The role of the Governing Body

All schools in England have a Governing Body which is responsible for overseeing many of the strategic decisions of the school. A key role is to act as a ‘critical friend’: to support, to challenge, to ask questions, and to ultimately represent the school community.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the Headteacher, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the Headteacher is, of course, responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved in such things as finance, school buildings, curriculum and staffing. Governors ensure that the school functions well holds the Headteacher to account for decisions made.

Members of the Governing Body include parents, teaching staff and representatives from the local community and Local Authority.

How to become a governor

All governors must be elected. If you would like to be part of Spon Gate’s Governing Body, please enquire at the school office about any vacancies.

Current Governors

NameGovernor TypeTerm FromTerm ToAdditional InfoRoles
Mrs Jane HartnettLocal Authority Governor02/07/202301/07/202722/01/99 – 04/12/07 – PG
05/12/07-23/06/15 – LA
24/06/15 – 23/06/19 24/07/19– 02/07/23 Co-Opted
Pupil Premium inc Catch-up Funding
Mr Ian HorrabinCo-opted Governor18/05/202217/05/2026Vice Chair
Inclusion (SEN, G&T, EAL)
Mrs Helen EliasCo-opted Governor02/12/202001/12/2024Curriculum
Link Governor
PSHE – Relations, Sex Education (RSE)
Ms Patricia McDermottCo-opted Governor22/09/202121/09/2025Maths
Ms Angela DicksonParent Governor22/03/202321/03/2027English
Ms Rekha SurendrappaParent Governor30/11/202229/11/2026Elected UnopposedHealth & Safety
Mr Andrew ThomasStaff Governor11/02/202210/02/2026Elected Unopposed
Mr Jamie WingroveHeadteacher    
Mrs Jacqui ShearerClerk 

Historical Governors

NameDate Stepped Down
Becky Edwards10/06/2021
Antoinne Choffrut 03/10/2021
Hannah Kelly31/12/2021

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