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Governors & Attendance Info

Hello and a very warm welcome from the governors at Ellenbrook Primary School.

We are an elected group of people, including staff, parents and members of the local community. We are all volunteers and have varied and diverse backgrounds and we work as a team with the Headteacher and his staff, for the benefit of all the pupils.

Our school is dedicated to nurturing the talents of every one of our children. By inspiring them to learn and teaching them independence, we hope to instill the confidence and skills they need to be successful in every aspect of their lives. Mutual respect is at the heart of all our teaching and we are proud that our pupils show outstanding behaviour throughout the school..

We have an excellent team of staff who are innovative, creative and work tirelessly to ensure that every child enjoys their time at school and are supported to succeed. Outcomes for our pupils are consistently outstanding in all areas and this reflects the hard work of both  staff and children.

As parents and carers, you are very much part of the whole school community and your opinions and comments are very valuable to us. You can contact us directly using the email address:

Victoria Hilton
Chair of Governors

The Governing Board

Our Governing Board is made up of 12 individuals and includes different categories of governors:

  • Parent Governors x 2 – elected by parents of the pupils
  • Community Governors x 7 – elected by the governing body
  • Staff Governor x 1 – teachers or other staff employed by the school elected by their colleagues
  • LA (Local Authority) Governor x 1 – nominated by the LA and appointed by the governing board
  • The Headteacher also attends the meetings and is a governor

The table below shows our current governors and their roles:


Governor Type

Term From

Term to


Julie Strang

Local Authority

5 Dec 2020

5 Dec 2024


Chair of School Effectiveness & Premises


Suzanne Charlesworth


21 Nov 2019

31 Aug 2023

Previous Chair GB


Rob Prill


19 Nov 2019

18 Nov 2023

Chair of Finance & Staffing

Frances Jones Co-opted 9 March 2021 8 March 2025 Vice Chair Governing Body

Elizabeth Williams


10 March 2020

9 March 2024


Shaun France


10 March 2020

9 March 2024


Robyn Brook


15 Nov 2022

14 Nov 2026


Vacancy Co-opted      

Michelle Patel


09 Nov 2020

8 Nov 2024


Victoria Hilton


22 Oct 2020

21 Oct 2024


Chair Governing Body

Heather Podmore


1 Dec 2018

30 Nov 2022


Malcom Wilson Co-opted 21 Nov 2019 7 June 2022  
Jill Hughes Co-opted 12 Mar 2019 3 Oct 2022  

Roger Blackburn





Peter Marks

Associate Member



Deputy Headteacher


Attendance at our full governing board meetings for the last academic year can be found here.

As well as termly meetings with the full governing board, we also have the following committees:

  • School Effectiveness & Premises
  • Finance & Staffing
  • Head teacher Performance management
  • Pay Committee
  • Appeals

The School Effectiveness & Premises and Finance & Staffing committees meet termly. The Head teacher Performance Management committee meets twice a year, the Pay committee once a year and the Appeals committee is convened as and when required.

Attendance at our committee meetings for the last academic year can be found here.

Role of the Governing Board

The Governing Board has a strategic role in ensuring the school fulfils its vision and mission. It:

  • Thinks and works strategically to help raise standards.
  • Plans the school’s future direction
  • Monitors and evaluates progress towards the school’s priorities and targets.
  • Supports the head and staff and challenges them.
  • Oversees the school budget and spending
  • Is accountable to all stakeholders for the school’s overall performance and for the decisions they have made.
  • Must ensure that systems are in place for the school to deliver a good quality education and keep children safe (but isn’t responsible for the day to day management of the school)
  • Act as a ‘critical friend’ – encouraging, supporting and challenging.
  • Selects the head teacher
  • Makes sure the school provides for all pupils including those with special needs

For more details on the role of the governors, see the role description here.

Register of Personal, Pecuniary and Business Interests

All the governors and associate members of Ellenbrook Primary School have signed the register of personal, pecuniary or business interests. This is a declaration of any business interests, any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives) and any governance of other educational establishments.

If any interest a governor has could be seen to cause a conflict of interest they would be asked to withdraw from any decision making concerned. This is to ensure that our governors can always be seen to be putting the interest of the school first.

The full register for our school can be found here.