Governing Body

The Governing Body’s main role is to support the Headteacher and the staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is ‘a critical friend’. We help them to set and reach targets and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. The two key documents used for this are the School Development Plan (SDP) and the Self Evaluation Form (SEF). The SDP sets out a strategic plan for the school, with targets that everyone works towards and the SEF sets out how well the school is doing and where we aim to make improvements.


Our legal duties include:-

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher

The Governing Body meets once every half term. We also have four committees: finance, environment, staffing and teaching and learning.


There are several categories of governor, appointed by different groups that have an interest in the school. These are Local Authority, Parents, Staff and Co-opted. All governors have equal status, however they are appointed.

We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.

Our Governing Body meetings are usually held in the evening. We attend training sessions and seminars to help us keep up to date with changes in schools and education and to help us do our job effectively. We also go into school to meet with the Headteacher, other members of staff and pupils to help us find out how the school is progressing towards its targets.

NameCommittees and Roles
Mrs Janet CridlandChairCo-optedResources, Community & Environment, Teaching & Learning, Equality
Mrs Rose MussendenVice ChairAuthorityResources, Community & Environment, Teaching & Learning, English
Mr Ben BarkerHeadteacherResources, Community & Environment, Teaching & Learning
Mr Mike BellParentCommunity & Environment, Teaching & Learning, Discipline
Mr Pip BowdenCo-optedCommunity & Environment, Teaching & Learning
Mr Marcus CridlandCo-optedResources, Teaching & Learning, Appeals, Maths
Mrs Kelly ElliotAssociateResources, Community & Environment, Teaching & Learning
Mr Matthew HollowayCo-optedCommunity & Environment, Teaching & Learning, Discipline
Mrs Sally HouseStaffResources, Community & Environment, Teaching & Learning
Mrs Dawn HutchinsonParentCommunity & Environment, Teaching & Learning, Safeguarding, LAC, Pupil Premium
Ms Kirsty ParkerParentCommunity & Environment, Teaching & Learning, School Council, Inclusion
Mrs Julie RookClerk
Mrs Karen TilsedCo-optedCommunity & Environment, Teaching & Learning, Attendance, Sports Premium

Committee Terms of Reference

Governors’ Business & Pecuniary Interests

We have listed details of each governor’s business and financial interests, any governance of other schools and their attendance at meetings.