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Rayleigh Primary School

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Rayleigh Primary School is a member of the South Essex Alliance Multi-Academy Trust (SEAMAT). The school is the sponsor for the trust and the trust administration operates from the school.


The South Essex Alliance Multi-Academy Trust (SEAMAT) has different levels of Governance.

Members - The top level of governance over the whole trust.

Trustees - This is the strategic board for the whole trust.

Local School Board - This is the name we use for the old 'Governing Body' to try and separate the levels of governance.

You can find out more about SEAMAT by clicking here.

The School Board

Rayleigh Primary School operates a local school board. Those elected to the school board serve in a voluntary capacity. They are either elected by the parents or their fellow teachers or are co-opted.

The post of clerk to the governing body is reconfirmed annually, as are the appointments of the chairman and vice-chairman.


The chair is Mr Matthew O'Leary and the vice-chair is Mrs Emma Ambrose. 

The governors are responsible for:


  • Helping establish (with the headteacher) the aims and policies of the school
  • Determining how standards can be maintained and improved
  • Deciding the conduct of the school
  • Helping to draw up (with the Headteacher and staff) the school development plan
  • Helping to decide how to spend the school’s budget
  • Making sure the National Curriculum and RE are taught
  • Appointing, promoting and supporting staff
  • Acting as a link between the local community and the school
  • Drawing up an action plan after inspection and monitoring its progress


The school board currently meets once each term to conduct the general business of the school. Its committees meet more regularly and include the Education Committee and Operations Committee.





Complaints procedure

If you have any concerns about the conduct or content of your child’s schooling, your first approach should be to the school. In most circumstances the class teacher should be able to deal with your concerns.


The Headteacher will be pleased to discuss any matters with you usually without prior notice.

In the event of a complaint about the curriculum or collective worship, the Governing Body would follow the procedures set out in the approved procedure.


All school policies are available through the school office should parents wish see them and those that must be published are on our Statutory Information Page.