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St Stephen's Primary School Governing Body

Welcome to the ‘Governors’ pages of St Stephen's website.  Governors provide their time to help the school on a voluntary basis and come from a range of different backgrounds.  There are a variety of different roles within the governing body but ultimately it involves working with the head teacher and senior leadership team to make sure that the pupils at St Stephen's receive the best possible education.

The governors at St Stephen's are a mixture of elected and appointed individuals. There are currently four parent governors, who are elected by parents at the school. There are also five co-opted governors, one local authority governor, and two elected staff members along with the headteacher and an associate governor. All governors, regardless of elected or appointed status are recruited on their skills, knowledge and experience to build a balanced governing board to provide support and challenge to the school leadership. The recruitment of skills is an important aspect of the governing board at St Stephen's.

Our aim is to work together to deliver our vision that the children at St Stephen's will get the best possible education, they will be happy and safe and enjoy their time at school. We will support the headteacher and the dedicated team of staff, but also we will challenge where necessary to ensure that we deliver our objectives.

Our role differs from that of the headteacher; the governing body has a strategic role and sets policy, whereas the headteacher has an operational role and is responsible for delivery of the policies which have been agreed. Governors' decisions are made following informed discussion, whereas the headteacher uses professional judgement.

Governors welcome feedback from the whole school community and we want you to tell us what you think about how we are doing. If you have any comments you wish to make about our school, any of the governors would be happy to hear from you. Please speak to any one of us, or contact us at governors@st-stephens.staffs.sch.uk 

If, however, you have a concern about the school, then talk to one of the governors. If you want to make a complaint about an issue at the school then you need to speak to the headteacher. If you are still not satisfied, then the matter can be raised with the Chair of Governors (email:governors@st-stephens.staffs.sch.uk).

The Governing Body consists of:

  • 1 Headteacher Governor
  • 4 Parent Governors (term of office 4 years)
  • 1 Local Authority (term of office 4 years)
  • 1 Staff Governors (term of office 4 years)
  • 5 Co-opted Governors (term of office 4 years)
  • 2 Non-voting associate Governor

                                                                                                                               First appointed        Term from          to

Chair of Governors: Mr Ken Smith (Parent)         18/12/17           18/12/17        17/12/21
Co-Vice Chair:

Mrs Chris Evans                      01/09/15           01/09/15        31/08/23

Mrs Felicity Davies                07/11/17          07/11/17         06/11/21

Headteacher: Mr Mike Dowd                        01/09/20 
Co-opted: Rev John Allan                       01/09/15           01/09/15        31/08/23 
  Mrs Nikki Hutchinson         16/11/15          19/11/19        18/11/23
  Mrs Chris Evans                     01/09/15           01/09/15        31/08/23
  Mr Micheal Wakeham         16/06/20           16/06/20        15/06/24

Mr Andrew Sutton                20/07/18           20/07/18        19/07/22

Richard Gould                        25/02/21           25/02/21       24/02/25  

Staff: Miss Ellen Hodgkinson        28/02/21           28/02/21        28/02/25 
Parent: Ms Gemma Hill                      18/06/19           18/06/19        17/06/23
  Mr Ken Smith                         18/12/17           18/12/17        17/12/21 
  Mrs Felicity Davies                07/11/17           07/11/17        06/11/21
  Mrs Mona Sihota                   16/06/20           16/06/20        15/06/24 
Local Authority: Ms Nicola Evans                     29/03/18           29/03/18        28/03/22
Associate: Mrs Maxine Horsnail               
  Mrs Claire Emery-Talbot

Governor Handbook

Here is our Governor Handbook. This will give you detailed information on matters such as who they are, their roles, their vision for the school and how their roles help develop and support our school:

Also here is the link to the National Governor Handbook for guidance on the roles and duties of governing boards, and advice on the skills, knowledge and behaviours they need to be effective:


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