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Welcome to our Governors’ section


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.


What do school governors do?


The governing body of a school is responsible for ensuring that it is run to promote pupil achievement. Its duties include:


    •    setting strategic direction, policies and objectives

    •    approving the school budget

    •    reviewing progress against the school's budget and objectives

    •    appointing, challenging and supporting the headteacher


The governing body is made up of:


    •    parent governors (elected by parents)

    •    staff representatives (elected by school staff)

    •    local authority governors (appointed by the local authority)

    •    co-opted governors (members of the local community appointed by the governing body)

  • Foundation governors (as we are members of a Trust)


At Holly Grove Primary the full governing body meet termly and further sub committees covering resources, teaching and learning and pupil support also meet on a half termly basis.

Name of Governor

Type of









Darren Lennon LEA Chair of Governors Jun 18 Jun 22
Joanne Huskisson Parent 


May 17 May 21
Simon Coates  Co-opted   Mar 18 Mar 22
Matt Backhouse Parent   May 17 May 21
Claire Price  Parent  Vice Chair Dec 18 Dec 23
Lorraine Brown  Foundation    Dec 13 Dec 21
Matt Wallace  Foundation    Oct 19 Oct 23
Dawn O'Hare  Staff  Head Teacher    
Sue Barnes Staff Assistant Head Teacher Sep 19 Sep 23
James O'Connor Associate Assistant Head Teacher    
Theresa Surplice  Associate Assistant Head Teacher    


Governor Monthly Meetings  Membership




Darren Lennon - Chair

Joanne Huskisson - Vice Chair

Dawn O'Hare - Head Teacher

Matt Backhouse

Lorraine Brown

Clare Price

Simon Coates

Sue Barnes

James O'Connor

Theresa Surplice 




Pay Committee  Any Governors  except staff Governors
Pay Appeals

2/3 Governors - any governor except Staff Governors

Pupil Discipline/Exclusion 

3 members of the governing body

Except Staff Governors

Head Teacher Performance

Quorum: 2 

Darren Lennon

David Henn

Lorraine Brown


Staff Disciplinary  

3 Governors  - any governor except

Staff Governors 

Staff Disciplinary Appeals 

3 Governors - any governor except

Staff Governors