Meet Our Board of Governors

Our Board of Governors is made up from parents, the community, staff and the local authority (LA). Some governors are elected and other governors are appointed. However all governors are responsible as a corporate body to all stakeholders: parents, the children, the staff, the community and the L.A. Governors are all volunteers and are not paid for their work.


The full Board of Governors meets termly. We recently adopted a system whereby governors spend a full day in school once per term. For around half of that time they spend time monitoring - for example watching lessons and learning about the school. For the other half of the day, committee meetings take place which allow governors to play a strategic role in the life of the school. .


School governors make collective decisions as part of the Board of Governors whose main function is to help raise the educational standards and performance of a school by supporting the work of the head teacher and staff. Governors make important decisions on how a school will be run.


The main roles are:

1.To provide a strategic view- To help with school improvement so that pupils learn effectively

2. To act as a “critical friend”- To provide the head teacher and staff with support. “Critical means asking questions to monitor the school’s effectiveness. “Friend” means that governors support the staff and the school.

3. To ensure accountability – The Board of Governors is responsible for ensuring high quality education for all pupils. Governors are accountable for the school’s performance.

Some of the things expected of governors include:
• Promoting high standards of achievement
• Planning the school’s long-term future
• Setting the school’s aims, values and ethos
• Budgetary allocation and control
• Appointing senior staff

Role of Governor


 Claire Holmes has written an overview of what she sees as her role. We hope that this helps our community members to have an idea of the role of governor in our school.


What I find the role of parent governor involves.

Being a parent governor wasn’t nearly as daunting as I had first thought and I was made to feel very welcome. I enjoy being a governor and being involved in my children’s school. I am also a parent volunteer. I’ve found it beneficial volunteering in school one morning a week to see first-hand how a regular school day works.

As a governor, you are expected to attend three main governing body meetings a year (one every term), usually on a Thursday and they last no more than two hours. These involve reviewing data and policies, agreeing on objectives as part of the school development plan and any items for discussion or approval such as staffing, budget and pupil premium allocation. We are encouraged and expected to challenge any items on the agenda to ensure every outcome impacts on the education and development of all pupils, whilst being a support to the head teacher.

We are also invited to three open days per year (once each term). For half of the day we meet as a Development Committee – where we find out about the standards in school and help to evaluate the progress the school is making towards meeting its targets. In the Resources Committee, the focus is on managing the school’s resources, particularly financial resources and making sure that money is spent in a way that has impact on raising standards. For the other half of the day we spend time monitoring what is happening in school, taking part in learning walks, gathering evidence on the implementation of school development priorities and generally seeing what has been discussed in the meeting actually taking place and helping the school to get better. I find this part very rewarding, seeing our work having impact in the classrooms.

Our presence is also welcome at any school event, such as concerts, assemblies and fundraising days.

There is always training courses available throughout the year which can greatly help you in your role. I strongly advise parent governors to attend the governor induction courses.




“Being a parent governor is a really rewarding role and not as time consuming as you would think”

“I am able to impact and make a difference to my child’s education as well as their peers”

“Being a parent governor enables you to be involved in the major decisions of the running of your child’s school”



Meet our governors...

Our governing body reconstituted in Autumn 2014.

After this date, the governing body consists of:


3 parent governors

1 Local Authority Governor


1 staff governor

7 Co-opted governors


Claire Holmes

Joint Chair of Governors.

Co-opted Governor. 

Gemma Campbell 


Joint Chair of Governors.

Co-Opted Governor.

Has a background in accounting.

Peter Raspin

Vice Chair, Local Authority Governor. Has a background in Industry. Peter has a declared interest as he is also the Chair of Governors at Melior Academy.

Elaine Monteith

Co-opted Governor. Member of Forest School teaching staff.

Gill Carpenter

Staff Governor. Works as a TA in school and has previous experience in Finance.

David Colecchia


Co-opted governor - recently retired from the Steel industry.

Tracey Hawkins

Co-opted Governor - was a teaching assistant at our school for many years.

 Denise Horsewood 


Mrs Horsewood is a co-opted governor and is a retired primary school teacher.

Margaret Snowden

 Mrs Snowden is a co-opted governor. She is a retired secondary school teacher with extensive experience of SEND.

Nicki Hopkins

Mrs Hopkins is a parent governor and has a background in adult education and apprenticeships