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Meet the Governors

Helen Reading – Chair of Governors


Stuart Tilsley
Stuart was appointed a Foundation Governor in September 2015. He retired from full-time employment in 2014 and now runs a small consultancy business for General Medical practice. He has already attended a number of school assemblies and has been delighted to observe the caring and happy ethos of the school coupled with excellent educational standards. He hopes that his broad experience of both business and general medical practice will make a tiny contribution to the governance of the school.


Wayne Bates
Wayne is a qualified teacher, having taught for 13 years, before moving to another role in the education sector. In his current job, he deals with School Leaders, Governors, School Proprietors and education policy makers (e.g governments) on a regular basis.



Emma Hemming


Peter Taaffe
Peter retired from full time employment in June 2018 having spent the last 32 years in a senior management position for one of the country’s leading lighting manufacturers. His experience, in a broad range of commercial and production roles, leave him well placed to assume responsibility for all facets of Health & Safety.  Living locally, for over twenty years, Peter has joined the board of governors as he is keen to contribute, and to use his experience to give something back to the community.


Alex Kolb – head of school


Adam Walsh
Adam trained as a classical pianist before pursuing a career in teaching. He has taught in both primary and secondary phases of education and is an experienced school leader.  

What do school governors do?

  • Promote high standards of educational attainment
  • Set targets for pupil achievement
  • Ensure the Christian ethos of the school is adhered to
  • Take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • Manage the school’s budget, including deciding on staff hours and their pay
  • Make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based, in particular, that the new National Curriculum and Religious Education are taught, and report on pupils’ achievement in National Curriculum assessments and examination results
  • Participate in the appointment of senior staff (including appointing the Headteacher) and regulate staff conduct and discipline and
  • Monitor the Rapid Action Plan (RAP)


Governing bodies are made up of:

  • parents elected by other parents with children at the school
  • people appointed by the local authority
  • people are chosen by governors from the local community
  • people appointed by the church
  • the Headteacher
  • teachers elected by other teachers
  • non-teaching staff elected by other non-teaching staff


How does a governing body work?


A governing body:

  • works closely with the Headteacher
  • makes decisions collectively as a team
  • often delegates decision making to committees or to individuals, for example, to the Headteacher
  • conducts most of its business through meetings, making use of relevant papers and guidance, and advice from the Headteacher.


How do I become a school governor?


If you are interested in becoming a school governor and would like to discuss this further please contact:


Nick Moon 

Chair of Governors

Via the school:

01789 762444