Governing Board

Governance Statement

Governors are the formal strategic body who meet once each term to set priorities for the school and agree on the long term plans including the school budget. Our Governors are volunteers from the local school community who work together to ensure that the school is well managed.  The Headteacher and representatives from the school work force are also members of the Governing Body.

The Governing Board has three core functions, as set out in the Department for Education’s Governors’ Handbook:

Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school
Ensuring financial health, probity and value for money

Governance Arrangements

To undertake the core functions, we have established the following governance structure for our school:

Governing Board Meetings (Chaired by Mr. J. Truelove) are held on a half-termly basis and as required, and focus on setting the strategic direction for the school and delegate functions to the committees of the Governing Board and individual members. These meetings include curriculum, educational performance of the school, personal development, safety, staffing, finance and premises management.

Our Governors monitor specific areas of the curriculum (eg. Safeguarding, SEN, Maths etc.) and make regular visits to school to monitor these aspects of the curriculum. Records of these visits can be found on Governor Hub. 

The key priorities of the Governing Board are in line with the School Improvement Plan:

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Contact the Governing Board

If you would like to contact the Governing Board with any comments, concerns or compliments please address your correspondence in writing to the Chair of the Governing Board, C/O the school (marked private & confidential):

Dinmore Avenue, Blackpool, Lancashire,FY3 7RW

Alternatively you can contact the main office by phone/email:

01253 287250

Click here to see Schools Financial Benchmarking Information

Meet the Governors

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Jamie Truelove

Category of governor: Chair

Address:Boundary Primary School, Dinmore Ave, Blackpool, FY3 7RW

Appointed by: School/Governing Body

Date of appointmet: 18.7.21

Term of office: 18.7.17 – 17.7.22

Governing board role: Assessment, Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Attitudes, Year 3 Link Governor

Other information: I was a primary school teacher for 11 years in Cambridge and Blackpool and was a leading Maths teacher and have been on SM teams during my teaching career. Previously, I have also been on the finance committee in my role as a staff governor at one of my old schools. I am pleased to be a part of Boundary’s amazing journey over the last 3 years and look forward to supporting the school however I can in the future.


Graham Friendship

Category of governor: Vice Chair

Appointed by: School/Governing Board

Date of appointmet: 16.3.18

Term of office: 16.3.18 – 15.3.22

Governing board role: Health and Safety, SEND, Behaviour and Attitudes, Year 2 Link Governor

Other information: I started my career in the ambulance service and psychiatric nursing and moved to education in 2009 at Park School. I then moved to Boundary in the summer of 2014 as a Premises Manager, retiring in 2020. I then joined the Governing Board at Boundary as I am proud to have been part of the team and wish to continue on their journey with them.



Suzanne Ashton

Category of governor: Executive Headteacher

Appointed by:  

Date of appointmet: 1.1.16

Term of office:  1.1.2016 - Present

Governing board role:  Pay Committee

Other information:  I have been a Headteacher since 2005. Before I moved to the Blackpool area, I worked in Greater Manchester. I am proud to be Headteacher of Boundary and work hard to ensure we live up to our school motto "To be the best that we can be".



Jean Martin

Category of governor: Co-opted Governor

Appointed by: School/Governing Body

Date of appointmet: 17.12.19

Term of office: 17.12.19 – 16.12.23

Governing board role: Quality of Education

Other information: I have been a Governor for nearly a year. I was delighted to be invited to join this exciting vibrant school. I am a retired local headteacher and despite the 2020 issues I feel very much part of Boundary Primary School Governors Team. I have a particular interest in the quality of education Boundary school provides and improving outcomes for all pupils.




Daniel Parsons

Category of governor: Staff Governor

Appointed by: Staff

Date of appointmet: 15.7.23

Term of office: 15.7.23 – 15.7.27

Governing board role: School Website

Other information: I have been at Boundary for over 10 years. My current role in school is Higher Level Teaching Across, predominantly working in Upper Key Stage 2, although I have experience working across school in all Key Stages. As part of my role I cover whole classes during PPA sessions alongside supporting pupils both in class and in one-to-one and small group interventions. The school website and Facebook page are also key areas of my role, ensuring these are up-to-date and show the fantastic work of our children and staff to the world!



Sarah Akin

Category of governor: Co-opted Governor

Appointed by: School/Governing Body

Date of appointmet: 14.12.21

Term of office: 14.12.21 - 14.12.25

Governing board role: EYFS and Quality of Education

Other information: I am a teacher currently working at a local Primary school. However, my career started in sales. After some time in sales, I decided to switch gears and pursue my true passion, which is teaching. In my spare time, I enjoy walking my dog and exploring new sights and sounds with him. Additionally, I have always had a great interest in musical theatre and try to attend as many shows as possible. 


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Mark Cowell

Category of governor: Local Authority Governor

Appointed by: School/Governing Body

Date of appointmet: 14.12.21

Term of office: 14.12.21 - 14.12.25

Governing board role: Safeguarding, Behaviour and Attitude, Personal Development

Other information: I am a dedicated education professional working as an Education Officer for Disadvantaged Children at the local authority. I work closely with schools and families to develop interventions and strategies that support the academic and social success of these students. Outside of work, I am an avid sports fan, with basketball being my absolute favorite. Whether I am playing a pick-up game with friends or watching my favorite team compete, I find great joy and release in the physical and mental challenges of the game.

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Paul Welch OBE

Category of governor: Co-opted Governor

Appointed by: School/Governing Body

Date of appointment: 28.3.23

Term of office: 28.3.23 – 28.3.27

Governing board role: 

Other information: What I have seen at Boundary is the commitment of the staff at and I wanted to give to give something back and offer my time and support in this role.

I have been employed as a civil servant for 32 years and am a qualified HR professional. Additionally, I sit as a Magistrate for the Lancashire Bench and was awarded an OBE in 2014 for my contribution to the success of London 2012 and my charity work.


Ezhilarasan Mudaliar

Category of governor: Parent Governor

Appointed by: School/Governing Body

Date of appointment: 28.3.23

Term of office: 28.3.23 – 28.3.27

Governing board role: 

Other information: 



Historical Board Members

Mrs. S Greenall Parent Governor
Mrs. L Clements Co-opted Governor
Mr. F Rogers Parent Governor
Mr. A Williams Co-opted Governor
Mrs. L Gillott Parent Governor
Mrs. J Hamilton Staff Governor