Our School

Care, Honesty, Determination, Respect, Responsibility and Appreciation


Our local Governors take an active role in ensuring that the school operates effectively and efficiently.

They are responsible for monitoring and evaluating standards and pupils’ achievements.

They hold regular meetings through the year.

Trustee appointed governors

Mr Declan McDonnell

Acting Chair of Governors

I joined the school’s Governors body 15 months ago in July 2017, having lived and worked in the Ware area for the last 20 years. My wife Tina has been a TA at the school for 13 years, so I have been close to the journey the school and its children have been on and I am committed to support them through the next exciting part of that journey. In my private life I work for Tesco as Head of International Tesco Mobile Development and in my spare time have a passion for motor sports.

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 Peter Elliot

I am a retired Health & Safety Leader and Training officer in the manufacturing industry and also belong to the Rotary Club of Hertford Shires. Joined the Governing Body as a co-opted member three years ago. I enjoy helping the Ware community through Rotary and have the same commitment and enthusiasm to the school for it to succeed.

Elected parent governors

Mrs Sarah Edwards

We have lived in Ware since 2013 when our daughter started school, my daughter is now in year five. I recently re-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 & volunteer for my daughters scouting group.

Mr Simon Camp

Deputy Chair.

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 governors

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 Governing Body Information

Governors can be contacted through the school office – email: office@larkspurprimary.org

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

Name Title Date of Appointment Term of Office Appointed by:
Declan McDonnell Acting Chair of Governors 10/07/2017 4 Years Ivy Learning Trust
Simon Camp Vice Chair (Parent Governor) 25/11/2016 4 Years Elected Parent
Sarah Edwards Parent Governor 15/06/2018 4 Years Elected parent
Kerry McEwan Head of School 01/01/2018 Ex-officio Ex-officio
Jackoline Champion Staff Governor 19/11/2015 4 Years Elected Staff
Bonnie West Trust Appointed Governor 24/09/2016 4 Years Ivy Learning Trust
 Peter Elliot Trust Appointed Governor 17/09/2015 4 Years Ivy Learning Trust
Vacancy Trust Appointed Governor 4 Years Ivy Learning Trust
Vacancy Trust Appointed Governor 4 Years Ivy 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.

Register of Pecuniary Interests

Please see the following link Ivy Learning Trust Declaration of Interests 2018/19

Attendance Record

Please see the following link Trustee and Governor Attendance 2018-2019 (to be uploaded Autumn 2019)


Local Governors who have stepped down in the last 12 months.

Name Title Date of Appointment Date Stepped Down Appointed by:
Liz Wilkinson Chair of Local Governing Body 01/09/2014 10/03/2019 Ivy Learning Trust