Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School


A meeting of the full governing body was held on 30th September 2020. Minutes will be uploaded as soon as they become available.


The next meeting will be held on November 11th 2020.

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 continually improving positive and 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


We meet formally once every half term and minutes of all meetings are available from the school office or below in PDF form.


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:


All Governors may be contacted via the school office.


Name Date
Term to  Responsibilities Business/Financial Interests Other Governance Roles Other
Sue Molloy 15/12/2016 14/12/2020 Chair, Maths, English     Local Authority Governor
Helen Dunnico N/A N/A       Headteacher
Lou Geere 24/10/2018 23/10/2022 Safeguarding, Attendance     Co-opted Governor
Kathy Copley 13/09/2017 12/09/2021 Vice-Chair, SEND     Co-opted Governor
Craig Bourne 15/06/2017 16/06/2021 Property, Contracts, Tendering     Parent Governor
Keith Burt 15/12/2016 14/12/2020 Curriculum     Parent Governor
Karen Jones 24/10/2018 23/10/2022 Website, Social Media     Co-opted Governor
Martin Ledgard 15/06/2017 14/06/2021 Governance, Leadership     Parent Governor
Rachel Preedy 28/11/2017 29/11/2021       Staff Governor
Michael Drummond 04/09/2019 N/A       Staff Governor
Matthew Penn 16/11/2017 16/11/2021       Co-opted Governor
Kirsten Greygoose 24/10/2018 23/10/2022 Early Years Foundation Stage     Co-opted Governor
Dan Hutchings           Parent Governor

Associate Members: Alan McDermott (Finance), Sue Arthur

Clerk to Governors: Mirren Brodie

‘Children are captivated by their learning’, ‘The well-being of pupils is at the heart of the school’, ‘School is a calm place - pupils are polite, courteous and well-mannered’