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School Governor Retires after 32 years' service

Mr Trevor Pearce is retiring after 32 years of being a dedicated school governor in schools throughout Peterborough

Mr Pearce from Stanground began his governor career at Thorpe Infants and Juniors in July 1989 when his daughter Helen was in first year infants.

He stayed at Thorpe Primary School for ten years and saw the primary school evolve and become part of Peterborough Keys Academies Trust (PKAT) while holding the post of chair of Premises Committee.

Trevor then moved to Parnwell Primary School under Nick Guest and his successor, where he was Vice Chair of the Governing Body until he resigned in 2010 following a heart attack.

In 1997 he had a career change and worked at Walton Infant and Junior Schools, subsequently Discovery Primary. While there, he joined the Governors as a staff representative.

In 2012, Nick Guest, who had moved to be Head of Thorpe Primary School persuaded Trevor to return to the governing body and he once again headed up the Premises team and took on Head’s Appraisals.

Trevor said: “During thirty-two years of service to schools in Peterborough, I have been a governor of seven schools, serving no less than twelve headteachers”.

Miss Emma Anderson, headteacher of Thorpe Primary School, part of Peterborough Keys Academies Trust said: “I would like to thank Trevor for his commitment to our school and wish him all the best for the future. It is the community that makes Thorpe Primary the success that it is, and we look forward to welcoming new Governors to our thriving school.”


During his time, Trevor was involved in school trips and accompanied Year 8 on eight-day residential stays on six occasions. In total, he was involved in over one hundred trips.

Trevor said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a school governor and would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in the education of our children. I am continuing to support Thorpe Primary School in Netherton by accompanying teachers taking children on educational visits.  However, I am going to be spending more time focusing on my role of Chair to Peterborough Local History Society. This, in turn, brings me back into schools, as I am often asked to speak to children about the history of the local area and of Peterborough itself, sharing my knowledge as a Peterborian and showing them images of a Peterborough long since gone.”

For more information about how to become a school governor at one of the five PKAT schools see the governor vacancies advertised on the PKAT website, where people can apply online: