The members of the Governing Board are elected for a period of 4 years.

Our current Constitution was reviewed in the Spring Term 2019 and is made up of the following personnel:

Local Authority (LA) Governor = Currently vacant from September 2019

Parent Governors = 2 

Staff Governors = 2 (Teaching (Head Teacher) and Non-Teaching)

Co-Opted (formerly Community Governors) Governors: 5 (Deputy Head also Co-Opted) 

Associate Member =2 ( 1 current vacancy : Head Teacher from Secondary feeder school currently pending)

Who Appoints the Governor Categories?

Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Governing Board

Co-Opted Governors are appointed by the Governing Board

Parent Governors are elected by Parental ballot

Staff Governors are elected by Staff ballot

The Head Teacher is an automatic appointment. Associate Members/Invitees are allowed to attend as they provide valuable support to key elements of Governance.

The table below provides the details of each individual member, when they were appointed, what they are responsible for and the Committees they preside on. If you ever need to contact any member of the Governing Body, you can do so by writing to the school or e-mailing; we will ensure all correspondence is passed on.

Name Role & Responsibility Committee
Mr Michael Hartnack

Co-Opted :

Re-appointed Summer Term 2019

Chair of Governors

Link Governor for Child Protection & Safeguarding

Resources Committee (Chair)

Pupil Discipline Committee (Chair)

Standards & Curriculum Committee

HT Challenge/Scrutiny Committee (Chair) 

Performance Management Governor for Head Teacher Appraisal

Mr Paul Bevan


Re-appointed Summer term 2019

Vice Chair of Governors

Link Governor for SEND

Complaints Committee (National Curriculum) (Chair)

Complaints Committee (General) (Chair)

Standards & Curriculum Committee (Chair)

Resources Committee

HT Challenge/Scrutiny Committee 

Reviewing Officer of the Performance Management Panel for Head Teacher Appraisal

Mrs Lucy Hill


Appointed : 08.12.2014

Deputy Head Teacher & Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead

Resources Committee (Finance & Premises Only)

Standards & Curriculum Committee

Mr Tom Turner

Co-Opted Governor

Re-appointed : 25.11.2014 (appointed Co-opted Nov 2017)


Complaints Committee (General)

HT Challenge/Scrutiny Committee (Primary Link)

Standards & Curriculum Committee

Mr Ben Middleton 

Parent Governor

Appointed : 18.03.2016



Challenge/Scrutiny Committee (Reserve Link)

Mr Peter Speck

Staff Governor

(Head Teacher)

Appointed : 08.12.2014

Head Teacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Resources Committee

Standards & Curriculum Committee

Mrs Joanne Anderson 

Staff Governor

Appointed : 01.03.2016

Resources Committee (Finance & Premises Only) - Present as an attendee for Finance to deliver the appropriate financial/premises/personnel information to the Panel and act in an advisory capacity. 

Full Governors Only for voting right.


Mrs Helen Shepperson

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed 14.06.2016

Link Governor for Finance

Pupil Discipline Committee (from March 2017)

Complaints Committe (from March 2017)

Mr Ben Young

Co-Opted Governor

Appointed : 29.01.2018

Link Governor for Pupil Premium
Mrs Kirsty Laing

Parent Governor

Appointed June 2019

Mrs Rachel Sainthouse/Mrs Maria Bankhead

Associate Members since November 2017 (Mrs Bankhead since March 2018)

(Mrs Sainthouse formerly Co-Opted)

Mrs Sainthouse was formerly a Co-Opted Governor but following the review of the Governing Board constitution in November 2017, she has adopted the role of Associate Governor; she attends termly meetings in an advisory capacity in matters of the curriculum, teaching standards etc. but has no voting rights. Mrs Bankhead has adopted this role while Mrs Sainthouse is on Maternity Leave. 

What do Governors do?

  • They appoint staff to the school and are involved in their professional development
  • They are responsible for the general conduct and curriculum of the school
  • They consider cases of pupils who are permanently excluded from the school
  • They approve the school's annual budget plan
  • They provide information for parents, the Local Authority and OFSTED inspectors
  • They determine what goes on in the school building after hours
  • They ensure all policies, procedures and standards as set out by the LA and the DfE are adopted in school

How do they do it?

  • They meet formally as a full Governing Board at least once per term. At the termly meeting, discussion is held regarding information from the Local Authority. This may be for information, consultation, action or decision. School based issues are also considered.
  • Collectively, the Governors have a wide range of interests, skills and expertise. There are a number of committees: the Resources Committee and Standards & Curriculum Committee are the main ones but there are several smaller committes which play an equally imprtant role.
  • Governors visit the school as often as they can in term time. They attend functions and often have opportunities to meet children and parents.
  • If you have anything you would like to say to the Governing Board, they can be contacted via the school office.

Parent Governors:

  1. Have a child at school at the time of election
  2. Are elected by parents of the school
  3. Serve, as do other Governors, for a period of four years

Why are Parents on the Governing Board:

Parent Governors bring the view of the parents to the Governing Board, but they speak and act as individuals. They should not be thought of as delegates or 'mouth pieces' of the parents, they do not vote for all parents in general. They have equal status and voting rights in the work of the Governing Body.

How can I become a Governor?

You, as a parent, elect Parent Governors for a four year period. Details of election procedures will be sent to all parents when vacancies on the Board arise. All parents therefore have an opportunity to stand for election if they are interested in doing so.

Get to know our Governors...........

The Governing Board is made up of people from a diverse range of backgrounds and professions. We have provided a 'pen portait' of all our members, which we hope will give visitors to the website a better understanding of us as individuals.....and our committment to the school. Click the link below to read all about us!



Update pending for 2019-20


Autumn Term Newsletter 2019

Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy 2019

Teachers Pay Policy 2019

Teachers Appraisal Policy 2019

Capability Policy - Teachers & Head Teachers

SEND & Disability Policy 2019

SEND Information Report 2019

Keeping Children Safe in Education Part 2 : Management of Safeguarding - A guide for Governors September 2019

Keeping Children Safe in Education : Complete DfE Guidance September 2019