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Watlington Primary School

Primary School



The governing body consists of four categories of governor, Staff, Parent, Community and Local Education Authority. At Watlington, the composition is as follows:

The Head Teacher 

The Head Teacher is automatically a governor.

Staff governors 

One member of staff has a place on the governing body, elected by their peers.

All of these school-based governors remain on the governing body only while they are employed at the school. Should they retire or resign, a new nomination is required.

Parent Governors 

Two governors are parents or carers of children enrolled at the school at the time of their appointment. Vacancies for parent governors must be notified to all parents and nominations requested. A ballot of all parents is held if there are more nominations than posts available.

Co-opted Governors 

Four governors can be invited to serve by the governing body as being representative of the interests of the local community. Community governors can be reappointed an indefinite number of times at the end of their four year terms.

Local Authority Governors

One governor is appointed by the local authority to represent local interests.

Who are the School’s Governors? 



Governor type and Term

Mrs R Kett

Vice Chair

LA                            05/05/15 - 05/05/19

Mrs K Samouelle  Chair Co-opted                06/07/17 - 06/07/21

Mr M Roythorne

Vice Chair Parent                     17/05/18 - 17/05/22

Mrs R McGlone

Mrs S Hewitt   Staff                         25/01/17- 25/01/21
Mrs S Asif   Co-opted                 03/09/18 - 03/09/22

Mrs A Youngs


Co-opted                 25/09/18 - 25/09/22 

Mr R Whitby   Parent                      01/11/18 - 01/11/22
Vacancy   Co-opted

What is the Governors’ Role? 

The overall purpose of the governing body is to help the school provide the best possible education for the pupils. This involves, in particular:

  • Setting the school’s vision and strategic aims, agreeing plans and policies, making creative use of available resources.
  • Monitoring and evaluating performance, and acting as a critical friend to the Head Teacher and her deputy to support them and challenge them in managing the school.
  • Ensuring that the school is accountable to the children and parents, to the local community and those who fund and maintain it, as well as to the staff.

How Do We Achieve This Role? 

Because much of the governors’ work is carried out in meetings, the full governing body normally meets 9 times a year. A typical agenda includes:

  • Reports from the headteacher and the chairs of the various committees.
  • Consideration of the School Development Plan.
  • Discussion arising from correspondence..
  • Considering any incidents of anti-racism, disability discrimination and child protection.
  • Feedback from courses governors have attended.

OUR Structure

We reviewed our committee structure in the Summer of 2017 to try to be as effective as possible. Following this in April 2018 we have decided to operate without sub committees so all our meetings are Full Governing Body meetings. The agenda is split to ensure that all key statutory functions, responsibilities and monitoring are covered. Governors have statutory responsibilities which they carry out by monitoring the area and reporting back to the Full Governing Body.

Governor Information


(and date of term )




Attendance at

Full GB Meetings



Mrs R Kett

(05/05/15 - 05/05/19)

Safer Recruitment/ SEND/

Headteacher Performance Management/

Safeguarding/ Pupil Premium

100%  (100%)

Mrs K Samouelle

(06/07/2017 - 06/07/21)

Safer Recruitment/ 

Sports Premium/ Pupil Premium

100%  (100%)

Mr M Roythorne

(17/05/2018 - 17/05/22)

Headteacher Performance Management/

Health and Safety/


83% (60%)

Mrs R McGlone


Safer Recruitment 100%  (100%)

Mrs S Hewitt

(25/01/17- 25/01/21)

Attendance / Cluster 57% (100%)

Mrs S Asif

(02/09/14- 02/09/18)

Safer Recruitment 71% (75%)

Mrs A Youngs

(24/09/2015 - 24/09/19)

Headteacher Performance Management/


86% (50%)

Mrs V Nicol

(17/05/2018 -  resigned Aug 18))

  100%  (n/a)

James Coote

(12/10/17 resigned)

  N/a  (0%)
  Please note that committees ceased in Mar 18 - figures in column 3 in brackets reflect attendance at these.  



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Ruth McGlone

Samina Asif

Shannon Hewitt

Mark Roythorne

Ann Youngs

Ryan Whitby

Rosemary Kett


Kate Samouelle












Yes - Educational Consultant/ Associate for Norfolk County Council










IEB Chair at Brisley CE VA Primary


Trustee at Cherry Tree Academy, Marham