Our Governing Body

At The Bythams Primary School our Governors play an important role in the school community

What we do

The Governing body is responsible for the strategic management of our school and makes decisions about a wide range of issues, including:

  • Ensuring accountability
  • Acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher
  • Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress
  • Budgetary allocation and control
  • Planning for the long term future of the school
  • Setting the school’s aims and values
  • Appointing senior members of staff including the Head Teacher
Jeremy Millar
Jeremy Millar

Chair of Governors
Co-Opted Governor, Chair of the Strategy Committee
Appointed 30th January 2017
Appointed by Governing Body
Expected Retirement Date 29 January 2021

Debbie Shepherd
Debbie Shepherd

Acting Head
(Staff Governor)
Appointed 1 April 2020
Appointed by Governing Body
Expected Retirement Date: 31 March 2024 

Jackie Gauntley
Jackie Gauntley

Vice-Chair of Governors
Co-Opted Governor, Chair of the Resources committee
Appointed 22 September 2019
Appointed by Governing Body
Expected Retirement Date: 21 September 2023

Fiona Allett
Fiona Allett

Co-opted Governor, Chair of Standards Committee 
Appointed 5 November 2020 
Appointed by Governing Body
Expected Retirement date: 4 November 2024 

Sharon Woodward
Sharron Woodward

Clerk to the Governors
Position Ongoing

Juenny Williamson
Jenny Williamson

LA Governor
Appointed 19 October 2020
Appointed by Governing Body
Expected Retirement date: 20 October 2024

Claire Clarke
Claire Clarke

Parent Governor
Appointed 19 October 2020
Appointed by Parents
Expected Retirement Date: 20 October 2024

Mark Kieran
Mark Kieran

Parent Governor
Appointed 19 October 2020
Appointed by Parents
Expected Retirement date: 20 October 2024

Luke Smith
Luke Smith

Parent Governor
Appointed 19 October 2020
Appointed by Parents
Expected Retirement Date 20 October 2024

How are Governors appointed

There are several different groups responsible for appointing governors, although once appointed all governors essentially perform the same role.

Governing Body Structure:

The governing body shall consist of:

3 parent governors
1 local authority governor
1 staff governor
1 head teacher
3 co-opted governors

Total number of governors 9

Our Chair of the Governing Body is Jeremy Millar
Our Vice Chair is Jackie Gauntley

We have three committees:

Resources Committee – Chaired by Jackie Gauntley
Standards Committee – Chaired by Fiona Allett
Strategy Committee – Chaired by Jeremy Millar