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The Governing Body of Thorpe Lea Primary School and Nursery is comprised of a group of volunteers, both from within the school community (staff and parents) and the wider community, with a desire to provide an exceptional education for the children of Thorpe Lea.

The governing body’s work focuses on three core strategic functions:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Governors work together and with the Senior Leadership Team, to ensure the best possible education for all the children in our school, enabling them to realise and achieve their potential at each and every stage of their journey through a broad and balanced curriculum with extra-curricular opportunities and in accordance with the values of the school:

"high expectations, respect, teamwork, diversity, nurturing care, communication and creativity."

We also uphold British values such as democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance which are taught to our children.

The full governing body meets termly, with an additional business meeting at the start of each academic year. There are also two main governor committees - Resources and Children & Learning which also meet termly.  Members of the public (including school staff and parents) can request to attend a full governing body meeting as observers by following the “Open Meeting Protocol”. This protocol constitutes the code of conduct required by the governing body in return for granting access to their meetings.

At governor meetings we receive reports from the Headteacher and members of the senior leadership team, presentations from members of staff on specific topics, consider the latest attendance and performance data for the children, ensure that all policies and procedures are in place, confirm that the school’s finances are being used effectively and appropriately and that relevant audits are taking place, check that the school has the resources required to do its job effectively and that the premises are suitable and safe and, very importantly, ensure that the safeguarding of the children is robust and appropriate.

In addition, Governors take on other areas of responsibility e.g. Special Educational Needs or Safeguarding and every Governor has a link to a subject area of the curriculum e.g. science, history or PE. 

Governors visit the schools regularly, undertaking monitoring visits which involve talking to staff and reporting back to the governing body on what they have seen. Governors must also attend regular training sessions to keep them appraised of national and local developments in education and to keep their general governance knowledge up to date. Governors are also interviewed by Inspectors during an Ofsted inspection of the school.

The Governing Body can be contacted in writing through the school office or the Chair of Governors can be contacted at

Thorpe Lea Governors


Caroline Wright

Local Authority Governor, Chair of Governors

Responsibilities / Committees: Children & Learning (Chair), Headteacher Appraisal (Chair),

Link Governor for MFL and Science

Term of Office: 12/05/20 - 11/05/2020 and 12/05/24 - 11/05/2028

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Member of Local Governing Committee at Walsh CoE Schools, Ash, Surrey; Surrey Local Leader of Governance


Adam Collin 

Ex-Officio, Headteacher

Responsibilities / Committees: Resources, Children & Learning

Term of Office: 22/03/2024 - ongoing

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None declared


Alan Gardner

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees: Pay Committee (Chair), Resources, Link Governor for Finance 

Term of Office: 08/07/2022 - 07/07/2026

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Surrey Local Leader of Governance.


Karla Hanna

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees: Resources, Headteacher Appraisal, Link Governor for SEND, Pupil Premium, The Arts     

Term of Office: 09/06/2022 - 08/06/2026

Governance roles in other educational institutions: Parent Governor at The Magna Carta School


Fiona Shepherd

Co-opted Governor

Responsibilities / Committees: Children and Learning, Link Governor for PSHE and Wellbeing

Term of Office: 01/12/2023 - 30/11/2027

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None declared


Ian Downer

Parent Governor, Vice-Chair of Governors

Responsibilities / Committees: Resources (Chair), Link Governor for PE/Sport, Sports Premium Funding

Term of Office: 21/10/20 - 20/10/24

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None declared


Rhys Hayward

Parent Governor

Responsibilities / Committees: Children & Learning, Headteacher Appraisal, Link Governor for Computing, Governor skills and training

Term of Office: 11/11/22 - 10/11/26

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None Declared


Charlotte Ellis

Staff Governor

Responsibilities / Committees: Resources, Link Governor for Website compliance                         

Term of Office: 15/09/2022 - 14/08/2026

Governance roles in other educational institutions: None declared



Co-opted Governor

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Co-opted Governor

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Resignations / End of Term

Adam Collin (Associate Member) 01/09/23 – 21/03/24
Martin Belfrage (Interim Headteacher, Ex Officio) 01/09/23 – 21/03/24
Pete Bailey (Headteacher, Ex Officio) 01/09/17 – 31/08/23
Graeme Smith (Co-opted Governor) 13/01/23 - 16/08/23
Claire Bolton (Co-opted Governor) 04/03/23 - 21/03/23
Janet Franck (Co-opted Governor) 01/11/20 - 31/12/22
Rob Hall (Co-opted Governor) 19/01/21 - 04/11/22
Adam Swift (Parent Governor) 21/01/21 - 03/10/22