Governing Body

About the Governing Body

The Governing Body (GB) together with the Headteacher and senior staff, forms the school Leadership and Management team, and share responsibility for the school.  The GB must hold the school to account for the standards it achieves.  It must ensure that all resources (including the school budget and staff) are properly used to meet the needs of all children and provide value for money.  Governors help to form the School Improvement Plan and are responsible for monitoring all aspects of its effectiveness in terms of outcomes for pupils.   

The GB appoints the Headteacher, and delegates to them the responsibility for the day to day running of the school.
Who are the Governors?
Governors are the key strategic decision makers and vision setters in the school. They are also a key part of the overall system for school accountability. They are people from various aspects of the school and its wider community and they have a vital role to play in driving school and pupil performance and ensuring that resources are used well to give every child the best possible education.
Decisions are made by the Board as a whole.  Individual governors have no ‘power’ as such and cannot act or speak on behalf of the Governing Body.  The term of office for a governor is 4 years.  We have the following categories of governors:

Staff: These governors are elected by the members of staff in school.  The Headteacher automatically becomes a governor by virtue of their appointment as Headteacher.  They can decide not to be a governor if they prefer but their place on the board cannot be taken by anyone else.

Parents: The parent governors are elected by the parents of registered pupils in the school. 

Co-opted: These governors are appointed by the governing body as people who have the necessary skills and expertise to ensure that the governing body is effective. 

Local Authority: This governor is nominated by the Local Authority and is appointed by the governing body. 
Governors take individual responsibility for key areas of school and work with staff to drive improvement. Governors also come into school on a more official basis to formally monitor aspects of the School Improvement Plan.


If you would like to contact the governors directly, please email: and mark it for the attention of Paula Downs, Clerk to the Governors.


Midgley School Governing Body - 2023/2024

Name of Governor


Specific Responsibilities

Steven Lilley

Chair of Governors

Chair, website

Graham Fox

Vice Chair, Parent Governor

Health and Safety, Jays Class Link Governor


LA Governor


Stella Lovie

Co-opted Governor

Safeguarding, Special Educational Needs, Looked After Children, Staff and Pupil Well-Being 

Hannah Terry 

Parent Governor

Robins Class Link Governor, Headteacher's Perfomance Management  

James Burrows

Parent Governor

Owls Class Link Governor

Ben Hardy

Co-opted Governor

Board of Trustee – Proposed MAT

Jo Mansfield

Head, Ex-Officio



Gemma Bennett

Staff Governor