Our Governors

The Governors's Role

In all types of schools, governing boards should have a strong focus on three core strategic 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
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

Our Governors

There are four types of school Governor:

  • Parent Governors - elected by the parents and carers of children in school

  • Co-opted Governors - selected by the Governing Board to bring the expertise of the local community to the school

  • A Local Authority Governor - these Governors are appointed by the Local Authority and represent the political parties on the Council

  • Staff Governors – A maximum of two staff Governors - including the headteacher 

Our Instrument of Government provides for 12 governors made up as follows:

  • 3 parent governors
  • 1 local authority governor
  • 2 staff governors
  • 6 co-opted governors


Chair of Governors – Mr Tony Penny

Vice Chair - vacancy



Minimum 3


‘Absolute’ 1


‘Absolute’ 2





Katie Gardiner

Karen McCurdy

Vicky McPherson (HT)

Tony Penny


James Goodsall


Gill Leicester

Liz Healey


Sarah Percival



Richard Hardwick










Roland Edwards







For more information on our full governing board including committees, panels and special responsibilities please click HERE. This also documents the staff and governor subject leads.

How We work

The Governing Board has established a number of committees and statutory panels. We meet together as a full governing board every half-term. Our statutory panels which cover issues such as admissions, discipline and complaints meet as needed. Our committees also meet each half-term to review and discuss the details of school life. These committees cover:

  • Resources (finance, health and safety, premises);
  • Teaching and Learning and curriculum
  • Achievement
  • Personnel
  • Safeguarding

Each governor serves on one or more committees and in addition, has a specific area of interest – for example: safeguarding, school standards; or health and safety. Governors are asked to visit in their specialist role, class link role and subject link role at least once a term where possible.


Keeping In Touch

The website is a good way of keeping up to date with all aspects of school life. The minutes of the Governing Board meetings can be obtained from the clerk to the governing board (see contact details below).  There are lots of ways of sharing your views with us.  Some of our governors are also parents of children at school, so they are often around at the beginning and end of the school day. We will also be arranging specific opportunities and times throughout the school year to hear from you and keep in touch. Alternatively, you can always leave us a note at the school office or drop us an e-mail and we will get in touch with you.


Clerk to the Governing Board - deanvalley.clerk@outlook.com

Chair to the Governing Board - chair@deanvalley.cheshire.sch.uk


Becoming a Governor

Being a school governor is an important role but you do not need to have an education background to become a governor. What you need to bring to the role is: a confidence to ask questions, a commitment to school life; the ability to work with others; patience and enthusiasm; a willingness to learn; a commitment to working openly and democratically; and, most importantly, a drive to put the children first.

Governors typically spend about 10 hours a month contributing to school life (attending meetings, undertaking training, visiting school, participating in school events and much more) but some do less and you can do a lot more if you choose.

The most important thing to remember is that governors are a team, not a collection of individuals or groups or individuals with separate agendas. However much we may differ in our opinions and experiences we are united by our commitment to the school and the responsibility we share for its long-term success. In short, we have a common purpose. If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a school governor please feel free to get in touch.

Chair of Governors

November 2019

Dean Valley Community Primary School, Albert Road, Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire SK10 5HS