What's their role? 

The governing body of Trinity C.E. Primary School consists of many members with a variety of backgrounds, skills and expertise in order to act as a critical friend for the staff at the school. They hold a vitally important role of challenging the school in every aspect to ensure that the school continues to provide the very best standard of education that is possible. 

What is the structure of the board? 

Our governors meet 4 times a year as a full governing body. The initial meeting is usually within the first two weeks of the academic year and the main focus of this is to agree individual responsibilities for the year ahead and have an initial look at the school priorities for the year. The remaining three meetings are scheduled for one in each term over the year. 

In addition, we have two sub-committees - Curriculum and Resources. These committees meet two or three times a year. The focus of the Curriculum committee is to monitor the schools progress in regards to the teaching and learning across the school including the outcomes achieved by children. The focus of the resources committee is to monitor the schools activity in managing personnel and finance. 

Who are they? 

  • Chair of Governors & Foundation Governor - Mrs Carolyn Brawn
  • Vice Chair & Curriculum Committee Chair & Parent Governor - Mrs Samantha Baker
  • Chair of Resources Committee & Parent Governor - Mr Mark Lovell
  • Local Authority Governor - Mrs Susan Gardner
  • Parent Governor - Mrs Katy Miracco
  • Parent Governor - Mr Joe Croser
  • Co-opted Governor - Mrs Claire Needham
  • Foundation Governor - Mrs Carmel Crawley
  • Head Teacher - Mr Scott Dainty
  • Staff Governor - Mr Thomas Burrows 
  • Clerk to the Governors - Mrs Sandra Turland

A little bit more about each member...

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Mrs. Sam BAKER

My name is Samantha Baker and I’m an elected parent Governor who joined the board in 2016. Currently Vice Chair, Chair of the Standards committee, a member of the Resources committee and the Link Governor for Science. In addition, I’m in my 5th year as Governor at an Outstanding Special school and I’m also a Local Leader of Governance for the County. I really enjoy the challenges and rewards of consulting on Governance in other schools.

I’m fortunate that my previous professional career as Quality and HR Manager for a national company has equipped me with appropriate skills for modern Governance. I volunteer as a Governor because I’m passionate about excellence in education for all and I get immense satisfaction seeing the positive impact on the school and its community.

I’ve lived in Thrapston with my husband for 20 years and feel very lucky to be part of such a thriving community and privileged to be able to send our children to such an amazing school.

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Mrs. Carolyn BRAWN

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Mrs. Carmel CRAWLEY

I was appointed as a foundation governor by the local diocese in September 2015. I am a member of the Standards Committee and I have curriculum responsibilities for English and PSHE. I have lived in this area for many years and my son attended Trinity. His time at the school gave him an excellent start to his educational life and being a governor has given me the opportunity to offer my time and skills, in return, to support the school.

I now work for a local mental health charity but I previously worked in adult education for over twenty years, mostly helping parents and carers to improve their English skills. I have specialised in working with beginner reader/writers and in dyslexia support and I have a particular interest in the teaching of English. I feel that one of Trinity’s great strengths is its Christian ethos, which underpins all its values. I look forward to helping the school to develop further these values across all areas of the curriculum.



I have been a Parent-Governor at Trinity since February 2014 and I am grateful for the opportunity to share relevant experience and knowledge in support of the Trinity leadership team as they work tirelessly to give our children the very best primary education.

For nearly 30 years I have worked in and around the construction industry: designing some of the UK’s best-known buildings, and restoring some of our most treasured assets.  Today I lead a small practice serving our local community and I take great pride in helping my clients realise their design dreams.

Life has been good to me and I am a great believer in ‘giving back’ so along with my governor role and my activity within and support for our parish church, I also mentor young people for the Prince’s Trust.  Since 2012 I have helped nine young people start and grow their business as they strive to transform their own life.


Mr. Scott DAINTY

As head teacher of Trinity CE Primary School, I sit on the governing board and attend all full governing body meetings as well as committee meetings. 

The governing board act as a critical friend to myself. They challenge the decisions the senior leadership team and I make; all in the best interests of all of the children at the school. 

Our governing board works well together as a team to hold myself to account for the development of the school. 


Mrs. Susan GARDNER

I have been the Local Authority nominated governor at Trinity School since September 2016.

My recent background is in community resilience, working in the public sector. After taking early retirement and relocating to Northamptonshire, I wanted to do something that would keep me occupied and allow me to continue making a contribution to the community. I applied to become a school governor and had the good fortune of being offered a place on the governing board of Trinity School. What I find amazing is the community spirit within the school, encompassing staff and children and extending to the Friends of Trinity School, whose support has been invaluable.

Since my appointment I have been given specific responsibilty for Mathematics, which is one of the key drivers in the School Development Plan, and Collective Worship. I also sit on the Resources Committee. As a member of the governing board, I look forward to supporting Trinity School’s development by helping to ensure my designated subjects are applied in accordance with the agreed curriculum and in a manner which inspires the children to learn, as well as actively supporting events organised by, and for, the school and by acting as a critical friend to the senior management team.


 Mr. Mark LOVELL

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 Mrs. Katy MIRACCO

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Mrs. Claire NEEDHAM

In 2010 I was appointed as a co-opted governor, which means that I have no personal link to the school, but volunteered to "give something back". And I have found myself in many, very rewarding, thought provoking roles over the last 7 years.

The job description of a governor is to challenge the Head, to hold the school to account, and in my opinion most importantly, to be a critical friend, a role which I have always relished.

I am passionate about ensuring that all the children at Trinity have the best education we can possibly offer them. And I firmly believe every child is given the opportunity to be the very best they can be, as they pass through our wonderful school, onto whatever the future holds.


Mrs. Sandra TURLAND

Appointed Independent Clerk to the school's Governing Body on 1st September 2015.

I worked for the Northamptonshire Local Authority for 23 years before retiring in 2006 from full time employment.  During this time I was PA to both the Director and Deputy Director of Education.   In addition to this I was a Local Authority Clerk for 13 years, when Governor Services Clerking Service was in operation.  

I have a NVQ 4 in Management and I am also an accredited assessor.   As well as being a member of the Institute of Management, in 2009 - 2011  I was the East Midlands National Governors Association (NGA) Clerk of the Year.  I achieved the ISCG Accredited Clerk (with Merit) Award in 2013 as a Clerk to Governance Bodies in Education.  I have mentored a number of new clerks and set them strict targets to meet, as indeed I do for myself.   Having received praise from a number of HMI Inspectors for the way I produce minutes and documentation I feel that I am in a good position to help any school move forward in its aim to become Outstanding.

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Mr. Michael WILSON 


I am a co-opted Governor appointed in December 2017.

I have had a 30 year career in banking and finance and specialise in supporting businesses formulate and deliver turnaround and management strategies.

I have actively supported the school for the last 7 years and currently have 2 daughters at the school. My goal is to support the school in maintaining its existing high standards to ensure that every child at Trinity can reach their full potential.


Contacting our governors 

If you are a parent of a child in our school, there may be a time where you wish to contact the Chair of Governors. To find out whether this is appropriate for your situation and to obtain the contact details, please contact our school office. 

Joining Our Governing Board

From time to time we have vacancies on our governing body. Parent and staff vacancies are notified by letter at the time of the vacancy and nomination forms are available for eligible candidates. If we have more candidates than vacancies then a ballot is held amongst relevant stakeholders. 

Please see our 'Vacancies' page on our website for any co-opted vacancies we may have. 

Register of Current Governor Business Interests 

All of our governors must declare any other business interests while members of our governing body. These declarations are dispalyed below for your information.  

 NamePositionDate of appointment or re-appointment to FGB Date left FGB

Nature of business interests 

Driectorships held

Member of any other governing body

Date of business interests 
 Samantha BAKER Parent Governor (Elected) 28/06/2014  

LLG for Northants assigned to 5 Wells TSA.

Parent Governor at Rowan Gate and Chair of their T & Learning Committee and Finance & Personnel Committee.

 Carolyn BRAWN Co-opted Governor 14/10/2016  

Reader for Beneifce 

Trustee for Souster Trust

Tom BURROWS Staff Governor (Elected) 22/10/2015   None. 13/09/2017
Carmel CRAWLEY Foundation Governor 09/09/2015   None. 13/09/2017
Joe CROSER Parent Governor (Elected) 21/02/2014   None. 13/09/2017
Scott DAINTY Headteacher 13/04/2015   None. 13/09/2017
Susan GARDNER Local Authroity Elected 07/09/2016   None. 13/09/2017
Mark LOVELL Parent Governor (Elected) 16/06/2014  

Director of Nine Arches Consultancy Ltd. Shareholder as well.
Treasurer and Trustee of Duke of Buccleuch Learning Trust (Charity)

In another capacity (Treasurer of the Thrapston Junior Football Club) I had provided funding to Josh Marshall (teacher at the school) for his own personal development. Subsequently he has become a coach with the Club.

Katy MIRACCO Parent Governor (Elected) 22/05/2017   None.  21/09/2017
Claire NEEDHAM Co-opted Governor 28/06/2014   None.  13/09/2017