A Letter from the Chairman

When I was asked to chair the Governing Board, my initial answer was no, due to time constraints. After a period of reflection, I decided to say yes.  Why?  Because I believe the education of our young people in the village is important, and I for one, will do my utmost to make sure each child has an education to be proud of.  This is something I will dedicate as much time as possible to.

We’ve lived through a pandemic, one of which the like has never been seen before - but we got through it.  We continued educating your children in ways we’d never thought were possible.  But we did it. 

Now that we are able to teach face-to-face, the determination of the Governing Board and staff is to make sure that every child progresses as far as they are able - to the point that we may even be able to ask ourselves ‘did our children’s education really suffer during the pandemic?’. 

I am proud to be part of the Governing Board, and proud of the staff we have who continue to put the education of your children first.

I look forward to serving your children, supporting you as parents and our staff in any way I possibly can.   

Yours faithfully

Reverend Ann Lett, Kirton Methodist Church

Chair, Parliament Federation

Publication of Governor Details and Register of Interests

This section details how the Parliament Federation schools are governed. It shows who our Governors are and what their role is, as well as the meetings they have attended during the last academic year.

There are five Governors, who work with the Executive Headteacher, on a voluntary basis, to govern Kirton Primary School and Boston Nursery School.

  • Mrs Nicky Donley - Executive Headteacher – ex officio
  • Rev Ann Lett (Chairman) - Co-opted Governor
  • Mr Michael Bean (Vice Chair) - Local Authority Governor
  • Mr Marc Neall - Staff Governor
  • Mrs Rebecca Bemrose - Parent Governor
  • Adam Brackenbury - Parent Governor
  • Vacancy - Co-opted Governor
  • Vacancy - Co-opted Governor

In addition, there are Associate Members, appointed by the Governing body to serve on Committees because of specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance of the school.

  • Mrs Sharon Clarke
  • Ms Catherine Briggs

Governance Arrangements

The Governing Body has established the following two Committees:

    - Resources Committee – to consider finance, personnel, premises and health and safety issues

    - Standards Committee – to consider curriculum and performance standards.

Other committees, such as Disciplinary Committee, are established by the Chairman as required.

The terms of reference for each committee are shown below.

The Governing Body of the Parliament Federation

The Governing Body needs to take a strategic role, act as a critical friend to the Schools and be accountable for its decisions. It should set aims and objectives and agree, monitor and review policies, targets and priorities. It does not have a management role, and will not get involved with the day to day running of the Schools.

Terms of reference:

- To agree constitutional matters

- To appoint new governors where appropriate

- To hold at least three Governing Body meetings a year

- To appoint or remove the Chairman and Vice Chairman

- To establish the committees of the Governing Body and their terms of reference

- To suspend a governor

- To decide which functions of the Governing Body will be delegated to committees, groups and individuals

- To receive reports from any individual or committee to whom a decision has been delegated and to consider whether any further action by the Governing Body is necessary

- To approve the first formal budget plan of the financial year

- To review the delegation arrangements annually

The Resources Committee of the Parliament Federation


Members:  Mr M Bean,  Mrs N Donley,  Rev. A Lett,  Ms C Briggs,  Mr M Neall and Mr A Brackenbury 

Terms of reference:

- To consult with the Headteacher to draft the first formal budget plans of the financial year

- To establish and maintain an up to date 5 year financial plan

- To consider a budget position statements including virement decisions at least three times a year, and to report significant anomalies from the anticipated position to the Governing Body

- To ensure that the schools operate within the Financial Regulations of the County Council

- To monitor expenditure of all voluntary funds kept on behalf of the Governing Body

- To annually review charges and remissions policies and expenses policies

- To make decisions in respect of service agreements

- To make decisions on expenditure following recommendations from other committees

- To achieve the aims of the federation’s pay policy in a fair and equal manner;

- To apply the criteria set by the federation’s pay policy in determining the pay of each member of staff at the annual review

- To observe all statutory and contractual obligations

- To minute clearly the reasons for all decisions and report the fact of these decisions to the next meeting of the full Governing Body

- To recommend to the Governing Body the annual budget needed for pay, bearing in mind the need to ensure the availability of monies to support any exercise of pay discretion

- To keep abreast of relevant developments and to advise the Governing Body when the federation’s pay policy needs to be revised

- To work with the Headteacher in ensuring that the Governing Body complies with the latest Appraisal Regulations

- To advise the Governing Body on priorities, including Health and Safety, for the maintenance and development of the schools’ premises

- To oversee arrangements for repairs and maintenance

- To make recommendations on premises-related expenditure

- In consultation with the Headteacher to oversee premises-related funding bids

- To oversee arrangements, including Health and Safety, for the use of federation premises by outside users, subject to Governing Body policy

- To establish and keep under review Accessibility plans

- To keep the Health and Safety Policies up to date

Any Associate Governors (as appointed by the Full Governing Body) to be allowed voting rights; and to make up numbers in relation to quorum (providing the number of Governors outweigh the number of Associate Governors)

The Standards Committee of the Parliament Federation

Members: Mr M Bean, Mrs R Bemrose, Mrs S Clarke,  Mrs N Donley,  Rev. A Lett,  Mr M Neall

Terms of reference:

- To consider and advise the governing body on standards and other matters relating to the schools’ curricula, including statutory requirements and the Schools’ Curriculum Policies

- To consider curricular issues which have implications for Finance and Personnel decisions and to make recommendations to the relevant committees or the Governing Body

- To oversee arrangements for individual governors to take a leading role in specific areas of provision where necessary, eg SEN. To receive regular reports from them and advise the Governing Body.

- To oversee arrangements for educational visits, including the appointment of a named co-ordinator

Any Associate Governors (as appointed by the Full Governing Body) to be allowed voting rights; and to make up numbers in relation to quorum (providing the number of Governors outweigh the number of Associate Governors).


The Parliament Federation - Details of Governors and Register of Interests


Date of Appointment

Appointed by

Term of Office

Relevant Business & Finacial Interests

Mrs N Donley


Ex officio

While in post

None advised

Rev A Lett

24.09.2019 Full Governing Body 4 years None advised

Mr M Bean


Local Authority

4 years

None advised

Mrs R Bemrose 21.05.2019 Elected by Parents 4 years

None advised

Mr A Brackenbury 01.10.2020 Elected by Parents 4 years

None advised

Mr M Neall

19.04.2021 Elected by Staff  4 years None advised

Ms C Briggs


Full Governing Body 

 1 years

 None advised

Mrs S.Clarke


Full Governing Body

1 year

Husband -  supplier 


The Parliament Federation - Governor Attendance 2021/22

For attendance please click here