Ms Di West


Mrs Nicci Vasey

Vice-Chair/Local Authority Governor

Bob Thompson

Foundation Governors 
                    Reverend Canon Dr Judy Hunt                  Mrs Jane Rylands                              

Co-opted Governors
        Mr Phil Hodges                                    Mr Victor Trigg

Staff Governor

Mrs Tracey Young

Parent Governors 
Mr Jason Wainwright                          Mr Gareth Von Dinther

School governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to children’s education.

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including the governing board.

Strategic leadership

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the head teacher and deputy headteacher. It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing board, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing board; decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing board.  

The role of the governing board is a strategic one; its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school

  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives

  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives

  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives

  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing board.

What do they do ?

The Governing Body meets at least once every half term and 7 times a year. Sub Committees exist to deal with issues that may only happen once a year or on an ad-hoc basis. For example the Salaries, Performance Management and Employment Issues Committee only meet once a year and the Staff Discipline/Staff Dismissal Committee will only meet if necessary.


The minutes of the full governors meetings are available on this page or available in the school office for anyone to read once they have been approved.

Committee Structure

The governing body has 11 members.

2 Foundation governors

2 Parent governors

1 Staff governor

1 Local authority governor

4 Co-opted governors

1 Headteacher

plus 2 Associate members (observers)

School Governors are:-

  1. Parents (have a child in school when they are elected)

  2. Teachers and support staff (elected by staff in the school)

  3. Local council representatives (appointed by the Local Authority)

  4. Foundation Governors representing St Alkmunds Church (appointed by the Lichfield Diocese)

Members of the community (co-opted to the governors by governors because of their specific skills, knowledge and experience).

Governors Constitution

Governors Details

Instrument of Governors

Governors Newsletter February 2019