Fulbourn Primary School

Dare to Discover


A warm welcome from the Governing Body of Fulbourn Primary School

For those not familiar with our role in school, we have provided a brief introduction below.

You may also find out more about the governing body by clicking on the links.


The governing body has three key roles:


 1) To provide a strategic view of where the school is heading

Governors play a key role in a regular cycle of self-evaluation, examining all aspects of school life, and developing plans (SDPs or School Development plans) to decide on actions to address areas for school improvement. Self-evaluation activities include governor visits, parent questionnaires, lesson observations, conducting ‘learning walks’ (walking around the school with a particular focus, e.g. the quality of maths displays or the way pupils treat one another) and structured discussion with groups of pupils. Development plans are also informed by the views of external bodies, such as Ofsted and Local Authority Inspectors. Progress towards meeting the priorities identified in the plans is discussed at Governing Body and Committee meetings and new priorities are identified. 


2) To act as a critical friend to the school

Members of the governing body are asked to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head teacher and senior staff.  This means that while they are there to support the Head and senior team, they also need to be willing to ask questions and challenge their plans for the school.  If a new school policy is under discussion, or we are looking at how to spend the school’s budget, for example, governors will ask questions to make sure they fully understand what is being proposed, and to ensure that it is in the pupils’ best interests.  If the governors just nodded their heads to everything that the Head and senior team presented to them, then they wouldn’t be doing their job properly!


3) To hold the school to account for the educational standards it achieves and the quality of education it provides

The governing body looks closely at the standards achieved by pupils at the end of the Early Years foundation Stage (EYFS or reception year), the end of Key Stage 1 (Year 2 or ‘infants’) and the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6 or ‘junior’), as well as at progress of pupils in the years between. However, the governing body is not only interested in the educational standards achieved across the school; we place significant emphasis on how we achieve them. The school’s core values of achievement, happiness and respect lead us to discuss the extent to which pupils enjoy learning, are happy at school, feel safe, have positive relationships with school staff etc.

Governor Organisation October 2019

Governor Roles

Updated October 2019


Chair                             Joy Eldridge

Vice-Chair                    Toby Cave

Clerk                             Jan Purath


Premises & Resources Committee

Liz Blackmore (Chair)

Kate Harvey (Vice Chair)

Toby Cave

Liz Young

Joy Eldridge

James Wright

Fiona Thorpe

Ellie Crowe/Emily Bartram

Jo Kindred (co-opted)

Chris Swaysland (H&S, associate)


Teaching and Learning Committee

David Boyd (Chair)

Nichola Grove

Jenny Pillinger

Laura Davies

Kathrin Hicks

Claire Pickard

Ellie Crowe/Emily Bartram (associates)

Liz Hurles (associate)





Link Governors

SEN & Pupil Premium         Laura Davies        

Safeguarding                        Liz Young

EYFS / Reception                 Liz Young

Years – 1/2                           David Boyd

Years – 3/4                           James Wright

Years – 5/6                           Jenny Pillinger


Academic Data              Kate Harvey

PTfA                                 Liz Young

Parish                              Toby Cave

Policies Maintenance: David Boyd

Health & Safety:           Toby Cave & Chris Swaysland

Mental Health

& Well-Being:               Nichola Grove, Kathrin Hicks







HT Performance Management & Pay Appeal Committee

Joy Eldridge

David Boyd

Toby Cave (Chair)


Pay Committee

Toby Cave

Liz Blackmore  

Kate Harvey

Pupil Discipline


Ad hoc


Complaints Committee & Staff Grievance Committee

Ad hoc

Staff dismissal appeal Committee

Ad hoc




Parent Governors

Liz Young

Jenny Pillinger


Kathrin Hicks


Co-Opted Governors

Elizabeth Blackmore

Toby Cave

Kate Harvey

Joy Eldridge

Laura Davies

James Wright

Staff Governors

Fiona Thorpe / Claire Pickard

Nichola Grove

Ben Beeston


Local Authority Governor

David Boyd


Associate Members

Ellie Crowe/Emily Bartram (TLC & Resources)

Jo Kindred (Resources)

Chris Swaysland (Premises & Resources – H&S)

Liz Hurles (TLC)










Would you like to join the Governing Body?

Fulbourn Primary School  is always interested in hearing from parents and other members of the community who are interested in joining our Governing Body.


The governing body is responsible for ensuring that the school provides the best

possible education for its children. It sets the vision for the school, ensures it makes

the best use of its resources and holds the head teachers to account for their



As a governor, you will gain insight into the education system and a set of key skills

which can be re-invested back into your career


It’s an opportunity to give back to the community!


If you want to be part of an enthusiastic and dynamic team helping to drive school

improvement and can spare around 10 hours per term we’d love to hear from you.

Contact Joy, Fiona or Claire if you are interested and would like to know more.


Joy Eldridge


Fiona Thorpe & Claire Pickard - call 01223 712525 or drop in to the school office