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The Governing Board

To find out more about each of our Governors, click on their image below to see their pen portrait.

Laura Hernandez
Chair of Governors
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Adam Hodgess
Vice Chair of Governors
Emma Stephens
Associate Governor

Peter Lewis-Cole
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Pamela Renouf
Co-opted Governor

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Kate Timony
Co-opted Governor

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Faye Nimmo
Co-opted Governors
Pupil Premium
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Sally-Ann Wood
Co-opted Governor
Penny Faulkner
Parent Governor
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Sarah Smithson
Parent Governor

Melanie Wensley
Parent Governor

Co-opted Governor

Victoria Fletcher
Clerk to Governors


What do we do as a Governing Board?


As a voluntary role, Governors make a commitment to providing the school with the support and challenge needed to ensure that the school continues to strengthen and our pupils get the best possible education. As such, all Governors have link roles and they will make visits to school to find our more information about their area and how the school is performing.

There are different types of members on the Governing Board. 'Co-opted' members are elected to office by the full governing board and serve a term of 4 years; 'Parent' governors are elected through ballot and serve a term of 4 years; and 'Staff' governors are elected by ballot and serve a term of 4 years. We may also have 'Associate' members who may contribute to the governing board on certain issues (like finance) but are not elected members. The Headteacher of the school is always on the governing board.

The Governing Board has a strategic role in ensuring the school fulfils its vision and mission. It:

  • Thinks and works strategically to help raise standards.

  • Plans the school’s future direction

  • Monitors and evaluates progress towards the school’s priorities and targets.

  • Supports the head and staff and challenges them.

  • Oversees the school budget and spending

  • Is accountable to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made.

  • Must ensure that systems are in place for the school to deliver a good quality education and keep children safe (but isn’t responsible for the day to day management of the school)

  • Act as a ‘critical friend’ – encouraging, supporting and challenging.

  • Selects the head teacher

  • Makes sure the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs

We meet as a Governing Board nine times a year (nearly once a month) and follow a challenging cycle of governance which ensures that all aspects of school life (including finance, premise and health and safety, and curriculum and standards) are explored in detail and school leaders challenged appropriately.

As well as all the above, the Governing Board will select a panel for:

  • Head teacher performance management

  • Appeals


The Appeals committee is convened as and when required. The Headteacher's performance review is convened annually in the Autumn term.

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