Governing Body

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school.

Each individual governor is a member of a governing body, which is established in law as a corporate body. Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the governing body. Decisions are the joint responsibility of the governing body.

The role of the governing body is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • Set the aims and objectives for the school
  • Set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • Monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend)

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body.

The governors’ impact statement can be read here: Impact Statement 17/18

Priory School’s current governing body structure is as follows:

Name Position Appointed by Area of Responsibility/Committee Term of Office
Jacqueline Laver Headteacher Finance and Personnel; Standards Ex-officio
Debroy Barrett Chair – Partnership Governor Governing Body Academisation/Curriculum; Finance and Personnel 12/10/2015 – 11/10/2019
Sarbjit Kaur Dhillon Vice Chair – Parent Governor Parents Safeguarding/Mental Health and Well-being; Health, Safety and Facilities; Standards 02/12/2015 – 01/12/2019
Rachael Bartlett Parent Governor Parents Pupil Premium; Finance and Personnel; Standards 02/12/2015 – 01/12/2019
Andrew Watson Staff Governor Staff Health, Safety and Facilities 23/03/2018 – 22/03/2022
Jo Thethi Parent Governor Parents Standards; Chair of Finance and Personnel; Chair of Standards 02/12/2015 – 01/12/2019
Anglea Wilks LA Governor Governing Body Early Years; Chair of Health, Safety and Facilities; GDPR 27/03/2017 – 26/03/2021
Richard Collman  Partnership Governor Governing Body  SEND; Standards 16/10/2017 – 15/10/2021
Monisha Jefcut Associate Member Governing Body Deputy Headteacher 16/10/2017 – 15/10/2021
Sarah Mijatovich Associate Member Governing Body Deputy Headteacher 16/10/2017 – 15/10/2021
Jo McGovern Associate Member Governing Body School Business Manager; Finance and Personnel; Health, Safety and Facilities 16/10/2017 – 15/10/2021
Lindsey Hicks Staff Governor until Feb 18 Staff 19/12/2016 – 28/02/2018
Elizabeth Critchlow Clerk to Governors Governing Body

All associate members – no committee voting rights


Name of Governor/Position Relevant business/financial interests Any other educational establishments governed Relationships with the school staff, including spouses, partners and relatives Date form completed Change declared
Richard Collman/Partnership Governor Director of 21 Pharma Ltd 01/10/2018
Andrew Watson/STaff Governor Future Legends Sports Coaching 01/10/2018

Please click on the image above to see the table of governor attendance to meetings.