Governor Information

What is a school governor?

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors – together they’re called the ‘governing body‘. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.

Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support Head teachers, but also ask questions and make sure the Head teacher is taking the school in the right direction.


Who can be a school governor?

Anyone over 18 can be a school governor – you don’t have to be a parent with a child at the school. However, every governing body includes parent governors, and it can be a rewarding way to be involved in your child’s school.

The most important qualities for being a governor are enthusiasm, commitment and an interest in education. You don’t need teaching experience, but it’s useful to bring skills from other areas of your life. It can also be time-consuming – for example, if your school has to apply ‘special measures‘, which are set by Ofsted, to make general improvements.


What does the role involve?

At most schools you’ll need to attend a governors’ meeting each half term. You’ll also be expected to join one or two sub-committees – these cover different areas like the curriculum, finance or buildings. You’ll need to be able to work well in a team, as you’ll be making joint decisions on policy.

Demands on your time depend partly on how the school is doing generally. Being a governor will be a busy role if the school’s results are getting worse or it’s going through a big change like appointing anew Head teacher, or joining with another school.

As a governor you will need to attend at least 3 Sub Committee and 3 Full Governing Body meetings a year


Welcome from our Chair of Governors

As school Governors, we have an important role in monitoring the safety, welfare and education of all our children. To do this we work as a team with children, staff and parents in an open and caring environment.

Our members have a broad range of knowledge and are made up of people with experience in business, public service, education in primary, human resource management etc. We also have governors who represent the parent body and two who represent the staff of the Academy.

As Governors we become involved with a variety of issues including finance, pupil welfare, policies, building/grounds maintenance and staff appointments. However, we consider that our most important role is to ensure the welfare and education of the children. We meet three times a year and have regular sub committee meetings in between.

My role as Chair has given me an insight into just how complex a challenge it is for staff to provide on a daily basis, a welcoming and safe environment, where each pupil is encouraged to learn and develop through a stimulating experience.

If you wish to contact me, please do so via Sandra Wolfe the Business Manager either by letter or email using our Contact us link or 01253 341466.

Jason Ashmore, Chair of Governors


Our Governors

Name Term of Office Type of Governor Attendance atFull Govs out of 3 2014-5 Attendance atFull Govs out of 3 2015-6
Jason Ashmore(Chair) 7/11/15 – 6/11/19 Co-opted 2 3
Jim Talbot (Vice Chair) 1/3/13 – 28/2/17 Parent 2 3
Sean Lannister 4/4/16 – 3/4/20 Co-opted 3 3
Lynn Barugh 18/3/14 – 17/3/18 Co-opted 3 1
Anthea Dawson 30/11/14 – 29/11/18 Parent 2 3
Andrew Harvie 17/12/15 – 18/12/19 Staff 2 2
Debra Straine Francis 8/10/14 – 7/10/18 Parent 3 2
Wendy Greaves 30/11/14 – 29/11/18 Staff 2 3
Kerry Ellis 8/10/14 – 7/10/18 Parent 1 3
Jo Makepeace 1/12/15 – 30/11/19 Co-opted New 1


Tracy Harrison (Headteacher)

Sandra Wolfe  Clerk to the Governing Body

Julie Somerside Clerk to the Finance Committee


We have  2 main Committees – The Finance & Resources Committee and Standards & Effectiveness Committee. All Governors are members of both Committees. There is a Health & Safety Committee that meets 3 times a year. This consists of staff members and 1 Governor representative – Mr Harvie.

Finance & Resources Committee – Chair Mr J Ashmore, Vice-Chair Mrs L Barugh

Standards & Effectiveness Committee – Chair Mr J Talbot, Vice-Chair Mrs W Greaves

Health & Safety Committee – Chair Mr A Harvie

There is also an Advisory Board for the Children’s Centre which meets 3 times and year and consists of parents and professionals who use the Centre. The Chair of the Advisory Board is Mr J Ashmore.


Thames Primary Academy Governing Body Information