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The Governing Body at Sherston School

The role of the Governing Body

The following extract defines the Governing Body role as having:

“a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement including setting targets for pupil achievement, managing the school’s finances, making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, appointing staff and reviewing staff performance and pay and many more.”


In more general terms, the Governors’ role is to both ‘support and challenge’ the school. The Governing Body is made up of individuals that represent the school staff; parents; the Diocese and the local community. The full Governing Body meet every term, with the various sub committees (covering Teaching & Learning; Foundation & Ethos; Finance & Premises) additionally meeting regularly throughout the year. The full Governing Body meetings are public meetings and anyone can attend and listen to what is being discussed (with the collective permission of the Governing Body)  – albeit you will be asked to temporarily leave should any confidential issues arise for discussion. Approved minutes of the most recent Governing Body meetings are available for you to view on the Governors' notice board next to the school reception, as well as in the Meetings section below.

All meetings are held at Sherston School and commence at 7.00pm.

Please note that the Governors do not have any involvement in the day to day running of the school. Therefore if you have any issues that you wish to raise about your child, then you should initially contact your child’s teacher. If you are not satisfied with the response, then you should speak to one of the Senior Management Team (Mrs Leyden, Mrs Willoughby or Mr Stewart). If you are still not happy with the situation, then you should utilise the complaints procedure. Details of the procedure are available from the school and in the Key Information section of this website.

We try to publish a newsletter every term to let parents and staff know about our work at the school. It is posted on the Governor Noticeboard in the entrance foyer at school and is also available to view in the Newsletters section below. 


We adopted a Governors Code of Conduct in November 2015 which sets out how we will carry out our functions and seek to promote principles of good governance at Sherston School. The Code is available on the link below.

Contact the Governors

Should you wish to contact the governors, please do so via the School Office.


Who does what 


check out the who's who for the Governors.









Status at School


Directorship/Trusteeship held or Employment


Any Financial Benefit Derived from Sherston CE Primary School (except salaries if staff)?


Term of Office


FGB Attendance Record


Nicholas Manassei Chair of Governors, Foundation Governor & Member Teaching and Learning Committee Rotork Plc None 19/09/12 - 18/09/16 & 18/09/16 - 18/09/20 2 of 2


Richard Hulme


Authority Governor, Member of Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee


Director, Savills (UK) Ltd

Director, Sherston Old School Community Company






05/07/12 -04/07/16 & 04/07/16 - 04/07/20


2 of 2

Susan Leyden





Sherston CE Primary School





01/09/16 ex officio


2 of 2


Ruth Mayson



Sherston CE Primary School


Ex officio

1 of 2




Dave Curry



Co-opted Governor, 

Health & Safety Govenor & Chair of Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee


RAF officer






1 of 2


Zoe Palgrave




Vice-Chair of Governors Parent Governor &
Member of Finance, Premises and Staffing Committee


Aviva Plc






1 of 2


Phil Williams



Foundation Governor & Member of Foundation and Ethos Committee




Retired Headteacher





1 of 2

Jane Harden Co-opted Governor, Child Protection & Member of Teaching and Learning Committee Retired Headteacher None 19/05/16 - 19/05/20 2 of 2
Rob Sharman

Parent Governor

GKN Aerospace None 28/09/16 - 28/09/20 1 of 2
James Munson

Parent Governor

Chair T & L Committee

Director of Digital Services & Technology Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency None 28/09/16 - 28/09/20 2 of 2
Ailsa Clark Co-opted Governor, SEND Governor, Pupil Premium Governor & Member of T & L Committee   None 17/5/17 - 16/5/21 2 of 2


Past Governors (in post for some or all of the academic year 2016/2017)


Sam Willoughby

Katie Pitman

Christopher Bryan

financial management standards in schools award activemark 2008 award eco schools silver award healthy schools award international school award 2001-2014 sing up silver award