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Role of Governors


What do school governors do?

The role of the Governing Board is to govern the school. This means focusing on the core functions of providing strategic leadership, holding the headteacher to account and making sure the school’s money is well spent. This is a demanding task for which all governors need to have, or develop, relevant and appropriate skills.

The Full Governing Board meets every half term.  The Chair is Mr Stuart Thomas and the Vice Chair is Mr Doug Vincett. The Governing Board is supported by the Clerk to the Governing Board, Ali Jenkinson.


Structure of the Governing Board

The Governing Board at Gurnard Primary School is constituted under the 2012 Constitution Regulations. It is comprised of 12 members including:


4 parent governors

Elected by other parents at the school.

Any parent, or carer, of a registered pupil at the school is eligible to stand for election as a parent governor. Parent governors may continue to hold office until the end of their term of office even if their child leaves the school. 

Mrs Chloe Dove

Mr Doug Vincett



1 staff governor


The staff governor is elected by the school staff. They cease to hold office when they cease to work at the school.  

Mr Tom Speer


The headteacher is a member of the Governing Board by virtue of their office.  

Mrs Clemma Yardley

1 local authority governor

The local authority governor is nominated by the local authority but appointed by the Governing Board  Mrs Emma Meek
5 co-opted governors

Co-opted governors are appointed by the Governing Board. They have been appointed because of the specific expertise and experience they can contribute to the effective governance and success of the school. 


Mr Stuart Thomas

Mr Roger Rickman





There are currently no associate members of the Governing Board.


The approved Instrument of Government can be found here.


Membership comprises of governors with the appropriate skills and experience to carry out the statutory roles and responsibilities of the Governing Board and to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school. The Governing Board reviews their effectiveness regularly, including the extent to which their size and structure is fit for purpose and their members have the necessary skills.  A skills audit has been used to identify the skills, knowledge and experience of current governors and any additional specific skills or experience that the Governing Board ideally requires. Each Governor’s term of office is four years, after which time an election is held. The Chair is elected annually from within the Governing Board. 


Applying to be a Governor

The school currently has vacancies for co-opted governors and parent governors.  Please contact the Chair of Governors, Stuart Thomas, if you would like to find out more about the role.  Her email is