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Sonia Fenner, Headteacher

Neil Ireland (Chair of Governors), Local Authority Governor

Richard Easterbrook (Vice Chair of Governors), Co-opted governor

Roy Unsworth, Co-opted Governor

Lorna Sexton, Co-opted Governor

Kate Lewis, Parent Governor

Bharathi Brown, Co-opted Governor

Alison Sugden, Co-opted Governor

Andrea Perry, Staff Governor

Colette Pidgeon, Deputy Headteacher, Associate governor

Governor Roles and responsibilities

In all types of schools, governing bodies should have a strong focus on three core strategic functions:

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

As part of the governing body team, a governor is expected to:

  1. Contribute to the strategic discussions at governing body meetings which determine:
    • the vision and ethos of the school;
    • clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets for the school;
    • that all children, including those with special educational needs, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum;
    • the school’s budget, including the expenditure of the pupil premium allocation;
    • the school’s staffing structure and key staffing policies;
    • the principles to be used by school leaders to set other school policies.
  2. Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school’s performance; this includes:
    • agreeing the outcomes from the school’s self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the school development plan;
    • considering all relevant data and feedback provided on request by school leaders and external sources on all aspects of school performance;
    • asking challenging questions of school leaders;
    • ensuring senior leaders have arranged for the required audits to be carried out and receiving the results of those audits;
    • ensuring senior leaders have developed the required policies and procedures and the school is operating effectively according to those policies;
    • acting as a link governor on a specific issue, making relevant enquiries of the relevant staff, and reporting to the governing body on the progress on the relevant school priority; and
    • listening to and reporting to the school’s stakeholders : pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community, including local employers.
    • Ensure the school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well, including the necessary expertise on business management, external advice where necessary, effective appraisal and CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and suitable premises, and that the way in which those resources are used has impact.
  3. When required, serve on panels of governors to:
    • appoint the headteacher and other senior leaders;
    • appraise the headteacher;
    • set the headteacher’s pay and agree the pay recommendations for other staff;
    • hear the second stage of staff grievances and disciplinary matters;
    • hear appeals about pupil exclusions.

Governor Committees

Members of the Governing body are asked to serve on one of the following three committees:
  • School Improvement: Alison Sugden (chair),  Lorna Sexton, Kate Lewis, Andrea Perry (staff)
  • Finance and Resources: Richard Easterbrook (chair), Neil Ireland, Bharathi Brown
  • Premises: Roy Unsworth (chair), Helen Park, 1 Vacancy, Diane Bailey (School Business Manager)
Each committee has a Chair and a secretary, with the Headteacher sitting on each committee. The Chair of Governors may attend any committee meeting. The committees meet approximately once a term to discuss and monitor relevant actions for their area of work. Through the committee minutes the full governing body is informed of these discussions and may be called upon to ratify decisions made.

Governing Body Visit Teams

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management: Neil Ireland, Richard Easterbrook
  • Quality of teaching and learning, and assessment : Alison Sugden, Lorna Sexton, Kate Lewis
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare : Bharathi Brown, Roy Unsworth
  • Outcomes for pupils: Vacancy, Kate Lewis

Other responsibilities 

  • Special Educational Needs (SEN): Lorna Sexton
  • Safeguarding and Children Looked After: Bharathi Brown
  • Health and Safety: Roy Unsworth
  • Head Teacher's Appraisers: Richard Easterbrook (VCoG), Neil Ireland (Chair)
  • Website compliance: Bharathi Brown


Name Category of Governorship Term of Office Appointing Body Business/ Pecuniary Interest Material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff Governance Roles in Other Educational Institutions Attendance record at FGB meetings (from September 2018 – September 2019)
Sonia Fenner Staff (Head) 01/10/2016 - Ongoing Staff No  None None  6/6
Richard Easterbrook (VC) Co-opted 24/04/2019 - 23//04/2023 FGB No  None None  3/6
Neil Ireland (C) Local Authority 18/11/2017 - 17/11/2021 FGB Yes  None None  5/6
Kate Lewis Parent  06/10/2020 - 05/10/2024  Parent        
Roy Unsworth Co-opted 24/04/2019 - 23//04/2023 FGB No  None None  5/6
Lorna Sexton Co-opted 04/09/2020 - 03/09/2024 FGB No None None  3/6
Bharathi Brown Co-opted 19/09/2018 - 18/09/2022 FGB No None None  4/6
Alison Sugden Co-opted 19/09/2018 - 18/09/2022 FGB No None None  4/6
Andrea Perry Staff 1/1/2018-1/1/2022 Staff No None None  4/6


Details of Pecuniary Interest can be sought from the Headteacher or Clerk to Governors


Governors who have left within the last 12 months

Name Category of Governorship Term of Office
Helen Park  Parent  15/05/2017 - 14/05/2021


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