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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

Reverend Roger Leake  

Mrs Jen Witt                   

Mrs Nicola Ford

 Mr Toby Mills

Mrs Shelley Bracey                     

Foundation Governors  


Staff Governor

Foundation Governor Ex-Officio

Parent Governor


Chair of Governors 

Clerk to the Governors

May 2019 - May 2023

Jan 2016 - N/A

Oct 2021 - Oct 2025

Oct 2021-Oct 2025

Jan 2021 - Jan 2025

Sept 2020-Sept 2024 

Jan 2021-Jan 2025

March 2016 - N/A

Mrs Kay Mills Foundation Governor Oct 2021-Oct 2025



Finance, Health and Safety, Premises


Pupils' achievement and progress, Special Educational Needs, Curriculum

Toby Mills-  Chair

Louise Knipe

Jen Witt

Nic Ford

Nic Ford-Chair

Louise Knipe

Debby Underhill

Jill Broomfield

Kay Mills

Appeals panel and other responsibilities

Appeals Panel
Any three governors who are not members of staff and do not sit on the Staffing Committee.
Special Responsibilities
  • Governor Training: Clerk to Governors Shellley Bracey & Louise Knipe
  • Child Protection: Nic Ford
  • Special Educational Needs: Debby Underhill
  • Pupil Premium: Nic Ford
  • Whistle Blowing: Toby Mills
  • Health and Safety: Toby Mills
  • Friends of Longford School - FOLS: Jill Broomfield
Other Responsibilities
  • Literacy: Jen Witt
  • Mathematics: Toby Mills
  • Science: Toby Mills
  • Early Years Foundation Stage: Debby Underhill
  • Religious Education: Rev Roger Leake
  • ICT (Information and Computer Technologies): Nicola  Ford
  • Physical Education: Jen Witt 
  • Finance: Nic Ford
  • Staff Well-being: Nic Ford
  • SIAMS: Rev Roger Leake
  • Spiritual Well-being: Rev Roger Leake
  • P.S.H.E. and Well-being: Jill Broomfield

About the Governors

Parent 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. Two new parent governors are joining the governing body once DBS checks are completed.

Staff Governors

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

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

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.