School Governors

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved with such things as staffing, curriculum, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives.

At St James (Daisy Hill) CE Primary School the governing body consists of:

  • The Head teacher
  • One elected Staff Governor
  • One appointed Local Authority Governor
  • Four elected Parent Governors
  • Three Co-opted Governors
  • Three Foundation Governors
  • One Community Governor

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

The chair of governors is Mr Graham Burrows, who can be contacted via the school office

Much of the work of the governing body is done by committees. At St James (Daisy Hill) CE Primary School, we have the following committees:

Resources Committee

Members: Mr G Burrows, Dr E Lou, Mrs L Love, Mrs N Podmore, Mrs J Smithies (or nominees) and the Head Teacher
Chair: Mrs J Smithies (to be appointed first meeting of the Autumn Term)
Clerk: Carole Brooks, Governor Services
Qourom: At least 3 governors

Included in the remit of this committee is Health and Safety, staffing and school finances.

Enjoy and Achieve Committee

Members: Mr G Burrows, Ms J Gardner, Miss L Owens, Mrs J Prince, Revd. K Screeton, Mrs G Williams (or nominees) and the Head Teacher
Chair: Ms J Gardner
Clerk: Carole Brooks, Governor Services
Qourom: At least 3 governors

This committee holds the school to account over the way it provides the relevant education for all the children in the school.

The chairs of these committees are elected at the first committee meeting of each academic year.

Nominated Governor Roles/Responsibilities


Head Teacher Appraisal Governors (3)-Chair, Mrs G Williams and Mrs J Gardner

Partnership Governor-Mrs J Smithies

Link Governor for Training-Mr G Burrows

School Website-Dr Eric Lou

Vulnerable Groups

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)– Ms J Gardner

Pupil Premium Champion -Miss L Owens

Children Looked After– Mr G Burrows

Class Links

Nursery – Ms J Gardner

Reception – Miss L Owens

1B – Mrs G Williams

1U– Miss L Love

2P – Mrs J Smithies

2W -Mrs J Smithies

3P – Revd. K Screeton

3C – Mrs L Love

4F – Revd. K Screeton

4S – Mrs G Williams

5B – Mr G Burrows

5HP – Mr G Burrows

6C – Dr E Lou

6W – Mrs N Podmore

Curriculum (Subject) Links

Reading – Mrs L Love

Writing and SPAG – Mrs G Williams

Maths – Mrs L Love

Science – Revd. Kirsty Screeton

Computing/ICT – Dr E Lou

RE/Worship – Revd. K Screeton

School Development Plan Links

Writing (Teaching and Learning) – Mrs L Love

Disadvantaged Pupil Progress, Attainment & Attendance– Miss L Owens

Greater Depth – Mrs G Williams

Safeguarding Links

Safeguarding/Child Protection, Drugs Education & PSHCE – Mrs L Owens & Mrs J Smithies

Single Central Record (SCR) -Mrs L Owens & Mrs J Smithies

Safer Recruitment – Head Teacher, Mrs J Prince, Mr G Burrows

Health and Safety – Mrs G Williams and Mrs N Podmore

Equal Opportunities, Ethnicity & Anti-Harassment – Mr G Burrows


Title Download
Register of Pecuniary Interest 2019
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Committee Structures 2019
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Governor Attendance Record (Autumn 2018-Summer 2019)
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