Our Governing Body

At The Bythams Primary School our Governors play an important role in the school community

What we do

The Governing body is responsible for the strategic management of our school and makes decisions about a wide range of issues, including:

  • Ensuring accountability
  • Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher
  • Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress
  • Budgetary allocation and control
  • Planning for the long term future of the school
  • Setting the school’s aims and values
  • Appointing senior members of staff including the Head Teacher
Fiona Allett
Fiona Allett

Chair of Governors
Parent Governor
Chair of Standards and Welfare Committee 
Appointed: 5 November 2016 
Appointed by: Parents
Expected Retirement date: 4 November 2020 

Richard Clarke
Richard Clarke

Head Teacher
Chair of Finance Committee
Appointed 1 September 2015
Position ongoing
Appointed by: Governing Body

Jeremy Millar
Jeremy Millar

Vice Chair
Co-Opted Governor
Appointed 30th January 2017
Appointed by Parents
Expected Retirement Date 29 January 2021

Debbie Shepherd
Debbie Shepherd

Staff Governor
Appointed: 1 April 2020
Appointed by: Governing Body
Expected Retirement Date: 31 March 2024 

Andrew Woodward
Andrew Woodward

Parent Governor
Appointed 1 November 2016
Appointed by Parents
Expected Retirement Date 1 November 2020

Sarah Walters
Sarah Walters

LA Governor
Appointed: 1 September 2016
Appointed by: Governing Body
Expected Retirement date: 1 September 2020

Jackie Gauntley
Jackie Gauntley

Co-Opted Governor, Chair of the Resources committee
Appointed: 22 September 2015
Appointed by: Governing Body
Expected Retirement Date: 21 September 2023

Sharon Woodward
Sharron Woodward

Clerk to the Governors
Position Ongoing

How are Governors appointed

There are several different groups responsible for appointing governors, although once appointed all governors essentially perform the same role.

Governing Body Structure:

The governing body shall consist of:

2 Parent Governors
1 Local Authority Governor
1 Staff Governor
1 Head Teacher
4 Co-opted Governors (resources, finance and standards)

Total number of governors 9

Our Chair of the Governing Body is Fiona Allett
Our Vice Chair is Jeremy Millar

We have two committees:

Finance and Resources - Chaired by Richard Clarke
Standards Committee - Chaired by Fiona Allett