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“Governors know the school well and visit frequently to check on how the school is doing.”

(Ofsted Report December 2019)

Governors' Information and Duties


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing the strategic decisions of the school. The members of the Governing Board come from all areas of the school, including teachers, support staff, parents, members of the local community and those appointed by the Local Authority.  The clerk to the Governors attends meetings and ensures that minutes, records and papers of the Governing Board are properly recorded and maintained.


The first thing to say about being a Governor is that whilst at times it can be challenging and consuming, it is also tremendously rewarding and fulfilling. The Governing body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the Governors are involved with the strategic planning including, staffing, pastoral and buildings and finance. School Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools.


The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:


  • Jointly set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Engage in the development of 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)
  • Make decisions about the school’s budget and staffing requirements.
  • Encourage members of the Governing Body to take on roles and responsibilities and training to broaden understanding and develop succession planning


The real benefit of being a School Governor is it allows you to give something back to the local community whilst at the same time knowing that in some way you have helped make a difference.


If you would like to be part of the Thomlinson Junior School Governing Body please enquire by contacting our Clerk, Mrs Karen Myers, on 016973 42432 or by email at


Thomlinson Junior School  Governors  - 2023-2024

The Governing Body is currently made up as follows:

Local Authority Governor1
Parent Governors2
Co-opted Governors7
Associate Members1
Staff Governors1
Head Teacher1

Thomlinson Junior School has up to five full governing body meetings per school year. All governors are invited to attend these meetings. There are three committees which meet at least once per term – Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare, Health & Safety plus Finance, Staffing & Premises.


Designation and Committee Responsibilities

Date of Appointment

Re-election Date Due

Dawn Maxwell

All Committees
Jill Easdon

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare
 1 February 2021 31 January 2025

Local Authority

Amanda Studholme

Health & Safety

9 May 20239 May 2027
Christopher Scott (Vice-Chair)
Finance & Staffing
Head’s Performance Management
Safeguarding & Child Protection
14 September 202114 September 2025
Lyn Poole

Premises and Health & Safety
Head’s Performance Management
Pupil Voice
10 March 202310 March 2027
David Ferriby  (Chair)

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare
Finance & Staffing
Head’s Performance Management
10 March 202310 March 2027

Laura Vailionis
Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare

Finance & Staffing

Pupil Premium

6 May 20226 May 2026
Fiona Hardy

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare
14 September 202114 September 2025

Parent (Appointed by Governing Body)
Michelle Marshall

Finance & Staffing

Premises and Health & Safety

22 November 202222 November 2026

Elizabeth Gittins

Finance & Staffing

Premises and Health & Safety

8 October 20218 October 2025
Emma Budworth
Finance & Staffing 
13 September 202213 September 2026
Martin Cockroft

Curriculum, Standards & Pupil Welfare
Premises and Health & Safety
Complaints Review
2 February 2021

1 February 2025


Associate Member



Clerk to Governors

Karen Myers

 September 2010