Thomas Jolyffe Primary School

Thomas Jolyffe Primary School


Welcome from Chair of Governors


I am thrilled to be part of Thomas Jolyffe Primary School, and supporting on key matters for our school and local community. 


Governors are the largest voluntary service in the country, and we are fortunate to have a dedicated and skilled team 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.


We are entering an exciting new chapter in our school's journey, and we hope you will take the opportunity to share your thoughts with governors and staff. 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.

I can usually be found around the school at drop-off and pick-up times, often carrying a selection of sticks and leaves so I'm easy to spot, and welcome the opportunity to chat with parents.


I look forward to meeting you and working together to support the school.


Kirstin Greygoose


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 15 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.


Governors' recommended reads

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
Matthew Penn17/11/202116/11/2025Deputy Head  Co-opted 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
Hannah Alexander15/12/202014/12/2024Curriculum  Parent Governor
Jeremy Silvester1/12/202130/11/2025Finance, Property/Contracts /Tendering  Parent Governor
Rachael Jones27/06/202226/06/2026Curriculum  Parent Governor
Sarah Wright11/01/202310/01/2027EYFS, Curriculum, Behaviour  Co-opted Governor
David White16/01/202315/01/2027Finance, Community links  Co-opted Governor

Associate Members: Sue Arthur

Clerk to Governors: Mirren Brodie

OPEN DAYS: 11 OCTOBER AT 2PM and 28 NOVEMBER at 9.30AM.... Please come along, you don't need to book! ‘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.'