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Be Kind, Take Pride and Enjoy!


Welcome to our Governors' section. 

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

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Message from the Chair of Governors - Mr Adrian Brett


I have been a Governor since 2011 and have undertaken the role of Chair since 2012.There is a great sense of pride being associated with Acton CEVC Primary School, it is a happy place where young people feel safe and supported. Our school ethos is based on inclusion and being at the heart of the local community.


I have an active interest in education at all levels. Outside the role as a Governor I work in higher education for a regional university as a Media Project Manager. Main responsibilities include assisting in defining and the delivery of strategic upgrades and operational readiness to the over 300 teaching and learning spaces across the university. I also have experience of other educational IT including digital signage and video conference delivery. Working within the educational environment is helpful in understanding the work governors are required to carry out engaging appropriate stakeholders to acheive collective goals.


The Governors recognise that the school must constantly strive to improve and innovate to ensure the best possible outcomes for its pupils. The Governing Body is heavily involved in the creation of the School’s Improvement Plan and acts as a ‘critical friend’ in all matters. The Governors are part of the leadership of the school and are integral to strategic planning. Governors both support and challenge the Headteacher and senior staff to ensure that the school performs as well as it should and that all pupils have the very best opportunity to learn & grow.


Working very closely with the Headteacher, the Governing Body is ultimately responsible for the curriculum delivery, the school’s finances, personnel matters and also maintaining the school premises. The Headteacher and staff are responsible for the planning, teaching and monitoring of the National Curriculum and the day-to-day running of the school. The Governors, Headteacher and staff work in partnership to promote the aims of the school.


In short, the Governing Body’s aim is to ensure Acton CEVC Primary School provides its pupils the best educational start in life helping them to become happy, confident individuals who are given every opportunity to reach their potential.


If you have any questions, comments, feedback or general observations concerning our Governing Body and would like to talk to me, then please contact me through the School Office.


Be kind, take pride and enjoy!



Mrs Victoria Mekni - Vice Chair of Governors


I currently have two children attending Acton Primary School and am keen to support the school to adapt to a changing world, grow and develop. 

Being a parent gives me the ability to make decisions and consider actions with the parents' point of view in mind and, most importantly, believe that the children's best interests should be at the core of everything that we do.


Coming from a business and managerial background also helps me to consider the future of the school and the longevity of decisions.


I believe in this school and the amazing staff who strive to make our children's futures bright and fulfilled.

Mrs Jane Payne

I have been a Governor at Acton School for nine years, representing the teaching staff for the majority of this time.

I retired as the Early Years/Reception teacher in 2015 after teaching at Acton for 18 years. This experience has enabled me to share aspects of school life, curriculum changes and other relevant knowledge with the governing body.

Acton is a happy, vibrant school where all children are encouraged to reach their full potential. Every member of staff is committed to the children’s development and well-being.

I have particularly enjoyed sharing my interest in children’s literature and art with the children, staff, parents and governors. I strongly feel that a child who loves books with be an inquisitive, confident child and adult.

As an experienced Early Years teacher, I have always been aware of how vital the first few years in school are, and have encouraged children to learn through their interests to develop knowledge in all areas of the curriculum.

I pride myself on having a good rapport with children and adults at Acton School and the wider community. I hope that I can support the school as it continues to evolve and strive.


Mr Jerry Brett


 I have been a governor for over three years and my daughter is a pupil at Acton Primary. My son also went to Acton before going up to Ormiston Sudbury Academy. have lived in Acton since 1996 and was born and brought up in the Sudbury area.


I am the governor responsible for literacy and, after more than thirty years in the workplace it is clear to me how important it is to have good literacy standards. Even in this age of computers and smartphones it is necessary to know the principles of reading, spelling and grammar so that you can express yourself effectively. In my time working for DWP Jobcentres I have seen too often the result when the education system fails a young person.


Here at Acton Primary I am pleased to say that our teachers and assistants are dedicated to drawing out the best from the children. As a governor I believe it is my duty to maintain a process of continuous improvement. The time a child spends at primary school usually forms their attitude and achievement for their entire educational career. We have a golden opportunity to change each child’s future for the better by giving them the best experience that we possibly can.


As a Lean practitioner I have also been encouraged by the way that commercial visual management and problem solving techniques have percolated through to the classroom. I believe that this can only be a good thing as it makes education more relevant to the workplace.


Of course, education is only part of the story. Acton Primary School is a community in itself. Children grow their personalities here. They develop their interests and viewpoints. They make friends and learn to respect and care for others. Governors have a part to play in nurturing and contributing to this community and I am proud to play my part.


Mrs Brenda Gardner

My name is Brenda Gardner, I have lived in Acton over 35 years.

I have been a Foundation Governor of Acton Primary School since 2014.

Two of my daughters and five of my grandchildren went to Acton Playground and then went on to attend Acton Primary School.

I was involved with Playgroup for many years, and also as a parent volunteer, listening to children read and also with cooking.

I am a volunteer Guider with the Girl Guide Association, and have been a leader of the Rainbows, Brownies and Guides. I am currently one of the leaders of Acton and Waldingfield Brownies.

I am very much involved with Acton church and am a Lay Elder.

I would like to see the Christian values, care and high standards of the teaching staff given to my children and grandchildren, be available to the current and future children of Acton Primary School and for each pupil to be able to reach their full potential, also for the school to flourish in the years to come.

Mr Jonathan Gray

I have been a governor since November 2016.

I have been a class teacher and assessment coordinator at Acton CEVC Primary school since September 2014, having worked in primary schools of various sizes and differing locations over my career.

As a member of staff at the school, I have a keen interest in the ensuring the school is governed in the best possible way to ensure the children are given every opportunity to develop and make progress. This is important in my role as a senior leader in the school but also for my current and future classes.

Being the assessment coordinator, my role on the Governing Body is concerned with the attainment and progress of the children. I am able to prepare reports which explain the latest assessment information to my fellow governors and answer any questions that may arise.  

Dr Colin Rawlings

I am a retired Headteacher. Prior to headship I served on the science advisory team in Suffolk and later was a school inspector.


Currently I am a Family Learning tutor for Realise Futures Learning and Development. I also teach science part-time at Acton CE VC Primary where I serve as the nominated governor with responsibility for finance.


As a governor I am totally committed to playing my part in ensuring the success of the school to serve all families within the Acton community. Particularly important are our efforts to promote Christian values, respect, tolerance, creativity and enjoyment of learning.

It is extremely rewarding to work as a member of the team, supporting the Headteacher and all other colleagues to sustain the continuing improvements in all aspects of school life.

Miss Julie O'Neill - Headteacher
Reverend Caroline Hallett


The Governors of Acton CEVC Primary School

Governing Body Membership: Autumn 2017


Category of Governor

Term of Office

Named Governor

Roles and Responsibilities

Register of Interests

Mr Adrian Brett

Co-opted Governor

4 years

Ends 31 Aug 2019

Chair of Governors

Health and Safety, PE


Mrs Victoria Mekni

Parent Governor

4 years

Ends 31st August 2019


Vice Chair of Governors


Health and Safety




Mr Jerry Brett

 Co-opted Governor

4 years

Ends 22 April 2020




Mrs Brenda Gardner

Foundation Governor

4 years

Ends 30 June 2018



Safeguarding, SEN, CIC,

Statutory Funding,


Mrs Jane Payne

Co-opted Governor

4 years

Ends 31 August 2019

Attainment Named Governor

Educational Visits


Mr Jonathan Gray

Co-opted Governor

4 Years

Ends 31st August 2019





Parent Governor

Staff Governor





Dr Colin Rawlins

Co-opted Governor

4 years

Ends 31 Aug 2019

Finance Named Governor



Rev Caroline Hallett


Foundation Governor


Until such time as she

relinquishes the office

which entitled her

to her appointment.

Safeguarding Named Governor

Personnel Named Governor

Statutory Funding Named Governor

Headteacher’s Performance Review


RE, Collective Worship,

Headteacher's Performance



Miss Julie O’Neill



Until such time as she

relinquishes the office

which entitled her

to her appointment.





Full Governing Body Meeting Register 2016-17

Governor Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Mr A Brett ü ü ü ü ü
Miss J O’Neill ü ü ü ü ü
Mr J Brett ü ü ü   ü
Mrs B Gardner ü ü ü ü ü
Mr J Gray ü ü ü ü ü
Rev C Hallett ü ü ü ü ü
Mrs V Mekni   ü ü ü ü ü
Mrs J Payne ü ü ü ü ü
Dr C Rawlins ü ü ü ü ü