The Governing Body

About the Governing Body

Governors are part of the largest volunteer workforce in the country; they play a key role in helping the school provide the best possible education for all its pupils.

Orchard Primary School has a very committed team of governors, who promote high standards across the school. Their role is to support and challenge the Headteacher, to help set the vision and strategic direction of the school and to ensure that our school is the very best it could be.

Governors have a wide range of responsibilities.  These include tasks such as:

  • Ensuring that the school meets its legal responsibilities
  • Setting the school budget
  • Making decisions about the school building and premises
  • Setting school policies
  • Appointing staff and making decisions about current staffing
  • Looking at how well groups of pupils are performing and ensuring action is taken if there are any concerns 

The Governing Body is drawn from various sections of the Community (numbers for Orchard are shown in brackets):

Parent Governors

Richard Neal

Richard Neal
Parent Governor and Chair of the Curriculum and Pastoral Committee

Sue Shearman

Sue Shearman
Chair of Governors
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Co-opted Governors

Michael Battle

Michael Battle
Co-opted Governor
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Colin Burton

Colin Burton
Co-opted Governor
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Deborah Knott

Deborah Knott
Co-opted Governor
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Janet Mortensen

Janet Mortensen
Vice Chair of Governors, Chair of Finance and Personnel Committee and Pay Committee
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Tom Ottewell

Tom Ottewell
Co-opted Governor
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Teacher Governor

John Patching

John Patching
Staff Governor

Fiona Shields

Fiona Shields
Headteacher

Clerk to the Governors

Clare Philipson
Clerk to the Governing Body
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