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The Role of the School Governor and Governing Bodies

The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school’s aims and policies.

Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Determining how the school’s budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of a Head Teacher
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school’s curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils’ behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school’s aims and policies

Mr A Parkin
Chair of Governors

 Mrs M Hutchinson
Interim Head Teacher

 Reverend T Wilson
Ex Officio Incumbent

 Mrs C Calver
Foundation Governor

Miss D Collins
Wilden Parochial Church Council

Mrs L Knight
Wilden Parochial Church Council

Wilden Parochial Church Council

Wilden Parochial Church Council

Mrs L Byrne

Mr A Bennett
Elected Parent

Miss A Mayes
Elected Parent

Representative of the Local Authority

Mrs G Browning
Clerk to the Governors


There are currently three vacancies on the Governing Body.

Wilden VA Primary School Governor Appointments

Name Appointed From Appointed To Declaration of Interests
Mrs Hutchinson 01.01.20   None
Mr A Parkin 23.01.18 22.01.22 Wilden Village Hall Trustee
Mrs C Calver 23.01.18 22.01.22 None
Miss A Mayes 25.09.18 24.09.22 None
Mr A Bennett 25.09.18 24.09.22 None
Mrs L Byrne 29.01.20 28.01.21 None
Rev. T Wilson 29.01.19   Governor at Ravensden Primary
Ms. D Collins 29.01.19 28.01.24 None
Mrs L Knight 20.02.19 21.02.23 Governor at Ravensden Primary

Previous Governors (served within the last 12 months)

Name Appointed From Appointed To Declaration of Interests
Mrs V Young 01.09.06 31.12.19 None
Ms G Parker 21.1.19 18.10.19 None
Mrs H Smith   23.04.19 None