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The Governing Body has a range of duties and powers, and a general responsibility for the conduct of the School with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement. This includes:
  • setting targets for pupil achievement
  • managing the School's finances
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced
  • appointing senior staff
  • reviewing staff performance and pay
  • deciding how, in strategic terms, the School should be run

As a Church Aided School our Governing Body is made up of Foundation, Parent, Staff and Local Authority Governors, as defined in our Instrument of Government (see below).

pdfInstrument of Government 

The Full Governing Body meets five times a year to decide the School's aims and policies and to ensure efficient running of the School.

The Governing Body has three core sub-committees:

  1. Teaching and Learning – monitors the standards of teaching and learning in the School
  2. Finance – manages budgets and finances and ensures school resources are satisfactory
  3. Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural – monitors and promotes the School’s distinctive Christian character and its impact on pupils’ personal and academic development and the wellbeing of all members of the school community.

These sub-committees meet on a regular basis to discuss in more detail the areas within their responsibility, which is defined in their terms of reference. Additionally, we have specialist committees which meet as and when required.

Please click on the document below to see the Three Year Strategic Plan for the school:

pdfThree Year Strategic Plan

Name Category of Governor Areas of responsibility Date Appointed Term of Office 
Liz Woolman Ms Liz Woolman
Foundation Governor

Chair of Governors
Finance Committee
18.10.17  4 years
Sophie Curra low res  Mrs Sophie Curra 
Local Authority Governor
Vice Chair of Governors
Chair of Teaching & Learning
SEN Governor
 19.07.2017 4 years 
Sue Elliott low res  Mrs Sue Elliott Headteacher
Teaching & Learning Committee
SMSC Committee
Finance Committee 
 01.01.17 N/A 
Dawn Hall low res Mrs Dawn Hall Staff Governor  SMSC Committee 08.11.17  4 years
Tom Holme low res The Reverend
Tom Holme
Foundation Governor
 SMSC Committee  01.09.99 N/A 
Lynda Wansbury low res Mrs Lynda Wansbury Foundation Governor Safeguarding Governor
Teaching & Learning Committee
 17.11.17 4 years 
Mrs Caroline Sharp thumbnail Mrs Caroline Sharp Foundation Governor  SMSC Committee  17.11.17 4 years 
Jane Stevens low res Mrs Jane Stevens Foundation Governor Chair of SMSC Committee
RE and Worship Governor
 18.09.18  4 years
Ben Thomas thumbnail Mr Ben Thomas Foundation Govenor Chair of Finance Committee
Health and Safety Governor 
14.03.17 4 years
Mrs Jane Dawson thumbnail

Mrs Jane Dawson

Foundation Governor Teaching & Learning Committee 17.09.18 4 years
John Elliott thumbnail2 Mr John Elliott Parent Governor SMSC Committee  19.11.18 4 years
Ms Sonya Black thumbnail
Ms Sonya Black Parent Governor  Finance Committee 19.11.18 4 years

Please click on the link below to view a table of Governors' attendance at Full Governing Body and Sub-Committee meetings for the academic year 2017-18.

pdfGovernor Attendance 2017-18

The Governors' Register of Business and Other Interests can be found below:

pdfRegister of Governor Business Interests