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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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, the Chair, or Tracy Keefe, the Headteacher.

Click below to read further information about being a parent governor at Priory Junior School. We currently have 3 vacancies for parent governors and are currently seeking nominations. Please submit any applications for this role by 14th October.

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:

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
Anthony Holmes
Children in Care
Pay Review
Parent 20/11/2017 19/11/2021 Director Science and Technology NC3Rs No None
Paul Hill
Vice Chair
Resources (Chair)
Teaching and Learning
Pay Review
SEN Governor
Pupil Premium Governor
Local Authority 24/08/2018 23/08/2022 None No None
Stephen Hardy
Teaching and Learning (Chair)
Co-opted 11/03/2019 10/03/2023 Director of SalesForce No None
Matthew Stevens
Chair of Governors
Teaching and Learning
Pay Review
Co-opted 15/07/2019 15/07/2023 Credit Risk Director Barclays Bank No None
Teodora Chakarova-Kostova Teaching and Learning Parent 29/10/2019 28/10/2023 None No None
Rachel Coe
HT Appraisal
Co-opted 21/09/2020 20/09/2024 None No None
Tracy Keefe
Teaching and Learning
Health and Safety
Pay Review
N/A 01/09/2002 N/A Member of Staff No None
Harriet Reeks Teaching and Learning Staff 22/09/2021 21/09/2025 Member of Staff No None
Chris Snape Teaching and Learning Associate Member (no voting rights) 21/09/2020 20/09/2024 Member of Staff No None
Emma Welch Resources Associate Member (no voting rights) 21/09/2020 20/09/2024 Member of Staff No None