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Local Governing Body

Welcome to Governance at Temple Hill Primary Academy


Please see below details of The Golden Thread Alliance governance arrangements along with information for each of our Governors who were appointed by the Board with effect from the school opening.  This includes their full name, date of appointment, term of office, date they stepped down (if applicable), who appointed them, and relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions. This information complies with the requirements of the Academy Trust Handbook.


The Chair of the Board of Trustees is Mr Philip Vander Gucht.

The Accounting Officer of the Trust is Mr Garry Ratcliffe, Chief Executive Officer.

The Chair of the Local Governing Body is Mr Daniel Range

The Named Safeguarding Governor is Mr Daniel Range

The three core functions of governance are:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.


Details of the Members, Board of Trustees, the Articles of Association, Scheme of Delegation and Financial Accounts of the Trust can be viewed via the following link to The Golden Thread Alliance website:



Our Local Governing Body is supported by Ms S Steven, The Galaxy Trust Clerk who we are delighted to announce was the winner of the "Outstanding Clerk to a Governing Board" award at the 2021 National Governance Association Awards.


Meet our Governors

Bolanle Coker (Vice-Chair, Community Governor)

Leon Dawson                                       

Head of School

Positive, Passionate and Hardworking is how I would describe myself. I come from a large family with an English/Caribbean background. I love eating, exercise and seeing/doing new things in the world. I have worked with children in a variety of different settings before I became a teacher as well as doing a wide range of jobs including labouring, factory work, restaurants and cleaning. My main passion in life (other than Tottenham Hotspur!) is to improve the life chances of the children I work with. I am also a Designated Safeguarding Lead.   

Mark Mulles (Board Appointed Governor)

Photo and bio awaited

Darren Povey (Parent Governor)

I am a married dad of two children, one at secondary school who attended Temple Hill and one currently at the school.  Following a road traffic accident involving my son last year, I became a key member of Dartford Safer Roads, which campaigns for measures to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities within the Borough of Dartford.  This has led me to become part of the council's working group for school road safety, which is working to address the difficulties that Temple Hill and other schools within Dartford are having with parking and road safety. As a Parent Governor, I believe this experience, along with my involvement with the Leigh Academy Parents Forum will be invaluable to the school, the children and parents.

Daniel Range (Chair, Parent Governor)

Tolani Soaga (Community Governor)

Lisa Stockman (Staff Governor)

Photo and biography awaited


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