Meet the Governors

Roles and responsibilities of Governors

Governors play an important part in the strategic development of school improvement. We are very fortunate to have a hard working and proactive governing body who work closely with the school to ensure that it provides a good quality education for all pupils.

Raising educational standards in school is a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve. Governors promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head teacher, who is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school. Head teachers are recruited and selected by governors. As a Voluntary Aided Church of England School, Governors are the employers of staff and responsible for the Admission of pupils.

Governor appointments extend for a term four years. The Governing Body:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • plans the school’s future direction
  • selects the head teacher
  • makes decisions on the school’s budget and staffing including the performance management policy
  • makes sure the agreed Curriculum is well taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • makes sure the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs.

More information about the role of the Governing Body can be found on the Governors’ Charter. Please also see the Governors Annual Statement, please note none of our Governors hold Governor roles in other schools.


Our current Serving Governors Are:



Mrs M. Lawless

Chair of Governors

Foundation Governor

Chair of Resources Committee


Mr S. Garratt

Vice-Chair of Governors

Parent Governor


Mrs R. Winterton

Foundation Governor


Rector P. Atkinson

Foundation Governor

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Mrs J. Mckie

Foundation Governor

Dr K. Walchester

Foundation Governor

Chair of Learning and Wellbeing Committee

Mr I. Dougherty

Foundation Governor


Foundation Governor


Foundation Governor

Mrs L. Phillips

Staff Governor


Local Authority Governor


Miss L. Johnson

Parent Governor


Mrs J. Horton

Co-opted Governor



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