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.


Like all schools, we face many challenges as society continues on the path to a new 'normal'. The effects of the pandemic will be seen for years to come, and understanding that everyone manages these differently reflects the compassion and patience of staff throughout the school.


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.

In challenging times, kindness is needed above all else. 

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 14 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.


Our Governors

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

TJ Declarations of Interest 2022

Term to ResponsibilitiesBusiness/Financial InterestsOther Governance RolesOther
Kirstin Greygoose24/10/202223/10/2026Chair  Co-opted Governor
Helen DunnicoN/AN/A   Headteacher
Sue Molloy04/10/202103/10/2025Governance, Leadership  Associate Member
Kathy Copley13/09/202112/09/2025Vice Chair, SEND  Co-opted Governor
Rachel Preedy30/11/202129/11/2025   Staff Governor
Matthew Penn17/11/202116/11/2025   Co-opted Governor
Gurdeep Ubhie11/11/202010/11/2024Safeguarding, Attendance  Parent Governor
Alan McDermott04/10/202103/10/2025Finance  Co-opted Governor
Hannah Alexander15/12/202014/12/2024Maths/English  Parent Governor
Jeremy Silvester1/12/202130/11/2025Property, Contracts, Tendering  Parent Governor
Rachael Jones27/06/202226/06/2026English/Maths  Parent Governor
Sarah Wright11/01/202310/01/2027EYFS, Curriculum  Co-opted Governor
David White16/01/202315/01/2027Community links  Co-opted Governor

Associate Members: Sue Arthur, Sue Molloy

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’