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Welcome to the Governors' page of the website.


The Governing Body consists of local volunteers who have an active interest in the school.


As Governors we work as a team to support, challenge and provide a strategic leadership to our school. Governors play a vital role in moving the school forward and ensuring every child gets the best possible education.


We have a strong focus on three core functions:

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

We do this through Governing Body meetings six times a year,  and regular visits into school to look at different aspects of the curriculum. We also offer support for school events.


Each Governor links in with a Class Teacher in a “buddy” system to gain a good understanding of that year group.  In addition to this we have Governors with specific lead areas, looking at topics such as Safeguarding, SEN, finance and data.


Our Governing body is made up of 10 Governors in the following areas:


  • Headteacher
  • Ex Officio Governor - being a Church school, this is the Rector of Eckington Church
  • 4 Foundation Governors - elected by the Church Foundation Trust & Trustees
  • 1 Staff Governors  - elected by school staff 
  • 2 Parent Governors -elected by parents
  • 1 Local Authority Governor -nominated by the Local Authority
  • Co-opted Governors -invited by the Governing Body as and when required


For more details of who our Governors are and their roles, please see the table below and the who’s who section of this website.


We hope that you have found this page helpful and informative. If you have any questions or would like to contact the Governing Body please do so via the school office.

Jayne Winter and David Sharp – Co-Chairs of Governors

On behalf of the Governing Body



The full governing body meets six times per year. These meetings alternate between looking at 'Teaching and Learning' and 'Finance.' This allows us as a body to properly discuss the decisions that we make.


Throughout the year, we also create smaller 'working parties' to look at particular themes or issues within school. This allows us to focus in depth where needed, before bringing recommendations to the full governing body.


Each governor is also 'buddied' with a teacher and their class. This ensures that, as governors, we have a good understanding on what is happening day-to-day in school and can support and challenge all staff more effectively.

Follow the link below to find Governor pictures and introductions on our Who's Who page.

Governing Body Roles

Within the Governing Body, each of us takes a lead of particular areas of school life. This means that we can use our expertise to best effect. Our roles are:

Jayne WinterFoundationSep 2027


Behaviour and Attitude

Leadership and Management

None declaredNone declared
David SharpFoundationSep 2024

Collective Worship

Personal Development

Leadership and Management

None declaredNone declared
Hardev AgimalParentDec 2027Quality of Education  
Laura BurginLocal AuthorityOct 2027Personal DevelopmentNone declaredNone declared
Lucy ChapmanParentDec 2027Safeguarding  
Tim CockingHeadteacher HeadteacherNone declaredNone declared
Liz HaganFoundationJan 2027Pupil Premium Behaviour and AttitudeNone declaredNone declared
Barry HillTeacher Teacher  
Tori ListerFoundationMar 2023SEND and SafeguardingNone declaredBLE Emergency Lighting
Andy WalkerEx-Officio Foundation Quality of EducationNone declaredNone declared
John Whiteley  Clerk to Governors  



Attendance at Meetings


So far, there has been two full governor meetings within this academic year.

NameAttendanceApologies Accepted
Jayne Winter3/3 
David Sharp3/3 
Hardev Agimal *2/2 
Maggie Brough**1/31
Laura Burgin2/31
Tim Cocking3/3 
Lucy Chapman *2/2 
Liz Hagan3/3 
Barry Hill3/3 
Tori Lister1/32
Andy Walker3/3 

* Note: Due to the terms of office for parent governors, neither Mr Agimal nor Mrs Chapman had been elected for the first meeting of the academic year. 

** Note: Resigned from the governing board in February 2024.