Dunstone Primary School

"Making every day count; growing and achieving together."

School Governors

Governors of Dunstone Primary School




Type of Governor

% attended 2015/16


Miss Kay Bailey (Chair)

Co-opted Governor (SEN/Equalities Gov)



Mrs Kate Luxford (Vice)

Parent Governor

(LAC/Maths Gov)



Cllr Nigel Churchill

LA Governor

(Health & Safety Gov)



Miss Joanne Anning

Co-opted Governor




Mr James Edwards

Co-opted Governor




Mr Rob Oaten

Staff Governor




Mrs Fiona Goodsell

Associate Governor




Mrs Victoria Fisher

Parent Governor




Mrs Kirsten Byng

Parent Governor




Ms Katie Warren

Co-opted Governor




Mrs Kate Patrick





Mrs Sarah Evans





What types of Governors are there?

Depending on the category of the school, the governing body will be made up of different numbers and categories of governors. The term of office for each type of Governor is 4 years.

These are the types of Governor at Dunstone at present:

  • Parent governors - selected by election (or appointment if insufficient people stand for election) and drawn from parents and carers of children at the school.
  • Staff governors - selected by election from teaching and support staff paid to work at the school.
  • Co-opted governors - appointed by the governing body to represent community interests.
  • LA governors - appointed by the Local Education Authority

What are School Governors?

School Governors are people from the school’s community who wish to make a positive contribution to children’s education.  They must be aged 18 or over at the date of their election or appointment, and there is no upper age limit. 
Governors are the largest volunteer force in the county and have an important part to play in raising school standards through their three key roles of setting strategic direction, ensuring accountability and monitoring and evaluating school performance. 

What Do Governors Do?

Governors work as a team. They are responsible for making sure the school provides a good quality education, as raising educational standards in school is now a key priority. This has the best chance of happening when there are high expectations of what pupils can achieve.

Governors also promote effective ways of teaching and learning when setting the school aims and policies. They do this together with the head, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school. Heads are chosen by governors - and most heads choose to be governors themselves.
They may also include representatives from the church, charitable trust or business interests.

Numbers vary depending on the school's type or size, and appointments are for four years.

The Governing Body:

  • is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • plans the school's future direction
  • selects the Headteacher
  • makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing
  • makes sure the national curriculum is taught
  • decides how the school can encourage pupil's spiritual, moral and social development
  • makes sure the school provides for all its pupils, including those with special needs.

Governors are at the heart of how a school operates. It is important they get things right. How they do their job affects the interests of pupils, staff morale and how the school is seen by parents and others in the community.


 The Finance/Personnel & Premises Committee

Kate Luxford, Joanne Anning, Nigel Churchill, James Edwards, Kay Bailey, Katie Warren, Kirsten Byng and Kate Patrick.


The Curriculum Committee

Kay Bailey, Victoria Fisher, Rob Oaten, Kate Luxford, Fiona Goodsell and Kate Patrick.