The Board of Governors aim to be a cohesive and professional team who use our skills and experience to work in partnership with the staff and parents.  The Board shares the commitment that Marlfields should provide the best possible education for its pupils. The Board of Governors has a number of duties and responsibilities towards pupils, staff, parents, the local authority and the wider community.  If you are interested in joining our Governing Team, further details are found below.

Educational Standards

  • Ensuring the school fulfills the legal requirements of the education system
  • Setting challenging but achievable educational targets
  • Ensuring the school is adequately resourced and that its resources are utilised properly and creatively
  • Ensuring all pupils receive an excellent, well rounded education academically, morally and socially so that they can move forward into the world, fully equipped for the challenges they will face


  • Developing a vision for the school and setting its strategic aims
  • Establishing the values that the school is expected to meet and maintain
  • Acting as critical friends – monitoring and evaluating performance and progress towards the school’s priorities and targets, supporting staff and challenging their expectations

Relationship with Stakeholders

  • Accountability – ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents it serves, to its local community, to those who fund and maintain it, as well as the staff it employs
  • Maintaining a close relationship with parents and the local community
  • Caring for the welfare and well being of staff and pupils.

Value for Money Statement and Accounts

The Academy Trust Handbook (ATH) sets out the responsibilities and requirements relating to academy trusts’ financial governance and management. Compliance with the ATH is a condition of the funding agreement.  It provides an overarching framework for implementation of effective financial management and control.

The funding agreement for Marlfields Primary Academy is available from the Find and Compare schools section, under Workforce and finance.

The Board of Governors is required to achieve good value in the use of public resources.  We report on this via our value for money statement which can be viewed by clicking on the document below:

Value for Money Statement

The latest Signed Accounts are below:

Congleton Primary Academy Trust Ltd Signed Accounts for Year End 31 August 2022

Congleton Primary Academy Trust Ltd Signed Accounts for Year End 31 August 2021

Congleton Primary Academy Trust Ltd Signed Accounts for Year End 31 August 2020

The Covid Catch-up Premium Plan and SEND Annual Report for Marlfields Primary Academy are below:

Covid-19 Catch-up Premium Plan 2020-21

SEND Annual Report 2021-22

Please find below our Academy Funding Agreement, Memorandum and Articles of Association and Scheme of Delegation.

Marlfields DoV Final

CPAT – Articles of Association 2014

Scheme of Delegation Academy September 2020 – August 2021(Appendix E)

The Governing Board

The organisation of the Governing Board is shown below.  To contact a member of the governing team, please write to the Clerk to Governors, Marlfields Primary Academy, Waggs Road, Congleton, CW12 4BT or send an email to the Clerk at the following address  who will forward to the relevant person.

Board Membership & Register of Business Interests

For current Governing Board membership and their register of business interests, please click on the documents below:

Trust Board Membership

Register of Business Interests for the Governing Board

Full Governing Board Meetings

The Full Governing Board meets 3 times a year; once every school term, to discuss matters relating to the running of the Academy. To view the latest approved minutes of the meetings, please click on the links below:

Full Governing Board Meeting Minutes Spring Term 2022

Full Governing Board Meeting Minutes Summer Term 2022

Full Governing Board Meeting Minutes Autumn Term 2022

Delegation to Committees

In addition to the Full Governing Board meetings, there are 2 committees with duties delegated from the Governing Board.

Resources Committee: Chair – Chris Nield

Curriculum Committee: Chair – Jessica Rosson

Attendance at Meetings

For a summary of attendance at Full Governing Board meetings from the 2021-22 academic year, please click on the document below:

Full Governing Board Attendance Record

Attendance at all meetings held from September 2021

Trustee Attendance at Meetings

Interested in Governance at Marlfields?

If you are interested in becoming a Member, Trustee/Director, including a Parent Trustee at Marlfields, here are some background documents from the Department of Education and the National Governance Association that you may find helpful:

Academies Trust Governance – Structures and Role Descriptions

This document is designed to provide high-level information about the roles and responsibilities each structure and person holds in academy trust governance. The map and descriptors contained in this document serve as an introduction to, and clarification of the roles in the governance system.  If you are interested in the role of a Member or Trustee, please contact the Clerk or Principal.

NGA Model Trustee Role Description

Parent trustees, elected by the parents of the school, bring an important perspective but have the same responsibilities to the Trust as other Academy Trustees and need the same skills. Their role is to support the Trust, rather than act as parent representatives.

Business Continuity Planning

The Governors work closely with the Senior Management Team to support Business Continuity Planning.  Business Continuity Plans provide a structured and informed response to specific threats that may occur to our educational setting.

To view the latest version in response to COVID-19, please click on the link below:

MPS Business Continuity Plan: COVID-19