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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 Peter Heywood

Our Vice-Chair of Governors is Lisa Fryer


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 & Pay 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:

3 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 for 2022/23 are:

Governor Type Forename Surname Position Date First Appointed   Date re-appointed Date of End of Term
Co-opted Sofia Ali   08.07.20  04.09.23
Co-opted Lisa Fryer   01.12.20 01.09.22 31.08.26
Co-opted Peter Heywood Vice Chair 20.09.12 29.04.19 28.04.23
Co-opted Steve Kelly 


 01.09.15 23.09.21 01.09.25
Co-opted David Lewis   03.02.21  - 09.02.25
Co-opted David Parkinson   18.03.20 - 19.07.23
Co-opted Jasvinder Saimbi   12.09.22 - 11.09.26


 Debbie Szrejder   29.03.23 - 28.04.27
LA Janet  Marsh   01.09.93 01.09.21 31.08.25
Parent Richard  Osborne   16.01.23   15.01.27
Parent Kate Goode   16.01.23   15.01.27
Parent Yvonne Pemberton   16.01.23   19.07.23
Staff Lara Bird   24.05.22  - 23.05.26
Head Sara Wilkes Head N/A N/A N/A


Governors who resigned during the academic year 21/22:

Governor Type ForenameSurname Date First Appointed   Leaving Date
Parent RichardOsborne 20.10.17 25.11.21
Parent ShafaliBahri 01.12.20 25.11.21
Staff ChrisButler 20.03.18 24.05.22
Co-opted JamieCowan 01.10.17 31.08.22
Co-opted LizFrost 16.09.15 01.09.22
Parent MartinGollogly 01.12.20  07.10.22
Parent SabrinaHussain 21.10.19 10.10.22


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 N. Reich (Site Manager)


The Committees


Curriculum Committee

Chair 2022-23: David Parkinson (Vice-Chair Lisa Fryer) 


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 2022-23: Steve Kelly (Vice-Chair Peter Heywood)


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 & Pay Committee

Chair 2022-23: Peter Heywood (Vice-Chair Steve Kelly)


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


Site & Buildings Committee

Chair 2022-23: David Lewis (Vice-Chair 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.