The Governing Board at The Willows Primary School

All Schools are managed by a Governing Board, which works closely with the Headteacher and senior leadership team to run the school. The Willows Primary School Governing Board is made up of volunteers who give their time and expertise to ensure that the school is run well, within budget and puts the needs and well-being of pupils and staff at the forefront. Their actions, responsibilities and legal status are prescribed within a document known as the ‘Instrument of Government’.  Our instrument of government is within our policies.

Details of our current governors, including their roles, declared interests and attendance at meetings, can be found in the document below.   Click on the governors’ photographs to read their pen portraits.  Minutes of meetings and other documents can be found on the minutes tab. Our Governing Board has appointed four Associate Members (though we currently have one vacancy) who are not full governors but people whose expertise in a specific area is of benefit to the Board.  Associate Members do not have full rights, but are invited to contribute fully to discussions related to their expertise.

The Governing Board of The Willows does not have a committee system and all matters are discussed by the governors at meetings of the full Governing Board.  The only committees which have been set up are Headteacher’s Performance Management and Exclusions. These committees meet as and when necessary.

The Governing Board produces an Annual Statement of Governance.  This document includes the governance arrangements in place and assesses the effectiveness and impact of the Governing Board.

If you would like to find out more about the running of the school, please feel free to contact the Headteacher or the Chair of Governors, but general questions should be forwarded to the school office in the first instance. Our Chair of Governors is always happy to meet and talk with parents or other members of the local community. If you would like to contact any of our governors please do so via Mrs Cook (Clerk to Governors) in the school office, by e-mail to or if confidential please put a letter in a sealed envelope marked “private and confidential” and send it to the Chair of Governors care of the school office.

Sean Murphy
Chair of Governors, Co-opted Governor
Antony Staig
Vice Chair, Parent Governor
Sue Langley
Associate Member
Paul Pointer
Associate Member
Mike Steer
Associate Member
Lindsey Middlemiss
Parent Governor
Alexandra Butler
Headteacher Governor
Jill Bellingham
Staff Governor
Peter Rimmer
Co-opted Governor
Stephen Teasdale
Co-opted Governor
William Drummond
Local Authority Governor
Amanda Cook