Governing body


Chair         Mrs Debbie Matthews -
Vice Chair

Mrs Katherine Walsh

Headteacher Governor Mrs Cathy Browne
Staff Governor Mrs Sarah Leyland
  Mr Alex Pedace
Local Authority Governors Mr Daniel Race
Co-opted Governors Mr Graeme Cobb
Parent Governors Miss Stella Hart
  Mr Simon Pearce
  Mrs Katherine Walsh
  Mrs Dawn White
Clerk Mrs Tessa Jones


The Governing Body serves through the following committees:

Children and Learning  



Appeals and Grievance


The Vale Primary School


The 2015 Governors’ Handbook, published by the Department for Education, states that school governing bodies ‘are the strategic leaders of our schools and have a vital role to play in making sure every child gets the best possible education. For maintained schools this is reflected in the law, which states that the purpose of maintained school governing bodies is to ‘conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement at the school’.


The structure and remit of the governing body and its committees

The Governing Body of The Vale Primary School consists of

  • 5 co-opted governors
  • 1 governor appointed by the Local Authority
  • 4 elected parent governors
  • 1head teacher governor
  • 1 elected staff governor

This constitution is laid down in the Instrument of Government for The Vale Primary School which came into effect on 27 March 2013 when the Governing Body was reconstituted under the School Governance (Constitution) (England) regulations 2012.

Governors play a vital role in shaping the school and ensuring educational standards are met and the Governing Body of The Vale Primary School meets as a Full Governing Body and committees to deliver the three core strategic functions of school governors:-

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


The Governing Body delegates some of its work to committees, through terms of reference which are reviewed and agreed annually by the Full Governing Body.  The membership of these committees is also agreed annually by the Full Governing Body.  The key committees are:-

  • Resources Committee (which is principally concerned with function iii)
  • Children and Learning Committee (which is principally concerned with function ii)

Terms of reference and membership of these committees are available from Tessa Jones, the Clerk to the Governing Body, via the school office.

During 2015/16 the following meetings have been held:-

Name of body

Number of meetings held in 2015-16

Full Governing Body


Resources Committee


Children and Learning Committee



In addition, formal meetings have been held of the statutory committees (Head teacher’s performance appraisal and Pay) to enable governors to carry out their statutory duties in these areas.

Governors also regularly visit The Vale Primary School to monitor key aspects of the school’s development, has appointed governors with responsibility for specific areas and as links to classes, and attend governor training events.   News from Governors’ meetings is regularly provided to parents and carers through the school newsletter.


If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the Clerk via the school office.

To contact the Chair of Governors please email:




Governing Body Register