The school governors are people who want to make a positive contribution to the education of all  children at Manor Farm Community Junior School; they are all volunteers and have an important part to play in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management – including by the governing body.

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in the school. They appoint the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher.  It is governors who hold the main responsibility for finance in schools, and it is governors who work with the Headteacher to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

The body meet as a Full Governing Body once every term. This meeting has a focus on ensuring that all legislative procedures are being carried out and adhered to. In addition they all meet, also once a term, as a full body to discuss how the school is progressing and how it could improve and develop.

There are also sub-committees, for ‘Finance and Resources’ and also for ‘Teaching and Learning’. These committees also meet once a term and discuss relevant issues and impact of actions, relating to the relevant group. The Headteacher attends all these meetings and discuses and informs Governors on all matters. Part of the Governor role is to challenge the Head on the information they are given. Governors also talk to other members of staff to validate what they have been told by the Head.

Individual Governors have areas of responsibility, perhaps for the curriculum or related to Safeguarding. This involves them speaking to relevant staff members and writing reports so all Governors are made aware of what is happening in the school.

The school governing body comprises of the following people and can be contacted via the school office or by emailing

  • Mr Nick Hunt (Chair of Governors), Dr Helen Matthews (Vice-Chair of Governors)
  • Mr Graham Innes  (Chair of Finance & Resources) & Mr Steve Sinden (Chair of Teaching and Learning)
  • Mrs Ana Buron, Mrs Helen Callis, Mr David Teasdale
  • Mr Andrew Sierant, (Headteacher), Mrs Gemma Hillier, (Deputy Headteacher)
  • The Clerk to the Governing Body is to be appointed

Governor Roles and a Register of Interests

Name Type Role Committee Responsibility Start Date End of Office Meetings * Business Interests Relevant Relations
Nick Hunt Co-opt Chair Pay Review PRC Development, School Council, Safeguarding, Performance Management of Head, Safer recruitment; Y5 24/11/14 23/11/22 9 None None
Helen Matthews Co-opt Vice Chair T&L; PRC Maths;  Y6 25/01/16 24/01/20 9 None None
Graham Innes Co-opt Chair Finance & Resources (F&R) F&R, PRC Performance Management (Head); Y4 24/11/14 23/11/22 10 None None
Helen Callis Parent T & L Inclusion; SEND; Y3 11/03/19 10/03/23 8 (3) None None
Steve Sinden Parent Chair Teaching & Learning (T&L) T&L, Equalities, , Performance Management; Assessment; Y6 07/02/19 06/02/23 11 Bucks Learning Trust None
John McSherry Co-opt No longer a Governor F & R Health and Safety 22/05/18 21/05/22 9 None None
Ana Buron Parent F&R PSHE/SMSC; Pupil Premium; Educational Visits; Year 4 12/10/18 11/10/22 8 (2) None None
David Teasdale Co-opt T&L School Website; Sports Premium; Y3 28/09/15 27/09/19 8 (1) None None
Lisa Cornwell-Webb LA No longer a Governor IT/Computing 03/07/18 02/07/22 2 None None
Andrew Sierant Head T&L, F&R, PRC 01/01/14 31/12/24 12 None None
Gemma Hillier Staff F&R 09/10/18 08/10/22 9 None None
Ann Downie LA Clerk Clerk Clerk to FGB, Finance & Resources Committees 20/11/01 7 None None
  • Employee Grievance, Complaints Panel, Pay Review & Staff Dismissal Appeal Committees are made up of any three Governors with no prior knowledge called on by the Chair of Governors.
  • Business Interests are Directorships, partnerships and employments with businesses that provide goods or services to the school and details of any other educational establishments governed.
  • Relevant Relations are those between governors and members of the school staff including spouses, partners and relatives.
  • All Terms of Office are 4 years
  • Meetings* = Number of scheduled committee meetings carried out (and those missed in brackets) in last school year


Full Governing Body Meetings

We are more than happy for parents to gain a better understanding of the issues and outcomes of our meetings.  




Nick Hunt

Chair of Governors

Ellie Cheshire

Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Graham Innes
Chair of Finance Commitee

Finance and Resources

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