Board of Governors

The Governors at Gillamoor play an important role and have considerable responsibility in setting the strategic direction of the school along with the Head Teacher and senior leadership team.  Governors do not manage schools, this is the role of the head teacher and senior leadership team, but we do oversee the development of the school, the main aim of which is always to provide a high standard of education for all pupils of all abilities.  In essence as the accountable body for the school, the governing body has three main roles:

  • provide a strategic view of where the school is heading. This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.
  • act as a critical friend to the school.The governing body works with the head teacher to create a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the school.The governing body should feel able to question and challenge and this is achieved through trust and mutual respect.
  • hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and the quality of education it provides. The governing body uses its collective skills to benefit the children, by gathering views and asking questions to determine what is best for the school.

The Governors have a variety of skills and backgrounds that provide the school with a wide range of expertise and support. What unifies us is our strong commitment to the schools vision and ethos of “‘First the blade, then the ear, then the full grain’ Mark 4:28”.   The governors are a mixture of parent governors, school staff, co-opted governors and local council representatives.  Parent Governors have a child in school, are elected by parents of the school and serve, as do other Governors, for four years.  We meet every half-term to discuss the work of the school and look at where we are going and how we can make improvements.

The governors visit the school throughout the year and most have a link to specific subjects and their teachers or areas of the school such as Special Educational Needs, Finance, curriculum and Safeguarding.  This is an important opportunity to see the school in action and governors enjoy the chance to meet staff and children and learn about what makes our school special.

If you are interested in becoming a Governor, the Head teacher will be pleased to provide further details.


Local Authority Governor

Vacant position

Parent Governor

Dr Christopher Vowles (Chair of Governors)

Lyndsey Roberts (Vice Chair of Governors)

Community Governors

Ms Jane Harper

Foundation Governors

Rev Mark Brosnan

Mrs Aniko Sheppard

Associate Governor

Mr Paul Normandale

Co-Opted Governor

Mrs Gill Garbutt

Staff Governor

Mrs Lorraine Hugill


Mrs A Hayes

Clerk to the Governors

Mrs Lydia Waites

If you wish to contact any of the Governors, please send an email to school:

Paul Normandale Rev Mark Brosnan Christopher Vowles Paul Normandale Jane Harper
Colin Clifford Jane Harper Anniko Shepherd Gill Garbutt Christopher Vowles
Lindsey Roberts Chris Vowles Rev Mark Brosnan Lindsey Roberts Independent Advisor


Special Area of Responsibility Link Governor
Child Protection & Safeguarding Paul Normandale
Maths/ICT Gill Garbutt
Health/Safety Paul Normandale


Communications & External Links

Lindsey Roberts

Christopher Vowles

Wider curriculum Lindsey Roberts and Christopher Vowles
RE & Worship; Pupil Behaviour & Attendance Rev Mark Brosnan and Anniko Shepherd
SEND & Transition, Staff Wellbeing Jane Harper and Gill Garbutt
Finance, Capital Projects & Premises Jane Harper, Paul Normandale , Andrea Hayes
Website Andrea Hayes
Marketing Colin Clifford
Ethos Working Group Rev Mark Brosnan, Charlotte Pope, Andrea Hayes, Anniko Shepherd and Rev. Bridget
EYFS Gill Garbutt