Governors - Who we are & What we do

The governors are responsible for seeing that the school is run effectively and within the framework set by legislation and LA policies. We do not take detailed decisions about the day-to day management of the school. Specific duties would include setting and monitoring the budget, and appointing staff.

The Headteacher is responsible for organising and managing the school and its staff, and for taking day to day decisions, within the guidelines set by the governing body.

Governors are the largest volunteer force in the country and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The School Governors represent different aspects of the community.

As Governors we are interested in your view of the school and any improvements you would like to see take place.

The Governing Board of our school plays an important role in supporting the Headteacher, school staff and parents/carers.

Together with the Headteacher, the Governors help set the future direction for our school and decide how the school’s budget should be spent to facilitate this. Governors also make decisions on school policies, school development plans and performance targets.

Staff Governors:

A staff Governor can be any member of staff, teaching or support and is elected by other members of staff. 

Foundation Governors:

As Fritchley Primary & Nursery is a church school, our Foundation Governors are appointed through our local church, St Mary’s.

Parent Governors:

Any parent/carer of a pupil at the school is eligible to stand for election as a Parent Governor for the school. Other parents/carers elect the Parent Governors.

Local Authority Governors:

Local Authority Governors are appointed by the Local Authority and can be from any walk of life, and not necessarily living in the area.

Associate Governors:

Associate members are appointed by the governing body to serve on one or more governing body committee. They may also attend full governing body meetings. They are not governors and therefore do not have a vote in governing body decisions, but may be given a vote on decision made by committees to which they are appointed.

Name Position Term Committee
Mrs Frances James Chair of Governors / Foundation Governor Apr 2015 - Mar 2019 Teaching & Learning / Admissions / Strategic
Mr Robert Warren Vice chair / Foundation Governor Nov 2016 - Oct 2020 Teaching & Learning / Strategic
Mrs Ruth Townsend Foundation Governor May 2017 - Apr 2021 Teaching & Learning
Mrs Gwen Roe Foundation Governor Oct 2020 - Sept 2024 Teaching & Learning / Strategic
Mrs Katharine Heavens Foundation Governor Oct 2020 - Sept 2024 Resources
Mr Ian Whitehead Foundation Governor Oct 2019 - Sept 2023 Teaching & Learning
Mr Ian Smith Local Authority Governor Apr 2018 - Mar 2022 Resources Chair of Resources
Mr Rober Chatwin Foundation Governor Oct 2019 - Sept 2023 Resources
Mr Richard Roberts Parent Governor Oct 2015 - Sept 2019 Resources
Ms Karin Baker Headteacher / Ex-Officio (Whilst in Post) Strategic / Resources / Teaching & Learning / Admissions
Miss Vanessa O’Shea Staff Governor Teaching Oct 2017 - Sept 2021 Teaching & Learning
Mr Rob Moore Clerk to Governors Oct 2017 - Sept 2021


All  elected or appointed governors are to serve for a period of four years. The chair and vice-chair are elected annually; currently the position of chair is filled by Frances James.

To contact the Governing Body, please enquire at the school office, or email

Mrs Frances James at