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The role of the Governors

Thomas Barnes Primary School's Governing Body is responsible for ensuring our children achieve their very best whilst at our school. 

The role of the governing board is a strategic one, its key functions are to:

  • set the aims and objectives for the school
  • set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the head teacher ("a critical friend")


The full Governing Body meet three times a year and we have two sub-committees who focus on Curriculum and Finance. Governors regularly visit classrooms to observe learning and talk to teachers about their practise. 

We are committed to providing an excellent environment for all pupils to enjoy during their time at our school.


Our Governing Body comprises of:-



Governor type and term of office

Pecuniary / Business


Mr P Nolan


Parent Governor

09/02/2023 - 08/05/2027

None disclosed

Ms K Burnham

Vice Chair

Co-opted Governor

14/10/2021 - 13/10/2025

None disclosed

Mrs E Tibbitts


Co - Headteacher

None disclosed

Mr C Reilly


Co - HeadteacherNone disclosed
Miss H Bird

Co-opted Governor

20/01/21 - 19/01/25

None disclosed
Mrs L Welsh

Foundation Governor

26/05/2022 - 25/05/2026

None disclosed
Mr D Buckley

Co-opted Governor

14/10/2021 - 13/10/2025

None disclosed
Ms C Warrington

Parent Governor

14/10/2021 - 13/10/2025

None disclosed
Miss K Britnell

Staff Governor

14/10/2021 - 13/10/2025

None disclosed
Mr D Fox

Parent Governor

22.02.24 - 21.03.28

None disclosed




 Full BoardCurriculumFinanceOther responsibilities
ChairMr P NolanMr D Buckley

Mr P Nolan

  • Mrs K Burnham - safeguarding
  • Mrs L Welsh - welfare and SEN
  • Mr P Nolan - health and safety
  • Mr P Nolan and Mr D Buckley - Headteacher's performance management
ViceMrs K BurnhamMrs L WelshMrs K Burnham
Co-Head-Mr C ReillyMrs E Tibbitts
Other members-

Ms C Warrington

Miss K Britnell

Mrs H Bird


           Attendance at Governor Meetings 2023-2024 Thomas Barnes Primary School
 Finance Committee 14.12.23Full Governors 09.11.23Finance Committee Spring 07.03.24Curriculum Committee Spring 24 TBCFull Governors Meeting Spring 22.02.24Finance Committee Summer 24Curriculum Committee Summer 23Full GovernorsSummer 24  
Mr D Fox *    ü     
Mrs L Welsh ü  ü     
Miss C Warrington    ü     
Mr C Reilly ü  ü     
Mr D Buckley ü  A     
Miss K Britnell  ü  A     
Mr P Nolanüüü üü    
Mrs S Adamsüüü üü    
Mrs E TibbittsüAü üü    
Mrs K Burnhamüüü üü    
Mrs H Birdüüü üü    
* new appointment from 22.02.24         
Attendance at Governor Meetings 2022-2023 Thomas Barnes Primary School
 Finance Committee 04.10.22Curriculum Committee 06.10.22Full Governors 13.10.22Finance Committee Spring 23Curriculum Committee Spring 23Full Governors Meeting Spring 23Finance Committee Summer 23Curriculum Committee Summer 23Full GovernorsSummer 23  
Mr N Price üX üü  ü  
Mrs L Welsh üü üü  ü  
Miss C Warrington üX üü  X  
Mrs E Tibbitts üü üü  X  
Mr D Buckley üü üü  ü  
Miss K Britnell  üü üü  ü  
Mr P Nolanü üü üü ü  
Mrs S Jarmanü üü üü ü  
Mr C Reillyü üü üü ü  
Mr J Heathershawü üü üü    
Nrs K Burnhamü Xü üü ü  
Mrs H BirdX üü üü ü  
Attendance at Governor Meetings 2021-2022 
 Finance Committee Autumn 22Curriculum Committee Autumn 22Full Governors Autumn TermFinance Committee Spring 22Curriculum Committee Spring 22Full Governors Meeting Spring 22Finance Committee Summer 22Curriculum Committee Summer 22Full GovernorsSummer 22
Mr N Price (Chair) üü üü üA
Mrs R Phillips (VC) üü üü üü
Mrs L Gaffiney üü üü üü
Mrs L Welsh üü üü üü
Miss C Warrington üA üü üü
Mrs E Tibbitts üü üü üü
Mr D Buckley üü üü üü
Miss K Britnell  üü üü üü
Mr P Nolanü üü üü ü
Mrs S Jarmanü üü üü A
Mr C Reillyü üü üü ü
Mr J Heathershawü üü üü ü
Nrs K Burnhamü Aü üü ü
Mrs H Birdü üü üü ü
A = Apologies