The Diocese of Chelmsford Vine Schools Trust

The ultimate accountability for Bulphan Church of England Academy lies with the Board of the Vine Schools Trust. Through the scheme of delegation most of the responsibilities are delegated to a Local Hub Board appointed by the Vine Schools Trust.

Find out more about the Vine Schools Trust Board.

St James’ CofE Primary School is working in a close collaboration with William Martin Schools.

Since the January 1st 2021, the local governance for these three schools is delegated by the Vine Schools Trust to the Local Schools Board (LSB).

You can contact any Governor or the clerk by sending a letter c/o St James’ CofE Primary School, or send an email to

Local Schools Board

Chair of Governors:

Garry Neave

Fr Garry has lived in Harlow for more than 40 years and has taught in schools, colleges and higher education, including the old Netteswell School, and at Harlow College, where he was Chaplain and Assistant Principal. He is presently the Church of England’s National Policy Adviser  for Further and Higher Education, based in Westminster, and has a special interest in the work of chaplains in education and in pastoral care and student support. He is one of the staff at our near neighbours, St Mary Magdalene, Harlow Common, just down the road in Potter Street and has been involved in training teachers, school leaders and governors for many years.

Vice Chair:
Ann Bard

A former primary headteacher and SIAMS  (Church School) Inspector, Ann has also worked as Diocesan Schools Advisor. She brings a wealth of experience in school improvement to the Board.

Helen Ginger

A Headteacher of our local Secondary School, Stewards Academy who brings local expertise and knowledge from the Secondary Education sector.

Wendy Myers

I joined the Governing Body in November 2017 having recently retired as Headteacher of a Primary Church of England Primary School of similar size and nature to St.James’.

Although retired I still would like to be involved in education and feel I have important skills to offer.

Prior to being appointed Headteacher I worked for twenty years as a class teacher in Primary education and then took up an appointment as an education adviser to schools in Essex particularly in and around Harlow. Within this role I worked in schools supporting them to develop their practice in literacy and in developing leadership and management.

I have always loved working with the children and took on a class teacher role on many occasions during my headship and it is working with the children that I miss most. I see being a school governor is essentially about ensuring that the children are at the centre of all that we do and that we support them through our Christian ethos to become well rounded independent individuals.

Joanne Ingall

Jo currently works in Adult and Family Education for Essex County Council, but was previously Assistant Headteacher of a secondary school in London, as well as a Head of Year and a teacher of English and other pastoral subjects. A parent of children attending a Vine Trust school, Jo cares deeply about improving equality of opportunity and the life chances of all children.

Becky More

Becky is Head Teacher at Rivenhall CofE Primary School.  She brings expertise in teaching and learning as well as having a knowledge of The Vine Schools Trust.

Governors who have left in the past 12 months:

Charlotte Bilmen – Governor

Richard Hore – Governor

Our Core Responsibilities

These are:

· Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

· Holding the executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;

· Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

· Strengthening and developing the Christian character of the school.

Full LSB meetings are held twice termly but governors also visit  the school to carry out their assigned roles and to join with it in celebrating success.


Local Schools Board Terms of Reference & Scheme of Delegation

Local Schools Board Code of Conduct

Vine Scheme of Delegation