In a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), the Trust is responsible for all of its schools/academies. For the Community Inclusive Trust, governance of our MAT resides with Members, Trustees and Local School Boards. 

Members: The members are akin to the shareholders of a company. They have ultimate control over the academy Trust, with the ability to appoint some of the Trustees and the right to amend the Trust’s Articles of Association. CLICK HERE to view the CIT Articles.

Trustees: The trustees are responsible for the three core areas of governance.

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent. 

CIT’s  Members and Trustees oversee the whole organisation and the MAT is the legal Governing Body for all CIT schools, but much of the work of the Trust Board is delegated to the Local School Board. CLICK HERE to view the CIT Scheme of Delegation. 

Local School Boards and Local Governors: Schools have a committed team of Governors who are actively involved in the life of the school. They reflect the community they serve and include parent, community and staff representatives. Governors serve as a key link between the Trust Board, parents/carers and the local community. They monitor the performance of the school, advising the Trustees on what’s going well and of any concerns.

If you want to bring any matters to the attention of the Local School Board, you should email the Clerk: or address your correspondence to the Chair of Governors at the school address.

The Governors are passionate about the school and are here to make sure that every young person is given the best education, opportunities and experiences possible. Our Governors play an important role in overseeing the work of the school, acting as “critical friends” for the Senior Leadership Team and holding the school to account for performance and development. 

Please note that any complaints regarding the school must be raised in line with our complaints policy found HERE and cannot be raised with the Local School Board.

To find out more about CIT's Governance Structure, please click the link below:

Gail Graham

Chair of the Local School Board

Gail has been involved with Caythorpe Primary School for over 12 years. Both her children attend the school. Her career has predominately been spent in the not-for-profit sector and she currently works for a Lincolnshire based charity as part of its senior management team. This role provides an excellent background to serve as Chair and a Community Governor, providing first-hand knowledge of governance and other relevant areas - financial budgeting, health and safety and safeguarding.

She has undertaken a variety of volunteering roles for over twenty years – predominately supporting youth group work which has included the Caythorpe Brownie pack and local preschool. Her length of involvement at the school coupled with her volunteer ethos are strong motivations to offer her knowledge and experience to the LSB, helping to provide guidance, support and encouragement.

Helen Hunt

Headteacher & Staff Governor

After studying for my degree and QTS in Scarborough and Leeds, I began my teaching career working in London and then in Buckinghamshire. After having my son, I returned to my home area of Nottinghamshire.

I have had opportunities to develop lots of areas within the schools I have worked in, including PSHE, PE, Phonics, Maths and Science and have taught all age groups in the primary age range.

I am passionate about teaching and learning as I continue to extend upon and develop my practice. I gained my Maths Specialist Teaching certificate at Nottingham Trent University . I successfully completed my NPQH is April 2021.

My previous role as Deputy Headteacher at Caythorpe gives me the opportunity to be part of the teaching, learning and assessment of all of the pupils as well as developing the teaching practices of staff and trainee teachers who work in our setting. Now, as Headteacher of the school I can't wait to be a part of Caythorpe's next stage in their journey to ensure all our pupils have access to high quality teaching and learning opportunities and experiences which enrich our curriculum offer.

Amy Fulcher

Community Governor

Hello, I am a primary school teacher within the CIT. After qualifying with my Teaching and Art degree and QTS in Lincoln I went to work at a school in Lincolnshire.

I have been teaching for 15 years and within that time I have worked in Early years and KS1. I have also had the opportunity to widen my knowledge and practice deeper within the areas of phonics, PSHE and most recently Forest School.

Late last year I qualified as a Forest School Leader which I had been working on for most of 2020, I love this part of my job as I am able to work on a child centred approach to learning that offers great opportunities for holistic development.

I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to be a Governor at Caythorpe Primary School as I have the chance to support the school in ensuring that the pupils receive an enriching and inspiring curriculum.

Mahayla Clayton

Parent Governor

As both a parent of a child at Caythorpe Primary School and a teacher in the locality, Mahayla has a great understanding of our educational landscape. She has worked in education for over 15 years and has experience in school leadership as both second in faculty and head of department.
Additionally, Mahayla is trained in safeguarding and has a good understanding of special educational needs in the classroom.

Sarah Smith

Parent Governor

I have lived in Caythorpe since 2019, but have had personal connections with the village for many years. My grandmother was Deputy Headteacher of the primary school during the 1960s and 70s! My mother went to the school, my daughter does now, and my son will too. I am keen to ensure the pupils of Caythorpe Primary School are given the best education, opportunities, and nurture to enable them to thrive.

My role as a primary school leader gives me a detailed knowledge and understanding of school systems, regulations, frameworks and the day-to-day reality of the pressures staff and pupils face in schools today. I am therefore able to offer support to the Headteacher, staff and pupils, as well as appropriate challenge and ‘holding to account’ a governor must do. I have recently completed the NPQH qualification and I am a Local Authority Key Stage 2 Moderator. Alongside my in-school role, I also work with other schools in my school's Trust to monitor and evaluate curriculum provision

Mr Paul Bulmer

Community Governor

Paul has worked in flying training and training management with the RAF for the last 10 years. Prior to this he had a career as a mechanical engineer which saw him travel extensively and work in many different challenging environments around the world. He is passionate about enabling anybody within the education and training system to achieve the maximum from their potential.Recently settling in the local area with his wife and young son, he looks forward to integrating with, and doing what he can for, the local community.

Reece Murphy

Staff Governor

Reece is currently the Year 5/6 teacher and a memeber of the Senior Leadership Team. Reace leads on Maths, Science, DT and Computing across the school. He was a staff governor at his previous school and has experience of monitoring processes that took place. Reece is excited to be a part of the Local School Board at Caythorpe and will continue to work to help develop and improve the education for all pupils.

Ingrid Williams

Community Governor

Keith Stanton

Special Interest Trustee

Keith is the Managing Director of Votive Leadership Development Consultancy Ltd, an organisation he founded in 2006. Over the years he has had the privilege to work with a wide spectrum of blue-chip organisations in both the private and public sector, throughout the world, helping teams and individuals to release greater levels of their potential through a clear focus on the human element of leadership. His work has also led him to work with a number of elite sports teams and individuals. Keith hopes that the experience he has gained over his many years operating in this field will be of value to the Trust.

Jo Ingle

Clerk to the Local School Board

Please click on the Local School Board documents below to view: