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.


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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 Stephen Hardy, the Chair of Governors, or Tracy Keefe, the Headteacher.


Who We Are

In March 2020 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
  • Four 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 Stephen Hardy, who can be contacted via the school office or directly via email at:

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:


Name Committees Governor Category Appointment Date Term Ends Business Interests Governor at other Schools Relationships with governors or staff
Stephen Hardy
Chair of Governors
Teaching and Learning  (Chair)
Salary Review
Governing Board
10/03/2027 None No None
Rachel Coe
Vice Chair
Resources (Chair)
Salary Review (Chair)
HT Appraisal (Chair)
Local Authority
Governing Board
30/01/2027 None No None
Emma Welch Curriculum and Standards Co-opted
Governing Board
19/09/2024 Member of Staff No None
Simon Evans
Teaching & Learning
HT's appraisal
Salary Review
14/10/2025 None No None
Joy Thornhill-Brooks   Parent
30/11/2027 None No None
Paul Gray
HT’s Appraisal
14/10/2025 Director - Hathaway Gray Financial Advice No None
Suzanne Buckley  Curriculum and Standards (Vice Chair) Parent
14/10/2022 Elected
13/10/2026 UCL Associate Professor No None
Simon Flint
 • Curriculum and Standards
• Resources
26/03/2027 None No None
Tracy Keefe
Teaching and Learning
Salary Review
Appointed HT
N/A Member of Staff No None
Richard Walmsley   Clerk N/A N/A None No None