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Welcome from the Governors

The role of the Governing Body is to act as a critical friend to the school and to ensure that it carries out its statutory responsibilities.  The Governing Body is responsible for setting the school budget, for approving policies and, along with the Head Teacher, for setting the strategic direction of the school.  
Governors are appointed by the School Trustees (ODBST), by the Church (Foundation Governors) and can also be members of the local community.  A number of staff and parents are elected onto the Governing Body for a period of four years, after which time they can stand for re-election.

If you wish to contact a Governor, please contact the school office by email to and your email will be passed onto the appropriate member of the Governing Body.
Alternatively, you may write to the Governing Body via the school office, marking it for the attention of the Chair of Governors and labelled 'confidential'. 
Simon Jelf
Chair of Governors  

Information about the Governing body

The Governing Body is made up of 12 members.  The body is made up of two Parent Governors elected by the parents of the pupils, eight Foundation Governors nominated by the Diocese, one Staff Governor elected by staff members, and the Head Teacher.  They all hold office for a period of four years, although they may be invited to stay for further terms of office. 
The Governing Body meets six times during the year (either virtually or face to face) and more frequently if there is urgent business that cannot wait until the next meeting.  The minutes of Governing Body meetings are available for anyone to look at in reception at school.  

As part of the Local Governing Body, Governors are responsible for the following:

  1. Preparing, with the Headteacher, the School Development Plan.
  2. Setting, with the Headteacher, the targets for the future achievement of pupils at the end of appropriate key stages.
  3. Improving the school and developing its capacity for sustained improvement by developing high quality teaching, leadership capacity and high professional standards amongst all staff.
  4. Ensuring all teaching staff benefit from appropriate professional development and that performance is rigorously managed.
  5. Contributing to an accurate evaluation of the school’s strengths and weaknesses and using the findings to promote improvement.
  6. Managing the school’s finances, setting the school budget and reviewing the school’s financial performance against this budget.  The committee also reviews major capital projects and makes recommendations on these to the Governing Body.   
  7. Looking after any staffing matters such as recruitment and retention of staff as well as recommending staffing levels to the Governing Body in conjunction with the Head Teacher.
  8. Regularly reviewing the condition of the school buildings and preparing an appropriate annual maintenance plan to ensure they are kept in good order. 
  9. The committee also ensures that all governors and staff have access to health and safety policies, codes of practice, risk assessments and other health and safety procedures issued by the local authority.   

The Local Governing Body is made up of: 

Name Category Appointing Body Term of office Responsibilities
Lucy McFarlane Headteacher ODBST Trustees 01/09/2018 ongoing Headteacher

Simon Jelf

Chair of Governors

ODBST Trustees

17/3/2024 to 16/3/2028



Mark Ryder

Co-Vice Chair

Parent Governor

ODBST Trustees 22/9/2021 to 21/6/2025

Health and Safety Governor


Simon Reay

Co-Vice Chair

Foundation Governor

ODBST Trustees

01/01/2024 to 31/12/2028

Jo Bursell Foundation Governor ODBST Trustees 01/09/2023 to 31/08/2027 Maths
Barbara Foord Foundation Governor ODBST Trustees 20/05/2022 to 19/05/2026 English
Maggie Ley Foundation Governor ODBST Trustees 30/09/2023 to 29/09/2027 French
Bernadette McFall Foundation Governor ODBST Trustees 11/04/2023 to 10/04/2027 Equalities and Diversity
Hannah Grace Foundation Governor ODBST Trustees

05/08/2023 to 06/08/2027

Pupil Premium


Pete Bulley Parent Governor ODBST Trustees 22/09/2021 to 21/09/2025



Laura Mackenzie Staff Governor ODBST Trustees 03/01/2024 to 02/01/2028  Governor Development

All governors form part of:

  • Admissions committee.
  • Staff Dismissal, Employee Grievance, Complaints, and Pay Review Appeals Committee.
  • Staff Dismissal Appeals 
  • Pupil Discipline Committee.

Members and Trustees of the ODBST