John Bunyan School

Lancaster Way, Braintree, CM7 5UL
Phone: 01376 321 814 

Resilience, Ambition, Values, Excitement.

Folder Governors

What Does A Governing Body Do?

The Governors are responsible for policy and strategy and the Head teacher is responsible for the day-to-day running of the school and ensuring that the policy and strategy agreed by the Governors is implemented.  The Governing Body has a large number of legal responsibilities and amongst these are ensuring that the National Curriculum is properly delivered, arranging for religious education to be carried out, deciding how to spend the delegated budget and approving the many different school policies, such as those referring to discipline and behaviour and health and safety. 

 

The Governing Body is made up of:

  • parent governors (elected by parents)
  • staff representatives (elected by school staff)
  • local authority governors (appointed by the local authority)
  • co-opted governors (members of the local community appointed by the governing body)
  • associate governors (members appointed by the governing body in an advisory capacity)

 

The governing body of a school is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include:

  • setting strategic direction, policies and objectives
  • approving the school budget
  • reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives
  • appointing, challenging and supporting the Head Teacher

 

The Full Governing Body meets termly.  The Governors also meet in committees each term.  The committees are:

  • Finance
  • Curriculum and Pupil Welfare
  • Premises
  • Personnel

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Governing Body we do occasionally have vacancies that occur and the Head Teacher or Chair of Governors will be pleased to talk to you about them.

 

Governors business interests

Name of Governor or Associate Member 

Category 

of 

Governor 

Term Ends 

Appointing 

Body 

Membership of 

Committees 

Positions of Responsibility 

Relevant business interests that could present a conflict of interest 

Attendance at Governor meetings 

Deborah Bailey 

Head Teacher 

 

Ex officio 

 

 

 

Due to Covid 19 pandemic meetings have been held electronically – all governors participated.  

Nigel Hill 

Co-opted 

31-03-2025 

Governing Body 

Finance & 

Personnel 

Curriculum 

Salary reviews/Staff disciplinary 

Head teacher pay & performance review  

Chair of Governors 

Safeguarding  

Associate Governor, St Georges Primary School. 

 

Jodi Green 

Staff Governor 

31-03-2025 

School Staff 

Premises  

Curriculum  

 

 

 

Val Scott 

Co-opted 

28-02-2024 

Governing Body 

Finance & Personnel 

Salary reviews/Staff disciplinary 

Head teacher pay & performance review 

Vice Chair of Governors  

SEN 

Head Teacher – Poplar Adolescent Unit  

 

Sarah Norton 

Parent 

01-01-2024 

Parents 

Curriculum  

Chair of Curriculum Committee  

 

 

Christina Harding 

Parent 

01-01-2024 

Parents 

Premises 

Finance & personnel 

 

 

 

Mark Norman 

Parent 

19-07-2025 

Local Authority  

Finance  

Salary reviews/Staff disciplinary appeals 

Head teacher pay & performance review  

Chair of Finance & Personnel  

 

 

Tim Barnes  

Co-opted 

23-11-2025 

Governing Body 

Curriculum 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Everard 

Co-opted 

01-01-2024 

Governing Body 

Premises  

 

Relation employed by John Bunyan Primary 

 

Julian Lamb 

Co-opted 

01-01-2024 

Governing Body 

Premises  

Chair of Premises 

Headteacher performance/pay appeal 

 

 

Janette Quinn 

Co-opted 

01-01-2024 

Governing Body  

Curriculum