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.

Who We Are

In September 2013 the governing body elected to reconstitute, in keeping with statutory guidance from the Department for Education. We took this decision as it allowed us to change the numbers and types of governors we have and to appoint more people on the basis of the skills they could bring.

The governing body now consists of:

  • The Headteacher
  • One elected staff governor
  • One appointed local authority governor
  • Five elected parent governors
  • Seven co-opted governors

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 Matthew Stevens, who can be contacted via the school office or directly via email at: mstevens@priory.cambs.sch.uk

Much of the work of the governing body is done by committees. At Priory Junior School, we have the following committees:

  • Resources
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Pay Review

 

The governing body of Priory Junior School membership is as follows:

Type / Name

Date Terms of Office Ends

Committee Membership

Relevant Business Interests

Governor at Other Schools

Relationship with Other Governors or Staff

Parent Governors

Amanda Whittaker-Brown

19/09/2020

Teaching and Learning; Resources; Disciplinary; Headteacher’s Appraisal;

 None

None 

None 

Richard Carding

21/02/2020

 To be confirmed

 None

None 

None 

Sarah Gladwin

13/02/2020 

 Resources; Headteacher's Appraisal; Appeals

 Husband Governor at Priory Infant School

 None

None 

Fiona Brice

16/09/2020

 Teaching and Learning; Appeals

 None

None 

 None

 Vacancy 1

 

 

 

 

 

Local Authority Governor

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Hill

VICE-CHAIR

CHAIR OF RESOURCES

23/08/18

Resources, Teaching and Learning; Health and Safety governor; Disciplinary Committee; Pay Review Headteacher’s Appraisal

None

None

None

Staff Governor

 

 

 

 

 

Liam Smith

 

20/11/20

Teaching and Learning 

Member of staff 

None 

None 

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

Tracy Keefe

indefinitely

Resources; Teaching and Learning; Health and Safety

Member of staff

None

None

Co-opted Governors

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Rees

 

13/03/20

 

Resources; Disciplinary; Pay Review

None

None

None

Linda Wager

 

20/11/20

Resources; Teaching and Learning;

Member of staff / mother of TA and peripatetic drum teacher

None

None

Matthew Stevens

CHAIR

CHAIR OF TEACHNG AND LEARNING

28/09/19

Resources; Teaching and Learning; Pay Review

None

None

None

Kevin Sadler

31/03/21

Resources; Teaching and Learning

Member of staff

None

None

Vacancy 2

Co-opted

 

 

 

 

 

 Vacancy 3

Co-opted

 

 

 

 

 

Vacancy 4

Co-opted

 

 

 

 

 

Vacancy 5

Co-opted

 

 

 

 

 

Clerk to the Governing Body

 

 

 

 

 

Tracey Crawshaw

 

 

 

 

 

Previous governors

 

 

 

 

 

Sue Barbosa

(Resigned parent)

 

10/12/18

resigned July 2016

 

Chair of Teaching and Learning; Resources committee; SEN/Medical Needs Governor

None

None

None

Ian Peters

(Resigned parent)

 

20/02/17

 resigned September 2016

Teaching and Learning; Headteacher’s Appraisal; Appeals Committee

None

None

None

Caroline Foster

(Resigned parent) 

20/02/17

 resigned July 2016

Teaching and Learning; Resources; Appeals Committee

None

None

None

Andrew Knight

 

(Resigned parent)

20/05/18

resigned Jan 16

Teaching and Learning; Appeals Committee

None

None

None

Julie Tack

Resigned (co-opted)

 

03/11/16

 resigned September 2016

Teaching and Learning

Member of staff

None

None

 

Join in

All governors to a school’s Governing Body must be elected or appointed.

If you want to be part of Priory Junior School’s Governing Body please enquire about any vacancies.

Contact Matthew Stevens mstevens@priory.cambs.sch.uk, the Chair, or Tracy Keefe, the Headteacher.