary Religious Education I have expertise in staff training, curriculum planning and whole child development. Whilst I am taking a career break to raise my family education remains a passion, as such I am committed to using my skills to support KPS in its quest for excellence. As a parent and local resident I am keen to ensure our neighbourhood school provides the best possible education for our youngsters and remains a cornerstone of the community.


 Mrs Amy Reynolds (Staff Governor)

Having taught for 7 years across two schools, my experiences have supported my development and shaped me as a professional. During this time, I have taught from EYFS to Year Three. I have recently been working in year 1 and 2, where I have recently been involved in key stage 1 moderation and experience of delivering SATS. My role as History and Geography leader includes developing the curriculum and supporting staff in the implementation within the classroom. In addition to this, I lead OPAL play, which is an initiative to develop children's active participation in play times and lunch times. In shadowing our phonics lead, I am supporting the introduction of our new phonics scheme carrying out assessments and staff training. In joining the governing body I intend to support the school ethos and represent the staff.