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Governing Body

The Governing Body plays a key role in helping oversee the strategic direction of the school and works in partnership with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.  The main aim of a Governing body is to ensure the delivery of a high standard of education for all pupils in its care.


The governing body has three main roles:



The Governing Body sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop and improve.  This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, setting targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.  Strategic thinking is not always linked with the curriculum and it does not mean just responding to weakness.

Critical Friend

The Governing Body works with the Headteacher and creates a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the school. The Governing Body is able to question and challenge. A good working relationship is essential as a real critical friendship is only achieved where there is trust and mutual respect.


The school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The Governing Body has a professional attitude and uses its collective skills to benefit the learners. It gathers views, ask questions and decides what is best for the school and the children. The governing body is answerable to the parents and the wider community.


Governor Name

Type of Governor



Connections to Staff

Yes or No

If Yes, who and how.

Term of Office Start Date

Term of Office End Date

Business & Financial Interests Declared

Mrs Patricia Jones 

Co-opted Governor




Yes, None Stated

Mrs Christine Freeman

Co-opted Governor




Yes, None Stated

Mrs Emma Gater

Head Teacher


Yes related to Mrs Wheeldon



Yes, Husband works for British Gas

Mrs Ruth Argyle

Staff Governor




Yes, None Stated

Mrs Diane Swift

Co-opted Governor




Declared Business Interests: Works for Keele & North Staffs Primary SCITT which comes under the governance of The Meadows Primary Academy.

Other School Governor Posts: Director, Societas Trust, Governor at Seabridge Primary School

Mrs Lindsay Armstrong

Associate Member


Yes related to Miss Singleton



Yes, None Stated

Mrs Hayley Lockett

Parent Governor




Yes, None Stated 

Mr Tony Mathews

Co-opted Governor

Finance Committee Chair No 05.12.2016 04.12.2019 Yes, None Stated

Mrs Fiona Stagg (Chair)

 Co-opted Governor

Standards Chair  No 08.02.2017 07.02.2020 NLG, Owner of SBW Governance (Governance consultancy),Chair of Governors at St John's Primary, ST9 0EJ, Independent Clerk to Governing Boards in Stoke and Staffordshire, Trustee at The Evolve Trust, Mansfield

Miss Amy James

Associate Member

No 05.04.2017 04.04.2020 Yes, Connection to DM Data (Data Cabling Company)


Governors from the previous 12 months

Mr Lee Thomas

Local Authority Governor




resigned August 2018

Yes, None Stated

Mrs Emma Chapman

Parent Governor



resigned July 2018

Yes, None Stated


Di Swift an Independent Adviser with the Societas MAT. 

Associate Members do not have any voting rights.


Link Governors

Safeguarding/Child Protection/CiC Governor

Pat Jones

Health & Safety Governor & E-Safety

Chris Freeman

SEN/ Inclusion Governor

Pat Jones

Pupil Premium Governor

Di Swift & Fiona Stagg

Sports Funding

Ruth Argyle

Induction, Training and Development

Ruth Argyle


Tony Matthews


Vacancy (Ruth Argyle in the interim)

SDP Priority 1 - SPAG & Presentation

Lee Thomas & Chris Freeman

SDP Priority 2 - Attendance

Fiona Stagg & Emma Chapman

SDP Priority 3 - Phonics

Hayley Lockett & Lindsay Armstrong

SDP Priority 4 - Greater Depth

Pat Jones & Di Swift



Standards Committee Finance and Resources Committee
Fiona Stagg - Chair Tony Matthews -Chair
Diane Swift Fiona Stagg
Hayley Lockett Ruth Argyle
Emma Chapman Lee Thomas
Pat Jones Chris Freeman
Emma Gater - Head teacher Emma Gater - Head teacher
Lindsay Armstrong - Associate Member Amy James - Associate Member

Structure and Responsibilities of the Governing Body


Finance and Resources Committee

Pat Jones

Lee Thomas

Link with Business Manager


  • Annual budget
  • Level of financial delegation to HT
  • Best value
  • Maintenance, repairs and redecoration
  • Staffing structure and pay and conditiions
  • Performance Management procedures
  • Effectiveness of partnerships
  • Procedures for staff conduct and discipline
  • Improvement plans


Standards Committee

Ruth Argyle

Pat Jones

Di Swift

Links with Key Stage Leaders, Curriculum Leaders


  • Rates of progress and standards of achievement
  • Broad and balanced curriculum fulfilling statutory requirements
  • Priorities for improvement , monitoring and evaluating impact
  • Developing and reviewing appropriate policies
  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Impact of CPD (Continuing Professional Development)
  • SEN
  • Quality of the curriculum
  • Impact of actions/interventions to improve differential standards e.g. SEN, gender, FSM, CiC,  Pupil Premium, EAL
  • Identifying and celebrating achievement


The following cannot be delegated:

  • Approval of annual budget
  • Appointment of Headteacher and Deputy headteacher
  • Setting end of Key Stage targets
  • Approval of school policies on sex and relationships education and religious education  



How to contact the Chair of Governors:

Mrs Fiona Stagg (Care of the School)  

The Meadows Primary Academy,  

Poplar Drive,



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