St Andrew's CE First School

Role of the Governing Body

The role of the Governing Body is to provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. It has three key functions:

  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • What do Governors do?

How St Andrew's Governors fulfill their role

 The Board have 5 main meetings per year with clear aims and objectives for each meeting and also delegate some responsibilities to 5 smaller committees who meet at least every term.

All Meeting Dates 2023/24

Governor Job Description  

Full Governing Body Meetings (Chaired by Steph Timmis)

Finance Committee (Chaired by Julia Powell)

Personnel & Pay Committee (Chaired by Steph Timmis)

Curriculum & Standards Committee (Chair Vacancy)

Health & Safety and Sites & Buildings and Safeguarding Committee (Chaired by Steve Bond)

Admissions Committee (Chaired by Gina Horrocks)

There are also Link Governor roles where governors take on a specific area. The Governing Body retains overall responsibility but they keep abreast of developments and concerns in these particular areas and report back to the board.

Governors agree to follow the Code of Conduct

Anti-bullying CLA EYFS Finance
Health & Safety Pupil Premium Safeguarding SEND and Inclusion
Sports Premium Standards



Who are the Governors of St Andrew's?

 There are 13 Governors at St Andrew's with a wide range of skills, abilities, interests and backgrounds 

Type of Governor Name From To
Foundation DBE Steph Timmis CHAIR 05.10.2022 04.10.2024
Foundation DBE Dawn Sparks 01.06.2023 31.05.2027
Foundation DBE Steve Bond 13.05.2020 12.05.2024
Foundation DBE Victoria Taramasco 12.07.2021 11.07.2025
Foundation PCC Liz Openshaw 10.10.2023 09.10.2027
Foundation PCC Cathy Dakin  10.10.2023 09.10.2027
Foundation PCC Julia Powell 27.11.2021 26.11.2025
Foundation Ex Officio Rev Andrew Hobbs 25.05.2022 n/a
Parent Governor Rachel Bartholomew 22.11.2021 21.11.2025
Parent Governor Kate McGarry 01.01.2024


Staff Governor Sophie Rowan 01.10.2022


LA Governor Gina Horrocks 06.12.2019


Head Fran Barnes 01.09.2018


Governors' declared interests: 2022-232021-22, 2020-21, 2019-20

If you have a complaint please follow the complaints policy

If you wish to make suggestions or have queries please contact the Chair via

Public Sector Equality Duty

As a school we recognise that a diversity of thought, voices and perspectives is essential to good governance and the effective running of any organisation. We regularly collect diversity information from our governors and, depending on current data, can use this to:
➢ target recruitment to address gaps in experience and diversity 
➢ develop and adapt board practices to ensure full participation 
➢ prioritise training and awareness-raising in identified areas 
➢ address potential ‘blind spots’ through seeking wider advice and perspectives on current and upcoming opportunities, challenges and risks 
 However, we are unable to publish this information as it would mean that individual members of our governing body are identifiable.

 Minutes of Meetings

The Governing Body believes that there should be transparency of its workings and decisions.

The final approved minutes from any Full Governing Body Meeting can be requested by emailing the Clerk on

FGB Attendance Records

2022 to 2023

2021 to 2022

2020 to 2021

2019 to 2020 

2018 to 2019

2017 to 2018

Governor Expenses Policy