Reaching high for the best for your child

Community Governors

Governors

Fairlands Primary School is part of The Claxton Trust. The Board of Trustees delegates the general responsibility for the effective management of the school to the Local Governing Body, in line with the Scheme of Delegation and Trust Improvement Strategy. The Local Governing Body acts within the framework set by national legislation and the policies of the The Claxton Trust.

Governors help to decide school policy and share responsibility for the management of the school. They advise and support the headteacher and staff, working with the school to meet the needs of the children whilst ensuring that the school provides good value for money. They help the headteacher in the selection of staff and act as a link between the school and the community. 

If you are interested in being a governor, please contact the school office to find out if we have any vacancies.

If you would like to contact a governor, this can be done through the school office. Letters marked for the attention of a governor will be passed on in confidence.

Link Governors

Each non-teaching governor is attached to a phase. The governor is invited in by the classes to celebrate achievements/join in on WOW events/see displays of work etc. They also meet with the phase deputy headteacher to discuss progress. This way, strong links are made between the governors, the school and the children.  

Key Documents

Scheme of Delegation

Trust Improvement Strategy

Register of business interests

 

Governors

Mrs Claire Peacock, Chair of Governors

Co-opted governor, appointed by the Governing Body until 9 May 2025 

Responsibilities: Chair of Governors; Audit and Finance Committee

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 4/4 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2019/20: 12/12 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 9/10 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 9/10 local Governing Body meetings; 1/1 Resources committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2016/17: 1/1 full Governing Body meeting

Registered interests: Employed by Lloyds Banking Group

 

Mr James Chick

Co-opted governor, appointed by the Governing Body until 03 March 2024

Responsibilities: Curriculum governor, Middle Phase link governor

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 5/8 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2019/20: 8/12 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 2/10 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 7/10 local Governing Body meetings; 1/1 Resources Committee meeting

Governor attendance in 2016/17: 5/6 full Governing Body meetings; 2/3 Resources Committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2015/16: 3/3 full Governing Body meetings

Registered interests: None

 

Mr James Fletcher

Co-opted governor, appointed by the Governing Body until 15 September 2024

Responsibilities: Health & safety governor; Lower phase link governor

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 8/8 local Governing Body meetings

Registered interests: None

 

Dr Jose Garcia

Co-opted governor, appointed by the Governing Body until 8 June 2025

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 1/1 local Governing Body meetings

 

Dr Maria Hannan, Vice Chair of Governors

Co-opted governor, appointed by the Governing Body until 6 February 2022

Responsibilities: Standards Governor, Curriculum Governor

Registered interests: None

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 7/8 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2019/20: 9/12 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 8/10 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 6/6 local Governing Body meetings

Registered interests: None

  

Miss Coleen Houlihan

Co-opted governor, appointed by the Governing Body until 10 September 2023

Responsibilities: Disadvantaged & vulnerable pupils including SEND Governor; Children Looked After Governor; Governor training

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 7/8 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2019/20: 12/12 local Governing Body meetings

Registered interests: None

 

Dr Chukwunonso Azubuike Jac-Okereke

Parent governor, appointed by parents until 18 April 2025 

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 2/2 local Governing Body meetings

Registered interests: None

 

Mrs Julie Jeffries

Co-opted governor, appointed by the Governing Body until 18 September 2022

Responsibilities: Safeguarding and child protection governor; Governor visits

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 7/8 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2019/20: 12/12 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 9/10 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 9/10 local Governing Body meetings; 1/1 Standards committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2016/17: 6/6 full Governing Body meetings; 3/4 Standards committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2015/16: 7/8 full Governing Body meetings; 5/5 Teaching & Learning committee meetings

Registered interests: Employed by Fairlands Primary School

 

Mrs Jessica Mclean

Saff governor, elected by staff

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 3/4 local Governing Body meetings

Registered interests: Employed by Fairlands Primary School

 

Mr Sal Mustafa

Co-opted governor, appointed by the Governing Body until 19 May 2024

Responsibilities: Audit and finance committee member, Finance Responsible Officer, Link Governor for Upper Phase

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 8/8 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2019/20: 4/4 local Governing Body meetings

Registered interests: None

 

Mr Robert Staples

Headteacher (ex-officio)

Governor attendance in 2020/21: 8/8 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2019/20: 12/12 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2018/19: 8/10 local Governing Body meetings

Governor attendance in 2017/18: 9/10 local Governing Body meetings; 1/1 Standards committee meetings; 1/1 Resources committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2016/17: 6/6 full Governing Body meetings; 3/4 Standards committee meetings; 3/3 Resources committee meetings

Governor attendance in 2015/16: 8/8 full Governing Body meetings; 5/5 Teaching & Learning committee meetings; 5/5 Resources committee meetings

Registered interests: Employed by Fairlands Primary School; Director of Herts for Learning (until February 2020); Director of Stevenage Education Trust (until September 2018)

 

Resigned

Mr Tony O'Driscoll

Co-opted governor, appointed by the Governing Body until 19 January 2021

Mr Steven Baker

Parent governor, elected by parents until 26 October 2020

Mrs Hayley Yendell

Co-opted governor, appointed by the Governing Body until 31 August 2020

Mrs Chantal Henry

Parent governor, elected by parents until 28 April 2020