Peterborough Diocese Education Trust Governance Arrangements

Please refer to the chart below for information on the structure of the PDET Governance. For more information, please follow this link

PDET Governance Structure


Click here to access the PDET website page which details the Trust’s governance arrangements, the academy memorandum and articles of association, annual accounts, annual report and funding agreement.


Our Local Governing Body 

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 Joe Croser
  • Local Authority Governor - Vacant
  • Co-opted Governor - Mr Michael Wilson
  • Foundation Governor - Mrs Carmel Crawley
  • Head Teacher - Mr Scott Dainty
  • Staff Governor - Mrs Clare Pickering 
  • Clerk to the Governors - Mrs Sandra Turland

A little bit more about each member...

Team MemberProfile


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

I am Carolyn Brawn and I'm proud to serve as Foundation Governor and Chair to Trinity Primary school. I was appointed by the Diocese as a Governor in December 2013, serve on the Standards committee and have been vice-chair for two years. I attended Aldwincle Primary school when in the old building and have lived in the area until our move, on retirement, to Stanwick in 2013.

I trained as a Science teacher with further post-graduate studies in Education. My experience as a teacher, deputy head and later as a consultant for an Awarding Body is extremely valuable in providing critical support to the development of the school. I am passionate that all members of the school community should have the opportunity to achieve the best outcome possible.

Trinity Primary school has a strong Christian ethos which I actively support in my role as Reader. The school's values are embedded in all of school life and I will continue to encourage all of the school community to be active in their implementation.


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. 


Staff Governor. Awaiting Profile.


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. 

Governor Meeting Attendance From March 2017


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.  

Declarations of Interest








Mr.  Joe  CROSER

Community Governor


26th September 2019


Nothing recorded on form.

Transferred from Parent Governor to Community  Governor with PDET's agreement on 21.10.2019.


Mr.  Michael  WILSON

Community Governor


2nd October 2019


Nothing recorded on form.

Nothing recorded on form.


Mr.  Scott  DAINTY



26th September 2019


Relation to employee

My wife, Caroline Dainty,

works in the after school club

at Trinity.  

Date wife started










Mrs.  Clare  PICKERING

Staff Governor


2nd October 2019


Nothing recorded on form.

Nothing recorded on form.


Mrs.  Carolyn    BRAWN

Foundation Governor


2nd October 2019


Reader in Benefice.

Trustee for AST.


Mrs.  Samantha  BAKER

Parent Governor

Not confirmed


Nothing recorded on Trinity's

form under boxes 1,2 & 3.

A parent and Vice Chair at

Rowan Gate Primary - 2013.


NB:   Emailed to PDET and Placed on GovernorHub, by the Clerk, on 25.10.2019.