The Governors of

Conifers Primary School

Who are we and what do we do?

Dorothy Woods:           Chair of Governors, Mentor to New Governors. Pupil Premium, Inclusion                                                 and Assessment and Science Link Governor.

Steve Dewey:                Vice Chair of Governors, Finance and Performance Management                                                             Governor. Maths & ICT Link Governor.


Angela Matthews:         Maths & ICT Link Governor.

Tracey Hodder               Safeguarding, English & Creative Curriculum Link Governor

Julie Crane:                   Administration Support and Health and Safety Governor.

Rebecca Fuller:             English, Early Years and Key Stage One Link Governor.

Laura Parsons:              Pupil Premium and SEND Link Governor


Donna Newport:            Staff Governor. Attendance, Thrive Leader and Behaviour Governor.


Andrew Johnson:         Headteacher.

Bradley Turner:             Parent Governor

Elizabeth Williamson:   Parent Governor


Ellie Doyle:                    Clerk to the Governors


No member of the Governing Body has any business or financial interest in the school at this time.

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Every school in the country has governors who operate and make decisions as a group.

All Governing bodies have 3 core functions: they oversee the financial performance of the school, ensuring the money is well spent. They hold executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the effective and efficient performance management of the staff. But, first and foremost they ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction. Governors are not involved with the day to day running of the school, that is the role of the Headteacher and staff.  We, the governors of Conifers Primary School, are confident and strong in our strategic leadership.



We work together as a Full Governing Body, meeting together monthly to look at all aspects of school life including Safeguarding and Child Protection, pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium, Inclusion/Pupils with Special Educational Needs, Finance, Health and Safety, the Curriculum and Attendance.



The governors also have a Link responsibility in school for which we make link visits so we can build an effective working relationship with staff and have a better understanding of how teachers work and children learn.  Our findings help us to make judgements about progress being made towards the school priorities and targets in the School Development Plan.  It helps us to recognise success and celebrate the efforts and success of pupils and staff and to identify areas for development.  It also helps governors to develop a positive link with staff and pupils to maintain a visible profile in the school.  Visits are not about making judgements on the quality of teaching or checking individual children’s progress, but to be a source of support and a critical friend of the school.  At present we have link Governors for English, Maths, Assessment, Foundation Stage, Inclusion/SEND, Safeguarding and Child Protection.


If you would like to know more about any of the above, please let us know by contacting the School Office. We will be only too happy to have a chat with you.