Role of the Governing Body

The Governing Body is the schools 'accountable body'. It is responsible for the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards. The Governing Body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well being. The Governors have meetings regularly through the year and sub-committees meet to deal with specific areas. The Governing Body is also responsible for school policies e.g., health and safety, admissions, special educational needs and performance management.

Any of the Governors may be contacted via school.

The Current Governing Body  








Professor Darren Smith


Year 4/5 Governor

Co-Opted Governing Body Finance, Personnel and Safeguarding, Geography, SEN 2/11/2017 - 02/11/2021

Rev. Simon Shouler

Vice Chair

Year R Governor

Foundation Governor

John Garton Charity Health and Safety, Finance, Personnel and Safeguarding, RE

ex officio

20/2/2009 - 1/2/2019

Mrs. Carole Brown

Year 6

LA Governor

Local Authority Curriculum Development, Pay & Conditions, Numeracy,  15/12/2016 - 14/12/2020


Year 1


Governing Body



Mrs. Jane Dawda


Head Teacher/ Ex Officio

Governing Body Health & Safety and Premises, Finance Personnel and Safeguarding

ex officio

started 22/8/2019

Mrs. Debbie Kay


Staff Governor

Governing Body

Curriculum Development, Health Safety& Premises

23/11/2015 - 22/11/2019



Parent Governor


Parents Curriculum Development, Pay & Conditions, Dismissal Appeals & Grievance, Science, ICT, Art& Design  
Mrs Mel Oldershaw Year 2/3 Governor Foundation Governor John Garton Charity Curriculum Development, Pay & Conditions,History, EYFS 22/1/2015 - 22/01/2019
Mr Glen Arnold   Co-opted Governing Body Finance 20/12/2017 - 19/12/2021
Mr Craig Hewitt   Parent Governor Parents Safeguarding, Health and Safety 20/12/2017 - 19/12/2021














 Clerk to Governors: Mrs. S. Turner.

Register of Pecuniary Interests

Governors must declare if they have an interest in any external organisation which might impact upon the school or their dealings with the school. Currently our Governors have no declared interests.

The John Garton Charity

John Garton and his brother Robert were awarded a large amount of land in Long Clawson at the Enclosure in 1780. John Garton also owned the Old Manor House. In 1793 he gave money and land on trust to the Vicar and Churchwardens to provide free education for the children of the parish, and in due course the present school buildings, started in 1840, and a house for the teacher. Before then the children were schooled in the vestry at  the Church, by then very dilapidated. The Charity owns the current school sites and buildings. The money from the sale of the house was used to buy the Garton Hall  for school in 2011.

Robert died in 1792, and John in 1794 and they lie together below the chancel floor, just outside the vestry door of the Church.

  1. Governor Attendance at Meetings 2017 - 2018