About Governors

The governors are a team of 14 volunteers from our community, who have a vital and demanding role that requires a wide range of skills and professionalism. The Governing Body is accountable to Ofsted for its effectiveness. There are several types of governor within our school:

  • Parent governor vacancies are filled by parents, where an election is held if there is more than one candidate for a post.
  • The staff governor is elected by members of the school staff.
  • Co-opt governors are appointed by the Governing Body for the skills they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school.
  • Foundation governors are appointed by the Diocese on the recommendation of the local church.
  • Local Authority governors are nominated by the Local Authority and appointed by the Governing Body.

What is the Governors’ role?

The role of the Governing Body is to provide non-executive leadership and is similar to the board of trustees of a charity.  The Governing Body operates at a strategic level, with the Head Teacher and senior school leadership team remaining accountable to the governors for the operational day to day running of the school. Each governor serves for a period of four years and usually sits on one of the sub-committees – Resources, Curriculum & Monitoring or Pay. Each sub-committee and the Whole Governing Body meets once every half term.

Governors bring a wealth of experience and knowledge but will also be expected to attend relevant education courses to fulfil their duties. Additionally governors will make pre-arranged monitoring visits to the school. Most governors spend around 20 hours per term performing governor duties.

A clear understanding of, and distinction between, the role of the Governing Body and the Head Teacher is crucial to effective governance.   The Head Teacher is responsible for the educational performance of the school and for the internal organisation, management and control of the school, which includes the performance management of staff.  The Governing Body’s role is to hold the Head Teacher to account for exercising their professional judgement in these matters and for the performance of their duties.

The Governing Body of Whitchurch C of E Primary School focuses on three core functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and direction
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the school’s educational performance and the performance management of its staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and ensuring its money is well spent.

Governors are expected to demonstrate robust processes and frameworks for setting priorities, creating accountability and monitoring progress. This means governors need to ask challenging questions on the basis of robust objective data.  Governors obtain data, information and feedback from the Head Teacher, review national data at least once a year, participate in visits to the school to verify what they have been told  and ensure the Head Teacher’s termly report provides appropriate and sufficiently detailed information.

The governors at our school adhere to and follow the NGA Code of Conduct:,policies-and-procedures/Model-Policies/Code-of-Practice.aspx

To find out more about becoming a School Governor, please visit the HCC website at and the NGA website at or contact the Clerk via the school office.

Governing Body Membership 2016-17

PARENT GOVERNORS (elected by parents)
Anthony Eley Resources (Chair)

Pay Committee

Panels:  Complaints (reserve); Staff Dismissal (reserve) 05.11.2019
Stephanie Alderman Curriculum and Monitoring Development and Training Governor 02.11.2020
Jon Robinson Resources Health & Safety Governor 02.11.2020
FOUNDATION GOVERNORS (appointed by Diocese)
Kelvin Inglis Resources

Curriculum & Monitoring

VICE CHAIR OF GOVERNOR (term ends 30.09.2017)

Collective Worship & RE Governor

Panels:  Pupil Discipline.

ex officio
Ruth Vale Curriculum & Monitoring

Pay Committee

SEND/Able Child (Inclusion) Governor; Early Years Governor

Panels: Pupil Discipline (reserve), Authorised Leave, School Recruitment.

Sophie Lloyd Curriculum & Monitoring Equal Opportunities Governor

Panels:  HT Performance Management, Complaints, Pupil Discipline.

LOCAL AUTHORITY GOVERNOR (appointed by Governing Body)
Steven Oaten  Resources Additional Opportunities Governor

Panels:  HT Performance Management, Pupil Discipline, Authorised Leave (reserve).

HEAD TEACHER (ex officio)
Kate Steven Resources

Curriculum & Monitoring

 Designated Safeguarding Lead. ex officio
STAFF GOVERNOR (elected by staff)
Amanda Wersby Curriculum and Monitoring  Staff Link Governor  05.11.2019
CO-OPTED GOVERNORS (appointed by Governing Body)
Clare Datta Resources

Curriculum & Monitoring

Pay Committee

CHAIR OF GOVERNORS (term ends 30.9.2017)

Child Protection/Safeguarding Governor

Panel Member: Authorised Leave, School Recruitment.

Jacqueline Day Curriculum and Monitoring (Chair)

Pay Committee (Chair)

Performance Management Governor

Panels:  Complaints, School Recruitment.

Barbara Russell Resources (Vice Chair) Finance Governor; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare Governor

Panels:  HT Performance Management, Staff Dismissal, School Recruitment.

Jane Tigwell Curriculum & Monitoring (Vice Chair) Communications Governor

Panels: Complaints, Staff Dismissal Appeals, Authorised Leave.

Katherine Lee Resources tbc 21.11.2020
 ASSOCIATE MEMBER (appointed by Governing Body)
 Andrew Klemz Resources (with voting rights) 19.09.2017
PLEASE NOTE:  All governors’ terms of office are for four years.  Chair and Vice Chair are elected for one year.
Clerk to Governors Barbara Peirce, c/o Whitchurch Primary School.
GOVERNORS IN POST DURING PREVIOUS YEAR with end dates                  Victoria Alvis (Staff) 19.09.2015
Pauline Williams (Local Authority) 29.09.2015
Davina Peacock (Parent) 16.10.2015
Gill Bilton (Foundation) 18.12.2015
Zoe Newton (Acting HT) 31.12.2015
Etsuko Sentence (Co-opted) 01.03.2016
Jenni Davies (Co-opted) 25.04.2016
Catherine Dixon (Parent) 31.08.2016
Andrew Klemz (Co-opted) 31.08.2016

Register of Govenors’ Interests 2016-17

Governors’ Name Statement of Relevant Business or Other Interest/Relationship to Staff Member/Employment at School/Other governorship Nature of Business/Interest Date of Appointment or Acquisition Date of Cessation of Interest Date of Entry
Stephanie Alderman Employed at Testbourne Community College July 2008 06.11.2016
Clare Datta Nil 01.09.2016
Jacqueline Day Nil 01.09.2016
Anthony Eley Nil 01.09.2016
Katherine Lee Nil 30.11.2016
Kelvin Inglis Wife employed as HLTA at the school 01.09.2016
Sophie Lloyd Employed part-time at the school July 2016 01.09.2016
Stephen Oaten Nil 01.09.2016
Jon Robinson Nil 06.11.2016
Jane Tigwell Nil 01.09.2016
Barbara Russell Volunteer Helper at the School 01.09.2016
Kate Steven Employed at the school 01.09.2016
Ruth Vale Volunteer Helper at the School 01.09.2016
Amanda Wersby Employed at the school 01.09.2016
Associate Member
Andrew Klemz (Resources Commitee – with voting rights) Whitchurch Town Councillor May 2015 20.09.2016
Previously in post (2015-2016)
Davina Peacock Husband’s Company: Empathy Landscapes Self Employed August 2013
Gill Bilton Nil
Zoe Newton Employed at the school
Jenni Davies Employed by HCC Educational Financial Services Financial services to schools Employee
Catherine Dixon Nil

Please Note: All Governors are welcome to attend any of the Committee Meetings and should arrange this with the Chair of the Committee they wish to attend.

Click here to visit the Hampshire County Council Governor website.

2015/2016 Governor Attendance Report

Whole Governing Body Minutes

WGB Minutes May 2016

WGB Minutes July 2016

WGB Minutes September 2016

WGB Minutes November 2016

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