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Meet the Governors

Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Our current Governors are:


Mrs Sarah Mellors (Headteacher), Mr Gary Maddison, Mrs Karen Spencer, Mrs Sara Smith, Mrs Jo Merriman, Mr Lee Drake, Mayor Ron Shepherd, Mr Simon Overal and Mr Simon Smith.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

We have also provided a Register of Governor Interests and an Annual Statement of Issues for your information.

Our Governing Body


The Governing Body together with the Senior Management Team of Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, lead the school, by setting the vision and establishing the right culture to ensure your child has the best possible opportunities to learn and develop as a young person.

Our Governing Body comprises 11 elected people plus the Head teacher, a total of 12.  There are different groups of governors elected from different parts of the community and each governor except the Headteacher is elected for a 4 year term of office.

The full Governing Body meets once a term with an agenda including governor initiated and Local Authority items.  There are several committees including Resources (Finance & Personnel), Premises, Health and Safety and Standards and Curriculum ( Monitoring & Policies).  These meet termly, or half termly depending on business requirements.  For example, the Resources Committee meets to recruit and select staff and to approve and oversee expenditure. The Premises, Health and Safety Committee meets to address all matters of safety, building work and related legislative matters. Standards and Curriculum Committee monitors the teaching, learning and assessment through the school. Other committees can be convened as requires e.g. Appeals, Complaints and Pupil Discipline. 
Our Governors are an active group and really make a difference to the school.



Governors with assigned responsibilities for 2017-2018


Mr Gary Maddison - Maths

Mr Roger Young - Safeguarding/Child Protection/SEND and Governor reviewer

Mrs Sara Smith - Peer Critique and Multiple Drafting

Mrs Jo Merriman - Phonics

Mr Simon Overal - Pupil Premium (tbc)

Mrs Rachel Ellis-Thompson - Authentic Audience / EYFS



Name Category

Term of



Term of





Mrs Andrea Todd Headteacher 01/04/1995 31/08/2016


Mrs Sarah Mellors Headteacher 01/09/2016 31/08/2020

Resources Committee.  Standards and Curriculum Committee. Premises Health and Safety Committee.

Mr Roger Young

(Ex Chair)


Co-opted 16/3/2015 25/6/2019

Resources Committee.  Standards and Curriculum Committee. Premises Health and Safety Committee. Head Teacher Review Panel.

Mr Gary Maddison

Vice Chair


Co-opted 2/9/2014 1/9/2018

Resources Committee.  Standards and Curriculum Committee. Premises Health and Safety Committee. Head Teacher Review Panel. Pupil Discipline Committee.

Mr Phil Young

(Ex Vice Chair)

Parent 14/10/2013 6/10/2015


Mrs Karen Spencer Staff 02/11/2015 01/11/2019 Standards and Curriculum Committee.
Mr Lee Drake Co-Opted 12/11/2012 11/11/2019 Standards and Curriculum Committee. Complaints Committee.
Mr Alex Baxter Authority 07/06/2014 21/1/2016


Mrs Sara Smith Parent 09/10/2014 08/10/2018 Resources Committee. Standards and Curriculum Committee.
Mr Darren Hanley Parent 03/03/2014 16/03/2016


Mr Paul Dickinson

(Ex Chair)

Co-Opted 7/1/2014 25/10/2015


Cllr. Ron Shepherd Local Authority 14/3/2016 14/3/2020

Standards and Curriculum Committee. Premises Health and Safety Committee. Resources Committee.

Mr Simon Overall

Chair of Governors

Community 14/3/2016 14/3/2020

Resources Committee (Finance only). Appeals Committee.


Mrs. Jo Merriman


Parent 11/11/2015 11/11/2019 Resources Committee. Standards and Curriculum Committee. Head Teacher Review Panel.
Mr Stuart Caroline Co-Opted 9/11/15 06/2016



Mrs Rachael Ellis-Thompson




Mr Peter Fuller






Name Pecuniary Interests

Governance Roles

In Other institutions

Material Interests

Attendance 2016-2017 Academic Year

(3 main meetings & Committee meetings)

Mrs Sarah Mellors None None None 100%




Mr Gary Maddison

(Vice Chair)

None None None 67%
Mrs Karen Spencer None None None 100%
Mr Lee Drake None None None 71%
Mrs Sara Smith None None None 50%

Mr Roger Young


None None None 100%

Mrs Rachael Ellis-Thompson


None None None 100%  (appointed during year)
Mr Peter Fuller None None


33% (appointed during year)


Mrs Jo Merriman None None



Mayor Ron Shepherd



None None 56%
Mr Simon Overal



None None 78%