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The Governing Body

Meet the Governors


Sharmans Cross is fortunate to have a team of committed governors that work with the headteacher on the strategic development of the school. The Governing Body is a group of individuals who are elected, nominated or co-opted from key stakeholder groups; parents, staff, the Local Authority, and the local community. The responsibilities of the Governing Body and its various committees are outlined below on this page.


Our Chair of Governors is Liz Frost.

Our Vice-Chair of Governors is Steve Kelly.


If you are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the headteacher or look out for vacancies displayed in the newsletter. Click on the star-links at the bottom of this page to find out more about our Governing Body and its work.

The Full Governing Body (FGB) usually meets twice each school term, and there are also four smaller Committees which have specific responsibilities, and report back to the FGB. These Committees normally meet at least once per term and have clear Terms of Reference.


  • The Curriculum Committee
  • The Finance Committee
  • The Site and Buildings Committee
  • The Personnel Committee


The Governing Body as a whole has three core functions:

  • setting the vision for the school
  • holding the headteacher to account for the school’s educational performance
  • ensuring the school's money is well spent


The Governing Body


The membership of the Governing Body is stipulated in a legal document, the Instrument of Government.

This states that 'The Board of Governors of Sharmans Cross Junior School shall consist of:

6 Parent Governors (elected by a ballot of parents)

The Headteacher (ex officio)

1 Staff Governor (elected by a ballot of school staff)

1 Local Authority Governor (nominated by the Local Authority)

9 Co-opted Governors (nominated and elected by the Board)


Governors are normally elected for a four year term initially, although this can be renewed.

The Members of the Governing Body as at January 2020 are:

Governor Type Title Forename Surname Position Date First Appointed Date re-appointed Date of end of Term
Co-opted Mrs Sofia Ali   08/07/2020   07/07/2024
Parent Ms Susanne Allso   07/10/2019   06/10/2023
Parent Mrs Shafali Bari   01/12/2020   30/11/2024
Staff Mr Chris Butler   20/03/2018   19/03/2022
Parent Mr Jamie Cowan   01/10/2017 16/12/2020 15/12/2024
Co-opted Mrs Claire Ferreira   30/09/2020   29/09/2024
Co-opted Mrs Liz Frost Chair 16/09/2015 20/10/2019 15/09/2023
Parent Mrs Lisa Fryer   01/12/2020   30/11/2024
Parent Mr Martin Gollogly   01/12/2020   30/11/2024
Co-opted Mr Peter Heywood   20/09/2012 29/04/2015 18/04/2023
Parent Ms Sabrina Hussain   21/10/2019   20/10/2023
Co-opted Mr Steve Kelly Vice-Chair 10/07/2017   09/07/2021
Co-opted Mr David Lewis   10/02/2021   09/02/2025
LA Ms Janet Marsh   01/09/1993 01/09/2017 31/08/2021
Parent Mr Richard Osborne   20/10/2017   19/10/2021
Co-opted Mr David Parkinson   18/03/2020   17/03/2024
Head Miss Sara Wilkes Head N/A N/A N/A


Governors who have resigned:

Co-opted Mrs Marie Allison   25/11/2015 11/12/2019 08/07/2020
Co-opted Ms Louise Davies   12/12/2018   08/07/2020
Parent Mr Habib Farazmand   07/10/2019   14/12/2019
Co-opted  Mr Shamsul Zaman   21/09/2016   15/01/2020
Co-opted Ms Lucy Nisbett   25/11/2015   24/11/2019


There are also a number of Associates to the Board who are members of staff with particular and relevant responsibilities who contribute to meetings.  Associate Members do not have voting rights on the Board or any Committees.


Associate members are:

Mrs J. Ferguson (Deputy Head)

Mrs C. Edwards (Bursar)

Miss T. Boon (Assistant Head and Literacy Lead)

Mrs Z. Swain (Maths Lead)

Mr S. Pal (Business Manager)

Mr N. Reich (Site Manager)


The Committees


Curriculum Committee

Chair 2020-21: David Parkinson (Vice-Chair Liz Frost)


The Curriculum Committee deals with pupil learning and progress. This includes having oversight of the overall curriculum offer, the attainment and progress of our pupils, and all curriculum related policies.


Finance Committee

Chair 2020-21: Jamie Cowan


This Committee focuses on school finances. Its main role is to ensure that the school spends its money wisely, and gets best value. The staffing budget is by far, in every school, the largest budget heading.


Personnel Committee

Chair 2020-21: Peter Heywood


This Committee focuses on staffing matters and deals with matters relating to the personnel of the school.


Site & Buildings Committee

Chair 2020-21: Steve Kelly


This Committee deals with all aspects of the school's physical facilities, including building and site maintenance and improvement issues, health and safety, and site security matters.