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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 or email to



Parent Governor elections - closing date 03.11.20


  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)



Ms C Pluck


5 x Parent Governors

Ms L Upchurch (27/11/21)

Mr S Legg (27/11/21)

Mr P Knell (18/03/23)

Miss D Didier (03/02/23)

Mrs D Scammell (01/12/24)


5 x Appointed Governors

Mrs J Dunne (09/05/21)

Mr J Adams (11/05/23)

Mrs P Bailey (18/02/22)

Mr B Martin (18/03/23)

Vacancy x1


1 x Staff Governor

Miss K Shutts (01/12/24)


Associate Governors*

*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)

Ms C Pluck

Mr B Martin (Vice Chair)

Miss D Didier

Mrs D Scammell


Finance Committee 

Mrs P Bailey (Chair)

Ms C Pluck

Ms L Upchurch (Vice Chair)

Mr P Knell


People Committee:

Mrs J Dunne (Chair)

Mrs P Bailey (Vice Chair)

Ms C Pluck

Mr S Legg


Environment Committee:

Mr S Legg (Chair)

Mr P Knell (Vice Chair)

Ms C Pluck

Mrs D Shutts

Miss K Shutts


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:




John Adams


Delphine Didier

Data Protection

Lisa Upchurch


Pat Bailey

Health and Safety

Stuart Legg 


Pat Bailey


Jan Dunne


Peter Knell

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mrs Dunne


Lisa Upchurch

Pupil Voice



Jan Dunne


Stuart Legg


Ben Martin


Jan Dunne

Pupil Premium

Mr J Adams / Mr B Martin


Stuart Legg


John Adams