Long ClawsonChurch of England Primary SchoolWhatever you do, work at it with all your heart


Welcome toLong ClawsonChurch of England Primary School "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart"Colossians 3:23


Welcome to our Governors’ section. 

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


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



Co-Opted Governing Body Finance, Personnel and Pay, Health and Safety 2/11/2017 - 01/11/2021

Mrs Carole Brown

Vice Chair

Year 5/6 Governor

LA Governor

Local Authority Standards and Curriculum Development, Finance Personnel and Safeguarding, Maths, SEN  15/12/2020 - 14/12/2024

Mrs Sarah Hatherley


Parent Governor

Governing Body

Safeguarding, Standards and Curriculum, English


Mrs Jane Dawda


Head Teacher/ Ex Officio

Governing Body Health & Safety, Finance, Personnel, Pay and Standards and Curriculum, Safeguarding

ex officio

started 22/8/2017

Mrs Debbie Kay


Staff Governor

Governing Body

Standards and Curriculum Development, Health and Safety

10/01/2020 - 9/01/2024

Rev Simon Shouler


Foundation Governor

John Garton Charity Finance and Personnel, Religious Education and Collective Worship

ex officio

01/10/20 - 30/09/2024

Robert Jones n/a Parent Governor Governing Body Standards and Curriculum Development 4/11/2020 - 3/11/2024
Martyn Stokes n/a Foundation Governor John Garton Charity Religious Education and Collective Worship 27/01/21 - 26/01/2025
Luke Goddard Year 3/4 Governor Co-opted Governing Body Finance, Personnel and Pay 18/3/21 - 17/3/25
Vacancy   Co-opted Governing Body    

Clerk to Governors: Maria Gascoigne


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.