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School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the Headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent 

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies  

Who can be a school governor? 

You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations.

What's really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people.

Effective governance will include these core features:

  • Commitment to ongoing development and to getting to know the school well, including effective induction.
  • Commitment to playing an active part whilst working as part of a team.
  • Ability to provide robust challenge and hold school leaders to account whilst listening to and respecting the views of others.
  • Focus on a strategic role rather than involvement in operational matters.

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Governor Type

Area of Responsibility



Jessica Merritt

Chair of Governors


11th November 2019

1st September 2025

Kerry Burns

Vice Chair

Curriculum/Sports Premium/Pupil Premium

4th July 2022

4th July 2026

Calum Burke

Parent Governor

Community Links/Careers/Skills Builder

1st September 2022

1 September 2025






Neil Bate

Associate Governor


1st September 2022

1 September 2025

Rebecca Cox

CEO – Hales Valley Trust




Mark Simpson

Chair – Hales Valley Trust Board of Directors




Kelvin Daley






Register of Business Interests

None registered

Your views are important to us, and we are always happy to hear your suggestions for school improvement. If you would like to pass on a suggestion, or if you are interested in finding out about how you can help our school, our Chair of Governors - Jessica Merrit can be contacted via the school office on 01384 816845 or email address for further information