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Our Governing Body

Governors’ Roles and Responsibilities

The role of the governing body is to promote the highest standards of educational achievement at the school. It is the school’s accountable body and is responsible for holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school. It oversees the financial performance of the school, making sure that money is well spent. It provides a strategic view of the school by establishing a vision and setting the purpose and aims of the school within an agreed policy framework.

The Governing Body is made up of:

  • The headteacher
  • Parent Governors: selected and elected by parents and carers.
  • Staff Governor: selected from teaching and support staff.
  • Local Authority Governor: appointed by the local authority
  • Co-opted Governors: appointed for the skills they bring to the governing body

Governors (with the exception of the headteacher) are appointed for a period of four years, following which they may be reappointed/re-elected if they still qualify.  They form important links between the school, parents and the local community.

Governors aim to be:

  • Supporters of the school — critical friends providing encouragement and frank, but sympathetic feedback
  • Watchdogs — ensuring public interests and individual rights are not overlooked
  • Ambassadors — explaining the school to parents and the local community and vice versa
  • Adjudicators — settling disputes and helping to set aims and values
  • Managers — helping the headteacher decide how the school should be run


The full governing body meets six times a year.  Working with the headteacher, there are three sub committees who meet twice a term, and report to the full governing body.  They are:

  • Curriculum Committee
    Responsibility includes the oversight of the curriculum, monitoring standards and setting targets. Each governor has a subject linked to them and will, wherever possible, arrange to visit the school to see it in action.
  • Personnel Committee
    Responsibility includes interviewing and monitoring the appointment and performance of staff.
  • Resources Committee
    Responsibility includes monitoring the management of the school’s finances and ensuring money is well spent, and monitoring maintenance and repairs, and Health and Safety.

All committees’ duties include the oversight and adoption of policies.

In addition there are governors who oversee other areas such as Special Educational Needs (SEN), Safeguarding, Pupil Premium, and the Sports Premium.

The governors attend training courses throughout the year, both collectively and individually. Governors give of their time freely and are not paid.

Natalie Knight-Wickens (Chair of Governors)

Natalie has been a governor at Sheredes Primary & Nursery since 2014 and was elected as Chair of Governors in 2016.

Having grown up and been educated in the local area before embarking on a career in law, Natalie is passionate about ensuring excellence in education for children, and she chairs the school’s Curriculum Committee and is the SEND, Children Looked After (CLA), and Pupil Premium Governor.

Natalie has attended a number of sessions where independent external advisers have visited the school to challenge and review our results. She has also attended several training sessions, for example on assessment data, safeguarding and OFSTED. During her time as Chair of Governors and through her work on the Resources Committee, Natalie has overseen the current development of the school’s woodland area.

Outside of her role as Chair of Governors, Natalie sits as a non-executive director of HFL Education, she is a Partner in a law firm in the City of London, and has two children who attend the school.

Our Governors

Name Date Appointed Term of Office Appointed by Category Committees Responsibilities Business/
Pecuniary Interests
Committee Attendance
Natalie Knight-Wickens
November 2014 4 years to September 2026 LA LA
  • Curriculum
  • Personnel


  • SEN/D
  • CLA
  • Pupil Premium
Non-exec. director & chair of audit & risk committee of HFL. (voluntary position)  6/6    6/7
Brian Atherton
December 2017 4 years to September 2026 Governing Body Co-opted
  • Personnel
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Art & Design
  • Music
  • Design & Technology
None  5/6    4/5
Robert House February 2017 4 years to January 2025 Governing Body Co-opted
  • Personnel
  • Curriculum
  • History
  • Geography
None 5/6    8/11
Phillipa Kearns January 2016 4 years to January 2024 Staff Staff
  • Resources
  • Curriculum
None  5/6    8/9
Mary Childs Ex officio Governing Body Headteacher
  • Resources
  • Curriculum
  • Personnel
None  6/6    20/20
Jodie Stock December 2018 4 years to January 2027 Governing Body Co-opted
  • Curriculum
  • PSHE & C & RSHE
  • Governor Training
None  6/6    4/5
Melissa Lee January 2023 4 years to January 2027 Parents Parent
  • Resources (Chair)
  • Health & Safety
  • Offsite Visits
  • MFL
  • R.E.
None 4/4    5/5
Aimee Blissett January 2023 4 years to January 2027 Parents Parent
  • Personnel
  • P.E.
  • Sports Premium
  • Safeguarding
  • Child Protection
None 4/4   2/2
Adejuwon Ogunsanya January 2023 4 years to January 2027 Governing Body Co-opted
  • Resources
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Computing
None 2/4   1/4
Annette Evett May 2023 4 years to May 2027 Governing Body Co-opted
  • Curriculum
  • Resources
  • English
  • SEND
  • Pupil Premium
None 1/1   1/1


The Chair of Governors can be contacted through the school office.

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