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Our Governers

The Role of the Governing Body

The governing body plays a crucial role in ensuring the best possible education for our children.  

The purpose of governors is to provide, confident strategic leadership and create robust systems of accountability for educational and financial performance.  

The full governing body meets every half term, as well as conducting frequent committee meetings and school visits.

The three core functions of the governing board are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic vision
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent

Welcome from the Chair of Governors

As the Chair of Governors I would like to welcome you to King Edward Primary School.

Our children are kind and caring individuals and their achievements are valued and encouraged and we take great pride in our pupils and the education we provide.

Our school is a hive of activity and the diversity in teaching style and opportunities will ensure that your child is motivated to learn and have fun whilst doing so. The amazing staff go above and beyond to ensure that the children have experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. This enables them to challenge themselves and develop a wide range of skills and knowledge that they can be proud of.

As a school we communicate with our parents and carers in a wide range of ways; using social media, our school website and different messaging platforms, so you will always be kept up to date with school life and events and the staff in our school office are highly experienced and available to help with any queries that you may have.

There are many opportunities and events where you will be able to join in and build a relationship with the school, other parents and the children at school and we actively seek to engage with our families on a regular basis.

The school is supported in its goals by a strong and experienced Governing Body and we continue to strive to make the school the best it can be. We make sure that the school’s strategic direction is supported, and that policies and procedures are robust and fit for purpose. We ensure that the school budget and resources are being used in the best way possible for our children. In addition to this we make sure that we have a wide-ranging set of skills and training so that we add value in everything we do.

Our children are our best advert and I would encourage you to visit the school if you can. You will be greeted by hardworking and enthusiastic learners, friendly staff, and a positive and bright teaching environment and will leave feeling the same way about the school as we do. I hope that you will feel that your child would like to join us and we look forward to your family choosing our school.

Juliet Jackson

Chair of Governors

Contact our Governors

Governing Body’s Annual Statement

The Issues faced and addressed by the Governing Body over the last year were:  

  • Governing Body working arrangements and preparation for the Ofsted inspection and responding to its recommendations
  • Continued to ensure that the Head Teacher and SLT were supported in their roles
  • ‘Learning Walks’ to be undertaken by Governors to increase their depth of understanding of the school
  • Monitoring the progress of the KEEP
  • Restructuring of the Governor’s  sub-committees to enable a more responsive approach
  • Responses to the changed Ofsted inspection framework
  • Investigation and decision making regarding in-term holiday requests 
  • Major updates and changes to school website
  • Communication letters relating to key information sharing
  • Homework survey of staff following requests from parents
  • Parent and carer survey including clarification of parent/carer views
  • Welcoming new Governors including the Head Teacher of John Spence High School and a new parent governor
  • A permanent exclusion

The impact of the Governing Body on the school was: 

  • Governors knowledge of new data and assessment systems enables Governors to provide further support and challenge to school provision
  • Updated and redesigned school website will improve already highly effective communications with parents, carers and visitors
  • The parent and carer survey had a very high number of returns and confirms the great success of the school and the strength of highly positive views of parents and carers.  
  • The pupil survey confirmed that children feel safe, and that the overwhelming majority understand the behaviour policy.  This process will be repeated.
  • As a result of Governors clarifying stakeholders views, Governors are very clear about pupils and parent/carer views, supporting school to target and determine next steps of development. 

CommitteeAbrv.Name of Chair
Staffing and FinanceS&FAdele Tong
Curriculum and Pupil OutcomesC&OClaire Graham
Premises and Pupil SafetyP&SMaria Humphreys


Caroline Afolabi-DeleuFoundationAppointedSeptember 1, 2019August 31, 2023
Chris AttwellCo-optedElectedJuly 11, 2013July 10, 2021
Kate ByrneHead teacherAppointedSeptember 1, 2010-
Claire GrahamLocal AuthorityAppointedJuly 2, 2018July 1, 2022
Jonathan HeathCo-optedAppointedJanuary 21, 2019January 20, 2023
Greg HoughtonCo-optedAppointedSeptember 21, 2015September 20, 2023
Maria HumphreysParentElectedMarch 8, 2019March 7, 2022
Juliet  JacksonCo-optedAppointedJuly 2, 2018July 1, 2022
Lucy LaidlerStaffElectedSeptember 1, 2019August 31, 2023
Mark StuttCo-optedAppointedJune 30, 2016June 12, 2021
Adele TongParentElectedNovember 9, 2016November 8, 2020
Foundation Vacancy
Sarah ParnabyClerk/Admin-
Sandra GarrityClerk/Support-


A guide to being strategic

Strong governance is a key part of a successful school. Every governing board, no matter the type, educational phase or size of the organisation, has three core functions as set out in the Department for Education (DfE) Governance Handbook:

  1. ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils and the performance management of staff
  3. overseeing the financial performance of the organisation making sure its money is well spent.

However, there is little information available to governing boards and school leaders on how to create a strategy. Schools are beset by so many regulations and reporting requirements that it can be difficult to see the wood for the trees in terms of knowing what is most important to monitor.

That’s why the National Governance Association (NGA) and Wellcome have together developed a guide to help governing boards and senior leaders take a broader and longer-term perspective.

Over the past few years governance has evolved and there is now a diverse range of governance structures. This document provides governors, trustees and senior executive leaders in all settings with a robust framework that they can use to set a strategy for their organisation and monitor progress within an annual cycle. The core functions set out in the guide are consistent with the criteria that Ofsted use to judge governing boards (for more detail see the Ofsted School Inspection Handbook).

Extract from: Being Strategic: A guide for governing boards

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