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Please address any correspondence, for governors, to the Chair of Governors, Mrs Jan Dunne and send to the school office clearly marked for her attention.


  The governing body has a strong focus on three core strategic functions:


  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.


The primary consideration in the appointment and election of new governors are the skills and experience that the governing body needs to be effective.


The constitution of the governing body is as follows:

(The dates in brackets are the current terms of office for those governor)



Miss C Dearden


5 x Parent Governors

Mr M Reed (3/10/21)

Ms L Upchurch (27/11/21)

Mr S Legg (27/11/21)

Mr P Knell (18/03/23)



5 x Appointed Governors

Mrs J Dunne (09/05/21)

Mr J Adams (11/05/23)

Mrs P Bailey (18/02/22)

Ms N Ullah (31/11/20)

Mr B Martin (18/03/23)


1 x Staff Governor

Miss S Wood (14/03/21)


Associate Governors*

Mr G Troup (Environment)

Mrs A Hardie (Finance)

Mrs Alice Hambleton-White (Pupil Premium)


*Associate Governors are appointed for their expertise in a particular subject.

They are appointed on an annual basis to the committee listed but with no automatic voting rights


To enable the governing body to discharge its responsibilities effectively it has appointed the following committees to focus on specific areas of its responsibility:


Curriculum Committee:

Mr J Adams (Chair)

Miss C Dearden

Mr B Martin

Miss S Wood


Finance Committee 

Mrs P Bailey (Chair)

Ms N Ullah

Miss C Dearden

Mrs A. Hardie

Mr M Reed

Ms L Upchurch 

Mr P Knell


People Committee:

Mrs J Dunne (Chair)

Mrs P Bailey

Miss C Dearden

Mr S Legg


Environment Committee:

Mr M Reed (Chair)

Mr S Legg


Disciplinary Committee:

Will comprise of a minimum of 3 Governors which will be appointed by the Chair and/or Vice Chair of FGB as and when appropriate.


In addition, the Governing Body have also assigned governors to specific lead governor roles to reflect key elements of its work. The appointments are as follows:


Curriculum                     John Adams

Careers                          Michael Reed

Data Protection               Lisa Upchurch

English                           Pat Bailey

Health and Safety            Michael Reed/Stuart Legg

Humanities                     Pat Bailey

IT                                 Jan Dunne

MFL                                  Lisa Upchurch

Maths                            Peter Knell

Music                             Peter Knell

Pupil Voice                     Sue Wood

SMSC                             Jan Dunne

Safeguarding                  Stuart Legg

Science                          Ben Martin

SEND/Inclusion               Jan Dunne

Pupil Premium                Natasha Ullah

Sports                            Stuart Legg

Tech /Art                        John Adams