The Governing Body is made up of a total of 11 Governors, 3 Parent Governors, 2 Staff Governors (including the Headteacher), 1 Local Authority Governor, 3 Co-Opted Governors and 2 Foundation Governors. We are always available to discuss concerns or ideas for the school and value your feedback. Any of the Governors can be approached when you see us at school, or please ask at the office so that we can get in contact.
The Governing Body of Longford School and Terms of Office
Mrs Debby Underhill
Mrs Louise Knipe
Mrs Jill Broomfield
Rev Anna-Claar Thomasson
Mrs Jen Witt
Mrs Nicola Ford
Mr Toby Mills
Mrs Shelley Bracey
Foundation Governor Ex-Officio
Chair of Governors
Clerk to the Governors
May 2019 - May 2023
Jan 2016 - N/A
Oct 17 - Oct 2021
Jan 2017 - Jan 2021
Sept 2020-Sept 2024
Jan 2017-Jan 2021
March 2016 - N/A
Finance, Health and Safety, Premises
Pupils' achievement and progress, Special Educational Needs, Curriculum
Toby Mills- Chair
Rev Anna Claar Thomasson
Appeals panel and other responsibilities
|Any three governors who are not members of staff and do not sit on the Staffing Committee.|
About the Governors
Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school. Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school at the time of election is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor.
Staff governors are elected by the school staff. It is important that prospective staff governors understand the nature of the role of a governor and specifically that their role is to operate as part of the governing body to provide strategic leadership. Teaching and support staff who are employed by the local authority to work at the school under a contract of employment, are eligible to be staff governors. Supply Teaching staff are not eligible.
The headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office.
Local Authority Governors
Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body. The local authority can nominate any eligible person as a local authority governor, but it is for the governing body to decide whether their nominee has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school and meets any other eligibility criteria the Governors have set.
Foundation governors are either appointed or take the role by virtue of an office that they hold. Where appointed, the appointment is made by the person identified in the instrument of government (usually the school’s founding body, church or other organisation). A foundation governor is someone who, in the opinion of the person entitled to appoint them, has the skills to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school
If an ex-officio foundation governor is unwilling or unable to act as a governor or has been removed from office then a substitute governor can be appointed
Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body. They are people who in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. Co-opted governors have full voting rights, the same as any other governor.
If you would like more details about the Governing Body please contact the Clerk to Governors via the school office.
All Governors must adhere to a code of conduct. This is available to download below.