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.

 

Priory Junior School's Financial Information
 
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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 Matthew Stevens mstevens@priory.cambs.sch.uk, the Chair, 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 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:

 

Name Committees Governor Category Appointment Date Term Ends Business Interests Governor at other Schools Relationships with governors or staff
Paul Hill
Vice Chair
Resources (Chair)
Teaching and Learning
Disciplinary
Pay Review
SEN Governor
Pupil Premium Governor
 
Local Authority
24/08/2018
Appointed
23/08/2022 None No None
Stephen Hardy
Teaching and Learning (Chair)
Resources
HT Appraisal
Co-opted
11/03/2019
Governing Board
10/03/2023 Director of SalesForce No None
Matthew Stevens
Chair of Governors
Resources
Teaching and Learning
Pay Review
Training and skills
Safeguarding Governor
Co-opted
15/07/2019
Governing Board
14/07/2023 Credit Risk Director Barclays Bank No None
Teodora Chakarova-Kostova
Teaching and Learning
(Vice Chair)
Parent
29/10/2019
Elected
28/10/2023 None No None
Rachel Coe
Pay Review
HT Appraisal
Co-opted
21/09/2020
Governing Board
20/09/2024 None No None
Chris Snape
Teaching and Learning (no voting rights)
Associate Member
21/09/2020
Governing Board
20/09/2024 Member of Staff No None
Emma Welch
Resources
(no voting rights)
Associate
Member
21/09/2020
Governing Board
20/09/2024 Member of Staff No None
Harriet Reeks
Teaching and Learning
Staff
22/09/2021
Elected
21/09/2025 Member of Staff No None
Simon Evans
Resources
Parent
15/10/2021
Elected
14/10/2025 None No None
Paul Gray
Resources
Teaching and Learning
Parent
15/10/2021
Elected
14/10/2025 Director - Hathaway Gray Financial Advice No None
Hema Nar
Teaching and Learning 
HT Appraisal (Observer)
Parent
31/10/2021
Elected
30/10/2025 None No None
Tracy Keefe
Headteacher
Resources
Teaching and Learning
Health and Safety
Pay Review
N/A 01/09/2002 N/A Member of Staff No None
Richard Walmsley   Clerk N/A N/A None No None