The Governing Body

Debden Church of England Primary Academy is fortunate to have committed and supported Governors from a variety of backgrounds. In consultation with Mr Hawley, we determine the strategic path for the future development of the school in order to ensure continued improvement.  
The Governing Body's key functions are to:
  • Set the aims and objectives of the school;
  • Set clear and precise targets;
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making;
  • Develop school policies;
  • Manage the school budget;
  • Act as a critical friend to the head teacher - be supportive yet challenging.
The Governing Body meets formally four times a year whilst the two committees meet twice each term.  
 There are also three informal meetings where planning and/or training takes place each year.
Our Chair of Governors is Mrs Lin Stephenson, and she can contacted via her email address: 
For 2020-2021 the governors are:



Sarah Mitchell

Admissions, Link Governor training

Matthew Hawley

Curriculum overview, Equal opportunities, Objectives and staff welfare

Liam Tobin*

Maths, English, PE and sports grant

Sarah Bailey

Foundation subjects incl. MFL

Catherine Gibson

Science, Early Years

Sarah Belchambers

Art, DT, Website, H&S

Lin Stephenson (Chair)

 Safeguarding, PHSEE, Personnel and staff welfare.

John Saxon (Vice chair)

RE and Worship, SEND, behaviour and emotional wellbeing

Michael Adeleke

Pupil premium

Isobel Tunnecliff**

 Responsibilities to be decided (finance and premises related)

*Liam Tobin is stepping down from his role of Governor at the end of the academic year - 31st August 2021.
**Tomas McCallion resigned from his role of Parent Governor with effect from 18th December 2020. Isobel Tunnecliff joined the school as a Parent Governor with effect from 15th July 2021.
Governor Finance and Premises Teaching and Learning Marketing Group
John Saxon x x  
Sarah Belchambers x x x
Catherine Gibson   x x
Sarah Mitchell     x
Lin Stephenson x x  
Matt Hawley x x x
Sarah Bailey   x  
Michael Adeleke x    
Isobel Tunnecliff x