Meet the Governors

Who we are:

The Governing Body is made up of a number of governors including parents, staff and members of the community.  All governors serve for a term of four years.


What we do:

The Headteacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, but the governors are responsible for longer-term management and strategic planning. Governors are responsible for appointing staff, ensuring safe and secure premises, promoting equality and managing the school budget. An important role is that of 'critical friend', to make sure that high standards of teaching and learning are achieved and maintained. 


How to contact us:

Governors are available to speak to you in term during Parent-Teacher consultations.  If you’d like to contact us in writing, you can either drop a note into the school office or e-mail us at any time on the following email address:


Our subcommittees:  


Teaching, Learning, Inclusion and Safeguarding (TLIS): 

Fr Darren McFarland, Jo Holmes, Helen Kidd, Jennifer Strawbridge, Cllr Roz Smith, Dr Sarah Haden, Liz Hurran, Sam Callard


Finance, Premises and Personnel (FPP): 

Michael Dent, Jo Holmes, Fr Darren McFarland, Bruce Huggett, James Carter

The school business manager attends this meeting.



Fr Darren McFarland, Helen Kidd, Jo Holmes, (with RE lead attending).


Our working groups:


Head Teacher appraisal panel:  Fr Darren McFarland, Jennifer Strawbridge, Bruce Huggett.

Safeguarding group:  Helen Kidd, Jo Holmes, James Carter, Ros Smith.

Communication group: Helen Kidd, Jo Holmes, Liz Bingham.


NameGovernor TypeTerm of OfficeBusiness Interests
Mrs Jo HolmesHeadteacher (Appointed by the governing body) 1st Sept 2022 ongoing               None
Fr Darren McFarland        Chair of Governors Foundation Governor (Appointed by Diocese)29th Nov 2015 ongoingNone
Mr Michael DentCo-opted governor (Appointed by the governing body)27th April 2023 – 26th April 2027None
Cllr Roz Smith                   Whistleblowing Governor LA Governor (Appointed by OCC)5th Dec 2019 – 4th Dec 2023      None
Prof Jennifer Strawbridge                      

Foundation Governor (Appointed by Diocese)

Chair of TLIS sub commitee.

12th July 2021 –None
13th July 2025   
Mr James CarterParent Governor18th Nov 2019 – 17th Nov 2023None
(Elected by Parents)
Dr Sarah Haden                                  Parent Governor23rd Nov 2020 –None
(Elected by Parents)22nd Nov 2024
Mrs Elizabeth BinghamParent Governor13th July 2020 – 12th July 2024None
(Elected by Parents)
Mr Bruce Huggett       Co-chair of FPP sub committee.15th Nov 2020 –None
Foundation Governor (Appointed by Diocese)14th Nov 2024
Ms Helen Kidd        Parent Governor23rd Nov 2020 –None
(Elected by parents)22nd Nov 2024
Mr Sam CallardStaff Governor1st Sept 2022 - 31st Aug 2025None
(Elected by staff)
Mrs Anneka FisherCo-opted Governor 13 Oct 2022 to 12 Oct 2026 None
Lucy Dickinson          Clerk of Governors  





Our strategic plan:


If you'd like more detail on how we achieve our vision, it's in this document:

Declaration of Interests and Training Register