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Our Governors

Have you thought of becoming a School Governor?

Could you be Stoke Bishop’s next Chair or Co-Chair of Governors?

Some of our longest serving Parent Governors will soon be moving on from their roles as their children leave the school. We are looking for the next generation of governors to help set the direction for the school and ensure it continues to develop for the years to come.  

In particular, we are looking for someone with the capacity to take on Chairing or Co-Chairing the Governing Board (after lots of training and with plenty of support, of course).

If you’re interested in talking more about getting involved in school governance then please email the Clerk to the Governors and come for coffee.

No commitment and we’ll supply the biscuits!

In the meantime, please follow these links to read more about the role at Stoke Bishop and more generally.

Here’s more about the role of a Parent Governor at Stoke Bishop

This is a description of the Chair of Governor role from the National Governance Association. It may seem overwhelming but there’s plenty of training of offer and for the right person, it is a rewarding role and great opportunity to develop professional skills and experience.  

If you would like to contact our governors, please email Sarah Richardson, Clerk to the Governors, at the following address:

The following PDF’s outline further information about our Governing Board. (please use the PDFs attached as links on each of the following headings)

We have 4 types of Governors at Stoke Bishop Primary School:

  • Staff Governors
  • Parent Governors
  • Member Appointed Governors
  • Foundation Governors

Community Governors Wanted!

Stoke Bishop C of E Primary School’s motto is ‘Believing It’s Possible’ and it strives to make the experience and outcomes for the children the best they can be.

You can find out more about the school at

The Academy’s Governing Body is made up of volunteers from all walks of life and we are the link between the school and the community it serves.

We want you!

We would love to talk to you about whatever skills and attributes you could bring as a governor. Training / mentoring would be provided.  We are particularly interested if you have an interest in education, marketing, experience of working / volunteering with young people or are active in the community.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but we particularly encourage people from underrepresented groups to apply.

Please have a look at the Governor page of the website for more information and contact the Clerk to the Governors, Sarah Richardson  , to arrange an informal discussion.

Staff Governors

Staff Governors fall into two categories: Teaching staff, and Support Staff. Staff Governors are elected by the teaching and support staff who are paid to work at the school. This category also includes a reserved place for the Headteacher. For 2022-23 they are:

David Forrester (Headteacher)

Parent Governors

Parent Governors, as the title implies, are drawn from parents or guardians of children at our school. Parent Governors normally serve for a period of 4 years and are elected by the parents or carers of children at the school. For 2022-23 they are:

Bridget Davies – Chair of Governors

Michael Barnes

Helen Rowe

Sophie Summers – Co Vice Chair of Governors

James Wiggins

Emily Fletcher

From time to time, the school will send home a letter notifying parents that there is a vacancy for a Parent Governor. If there are more nominations than there are vacancies, then there will be a ballot, at which point all of the parents get to vote for the candidate of their choice.

As a Parent Governor, elected by parents, the role is to bring a parental perspective to the Goverining Body’s decision making, rather than represent the parental constituency.

Member Appointed Governors

Member Appointed Governors are people from the local community, elected by the governing body. For 2022-23 they are:

Joshua Denton

Cynthia Treharne

Paul Wake

If you would like to find out more about being a Member Appointed Governor, either at this school or another, you can contact our Chair of Governors.

Foundation Governors

Foundation Governors are made up of representatives from the local diocese, including staff and church members at St Mary’s. They are responsible for advising on the Christian ethos of our school. For 2022-23 they are:

Jema Ball – Co Vice Chair of Governors

Rachel Powlesland

Helena Richards

For more information on our governors and Trust members, please see the documents below:

FGB minutes