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Governing Body

The Governing Body 2016-17

There are 15 members of Strand Juniors Governing Body. Governors collaborate with the school in its work to provide a challenging, safe and exciting learning environment for all of our children. The Governing Body works with the Senior Leadership Team to establish the School Development Plan and approves this, the annual budget and internal policies. We ensure that our policies meet central and local authority requirements. We also monitor the implementation of our policies and we conduct appeals, senior staff appointments and consider serious disciplinary decisions. We abide by our Code of Conduct.

We aim to be a ‘critical friend’.


To achieve this, Governors:

  • Meet as a whole body termly to talk about the work of the school.
  • Visit some of the excellent performances, assemblies and exhibitions that children and staff have produced.
  • Respond to national issues such as the reduced funding to schools and the new OFSTED framework.
  • Meet with OFSTED and other inspectors.
  • Read through documentation and policies.
  • Ask questions about achievement and attainment, the curriculum and the financial management of the school.
  • Support the school to improve standards for all children.
  • Ensure that our pupils and staff learn and work in a healthy and safe environment.
  • Go in to class to look at what is being learnt and taught.
  •  Keep parents/carers and the school community informed.

In addition, 4 separate committees meet termly – the Achievements and Standards looking at aspects of teaching and learning: the Finance and Premises looking at the financial management of the school and its premises: The Swan Center who, jointly with the Infants school manage the work of the center and the Safeguarding and Wellbeing committee looking at the health and well being of the school.

Our Governing Body was praised in the October 2016 Ofsted inspection. Ofsted said that “The school has a skilled group of Governors” and we "hold the school to account well" whilst "challenging the leaders using school performance information".

For more details of the Governor’s Details and the Register of Interests click here

The 15 members of our Governing Body are:

Chair of Governors  - Martin Lofnes

  Parent Governor and Chair of Finance, Pay and Premises committee

John Aldridge

  Community Governor and Chair of Achievement and Standards Committee

  Member of Swan Center Committee

Avi Braun

  Parent Governor and member of  Achievement  and Standards Committee

Dr Nicola Burbidge

  Chair of Safeguarding and Well being Committee and Community Governor.

Gill Coulton

  Staff Governor and member of Standards and Achievement Committee and Finance, Pay and Premises                   committees.

Sam Hearn

  LA Governor

  Vice-Chair of Finance, Pay and Premises Committee and LA Link-Governor.

Lisa Hutchinson

  Parent Governor, member of  Achievement and Standards Committee,

  Numeracy Governor, Governor with responsibility for Looked After Children and Extended Schools Governor

Diana Martin

  LA Governor and member of Safeguarding and Well being Committee and  Deputy Child Protection Governor.

Samale Nur

  Parent Governor and member of Safeguarding and Well being Committee and Finance, Pay and Premises               Committee.

Javed Qureshi

  Parent Governor and member of Achievement and Standards Committee and Finance, Pay and Premises       Committee.

Kevin Thorne

  Community Governor and member of Safeguarding and Well being, Swan Center and Finance, Pay and Premises    Committee.

Sue White

  Community Governor and Vice-Chair of Safeguarding and Well being Committee. Child Protection Governor.

Ruth Woods

  Headteacher and member of Finance, Pay and Premises Committee, Safeguarding and Well being Committee,        Swan Center Committee and Achievement and Standards Committee.


  If you would like to meet us and we are not around in the playground, please contact:

  Please note that urgent matters should be submitted in writing to the school office and addressed to the Chair of        Governors.

  For a summary of Governing Body meetings click here. Our latest newsletter can be found here.