Transparent Leadership

In this section there is information about our governance, our governors and their roles in governing and leading the school.  The school is committed to being an open and transparent organisation.


UTS Cambridge (“the UTS Trust”) is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The charitable company’s memorandum and articles of association (submitted to Companies House on the 5th June 2013) are the primary governing documents of the Trust.  All Trustees of UTS Cambridge are also School Governors and directors of the charitable company for the purposes of company law. These terms are used interchangeably throughout the Annual Report and Financial Statements. The charitable company is known as UTS Cambridge t/a University of Cambridge Primary School.

DIRECTORS AND THEIR EXPERTISE                                     

  • Dr Kirsty Allen (Senior Administrator at the University; expertise in governance, administration, PREVENT agenda, standards; Prevent Link governor, Chair of Governing Body)
  • Professor Susan Robertson (Head of Faculty of Education; Ex-Oficio Role)
  • Mrs Amy Weatherup (expertise in change management, business and entrepreneurial start-up, school governance; Deputy Chair of Governing BodyChair of Education CommitteeSafeguarding Link governor)
  • Dr James Biddulph (Headteacher; Accounting Officer; Deputy Designated Person for Child Protection)
  • Ms Claire Vane (Director of Integrated Resources: expertise in HR; Chair of HR Committee)
  • Dr Martin Vinnell (Expertise in Risk Management, Health and Safety and school governance)
  • Professor Graham Virgo (Pro-Vice-Chancellor: expertise in governance, University education, law and administration; Chair of Research Committee)
  • Mr Adam Kerr (Co-opted governor; Entrepreneurial and start up expertise)
  • Mrs Penny Coltman (Senior Lecturer: expertise in school governance, Early Years’ education, ITE)
  • Mr Laurence Weeks (Senior Law Partner: expertise in conflict management, law; parent governor; Chair of Finance Committee)
  • Mrs Samantha O’Byrne (HR expertise)
  • Mr Iain Hood (Education and disability education)
  • Mrs Lucy Bullen-Smith (Staff Governor)

Method of Recruitment and Appointment or Election of Trustees (Governors)

The Trust shall have the following Trustees (who are also Governors and directors):

  • the Head of the Faculty of Education of the University
  • the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education of the University
  • no fewer than three and no more than six Governors appointed by the Council of the University
  • minimum of two Parent Governors
  • one Staff Governor
  • the Headteacher

The Trust may also have up to two Co-opted Governors.

The Members may appoint up to seven Governors comprising:

  • one staff Governor (who shall only hold office for so long as they are employed by the Trust); and
  • up to six Governors nominated by the Council of the University of Cambridge, provided that no more than one third of such Governors so appointed at any time to time pursuant to this article 50(b) can be employees of the University or a College (“Council Governors”).

The Members may appoint the Staff Governor through such process as they may determine.

The Head of the Faculty of Education of the University, the Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education of the University and the Headteacher shall be ex officio Governors and shall hold office as a Governor so long as they are appointed to the position described in the relevant article.

The Parent Governors shall be elected by parents of registered pupils at University of Cambridge Primary School. A Parent Governor must be a parent of a pupil at the school at the time when he or she is elected but can continue to be a Parent Governor after the pupil is no longer registered at the school.

The number of Parent Governors required shall be made up by Parent Governors appointed by the Governing Body if the number of parents standing for election is less than the number of vacancies.

The Governors may appoint Co-opted Governors. A ‘Co-opted Governor’ means a person who is appointed to be a Governor by being Co-opted by Governors who have not themselves been so appointed.

Please see full details of financial accounts presented in the finance section of our website. For pecuniary interests and information about trustee attendance , please see the statutory information/finance tab.

Governors’ Reports

2016-17: click here.

2017-18: click here

2018-19: click here

2019-20: click here