Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School


Welcome from Chair of Governors


Governors are the largest voluntary service in the country, and we are fortunate to have a dedicated and skilled board at Thomas Jolyffe.


As a governing board, we support and challenge the leadership and effectiveness of the school, through visits and regular, well-attended meetings.


Effective relationships between schools and families are cruicial to the success of a school and ultimately outcomes for our pupils.


Our responsibility as parents and members of the Thomas Jolyffe community is to uphold the values of the school; a shared love of learning and pride in our achievements; an enjoyment of our similarities and our differences; and respect for each other, so that all children have the best possible school experience.


Kirstin Greygoose



About Our Governors


The governing board is comprised of volunteers, each with a range of skills and experience to support the development of the school. These can be co-opted to fill a specific need on the governing board, a parent governor or local authority appointed. All governors access training, relevant to their role through Warwickshire Governor Services. 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.


The headteacher is a separate category of governor, and must sit on the governing board along with another member of staff. Where matters relating to staff pay and performance are discussed, staff governors are not in attendance for the relevant section of the meeting. 


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 published* 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.


Any complaint made to the governing board is treated respectfully, confidentially, and the process objective, following the complaints procedure.


*Minutes are approved at the following meeting before being made public.

Our Governors

Minutes of the most recent Governing Body meeting will not be available until they have been approved at the following meeting.

Term to ResponsibilitiesBusiness/Financial InterestsOther Governance RolesOther
Kirstin Greygoose08/02/20237/02/2027Chair  Local Authority governor
Philippa LiversidgeN/AN/AHeadteacher  Headteacher
Mirren BrodieN/AN/AClerk  Clerk
Kathy Copley13/09/202112/09/2025

Co-Vice Chair


  Co-opted Governor
Rachel Preedy30/11/202129/11/2025SLT  Staff Governor
Gurdeep Ubhie11/11/202010/11/2024Safeguarding, Attendance, Website, Social Media, Behaviour  Parent Governor
Alan McDermott04/10/202103/10/2025

Co-Vice Chair


  Co-opted Governor
Jeremy Silvester1/12/202130/11/2025Finance, Property/Contracts /Tendering  Parent Governor
Sarah Wright11/01/202310/01/2027EYFS, Curriculum, Behaviour  Co-opted Governor
David White16/01/202315/01/2027Finance, Community links  Co-opted Governor
Emily Morris22/11/202321/11/2027EYFS  Parent Governor

Associate Members: Sue Arthur

Clerk to Governors: Mirren Brodie

Contact Chair of Governors

‘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.'