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Governors have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. The governors of the school have three core functions:

  1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  2. ​Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and it's pupils, and the performance of staff
  3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure that its money is well spent.


  • Agree the vision and aims for the school.
  • Identify priorities for development, set targets and plan actions for improvements, including actions arising from a school inspection. They approve and monitor the annual School Improvement Plan.
  • Ensure a high standard of educational attainment by monitoring school performance data, checking how pupils are doing compared to other pupils nationally and setting targets for pupil achievement.
  • Know about the quality of teaching and about how the school is developing the staff.
  • Ensure that the school meets it's statutory responsibilities in areas such as health and safety and equalities.
  • Oversee the school budget, including staffing and pay levels and check that the school is achieving value for money.
  • Appoint senior staff (including the Headteacher) and govern staff conduct and discipline.
  • Maintain a broad and balanced curriculum, particularly that the National Curriculum and Religious Education are taught.
  • Accept widespread responsibility for the conduct of the school.



You can read more about the role of the Governing Body in the DfE Handbook:




Ofsted evaluate the effectiveness of the governing body when they inspect a school. This is what Ofsted said about governance at Court Lane Junior School in October 2014:


The governing body knows the school well. It monitors the quality of school provision systematically and regularly and contributes well to the school development plan. Governors analyse information about pupils’ achievement with understanding and offer strong challenges to school leaders about the progress made by different groups of pupils. Governors keep themselves well informed about the quality of teaching in the school and ensure that senior leaders do enough to improve teaching through performance management and support for staff. Governors check that any pay awards made are properly justified by good performance. They check that school finances are spent in ways that lead to improvements in pupils’ achievement and well-being. The governing body has contributed to the raising of expectations in the school. Its impact on school improvement is good.


The membership of the governing body is, as determined by law, made up of different types of governors and includes parents, community governors, Local Authority governors, teaching and support staff and the Headteacher.



Term of Office



Additional Responsibilities

Executive Headteacher

Mrs Jude Ramshaw
  • Not Applicable
  • All Committees

Head of School

Mrs Sam Cantini

  • Not Applicable
  • All Committees

Parent Governors



Staff Governor

Mrs Pamela Baracchini
  • November 2015
  • Curriculum & Standards
  • Pupils' Medical Needs
  • Support

Representative Governor

Mrs Lynne Downer
  • 31/12/2018
  • Finance & Resources
  • Vice Chair
  • Chair of Finance & Resources
  • English Link
  • School Council, Safeguarding
Co-opted Governors      
Miss Teresa Asplett
  • 31/12/2018
  • Curriculum & Standards
  • Vice Chair Curriculum & Standards
  • Maths Link
  • Governors Monitoring Plan
Mr William Murray
  • 23/3/2019
  • Finance & Resources
  • Science Link
  • Website
Rev. Simon Ford
  • 31/12/2018
  • Steering Group
  • Curriculum & Standards
  • RE & SMSC (inc PSHE, Behaviour & anti-bullying, Culture)
  • Chair Curriculum & Standards
  • Parent Comms (Chair)
  • Attendance
Mr Brian Greenwood
  • 31/12/2018
  • All Committees
  • Chairman
  • Health & Safety Governor
Andy Fearnley
  • 14/12/2019
  • Finance & Resources
  • Vice Chair F&R
  • Training Liaison
Debbie Poole
  • 14.12.2019
  • Curriculum & Standards

* Visiting Governor - Mrs Karen Reynolds

* The instrument of Government specifies the Governing Body size as 13 members.

* The Chair and Vice Chair election is held annually at the first Governing Body meeting of the school year and committee membership and all other responsibilities are reviewed at the same time. 



Register of Business Interests 2017-18

Please refer to the UCAT website for this information.