Our Governors

The Local Governing Body - What we do

All schools and academies in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school.  The Headteacher is responsible for day-to-day leadership and running of the school.  The role of the Local Governing Body is to provide strategic direction and act as a “critical friend;”  to support, to challenge, to ask questions, ultimately to represent the school community. 

The Local Governing Body are involved with such things as the school budget, staffing, school infrastructure, safeguarding, academic performance, and, key issues which affect the school. Ultimately the governing body hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.  Governors appoint the Headteacher and are involved in the appointment of the Deputy Headteacher.  The Chair of Governors and a sub-section of the governing body are also involved in the Headteacher's Performance Review.

The Pyrcroft Grange Local Governing Body meets once a term.  There are three sub-committees which meet once or twice a term, as well as Class Governors.  Their responsibilities include:

  • Resources and Finance - To ensure that the school's spending remains within budget and that all funds are spent wisely to meet the best needs or the pupils.  The committe also provides input on staffing pay and health and safety issues.
  • Safeguarding and Welfare - To discuss and monitor all aspects for the school's pastoral work which includes attendance, behaviour, safeguarding, and ensuring all Child Protection policies are fully understood and correctly implemented by all staff.
  • Student Performance and Progress - To discuss and monitor all aspects of the school's work around pupil attainment and progress, and ensure that the curriculum is broad, balanced and stretching.
  • Class Governors - The Parent and Co-opted Governors each take responsibility for a specific class within the school (see photos below). They are invited into class to talk to teachers, look at the learning environment, meet the children, attend class assemblies and be kept informed on overall progress levels in their class.  This ensures our governors are connected with the school on many levels, and enables them to make informed choices about Pyrcroft Grange.

Who are we?

The Governing Body consists of elected 7 co-opted, 2 parent and 3 staff governors, and the Headteacher.   The Chair and Vice Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.  Each governor has a term of office of four years.

The Governing Body at Pyrcroft Grange are:

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Mr Ian Gardner

Chair of Governors

Ms Jo Sharp

Vice Chair of Governors

Mrs Sue Nardoni


All Committees

Headteacher's Review Panel

Year 1 - Ruby Class



Resources & Finance (Chair)

Student Performance & Progression

Headteacher's Review Panel

Year 2 - Emerald Class

All Committees





Mrs Antonia Bisonni

Co-opted Governor

Councillor Dolcie Clarke

Co-opted Governor

Ms Liz Barton

Co-opted Governor

Student Performance & Progression (Chair)

Year 5 - Opal Class



Student Performance & Progression

Headteacher's Review Panel

Lead Governor, SEND

Reception - Diamond Class

Safeguarding & Welfare (Chair)

Lead Governor, Child Protection & Safeguarding

Year 6 - Amber Class



Miss Jennie Campbell

Staff Governor

Miss Nicola Colley

Staff Governor

Miss Hannah Keegan

Co-opted Governor

Safeguarding & Welfare


Safeguarding & Welfare

Student Performance & Progression

Student Performance & Progression

Year 4 - Topaz Class

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Mrs Danae Salwan

Parent Governor

Mrs Clare Struthers

Co-opted Governor

 Mr Mark Brewster

Co-opted Governor

Resources & Finance

Safeguarding & Welfare

Year 3 - Sapphire

School Website

Resources & Finance

COIN Governor

PTFA Chair


 Safeguarding & Welfare





Mrs Anne Smith

Clerk to the Governors

Clerk to all Committees    

2016-2017 Academic Year Meetings

The Local Governing Body will meet at 6.30pm on the following dates in the school hall:

  • Tuesday 20th September 2016 : Business Meeting
  • Tuesday 22nd November 2016 : Termly Meeting
  • Tuesday 21st March 2017 : Termly Meeting
  • Tuesday 6th June 2017 : Budget 2017 / 2018
  • Tuesday 11th July 2017 : Final Meeting 2016 / 2017

Contacting us

Please speak to the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or class teacher in the first instance.  The Governing Body can be contacted via the school office during term time.  Please address any comments or queries to the Chair of Governors, Mr Ian Gardner.

Code of Conduct

To view our Governors Code of Conduct click here