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Pear Tree Mead Academy
Pear Tree Mead
CM18 7BY

Telephone: 01279 836181

Head Teacher: Mrs Christine Peden

Chair of Governors: Mrs Wendy Beckett

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School Governors / Board of Trustees

Christine Peden – Headteacher

Appointment: 01/09/2014.

As well as becoming the Headteacher in September 2014, I gained a place on the Governing Body of the school. The Governors have the potential to implement real and exciting changes within the school. Having always strived to be the best teacher I can be, I feel privileged to now be in a position, as part of a team that will determine the best direction for the school, ensuring that we are always seeking the very best for the children in our care and helping prepare them for their future.




Wendy Beckett – Chair of Governors 

Appointed by the full governing body: 13/07/2014

Office Expiry: 13/07/2019

My name is Wendy Beckett, and I am a Parent Governor. I became a Governor in September 2015, and am delighted to be re-elected as Chair of the Governing Board for the forthcoming year (September 2018).

I became a governor as I was keen to be involved in the school, helping it to be a positive environment for the children to thrive in. During the past three years, I have really enjoyed working with my fellow governors, obtaining a Good rating from Ofsted, getting involved in the school, attending presentations, seeing the children learning. Last year, I was delighted that the Governing Board worked really hard to obtain a Quality Mark.  We will continue to ensure we provide effective challenge and support to the school.

I sit on the F P & A committee (covering finances), and am a member of the PCC committee (covering curriculum matters). I have a daughter at the school, and am privileged to be involved with the school as both a parent and a Governor.

Outside of being a Governor, I work full time as a Policy Executive within the Civil Service. My own interests include swimming, photography, dressmaking and I am a keen knitter and crocheter.




Stephanie Wise

Appointed by the full governing body: 23/10/2017

Office Expiry: 23/10/2021

I have been a Governor here at Pear Tree Mead for Two and half years. This year I became the vice chair of the Governing body and look forward to supporting Wendy Beckett in her new role as chair. I passionately believe that all children and young people have the right to the best education, where they get the best start in life and have aspirations to achieve their ambitions and can go on to exercise choice and control over their lives . Here at Pear Tree Mead all of the staff work incredibly hard to make sure that each and every child reach their full potential.




Julie Gallagher

Appointed by the full governing body: 13/07/2015

Office Expiry: 13/07/2019

Hello my name is Julie Gallagher and I started my role as a Parent Governor in September 2015. I am the Chair of the PCC Committee and one of the Safeguarding Governors.

I have 2 sons who have attended Pear Tree Mead and they both have had many happy and rewarding experiences throughout their time at the school. I became a Governor as a way to support the school and ensure it continues to be a place children feel safe, happy and eager to learn in. My youngest son is currently in year 6.

I have worked for the London Ambulance Service for the past 21 years and I shall be using my skills from this in my role as Safeguarding Governor.




Linda Blackburn

Appointed by the full governing body: 14/09/2016

Office Expiry: 14/09/2020

My Name is Linda Blackburn and I have just become a community Governor for the school and was elected at the first meeting of this academic year! Due to my skills in Health and Safety through my training during my career I was also appointed the responsible Governor for Health and Safety.

I work in the food industry as a business manager and my work sees me connecting to schools regularly. Many years ago, I started out in catering in schools, so have a good idea of the hard work staff put in to school life, to make it an exciting and safe place for children to thrive in.

As my children are now grown up and have children of their own (I have 6 Grandchildren in total) I thought now would be a good time to devote some of my time into giving a little back in to the community and have a keen interest in education matters. My eldest Granddaughter is in fact training to be a teacher. My personal interests also include keeping fit and reading, which I am sure will come in handy with the many school policies to read!

I am looking forward to seeing what the year ahead has in store for the Governing body and look forward to working with the other Governors, especially Wendy Beckett as our brand new Chair of Governors!




Clive Hawkins 

Appointed by the full governing body:13/09/2015

Office Expiry: 13/09/2019

Hi, my name is Clive Hawkins, and I am the Site Manager.

I left school in 1979 and completed an apprenticeship to become a

Electronic engineer .

In Oct 1998 I joined PTM and now close to completing my 20th year.

Within my time as site manager I have completed various courses to keep me up

to date with Health and safety & new practices etc .

My role as site manager is to oversee the day to day running of the school which I enjoy,

And also making it a safe environment for children and staff.

I am also in charge of a team of 7 cleaning staff.

I’ve also become a school governor.



Charlotte Ling

Appointed by the full governing body: 18/10/2016

Office Expiry: 18/10/2020

My name is Charlotte Ling and I became a Parent Governor at Pear Tree Mead in October 2017. When my son started in Reception this academic year, I was impressed with the hard work and dedication of the team. The school had a wonderful atmosphere and it was apparent that the children’s wellbeing and needs were at the heart of Pear Tree Mead’s mission.  I knew then that I wanted to offer my support to the school. Being a member of the PCC committee, I feel privileged to be able to contribute to the aspirations of the school. It is important that every child has the opportunity to thrive and succeed in an environment that is inclusive, stimulating and encouraging.

As well as being a Governor, I work part-time as a KS3/4 teacher, specialising in English and Maths. I also have a one year old daughter, so needless to say, things are very hectic! My personal interests include reading, theatre and local quiz evenings! I also love to travel!



Sarah Martin

Appointed by the full governing body 12/09/2018

Office Expiry: 12/09/2022

Hello, I’m Sarah Martin.

This is my 12th year at Pear Tree Mead and I have been very fortunate to experience working in every key stage (although Early Years is my favourite). I have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team since 2008 and particularly enjoy my roles as Head of Early Years and SENDCo. I am passionate about creating the best start our children can have in their education. My favourite time of the week is when I see the Nursery and Reception children for my Early Years assembly where we enjoy singing songs and sharing stories.



Mark Sunshine

Appointed by the full governing body 18/09/2018

Office Expiry: 12/09/2022

My name is Mark Sunshine, I recently became a Parent Governor. I became a Governor in October 2018, I was extremely overwhelmed when I was asked if I would be interested in standing for election as a parent school Governor and gladly accepted the role following the parent vote.

I became a parent governor as I wanted to support the School and Parents the way I have been supported when it was needed and I am keen to be involved in the school, helping in a positive and supportive way for our children and their parents.

I am now looking forward to working with my fellow governors, getting involved in the school, seeing the children learning and developing in preparation for the next stage in their education when they leave us and ensuring I provide effective support to the school.

As well as being part of the Full Governing Body, I am a member of the PCC committee (covering Personnel, curriculum and community matters).

I have two children at Pear Tree Mead, Carmen year 6 & PJ year 4 and am privileged to be involved with the school as both a parent and a School Governor.

In my spare time outside of work, the children and being a School Governor, I enjoy keeping fit, spending time with my family and friends and actively support ex-servicemen who need support when leaving the forces.

I work full time as a Training & Development Manager and have a thirst for developing and training in all areas of security, counter terrorism and First Aid.

I look forward to meeting, helping and supporting you and your children.



These Governors are past members of our governing body in the last 12 months

Julie Haigh

John Roberts

Rachel Kilbey


If you would be interested in finding out more about becoming a governor or what the governing body do, please make an appointment to meet with the Headteacher and the Chair of Governors. The governoring body meets together once a term as a full team of governors. They also meet on two other occasions during the term in two seperate commitees. These are the PCC (Personnel, Community and Curriculum) and FPA (Finance, Premises and Audit)


Our Current Commitees are:


PCC – Julie Gallagher – Chair (JG),  Wendy Beckett (WB), Charlotte Ling (CL), Sarah Martin (SM),  Christine Peden (CP), Stephanie Wise (SW) & Mark Sunshine (MS)


FPA – Linda Blackburn – Chair (LB), Wendy Beckett (WB), Clive Hawkins (CH), Christine Peden (CP) & Stephanie Wise (SW).


FGB – Wendy Beckett – Chair (WB), Stephanie Wise – Vice Chair  (SW), Charlotte Ling (CL), Sarah Martin (SM),  Christine Peden (CP), Stephanie Wise (SW) & Mark Sunshine (MS), Julie Gallagher (JG), Clive Hawkins (CH) & Linda Blackburn (LB)


The meetings for 2018/2019 are set as:


Autumn 2018



PCC COMMITTEE – 03.10.18 – WB, JG, SM, CP, SW

FPA COMMITTEE -21.11.18 – CP, WB, SW, LB, RK, CH

FGB COMMITTEE – 12.12.18 – WB, SW, JG, LB, CL, CH, CP, SM



Spring 2019

PCC COMMITTEE – 23.1.19 – JG, CP, SM





Summer 2019

PCC COMMITTEE – 15.5.19 – CP, SW, JG, SM, CL & MS

FPA COMMITTEE – 26.6.19 – CP, SW, WB & CH

FGB COMMITTEE – 17.7.19 – WB, CP, JG, SW , CH & SM


List of Registered Business Interest

Name Business Reason Relation
Christine Peden (accounting officer) Amwell Fruit Company Provides fruit for playtime Husband
Stephanie Wise Essex County Council School link None
Wendy Beckett None None None
Julie Gallagher None None None
Linda Blackburn None None None
Clive Hawkins None None None
Charlotte Ling None None NoNE
Sarah Martin None None None
Mark Sunshine None None None

Previous Governors

Name Business Reason Relation
Julie Haigh None None None
John Roberts Jelf Employee BenefitsNone Provider of health cash plan None
Rachel Kilbey None None None

PTM Governing Body Delegation Planner

Please click on the file to download below:

Delegation Planner


PTM Governing Body Report

Please click on any of the documents to download and view one of our governing body reports:

Governors report 2017 – 2018

Governors report 2016 – 2017

Governors report 2015 – 2016

Governors report 2014 2015


Letters from Governors 

July 2019 Statement from the Chair of Governors

Governor Autumn 2018 Statement

Introduction from Chair of Governor


Trustees Report and Financial Statements

A report is now available to view on a PDF format regarding the schools financial statements and trustee report. Click on the link below to download.

PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2018

PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2017

PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2016

PTM Academy Trust Report – Period Ending 31 August 2015

Funding Agreement – Single Mainstream Academies


Academy Credentials 

Please also have a look at our Academy credentials below:

Academy Order for Pear Tree Mead

Memorandum of Association of PTM


Governing Body Terms of Reference

Pay Committee Terns of Reference

Personnel, Community and Curriculum Committee – Terms of Reference