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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 May 2021 are:

Governor TypeTitleForenameSurnamePositionDate First AppointedDate re-appointedDate of end of Term
Co-optedMrsSofiaAli 08/07/2020 07/07/2024
ParentMsSusanneAllso 07/10/2019 06/10/2023
ParentMrsShafaliBahri 01/12/2020 30/11/2024
StaffMrChrisButler 20/03/2018 19/03/2022
ParentMrJamieCowan 01/10/201716/12/202015/12/2024
ParentMrsLisaFryer 01/12/2020 30/11/2024
ParentMrMartinGollogly 01/12/2020 30/11/2024
Co-optedMrPeterHeywood 20/09/201229/04/201518/04/2023
ParentMsSabrinaHussain 21/10/2019 20/10/2023
Co-optedMrSteveKellyVice-Chair10/07/2017 09/07/2021
Co-optedMrDavidLewis 10/02/2021 09/02/2025
LAMsJanetMarsh 01/09/199301/09/201731/08/2021
ParentMrRichardOsborne 20/10/2017 19/10/2021
Co-optedMrDavidParkinson 18/03/2020 17/03/2024


Governors who have resigned:

Co-optedMrsClaireFerreira 30/09/2020 30/03/2021
Co-optedMrsMarieAllison 25/11/201511/12/201908/07/2020
Co-optedMsLouiseDavies 12/12/2018 08/07/2020
ParentMrHabibFarazmand 07/10/2019 14/12/2019
Co-opted MrShamsulZaman 21/09/2016 15/01/2020
Co-optedMsLucyNisbett 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.