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St Botolph’s Church of England Primary School

Celebrating Faith,
Learning and Success

St Botolph's Church of England Primary School


Our Governors

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and the work that we do. You can also read the minutes from our meetings.

St Botolph’s has an active governing body. You don't have to be an 'expert' and no formal qualifications are required. Common sense, time, enthusiasm and a commitment to working as part of a team are the qualities you would need. As a guide, being a school governor would take up 6-8 hours a term of your time, which includes attending meetings, reading related papers and spending time in school.

School Governors work as a team with the Headteacher and staff – the phrase often used to describe this role is being a 'critical friend'. The Governing Body contributes towards the School Development Plan and helps set and reach objectives with a view to promoting high standards of education and achievement and to strive for excellence across the whole spectrum of school life. 

The Governing Body meets as a whole group at least once a term and delegates its business to a range of committees. Our committees are: - Finance and Personnel, Strategic Steering Group, Health and Safety and Curriculum.   

Governors are unpaid volunteers who are elected or appointed to a four year term of office. Being a school governor provides an opportunity to develop new skills and strengthen existing ones. The Governor Development Team offers extensive training to help you understand your role. 

For copies of Governing Body minutes please contact the Clerk to Governors, Kirsty Nightingale via email: 

If you wish to know more, or are interested in becoming a governor, please contact the Clerk to Governors or the School Office.

Bob Smith - Chair

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Chris Wakefield - Co-Vice Chair

I joined the governing body in November 2015 and sit on the Finance and Personnel Committee. I act as Responsible Officer (Finance), linking with the school’s business manager regarding the financial management of the school.

My background includes active leadership roles in various youth organisations and sports clubs. In my professional life, my experience includes strategy development along with budget, people and performance management.

I care passionately about the success of St Botolph’s Primary School. As a governor of the school, I want to help ensure that all children who attend are given the best possible opportunity to learn and develop, both educationally and as individuals.

James Martin - Co-Vice Chair

I was proud to join the governing body in December 2017.

My work experience has included managing teams, budget and financial management and project work. I currently have a national role which, amongst other things, involves creating processes and driving compliance.

 I wanted to become a governor because I felt that I had the skills necessary to be able to help improve the school and ultimately ensure the very best education for all of our children.

Helen Rouse - Head teacher

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Nicky Noble - Staff Governor

Having been at the school for 14 years and in the position of Deputy Head Teacher, I have the children's interests, and the wider interests of the school's future very much at heart. 

In my role I deal with standards of education, finance, strategic planning, leadership of staff and day to day management of St Botolph's amongst many other things. It is important to me that children, staff and parents all have a clear and valued voice so that we can all work towards a common goal of giving our young people the strongest start to their life of learning.

Deborah Bridges - Parent Governor

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Carol Anne Downie - Co-opted Governor

I have been on the governing body since November 2015, and I sit on the finance and personnel committee. I have a specific interest in science.

I currently work as a midday supervisor, but prior to this I spent over 11 years working in the NHS dealing with all aspects of the community. I have also been involved extensively in youth work for many years from toddlers to teens.

I wanted to become a governor because not only do I have three children at the school, but I am determined to support the school to ensure we give each pupil the best education and opportunities they deserve. 

Richard Jones - Parent Governor

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Shan Barcroft - Co-opted Governor


Srikanth Andali - Co-opted Governor

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