A message from Keith Jennings, Chair of Governors:

The role of school governor can sometimes be demanding but also very rewarding and is a good way to give back to the local community. Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy’s local Governors are responsible for working with the Academy to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies. Key roles of the Governors include:

  1. To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the Academy and its pupils, and the performance management of staff;
  3. To oversee the financial performance of the Academy and make sure its money is well spent

Governors work with the Academy in ensuring that every child has the opportunity to make the most of their potential, within the all-embracing concept of the Academy’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

We currently have vacancies for DNEAT appointed Trustee Governors and I would be delighted to hear from you if you share our commitment in helping every pupil to reach their full potential or know of any local businesses who may be able to support us. Please do contact me via if you would like further information or have any questions at any point and I would be delighted to meet with you.
I am delighted to confirm the details of the governors in post at the present time below.

Best wishes
Keith Jennings
Chair of Governors
Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy


Curriculum and Standards


Strategic and HR

Adrian Crossland  David Bunkell (Chair) Adrian Crossland
Jill Horne (Chair)  Adrian Crossland Keith Jennings (Chair)
Katherine Meadows Katherine Meadows  David Bunkell
Sarah Smith  Keith Jennings Alleisha Dixon (Clerk)
Emma Stonehouse Alleisha Dixon (Clerk)
Alleisha Dixon (Clerk)

Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy Governing Body

Keith Jennings

Chair of Governors
DNEAT Trustee
Term of office: 11/05/2019 – 9/05/2023
Appointed by: Trust Appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: None

About me...

I am 66 years old and have lived in Westhall, Halesworth for 20 years with my wife. We have a 28-year-old daughter who lives and teaches in Norfolk.

I originally came from London (Islington & Hackney) where I taught outdoor education before moving into Islington’s Education Department as part of their inspectorate team.  We moved to Suffolk in the year 2000. I worked for Suffolk Council’s Children and Young People’s Department until my retirement as County Youth Manager and Transitions Manager in 2014. Education and studying have been a main driver throughout my working life and I have achieved Masters and B.Ed. Hons. Degrees in education.

My wife and I enjoy scuba diving and are master scuba divers, underwater videoing and photography is a particular passion of mine, video editing and production occupying much of my spare time. We also enjoy skiing and hill walking and have done so all our lives.

Until we moved to Suffolk I was a governor of a large secondary school in Hackney and whilst time and work pressures for Suffolk County Council constrained me resuming this worthwhile activity, I am now delighted to be able to contribute to Kessingland’s governing body.

Adrian Crossland


Term of office: Ex-Officio
Appointed by: Ex-Officio
Governor’s pecuniary interests: Headteacher at Kessingland C of E Primary Academy
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

DSCF5479David Bunkell

Vice Chair of Governors
Chair of Resources Committee

Term of office: 06/02/2019 – 05/02/2023
Appointed by: Trust Appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: SIAMS Inspector, Director of Music, St Margarets Church, Lowestoft, Self employed educational and musical consultant, Friends of East Suffolk Performing Arts (FESPA), Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) Norfolk bench
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

About me...

Following a degree in music at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, David completed a PGCE at Keswick Hall Church of England College of Education (now subsumed into UEA). His first teaching post was at a voluntary controlled Church of England middle school in Norfolk. He later taught in London, holding senior management positions.

After 24 years of teaching, since 2003 David has pursued a portfolio career in education and music. Having always been a church organist, he is currently Director of Music at St Margaret’s Church in Lowestoft. In addition, he plays regularly at the Electric Picture Palace in Southwold. Work in education has been very varied, and has included consultancy work for governemnt departments, and reviews of school governance when required by Ofsted. He still has QTS. Until recently he was a Reporting Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), leading more than 30 inspections throughout England, along with further inspection work abroad for other organisations. He now carries out church school (SIAMS) inspections. For several years he was clerk to the governing body of a total of 16 schools and a pupil referral unit for Suffolk County Council and Norfolk County Council, including Roman Catholic and Anglican voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools. He has been a school governor since 2004, including six years as chair of governors at a local primary school. He is also a magistrate, has been the chairman of a local council, and reviews concerts and theatre for the Eastern Daily Press and other newspapers.

Mrs Jill HorneJill Horne

DNEAT Trustee
Term of office: 17/03/2016 – 16/03/2020
Appointed by: Trust appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: None
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

About me...

After many years’ experience as a primary school teacher, Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator and deputy headteacher I joined a team of specialist teachers advising on the education of children with autism. In 2014 I retired as lead specialist teacher for autism in Essex and moved to Southwold, a town with which I and my family have had connections for many years.
In Southwold I am active in parish church affairs, help with the local Girl Guides and am a member of the Trefoil Guild. I enjoy spending time with my three children and four grandchildren.

Sarah Smith

Staff Governor
Term of office: 28/09/2016 – 27/09/2020
Appointed by: Staff Election
Governor’s pecuniary interests: Employed by Kessingland C of E Primary Academy

Katherine Meadows

Term of office: 19/03/2019 – 18/03/2023
Appointed by: Trust appointed
Governor’s pecuniary interests: Young Carers Adviser at Suffolk Family Carers

About me...

I am 24 years old and live with my family in Suffolk. However, I spend much of my time in Lowestoft where I work as a Young Carers Adviser for Suffolk Family Carers.

In 2017, shortly after graduating from Canterbury Christ Church University with a degree in psychology, I was successful in my application to join the Young Carers Team. This means I get the opportunity to visit many local schools and get the privilege of meeting a variety of different young people. Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy is one school I have visited regularly over the past couple of years and am always amazed by the incredible support offered to their young carer community. So much so, Kessingland are currently working towards their National Schools Award in recognition of this support which is hugely exciting!

In my spare time I love spending time with friends and family. I regularly attend fitness classes which I really enjoy. I have also been very fortunate in the holidays I have experienced and hope to continue exploring new places.

I endeavour to support Kessingland CofE Primary Academy further and I am delighted to be joining their Governing Body.

Emma Stonehouse

Parent Governor

Term of office: 20/11/2017 – 19/11/2021
Appointed by: Parent Election
Governor’s pecuniary interests: Employed by Kessingland C of E Primary Academy
Relationships between other governors or school staff: None

About me...

My family have recently moved to Suffolk from Essex in the summer of 2017. I have two children who attend Kessingland Church of England Primary Academy.

I have taught in primary schools within Essex. In my last position I taught the Reception class and taught art throughout the whole school (Reception – Year 6).

I have a wide range of experience working with children in Social Services and within the education environment. I enjoy working with children with additional needs and have recently been on courses /workshops regarding Autism.

I feel with my different experiences I will hopefully bring a varied skill set to the Governing Body.

I am part of Friends of Kessingland PTA and enjoy helping with the Academy’s events.

I find it an absolute privilege to be working alongside the superb governing and leadership team within the Academy.

Cath Fox

About me...

I am 57 years old and I have lived in Reydon near Southwold for the past 21 years.  I trained as a PE teacher and have a B.Ed.  I initially worked at Bungay High School for seven years.  I then moved on to Halesworth Middle School where alongside PE I also taught Geography and ICT and was Head of Year 8 for many years.  I completed two terms as a Teacher Governor and I was Deputy Head of the school for the final three years before the school’s closure in 2012.  I then joined Bramfield House School, a special school for boys with social, emotional and mental health issues. I was initially a Year 7 teacher but then became Head of Education until my recent retirement in December 2019.

In my spare time I enjoy sailing, pottering in my garden and helping out at Southwold museum.


Pecuniary and Personal Interests

Scheme of Delegation

DNEAT Governor Arrangements