Governors work in partnership with the Headteacher and staff to promote high standards of educational achievement and to drive the strategic direction of the school. The Governing Body is made up of parent, staff, community and local authority representatives.

 The Governing Body meets regularly to review the activities of the school and to consult and decide on its future direction. The Governing Body's responsibilities include:

 > Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

> Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils;

> Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

(Governors' Handbook January 2015)

 In addition to the full Governing Body meetings the Governing Body delegates certain responsibilities and more detailed discussion to its three committees: Resources, Teaching & Learning (T&L) and Standards.



Governor's Name Category Appointed by Terms of Office From Terms of Office To Committees Positions of responsibility Linked Subject Area
Miss Annabelle Grose Headteacher Ex officio 01/01/2016   Resources, Standards    
Mr Gary Clarke Parent Parents 01/07/2013 30/06/2017 Resources Chair of Resources Committee Maths, Computing, Science
Mrs Sarah Lush Parent Parents 27/07/2016 26/07/2019    T & L Committee Year 4 and 6
Miss Jo Keil Co-opted Governing Body 14/10/2014 13/10/2018 T & L Co-chair of  T & L Committee Thrive, PSHE
Mrs Deborah Lane  Co-opted Governing Body 11/09/2014   10/09/2018 T & L, Standards
Co-chair of Governors
Co-chair of  T & L Committee
Mr Steve Reardon
 Parent Parents   24/05/2012 23/05/2016 T & L, Standards  Chair of Standards Committee EYFS 
Mr Jonathan Reynolds  Parent   Parents  08/05/2015 07/05/2019  Resources    Gifted and Talented 
 Mr Jamie Short  Co-opted Governing Body  07/07/2015 06/07/2019  Resources    PE, School Council
Mrs Catherine Tinley Foundation Co-operative Trust  24/09/2013 23/09/2017   T & L    Music
Mr Richard Holmes  Local Authority Local Authority  18/01/2016   17/01/2020   Resources       SEND
Miss Katy Isaac  Staff Staff  11/10/2016  10/10/2020      
Mrs Gail Young Foundation Co-operative Trust 01/09/2013 31/08/2017 Resources, Standards
Co-chair of Governors
Mrs Carrie Tucker Parent Parents 08/05/2015 07/05/2019 T & L   Literacy

 Mrs PJ Wright, Clerk to the Governing Body    19/01/2015 - 



In order to ensure a democratic representation, the governing body at Willowbank has members elected by the school's parents & carers, a member from the school's staff, others appointed by the Local Authority and Co-operative Trust, in addition, members from the community appointed by the governors themselves.

Governors are all volunteers and come to the governing body with very different skills and experiences, but the one thing we all have in common is our commitment to work with the school and support our school community: children, teaching and support staff, parents and carers. The governing body is accountable for the school’s performance and in order to do this we attend a variety of training courses online, face to face and at governing body meetings so that we can become more effective as governors. We talk to pupils, staff and parents about different aspects of the school and report back to the governing body as part of our monitoring role and every decision we make is based on the best interests of the pupils in our care.

If you wish to contact any governor please contact Mrs PJ Wright, Clerk to the Governing Body via the school office. Any correspondence to the Chair of Governors should be handed in to the school office or via e-mail at

Deborah Lane and Gail Young, Co -Chair of Governors