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Meet the Governors

Although they are volunteers, they are professional, committed and passionate about what the school does.  Their contribution is voluntary and they generally meet twice a term and visit the school regularly.


Mrs. Carol Canary is the Chair of Governors.

You can contact the Chair of Governors c/o the school office. She visits the school weekly and runs the school library in a volunteer capacity.

Governing Body Meetings 2020/21

Autumn Term 2020

Finance, Standards, Premises and Pay Committees – 8th October 2020 at 9.15am.

Full Governing Body Meeting - 26th November 2020 at 5pm.

Spring Term 2021

Finance, Standards, Premises and Pay Committees – TBA

Full Governing Body Meeting – TBA

Summer Term 2021

Finance, Standards, Premises and Pay Committees – TBA

Full Governing Body Meeting – TBA

Meetings are clerked by Judicium.

Clerk to the Governing Body: Tim Packham

The Role of the Governors

The three core functions of a governing body as indicated in Ofsted's inspection criteria are setting a strategic direction for the school, creating robust accountability and ensuring financial probity. Governing bodies have a number of statutory duties that need to be fulfilled.

School governors are people who make a positive contribution to the school community by acting as "critical friends". They support and challenge the Headteacher to promote continuous improvement in the school’s performance. They also play a monitoring role asking relevant questions such as

"Is it working?","How do we know it is working?", "As a School, how can we get better?"

Governors need no formal qualifications but bring a range of experience to help our School achieve its vision.

They all have:

  • An interest in the education and well-being of the children
  • A willingness to ask questions
  • The time commitment to attend termly meetings and to get into school to see the children working for themselves
  • A commitment to be part of a team which, by working together, can make a real difference to the school.

Membership of Governing Body - 2018-19

The Governing Body (GB) of Five Elms Primary School consists of the people listed below:

Five Elms Governors October 2020



End of Term

Chair of Governors (Co-opted Governor)

Carol Canary


Head Teacher

Barbara Turner


Local Authority Governor



Parent Governor

Robert Armitage


Parent Governor

Olga Munikiene


Staff Governor

Jemma Buckle


Co-opted Governor

Gerry Vincent


Co-opted Governor

Stella Newman


Co-opted Governor

Dionne Corrodus Weekes


Co-opted Governor

Isabel Eames


Co-opted Governor

Richard Ash


Co-opted Governor



What do Governors do?

Together with the Headteacher, Governors are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education for all children and supports their well-being, they do the following:

  • Set the vision and strategic direction of the school
  • Provide challenge and support to the Headteacher, by holding the Headteacher accountable for educational performance
  • Make decisions together on matters such as performance, targets, school policies and the School Development Plan
  • Monitor the impact of policies and oversee school budget and staffing
  • Report on school achievements and respond to inspection recommendations
  • Hear appeals from pupils and staff and consider complaints.

Governors fulfil these duties by:

  • Visiting the school on a regular basis;
  • Attending Governor Board meetings that take place twice per term;
  • Asking questions and considering documents prepared by the school;
  • Challenging the Headteacher in a constructive way;
  • Developing and supporting the values of the school.
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