Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School


Welcome Statement from Sue Molloy, Chair of Governors



Dear Parents and Friends


As Chair of Governors, I am very proud of our school and the strong body of Governors that I lead. Many of the Governors are parents or past parents of Thomas Jolyffe pupils who live close to the school. We have been joined by other governors who bring different areas of experience to enhance the skills of the Governing Body.  We are all committed to our role in providing support and guidance to the school. The overall purpose of the Governing Body is to help our school provide the best possible education for all of the pupils in order to develop every child’s full potential.



About Our Governors


The Governors work closely with the Head teacher and Senior Management Team to ensure that pupils enjoy a positive, high quality educational experience during their time at Thomas Jolyffe.


Governors bring many skills and experiences to their role in supporting, promoting and protecting the interests of the school, its pupils and its staff and are an important link between the school and its local community. Decisions taken by the Governors are based upon the advice of committees who deal with specific issues and then report back to the full Board with their recommendations.


Governors have a number of responsibilities including:

  • Setting the strategic direction of the school and agreeing policies and objectives
  • Monitoring the curriculum
  • Reviewing and approving the school’s budget
  • Monitoring pupil progress
  • Appointing the Head teacher


Governors sit on one of two sub-committees as well as the full governing body:

  • Performance and Standards (P+S)
  • Resources Management


We meet formally at least once per term and minutes of all meetings are available from the school office for parents to access.


We are involved in all aspects of school life and regularly visit the school to observe the school and children at work.


The Governing body comprises 13 Governors, including the Head teacher. An individual’s term of office comprises 4 years, after which time they must seek re-appointment. Current governors are listed together with the expiry of their term of office:


Name & Term

Appointed by



Register of Interest

Attendance for 15/16


Mrs Sue Molloy

LA Representative

15/12/16 - 14/12/20



Governing Body


Performance & Standards



Safeguarding / Attendance





Mr Douglas Evans

Parent Governor


14/03/16 – 13/03/20



Parent Governors / Governing Body


Performance & Standards

Resources Management (Chair)

Vice Chair for 16/17


Chair to Alveston School Governing Body


6 of 7


Mrs Rachel Preedy

Co-opted Governor

28/11/13 – 27/11/17



Governing Body


Resources Management



Member of Teaching Staff


1 of 11

(Maternity Leave)


Mr Keith Burt

Parent Governor

15/12/16 - 14/12/20


Parent nomination

Performance & Standards



Teacher at Haybridge High School.

Freelance Education Consultant

Member of NUT






Mr Craig Bourne

Parent Governor

15/06/17 - 14/06/21


Parent Nomination



  Contracts Manager N/A


Mr Martin Ledgard

Parent Governor

15/06/17 - 14/06/21


Parent Nomination Performance & Standards   Headteacher N/A

Ms Kathy Copley

11/17 - 11/21

Co-opted Resources  


Retired Headteacher




Clerk to Governors: Mrs Mirren Brodie  



No longer standing:

Mr David Gravestock

Mr Simon Elliott

Mrs Sarah Jones

Mr David Webber                                 May 2013  -   12th October 2015                         1 of 1 meetings attended during 15/16

Mr Jono Wright                                     3rd December 2015    -   9th July 2016               5 of 6 meetings attended during 15/16

Mrs Tracy Ward                                    28th November 2013   -   7th July 2016               7 of 9 meetings attended during 15/16

Mr Mike Cocker                                    Headteacher until 22nd July 2016                       11 of 13 meetings attended during 15/16

Mrs Sue Turner                                    20th November 2013   -  8th September 2016     13 of 10 meetings attended during 15/16

Miss Alexandria Hingley                      19th March 2015  -  14th December 2016             9 of 11 meetings attended during 15/16

Mrs Shelley Bamford                           4th September 2016   -  16th December 2016      10 of 11 meetings attended during 15/16

Mr Willie Arnold                                    28th November 2013    -   15th December 2016    7 of 11 meetings attended during 15/16

Mr Mark Craddock                                3rd December 2015     -   7th April 2016                7 of 8 meetings attended during 15/16

Mrs Sheila Mellor                                   20th March 2014  -   21st July 2017                    10 of 10 meetings attended during 15/16


All Governors may be contacted via the school office.


We no longer produce a Governors Annual Report to Parents. Information about the school can be found in the School Profile.

Declaration of Interests Register 2017-18

... Please can we remind you again to NOT send in any nuts or nut products (this includes Nutella) in your child's packed lunches. We have children in our school with very severe allergies. Thank you ... Thomas Jolyffe Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, volunteers and parents to share this commitment ... Please help FTJ raise money by shopping and booking holidays online through ... Please check your ParentPay account regularly and ensure that sufficient funds are always available - this will ensure that the office do not have to call you during the day to chase payments ... Please remember that only disabled badge holders and those with school parking permits are allowed to park in the school car park ...