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The Governing Body is made up of a range of people from many different backgrounds. They include Parents, staff, Co-opted Governors and  Local Authority (L.A.) Governors.

 All Governors are volunteers who give their time and skills to help in the running of the school by acting as a critical or questioning friend.

The L.A. provides training sessions to induct new Governors and to provide up to date trainings on topics relevant to Governors roles in the running of the school.



Whitchurch School Governing Body has 9 members.


Christine Dyer            Co-opted Governor             Chairperson


Vacancy                       Co-Opted Governor            Vice Chair 


Carl Hornsby              Staff Governor                     Headteacher


Vacancy                       Parent Governor


Vacancy                       Parent Governor


Jo Smith                       Co-opted Governor


Christopher Newton    Co-opted Governor


Emily Filer                      Co-opted Governor


Abigail Fudge               Teacher Governor


 Vacancy                       Clerk to the Governors            


  • Parent Governors are elected by parents for a fixed term of 4 years.
  • Staff Governors are members of the school staff (teaching and non-teaching) elected by the staff.
  • L.A. Governors are nominated by the Local Authority.
  • Community Governors are appointed by the Governing Body to represent the local community and/or for specific skills.

 To contact the Governors you can leave a message or letter at the school office or contact the Chair through




Governors are responsible for the strategic management of the school, striving to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children.

The Headteacher and staff are responsible for the day to day running of the school.


Governors responsibilities include –


          Setting and monitoring the school budget

          Setting standards for pupils behaviour and discipline

          The appointment of Senior Staff

           Ensuring the upkeep and safety of school buildings and grounds

           Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

           Ensuring that the school provides a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum in                   accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum

           Preparing an Action Plan following Ofsted visits


Each Governor has a responsibility for a particular aspect of school life and reports back to the Full Governing Body (FGB) .This ensures that Governors are kept up to date with the relevant requirements of OFSTED.


The  Full Governing Body meets on the 3rd Thursday in the month  in term time at 5.15pm.


As well as attending meetings, Governors like to visit the school and be involved in school life. This includes reading with the children, pupil voice and making over 200 pieces of toast for the Harvest breakfast!  We also enjoy sharing in assemblies, plays and other activities.

Above all we aim to support the staff of the school in creating a safe, happy and pleasant environment in which to learn and play together.

Whitchurch Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.

For more information please see the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy in the policies section of our website.

Please read the policy here