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Our Governors

Message from the Chair of Governors - Carlos Freire Lorenzo

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Plumcroft Primary School, where I have been a Governor since 2019. I’ve been Chair of Governors since 2021.

The Governors of Plumcroft oversee the work of the Headteacher and the Senior Management Team, who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school. We do this by setting the school’s ethos and strategic direction, monitoring pupils’ achievement and supporting and challenging the Senior Leadership Team. 

The Governing Board includes parents, representatives of the local community and the Local Authority alongside the Headteacher and other members of staff. We aim to act with integrity, objectivity, and honesty in the best interests of the school and its pupils. The Governing Board has two sub-committees:

Finance & Resources Committee:

It is chaired by Tamasin Keeper. The role of the Finance and Resources Committee is to oversee the school’s finances, budget, and staffing (including performance management and pay) as well as the upkeep of the school premises. 

The Finance and Resources Committee reviews how the school uses the money it receives under the pupil premium funding to support disadvantaged children (defined as pupils who have received free school meals within the past six years). The Finance and Resources Committee meets at least once a term.

Curriculum & Achievement Committee:

It is chaired by Sandra Cullen. A key role of the Curriculum & Achievement Committee is to assess the way in which the curriculum is implemented within the school to help the pupils attain their full potential. They also monitor the data to ascertain pupils’ progress, particularly as to whether children are progressing at expected levels. The curriculum committee will look at trends across year groups, those with English as an additional language (EAL), and pupil premium children. The Curriculum & Achievement Committee meets each term, and members of staff are invited to give governors greater insight into different aspects of the curriculum. 

If you would like to contact us, please email us via our email addresses listed below or leave a note at school marked “for the attention of the Chair of Governors”. Please note that queries about specific pupils or to the day-to-day management of the school should be addressed to the Headteacher in the first place.

Governing Board

Our Governing Body is made up of a group of people with a range of different skills and experiences.  We are a mix of those with a connection to our school as teachers, parents or grandparents and those in the wider community. Our job is to work with the Senior Leadership Team to make sure we run the school in the best way for our whole school community across both our school campuses. We work hard to create a caring environment with an inclusive, creative and enriching curriculum that enables all of our children to thrive. Our current list of governors are:

Category Name Email Address Term of Office Committees Served (Permission to Vote) Pecuniary Interests

Chair of Governors/ Co-Opted Governor

Carlos Freire- Lorenzo 20th September 2023-19th September 2027 All  
Vice Chair of Governors / Co-Opted Governor Tamasin Keeper 20th September 2023-19th September 2027 All  
Staff Governor Nicky Burton 6th February 2023 - 5th February 2027 All  
Co-Opted Governor Sarah Catterall 17th April 2023 - 16th April 2027 All  
Headteacher Richard Slade N/A All On Committee of Renaissance Learning and Reflective Learning
Co-Opted Governor Pauline Austin 1st July 2019  - 1st July 2023 All  
Co-Opted Governor Hatice Choli 17th April 2023 - 16April 2027 All  
Co-Opted Governor Jason Nelson 14th June 2021 - 16th June 2025 All  
Co-Opted Governor Kereen Hurst 11th December 2023 - 10th December 2027 All  
Local Authority Governor Doug Johnston 17th July 2020 - 16th July 2024 All  
Parent Governor Stephanie Wroe 9th December 2021 - 8th December 2025 All  
Associated Governor Annette Graney 20th September 2023 - 19th September 2027    
Associated Governor Dave Witham 20th September 2023 - 19th September 2027    
Associated Governor Alicia Whytock 20th September 2023 - 19th September 2027    
Parent Govenor Nick Sankey 27th June 2023 - 26th June 2027 All  
Parent Governor Sarah Duffy 27th June 2023 - 26th June 2027 All  
Parent Governor Mary Bello 27th June 2023 - 26th June 2027 All  
Previous Governor Sophie Nicol   Resigned - December 2022 All  
Previous Governor Ian Lightbown   Term came to an end April 2023 All  
Previous Governor Laura Walton   Term came to an end December 2023 All  


Meeting Attendance:

FGB = Full Governing Body, Curr = Curriculum, Res = Resources



Pauline Austin            
Laura Walton    
Richard Slade
Andrew Green                  
Hatice Choli          
Jason Nelson  
Natalie Barker                
Sophie Nicol    
Sandra Cullen
Carlos Freire- Lorenzo
Tamasin Keeper  
Celia Pearce            
Sarah Catterall      
Ian Lightbown          
Doug Johnston    
Annette Graney            
Stephanie Wroe