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Our Governing Body

School Governing Bodies

All state maintained primary, secondary and special schools, are accountable to their governing bodies, which in turn are accountable to parents and the community. Parent and staff representatives are elected to the governing body; the local authority appoints governors to the governing body and the relevant faith bodies appoint foundation governors in faith schools.

In addition the governing body can appoint its own co-opted governors,  and it is traditionally these posts which the governing body uses to cover skills gaps, hence these posts often being offered to governors from the business community.

Increasingly local authority appointment panels also look to the skills set of their appointees.


At Crockham Hill CE Primary School, the Governing Body consists of 12 Governors. Of these:

  • 2 are elected by parents
  • 1 is appointed by the Local Authority
  • 1 is elected by the staff
  • 1 is the Headteacher
  • 3 Foundation 
  • 4 are co-opted (appointed by the Governing Board)

The Governing Body may also appoint Associate Members, who are not Governors and do not have voting rights on the Full Governing Body, but who attend Full Governing Body meetings.

Except for the Headteacher and Vicar, all Governors are appointed/elected for a term of 4 years.
The Governing Body operates under the Committee model of governance. We have a Resources and a Teaching and Learning Committee which meet three times a year. In addition the Full Governing Body meets 4 times per year.

The table at the end sets out details of all Governors who are currently in office. 


The Value of School Governance

Governing bodies make decisions which are in the best interests of the children and young people. Keeping the decision making as close as possible to those that are affected by the decisions makes for sound and efficient leadership and governance.

The current government’s commitment to the ‘Big Society’ supports this, and the school governance model fits into this concept neatly. Fulfilling the role of a school governor is, therefore, both a serious undertaking and enormously rewarding. Not only do governors bring their own knowledge and skills to the role, but, in learning how schools are run, they often develop their understanding of leadership.

The majority of employers appreciate this and are supportive of their staff taking on the responsibility. In addition, contributing to the growth and development of a school and seeing tangible improvements in the attainment and well being of the children is a satisfying and important contribution to the local community.


The Role of the Governing Body

The role of the governing board is a strategic one with three key functions:

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

Governors set the aims and objectives for the school. They set the policies and targets for achieving those aims and objectives. They monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making and act as 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 board.

In order to do this, governors need to gain knowledge of how their school operates through training, by attending meetings, and by getting to know their school community, for example through a small number of visits to the school during the school day.

CROCKHAM HILL  SCHOOL - GOVERNING BODY 2023-2024 - You can contact the Chair of Governors by leaving a message with the school office or via email on
Name of GovernorType of GovernorRole/Committee  Term StartedTerm EndsBusiness interests/
Other Governor roles
Lizi NicolCo-optedFinance, Resources & Personnel27/03/202426/03/2028 
Rosemary HoltCo-optedCurriculum & Learning27/03/202226/03/2026 
Lisa HiggsH/T ex officioHeadteacher01/09/2021Ongoing 
Adam LewisParent Finance, Resources & Personnel10/07/202009/07/2024 
Barbara MitchellFoundationCurriculum & Learning29/09/202028/09/2024 
Chris Sadler 


Chair of Gov. & Finance, Resources & Personnel20/05 202419/05/2028 Governor at Harris Academy Purley
Lorraine AshleyFoundation Curriculum & Learning04/11/202203/11/2026 
Sian CamplingStaffCurriculum & Learning04/01/202203/01/2026 
Maria BoxleyCo-opted Finance, Resources & Personnel06/12/202305/12/2027 



ResourcesTeaching & Learning
Mr Adam LewisMrs Lorraine Ashley (Chair)
Mrs Lisa HiggsMrs Lisa Higgs
Mr Chris Sadler (Vice Chair)Mrs Rosemary Holt
Mrs Sally Dodson (Chair)Mrs Barbara Mitchell (Vice Chair)
Mrs Maria BoxleyMiss Sian Campling




 Y = Attended, N = Apologies Accepted, NA = Apologies not Accepted, NS = No Apologies sent, ? = Attendance Not Marked, Blank = Not Required,
CA = Consent for absence, - = Not applicable
   Teaching & Learning committee meetingFull Governing Board MeetingFinance, Resources and PersonnelCurriculum & LearningFGB MeetingFinance, Resources and Personnel- Budget ApprovalFGB Meeting - Budget ApprovalFGB MeetingCurriculum & Learning 
 GovernorGovernor Type02 Nov 202207 Dec 202218 Jan 202322 Feb 202329 Mar 202310 May 202310 May 202312 Jul 202317 Jul 2023 
 Mrs Lorraine AshleyFoundation governorYY YY YYY 
 Sian CamplingStaff governorNY YY YYY 
 Reverend Alison Cooper NSY        
 Mrs Sally DodsonParent governor YY YYYN  
 Lisa HiggsHeadteacherYYYYYYYYY 
 Mrs Rosemary HoltCo-opted governorYY YY YYY 
 Mr Adam LewisParent governor YY YYYY  
 Mrs Barbara MitchellFoundation governorYY YY YYY 
 Ms Josephine NaismithCo-opted governor YY YYYY  
 Mr Chris SadlerCo-opted governor YY YYYY  
  Full Governing Board meetingTeaching & LearningResourcesFull Governing Board meetingResourcesTeaching & LearningFull Governing Board meetingResourcesFull Governing Board - Budget approvalTeaching & LearningFull Governing Board meeting 
GovernorGovernor Type29 Sep 202104 Nov 202118 Nov 202109 Dec 202120 Jan 202224 Feb 202229 Mar 202212 May 202212 May 202207 Jul 202213 Jul 2022 
Mrs Lorraine AshleyAssociate Member     YY YYY 
Sian CamplingStaff governor     YY YYY 
Mrs Susan CashFoundation governorYY Y YY YYY 
Alison CooperFoundation governorYY Y NY YYY 
Mrs Sally DodsonParent governorY YYY YYY Y 
Lisa HiggsHeadteacherYYYYYYYYYYY 
Rosemary HoltCo-opted governorYY Y YY YYY 
Adam LewisParent governorY YYY YYY Y 
Mrs Barbara MitchellFoundation governorYY N YY YYY 
Ms Josephine NaismithCo-opted governorY YYY YYY Y 
Chris SadlerCo-opted governorY YNY YYY Y 

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