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This page gives you information about the Governing Board at Park House Primary School.  


The role of the school Governing Board is a strategic one, and its key functions are to:


  • Set the vision, ethos and strategic direction for Park House Primary School.
  • Hold the school leaders to account for the performance of pupils and the performance of staff.
  • Ensure finances are well spent and represent value for money.


The Governing Board is made up of governors from a range of backgrounds who volunteer their time to support the school.  Staff governors, including the headteacher and teaching and non-teaching staff, make up the remainder of the governing board.  They each bring valuable knowledge and expertise to the role and often take on specific responsibilities within the governing body.  Governors attend Full Governing Board meetings at least six times a year.  


The Chair of the Full Governing Board is Martin Dore and the Co Vice-Chair's are Ruth Allen and Carolyn Stone.


Governors visit the school regularly on both formal and informal occasions seeing at first hand all aspects of school life.  Governors are committed to holding the school to account and maintain a programme of termly monitoring visits and subsequent reports to ensure this.  This includes meeting with subject leads, learning walks and class visits.


All governors are very approachable and are happy to speak to parents and members of the local community.  If you need to contact a Governor please email the clerk on or pop into the School Office to leave a message and a Governor will respond within two working days.


We have no members of staff who earn over £100,000.



NamePosition on Governing BoardCategoryKey responsibilityTerm of officeStart dateTerm ExpiryFGB Attendance 22/23FGB Attendance 22/23Appointed byDeclaration of pecuniary, business, personal and educational interests.Related to staff member
Steph KavanaghHeadteacherStaffAllOngoing01/01/2019Ongoing6/62/2Governing BoardHeadteacher of the schoolX
Martin DoreChair of GovernorsCo-optedSEND, Exclusion, HT Performance Management, Computing4 years - renewed01/09/201931/08/20234/61/2Governing BoardXX
Carolyn StoneCo Vice Chair of GovernorsParentGeography, History4 Years18/12/202018/12/20246/62/2Parent Election Child at the schoolx
Ruth AllenCo Vice Chair of GovernorsCo-optedMaths, Year 54 Years01/07/202101/07/2025 renewed6/62/2Governing BoardChild at the schoolX
Liz KeyDeputy HeadCo-optedPupil Premium, Year 64 Years01/01/202401/01/2028N/AN/AGoverning BoardTeacher at the schoolX
Christine EllisLearning MentorStaffTBC4 Years23/09/202123/09/20256/61/2Staff ElectionLearning Mentor at Park HouseX
Owen RobinsonGovernorLA GovernorEnglish and Phonics4 Years15/09/202215/09/20266/62/2Local AuthorityWorks for DfEX
Zoe ThorpeGovernorCo-optedMusic, RE, EYFS, Year 24 Years - renewed01/09/201931/08/20235/62/2Governing BoardXX
Linzi SmithiesGovernorCo-optedArt, D&T, 4 Years 23/09/202123/09/20255/61/2Governing BoardChild at the schoolX
Terri FaulknerGovernorParent 4 Years  09/11/202309/11/2027 N/AN/AParent ElectionChild at the school 
Dionne DayshGovernorParentPupil Premium, PSHE/RSE4 Years18/12/202018/12/20245/61/2Parent ElectionChild at the schoolX
Dan FaulknerGovernorParentSafeguarding, LAC, H&S4 Years16/01/202016/01/20243/61/2Parent ElectionChild at the schoolX
Ruth CoulsonGovernorParent 4 Years  09/11/202309/11/2027 N/AN/A Parent ElectionChild at the school  X
Joanne HardyGovernorCo-optedScience, Wellbeing4 Years10/11/202210/11/20264/61/2Governing BoardChild at the school; works for TTSX


Previous Governors:


NamePosition on Governing BoardCategoryKey responsibilityTerm of officeStart dateTerm ExpiryElected byBusiness interestRelated to staff member
Steve CoatesGovernorCo-optedGeography, History, Year 64 Years - renewed01/09/201531/08/2019 did not renew term of officeGoverning BoardXX
Dr Jessica CarterGovernorParentScience4 Years - renewed01/09/201516/6/2019 Stepped downParent ElectionXX
Ged PhilbinPrevious HeadteacherStaffAllOngoing 31/10/2018 stepped downGoverning BoardXX
Mark WattsGovernorCo-optedPE, H&S4 Years01/10/201806/02/2020 stepped downGoverning BoardChild at the schoolx
Rachel ShepherdGovernorParentSEND4 Years22/03/201814/09/2020 stepped downParent ElectionChild at the schoolX
Fiona BootGovernorParentPSHE, Child Protection, Exclusion4 Years01/10/201816/09/2020 stepped downParent ElectionChild minder and Wrap around childcare. Child at the schoolX
Phil NicholsonVice Chair of GovernorsLAEnglish, ICT, Pupil Premium, Reception Class4 years14/01/202131/07/2021 stepped downLA appointment and agreed by Governing BoardChild at the schoolX
HT Performance Management
Alison HarrisDeputy HeadStaffSEND, Year 64 Years - renewed16/01/201931/07/2021 Left the schoolStaff ElectionTeacher at the schoolX
Claire ChambersGovernorCo-optedEnglish, Year 44 Years - renewed09/10/201701/08/2021 stepped downGoverning BoardXX
Craig WhelptonGovernorCo-optedArt, D&T, Year 34 Years13/07/201713/07/2021 did not renew term of officeGoverning BoardChild at the schoolX
Ruth CoulsonGovernorParentScience, Year 14 Years10/05/201810/05/2022 did not renew term of officeParent ElectionChild at the schoolX
Mark StanhopeGovernorParentSEND, PE4 Years 16/01/202027/4/2023 stepped downParent ElectionChild at the schoolYes
Georgina SmithGovernorParent 4 Years 27/4/23 did not attendParent ElectionChild at the school X


Previous Governor Information