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, Mr A Hemmings, Mrs L Love, Mr R Orr, Dr A Gregory and the Head Teacher
Chair: Mr A Hemmings
(To be appointed by Committee at the first meeting of the Autumn Term)
(Good practice that the Committee Chair is different from the Chair of Governors)
Clerk: Minute Clerk, Governance 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, Mrs V Gould, Mr A Hemmings, Mrs J Prince, Mrs G Williams, Miss A Mills, Miss A Lee (or nominees) and the Head Teacher
Chair: Ms J Gardner
(To be appointed by Committee at the first meeting of the autumn term)
Clerk: Minute Clerk, 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, Mr G Burrows

Deputy Head Teacher Appraisal Governors (2) – Dr A Gregory and Mrs J Gardner

Partnership Governor – Mrs V Gould

Training & evelopment Lead – Mr G Burrows

School Website – Dr A Gregory

Vulnerable Groups

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

Pupil Premium Champion – Mrs L Love

Children Looked After – Mr G Burrows

Class Links

Nursery – Miss A Mills

Reception – Mrs L Love

Year 1:
1P –
Mrs J Gardner
 – Mrs J Gardner

Year 2:
– Mr A Hemmings
2U – Mr A Hemmings

Year 3:
– Mr G Burrows
3W – Mrs G Williams

Year 4:
 – Mrs V Gould
4SB – Mrs V Gould

Year 5:
– Dr A Gregory
 – Dr A Gregory

Year 6:
6L – Mr R Orr

Curriculum (Subject) Links

Maths – Mrs L Love and Mrs G Williams

Science – 

Computing/ICT – Dr A Gregory

RE/Worship – Mr A Hemmings

School Development Plan Links

Educational Recovery, Well-Being and Attendance – Mrs L Love and Miss Mills

Reading and Writing – Mr R Orr and Mrs V Gould

Curriculum – Mrs G Williams 

Safeguarding Links

Safeguarding/Child Protection, Drugs Education & PSHE (including RSE) – Mr A Hemmings, Mrs V Gould & Miss A Mills

Single Central Record (SCR) – Mr G Burrows

Safer Recruitment – Head Teacher, Mrs J Prince, Mr G Burrows, Mr A Hemmings (to access online training)

Health and Safety – Dr A Gregory

Equal Opportunities, Ethnicity & Anti-Harassment – Dr A Gregory


Governor Attendance 2022/2023
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Register of Pecuniary Interest 2022
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