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Ivy Learning Trust has currently constituted a Rapid Recovery Governing Body for Larkspur Primary Academy. Due to the suspension of the national tests, all leaders, including the local governing board members, agreed that it would be beneficial to continue this cycle of challenge and support for this academic year.


All Local Governors are members of the RRG which is chaired by Kate Gibson, Trustee. Matthew Kleiner-Mann, Trust Leader is also a member of the RRG. The Trust’s Head of School Improvement as well as an external advisor attend the RRGs in an advisory capacity


Rapid Recovery Group

Kate Gibson

Chair of Rapid Recovery Group


Matthew Kleiner-Mann

Leader of the Trust


Trustee appointed governors

Mrs Sarah Edwards

Chair of Local Governing Body

We have lived in Ware since 2013 when our daughter started school. I signed up to be a parent governor to help support the academy in creating a safe, happy and exciting place for our children to learn. Professionally I work from home for an IT support company looking after their office admin & invoices. I’m treasurer for the Larkspur Friends & Secretary on the exec for my daughters scouting group.

Mrs Bonnie West

My three children all attended Tower School, and I became a governor when my youngest child was in Y5. I believe that all children deserve the best education possible, to prepare and equip them for a constantly changing world. The launch of Larkspur Academy brings a new start to education in Ware and I continue to support the staff and students in aspiration and achievement.

Mr David Pierce

Biography to follow.

Elected parent governors

Mr Simon Camp

Deputy Chair of Local Governing Body

I currently have two children at the school with my eldest having just left last year. I have served as a governor since arriving in Ware just over 6 years ago. With the academisation of the school, and our support Larkspur will now provide greater stability, better teaching and a better education for all our children.

Staff governor

Ms Jackoline Champion

My two daughters attended Tower Primary School and received an excellent education allowing them both to attend university. I currently have an exciting role within Larkspur Primary Academy as pastoral and parent

support. I believe that every child deserves the best education alongside feeling safe and valued. I whole-heartedly believe that Larkspur Primary Academy can provide every child with an excellent education.

Other Local Governing Body Information

Governors can be contacted through the school office – email:

Copies of the minutes of Local Governing Body meetings can be obtained through the school office.

NameTitleDate of AppointmentTerm of OfficeAppointed by:Declaration of InterestDate Interest Declared
Kate GibsonChair of the Rapid Recovery Group18/10/2019Duration of Rapid Recovery GroupIvy Learning Trust1.) Employed by Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing

2.) Arcadis, Contractor for Walker School rebuild (Arcadis utilised by employer but has no direct contact)

3.) Fraser Brown, Direct client through  employer until approximately 2018.  MTVH still work with Fraser Brown although now has no direct relationship with them
1.) 17/09/2020

2.) 17/09/2020

3.) 2/10/2020

Matthew Kleiner-MannLeader of the Trust18/10/2019Duration of Rapid Recovery GroupIvy Learning TrustNoneN/A
Sarah EdwardsChair of Local Governing BodyTrust appointed
4 YearsIvy Learning TrustTreasurer, Friends of Larkspur School.

Secretary, Scouting Association 5th Ware Scout Group
Simon CampVice Chair
(Parent Governor)
Re-elected 25/11/2020

4 YearsElected ParentEmployed by Alan Camp Architects17/07/18
VacancyParent Governor4 YearsElected parent
Kerry McEwanHead of School01/01/2018Ex-officioEx-officioNoneN/A
Jackoline ChampionStaff GovernorRe-elected

4 YearsElected StaffNoneN/A
Bonnie WestTrust Appointed GovernorTrust re-appointed

4 YearsIvy Learning TrustEmployed by Hertfordshire County Council.

Chair, Ware Skillman Trust
David PierceTrust Appointed Governor04/02/20214 YearsIvy Learning Trust
VacancyTrust Appointed Governor4 YearsIvy Learning Trust
VacancyTrust Appointed Governor4 YearsIvy Learning Trust

All governors are voting members of the Local Governing Board. Panels and working groups are established as needed, but there are no ongoing committees.

Declarations of Interests for Ivy Learning Trust Members and Trustees

Please see the following link Declarations of Interests for Ivy Learning Trust Members and Trustees

Attendance Record

Attendance 2019 – 2020

Scheme of Delegation

Please click here.

Click here for The Trust’s Annual Report and Accounts, Memorandum, Articles of Association, Funding Agreements and the names of Trustees and Members

Local Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months

Name Title Date of Appointment Date Stepped Down Appointed by: