Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School


Welcome Message from Craig Bourne, Chair of Governors


As a parent of a Year 6 pupil, I have seen at first-hand the nurturing and supportive school environment achieved at Thomas Jolyffe through the hard work and dedication of all teaching and non-teaching staff. I am very proud to lead an enthusiastic and committed Governing Board in our aim to provide the best level of support and guidance to the school. The Governing Board comprises of both parents and skilled professionals who all bring valuable insight and experience to the team. Most importantly, we aim to help our school provide the best possible education for all pupils and enable each child to achieve the school motto and 'be the best that they can be'. We are an approachable bunch and can be contacted via the school office.


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.


Minutes of the most recent Governing Body meeting will not appear until the following meeting has had chance to approve them.

TJ Declarations of Interest 2021-22

Governor's Attendance 2020-21

Term to ResponsibilitiesBusiness/Financial InterestsOther Governance RolesOther
Craig Bourne04/10/202103/10/2025Chair, Property/Contracts/ Tendering   
Helen DunnicoN/AN/A   Headteacher
Lou Geere04/10/202103/10/2025   Associate Member
Sue Molloy04/10/202103/10/2025Maths, English  Associate Member
Kathy Copley13/09/202112/09/2025SEND  Co-opted Governor
Karen Jones24/10/201823/10/2022Finance, Website, Social Media  Co-opted Governor
Rachel Preedy28/11/201729/11/2021   Staff Governor
Matthew Penn16/11/201716/11/2021   Co-opted Governor
Kirstin Greygoose24/10/201823/10/2022Curriculum, EYFS  Co-opted Governor
Gurdeep Ubhie11/11/202010/11/2024Safeguarding, Attendance  Parent Governor
Alan McDermott04/10/202103/10/2025Finance  Co-opted Governor
Hannah Alexander15/12/202014/12/2024   Parent Governor

Associate Members: Sue Arthur, Sue Molloy, Lou Geere

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’