Governors

The governing body plays an important strategic role by giving direction and focus on the governance of the school.

Their role is to govern rather than manage.  This includes:

> Promoting high standards of education
> Planning the school’s long-term future
> Overseeing the school’s aims, values and ethos
> Ensuring proper financial management of the school
> Appointing staff, including the headteacher
> Communicating openly with parents, the local community and the local education authority
> Supporting the school

The full governing body meets at least once a term and has a number of committees who discuss issues in greater detail and report back to the main meetings.  There are two committees covering Resources & Finance and Ethos & Curriculum.  There is also a Holiday Request panel who meet when the need arises.

The governing body of Warnham School is made up of 12 governors:

> 4 Co-opted governors – appointed by the governing body after considering the skills and experience they can bring to the role
> 3 Foundation Governors – appointed by the Diocese
> 1 Local Authority Governor – appointed by the Local Authority
> 2 Parent Governors – elected by parents/carers of pupils at the school
> 1 Staff Governor – elected by the staff of the school
> 1 Headteacher – an ex-officio member by virtue of the post

Please click for more information on the role of the governing body.


Details of serving governors 2019/20

Shirley Kirby is the Headteacher who took up post on 1 January 2018.  By virtue of her position she is an ex-officio member of the governing body and attends all the meetings of the main committees.

Rev Jules Barnes is an ex-officio Foundation Governor who is priest in charge of St Margaret’s Church.  She is co-chair of the Ethos & Curriculum committee and sits on the Holiday Requests Appeals panel.

Hilary Farquhar is a Co-opted Governor who has served on the governing body since September 2009, originally as a Community Governor.  She is Chair of Governors, and a member of the Resources & Finance committee and the Ethos & Curriculum committee.  She sits on the Holiday Requests panel and is a governor representative of the Parents Teachers & Friends Association.

Katie Fisher is a Staff Governor who was elected on 15 February 2019.  She is a member of the Ethos & Curriculum committee.

Marlene Fleming is a Co-opted Governor who was appointed on 17 September 2018.  She serves on the Resources & Finance committee.  She is also a governor representative of the Parents Teachers & Friends Association.

Allison Goodfellow is a Co-opted Governor who was appointed on 16 September 2019.  She serves on the Ethos & Curriculum committee.

Rachel Hamer is a Foundation Governor who was appointed on 26 July 2017.  She serves on the Resources & Finance committee.

Alex Hill is a Foundation Governor who was appointed on 1 September 2017.  She serves on the Ethos & Curriculum committee.

Gytha Hodgson has served on the governing body since March 2008, originally as a Local Authority Governor.  She is Vice Chair of Governors and serves on the Resources & Finance committee and the Ethos & Curriculum committee.  She is a member of the Holiday Requests panel.

Toby Houghton was elected as a Parent Governor on 24 March 2017.  He is co-chair of the Ethos & Curriculum committee.

Scott House was elected as a Parent Governor in July 2016 and re-selected on 20 September 2019.  He is co-chair of the Resources & Finance committee.

Carol King is a Co-opted Governor who has served on the governing body since September 2012, originally as a Local Authority Governor.  She is vice chair of the Resources & Finance committee and a member of the Holiday Request Appeals panel.

Retirements in 2018/19

Imogen Murphy-Dunn was a Staff Governor whose term expired on 14 February 2019.


Shirley Kirby
Shirley KirbyHead Teacher
head@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Hilary Farquhar
Hilary Farquhar Co-opted, Chair of Governors & Safeguarding Governor
hfarquhar@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Gytha Hodgson
Gytha Hodgson Local Authority Governor
ghodgson@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Rev. Jules Barnes
Rev. Jules Barnes Foundation Governor
jbarnes@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Rachel Hamer
Rachel Hamer Foundation Governor
rhamer@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Alex Hill
Alex Hill Foundation Governor
ahill@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Carol King
Carol KingCo-opted Governor
cking@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Marlene Fleming
Marlene FlemingCo-opted Governor
mfleming@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Scott House
Scott House Parent Governor
shouse@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Toby Houghton
Toby Houghton Parent Governor
thoughton@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Imogen Murphy-Dunn
Imogen Murphy-DunnStaff Governor
imurphydunn@warnhamprimary.co.uk
Shirley Kirby
Shirley KirbyHead Teacher
Hilary Farquhar
Hilary Farquhar Co-opted & Chair of Governors
Gytha Hodgson
Gytha Hodgson Local Authority Governor
Rev. Jules Barnes
Rev. Jules Barnes Foundation Governor
Rachel Hamer
Rachel Hamer Foundation Governor
Alex Hill
Alex Hill Foundation Governor
Carol King
Carol KingCo-opted Governor
Philippa Weaver
Philippa Weaver Co-opted Governor
Scott House
Scott House Parent Governor
Toby Houghton
Toby Houghton Parent Governor
Imogen Murphy-Dunn
Imogen Murphy-DunnStaff Governor