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Tel: 01905 422502

Our Governing Body

Our Governors come from a range of backgrounds, and bring different areas of expertise to the school.  Governors contribute to ensuring high standards of achievement for all children in the school by:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

A Governor’s role is to support and challenge the senior staff to continue to improve the school.  It is largely a thinking and questioning role and Governors are not there to manage the school or do the jobs of school staff.  Governors fulfil their role by regularly attending Governing Body meetings, providing strategic guidance, by asking probing and challenging questions of leaders within the school.  They also undertake visits, serve on relevant committees and oversee the Headteacher’s performance management.

Name of GovernorDate appointed to the committeeType of GovernorFinancial interestsBusiness interests

Governance roles in other schools


Sept 22-July 23

Mrs Claire Daffern

(Chair of Governors)

1/09/2018 Community none  none  


Mrs Janet Tighe


04/11/2014 Local Authority none none   100% 

Mrs Maria Gardner

(Chair of Resources Committee)

01/09/2019 Parent none none    100%

Reverend Anne Potter (Safeguarding)



 none  none

Suckley Primary School Community Governor

Mrs Virginia Wigglesworth 03/12/2012- 27/09/2021 Co-opted – Parish Council  none  none    
Mrs Kate Ryan 01/09/2019-01/09/2021  Parent  none  none    
Mrs Deborah Hulls 01/09/2018

Acting Head Teacher 

 none  Acting Head Teacher   100% 

Mr Ben Tanner

(Chair of Curriculum Committee)


Parent   none  none    100%
Mrs Monica Longley 01/09/2019  Co-opted  none  none    100%
Mr Graham Messervy-Whiting 15/3/2021 Foundation  none none     0%
 Mr Tom Clement 01/09/2021  Acting Deputy Head none Teacher   100% 

Mrs Louise Smith


Clerk to Governors

none  Teaching Assistant    100% 


Chair of Governors

Claire Daffern is Chair of Governors. She joined the governing body in September 2018 as a community governor before becoming Chair of Governors at the beginning of the 2019/20 academic year. Mrs Daffern provides the governing body with invaluable expertise from her wide experience of the educational sector, as a teacher and senior leader in  the London area. Mrs Daffern is fully involved in school life, meeting with Mr Jeffrey on a weekly basis, visiting classrooms and attending special assemblies and celebratory events. The role of the Chair is:

  • To ensure the business of the Governing Body is conducted properly, in accordance with both legal and Worcestershire County Council delegation requirements.
  • To ensure meetings are run effectively, focusing on priorities and making the best use of time available, and to ensure that all members have an equal opportunity to participate in discussion and decision-making.
  • To establish and foster an effective relationship with the Headteacher based on trust and mutual respect for each other’s roles. The Chair has an important role in ensuring that the Governing Body acts as a sounding board to the Headteacher and provides strategic direction.

Vice Chair

Janet Tighe is Vice Chair. Mrs Tighe is a retired primary teacher with a strong grasp of contemporary issues within education, including the challenges facing schools in the current climate.

Clerk to Governing Body

Louise Smith is the Clerk to the Governing body. The clerk’s role is:

  • To work effectively with the Chair of Governors, the other Governors and the Headteacher to support the Governing Body
  • To advise the Governing Body on Constitutional and Procedural Matters, duties and powers
  • To convene meetings of the Governing Body
  • To attend meetings of the Governing Body and ensure minutes are taken.
  • To maintain a register of members of the Governing Body and report vacancies to the Governing Body.
  • To give and receive notices in accordance with relevant regulations.
  • To perform such other functions as may be determined by the Governing Body from time to time.

Role of Governing Body

The conduct of the Governing Body and its meetings will be based upon the “Seven Principles of Public Life”: (Nolan Committee’s report on standards in public life)

  1. Selflessness
  2. Integrity
  3. Objectivity
  4. Accountability
  5. Openness
  6. Honesty
  7. Leadership

We expect all governors to be able to demonstrate the following essential qualities and attributes:

  • commitment to improving education for all pupils;
  • ability to work in a professional manner as part of a team and to take collective responsibility for decisions;
  • willingness to learn and to engage in training and development;
  • commitment to the school’s vision and ethos and to the democratic values of freedom, tolerance and respect for the rule of law;
  • literacy, numeracy and IT skills, sufficient to deal with governing body papers and school data.

Across the Governing Body as a whole, we are also looking to ensure that a range of specialist skills are covered (but we do not expect any individual governor to have all of these), including: understanding and experience of governance; strategic planning; human resources and performance management; data analysis; financial planning/budgeting; community engagement and volunteering; legal understanding; premises and property management; and experience of working in education/social care/health settings.

Composition of the Governing Body

The composition of Rushwick School’s Governing Body will be as follows:

  • 3 x Parent Governors
  • 1 x LA Governor
  • 2 x Staff Governors (including the Headteacher)
  • 3 x Co-opted Governors
  • 3 x Foundation Governors (appointed by the Diocese)

The Governing Body may also decide to appoint Associate Governors to serve on a particular committee if they provide a specific skill that the committee requires.  Associate Governors can vote at committee meetings.  They can also attend full Governing Body meetings in a non-voting capacity. The full Governing Body meets on a half termly basis and is also be broken down into 2 main sub-committees who meet termly:

  1. Resources  
  2. Curriculum

There is also  a Performance Review Panel who meet twice a year, as well as Hearings , Appeals and Pupil Discipline Committees, who only meet on a needs basis. Minutes for governors meetings are filed in the school office and are available for parents and carers to view.

The terms of reference for governors is reviewed on an annual basis.

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Contact details

Rushwick CE Primary School
Upper Wick Lane

Tel: 01905 422502

Email: [email protected]