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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.  

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

Staff Governor

This category includes a reserved place for the Headteacher, David Forrester.

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 2023-24 they are:

Bridget Davies – Chair of Governors

Michael Barnes

Emily Fletcher

Sophie Summers – Co Vice Chair of Governors

Dave Tilley

James Wiggins

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, appointed by the Trust Members. For 2023-24 they are:

Helen Rowe (co-opted for 2023-24)

Joshua Denton

Charlie Gunter

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 2023-24 they are:

Jema Ball – Co Vice Chair of Governors

Rachel Powlesland

Sue Rees

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

FGB minutes