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Welcome to our Governors’ section

Please find below details of how our Local Governing Body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

Please find below a list of our current governing body.

To find out more information about our governors, please click the following links to see each governor's individual pen portrait. 

Alison Smith (Chair)
Simon Curtis (Vice-Chair) Link Safeguarding Governor
Kay Booth (Co-opted)
Wendy Stevens (Co-opted)
Kiera Evans (Head Teacher)
Anna Reynolds (Teacher)

Current Governor Pen Portraits

Alison Smith

Alison Smith - Chair of Governors

I started my journey as a parent governor when my oldest daughter started at Cherry and seven years later I was appointed as the chair of governors of Cherry Willingham Priory Academy.  I have been involved in two Ofsted inspections and more recently the conversion to an academy.  I am a regular visitor in school and have attended many school events and trips.  I also like to support 'Friends of Cherry' during the fantastic events they organise for our children to enjoy as well as raising essential funds too. 

I am still a parent at the academy and am often at the Year 6 school gate at pick up time should anyone want to chat.  I am friendly and approachable and am more than happy to speak to anyone with questions or views on Cherry Willingham Priory Academy.  In my working life I support and mentor apprentices within Lincolnshire County Council as a trainer and assessor.  I also have a lot of experience in child protection from my previous roles working in social care and volunteering for the NSPCC.

I am fully committed to helping and supporting the Senior Leadership Team within the academy to ensure it is a safe place where each individual child is given the support and tools they need in order to meet their full potential.   My wish is that all children are happy, healthy and safe, and enjoy their time at school.  I believe that at Cherry Willingham Priory Academy we can achieve this and support all of our children to flourish and thrive.


Kay Booth

I have been a Governor at Cherry Willingham Primary School since 2010, initially as a parent governor during the period my children progressed through the school. They thoroughly enjoyed their time at Cherry and received an excellent education.

I am now a co-opted governor with responsibility for Early Years and the Curriculum.
My vocation within the NHS, based in the area has enabled me to gain extensive knowledge of partnership working on matters such as health, education and social care within major organisations; knowledge that I feel supports the school.

I believe the school ethos of ‘where children flourish’ accurately reflects the aspirations of the Governing body and hopefully the achievements of the schools students.

Simon Curtis


Simon Curtis

SLE Designation:
(Date of designation & Teaching School)

December 2013
LSST- Lincolnshire Teaching School Alliance

School & Job Role:

Banovallum School, Horncastle

Deputy Headteacher- Learning Standards
Responsible for: Behaviour for Learning, Safeguarding (DSL), Timetabling, Curriculum, Teaching and Learning and Staff Development.
Line Manager for English, Math and Creative Arts.
SLT Lead for Governor Committee’s: Behaviour and Finance.

Areas of Expertise/Strength

I specialise in the development of teaching and learning strategies; specifically behaviour for learning, restorative and reflective strategies, creativity, coaching and mentoring.

My subject specialisms are Art, Photography, Media Studies and Graphic Design. Prior to teaching I have worked within the Graphic Design industry for a number of years.

Previous Experience in Middle/Senior Leadership:

I have worked in a variety of school settings across the North West and now in Lincolnshire. I have led and managed a number of departments and faculties with outstanding attainment and achievement.
I have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team for over 6 years and have been in my current role for 2 years.

The development of teaching and learning at Banovallum School has been commended by CfBT and Ofsted, our CPD support programme is now being used at a number of schools within the county. We have received recognition for our inclusive approach to reducing re-offending and ultimately reducing exclusions. Our Safeguarding systems have been praised by the DFE as “Significant strengths of the school”.

Mrs Wendy Stevens

My name is Wendy and I am a relative newcomer to the board of Governors although I did serve as a Governor at what was then Cherry Comprehensive School. some 20 years ago now. 

I have lived in the village mostly all of my Life and my four children were educated at the school. and were very happy here. I Like to pop into school. whenever I can and have always enjoyed my visits. 

I believe that it is vitally important for every child to feel happy, safe and part of the school family in order to thrive and to [earn .That is what this school is all about and that is why I am proud to be a part of it. 


As the new Chair of Governors and as a parent, I am delighted to welcome you to the Governors’ section of the Cherry Willingham Primary Academy website.

We have a small but committed Governing Body who work very closely with Mrs Evans, the Headteacher, and all the other staff at the academy.  We are a group of volunteers who are passionate about ensuring that our academy is a safe and happy place for children to learn and grow. 

Governors take an active role in the academy, not only attending meetings, but also academy functions, undertaking visits to classrooms and helping out with academy visits. We do not get involved in the day-to-day operation of the academy, as this is the responsibility of the teaching and management staff.

 In broad terms, as a Governing Body we:

  • Take a strategic role in the running of the academy.
  • Act as a critical friend to the academy.
  • Ensure accountability to the academy community.

As a Governing Body, we are working alongside the Senior Leadership Team to build on the strengths of the academy as well as committing to a plan of improvement to ensure:

  • local and national government targets are met,
  • that the safety of everyone is paramount,
  • and that the curriculum is delivered to benefit all children.

At Cherry Willingham Priory Academy our vision is 'where children flourish' and our aim is to provide an exciting learning environment where the children feel happy and safe. 

We are always keen to hear from anyone who may have any questions or feedback, so please feel free to contact Mrs Ford in the office on 01522 751148 or at

Kind regards,

Alison Smith
Chair of Governors

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