Welcome to the governors’ section of the website!

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This page is the place to come for news about the governing body and will be updated regularly. 

Governors come into school regularly. Here is one of our governors taking part in a school assembly recently.


We are very fortunate to have committed, enthusiastic Governors. Dave Hills, Chair of Governors received a certificate and badge from HCC for 8 years of service as a governor.


I'd like to share with you a brief description of the role of the governing body and what we do:

  • We help the school to set high standards by planning for the school's future and setting targets for school improvement
  • We keep the pressure up on school improvement
  • We are a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice
  • We help the school respond to the needs of parents and the community
  • We make the school accountable to the public for what it does
  • We work with the school on planning, developing policies and keeping the school under review
  • We exercise our responsibilities and powers in partnership with the headteacher and staff
  • We regularly visit the school and talk to pupils to find out about their learning and teachers to discuss subject areas and development plans.


  • We don’t intervene in the day-to-day management of the school (unless there are weaknesses in the school, when the GB has a duty to take action.)

We also form part of the school’s senior management team focussing on monitoring and raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning, so that all pupils achieve their best.

Each governor brings to the body their own unique set of skills and experience and we’re always looking to recruit new governors. If you feel that you’d like to join us in making a difference to our children’s lives then please pop into school for a chat.


Dave Hills (Chair of Governors)




Position and responsibility


Mr Dave Hills

Chair of Governors/ICT Governor


Mr Jim McGilvery

Vice Chair of Governors/Chair of Finance & Staffing/Pupil Premium/Attendance Governor


Mrs Lianne Appleby

Early Years Governor


Ms Lief Keay-Chaplin

SEND Governor


Dr Chris Prior

Chair of Curriculum & Welfare/Safeguarding Governor


Mr Julian Baker

Health & Safety/Pupil Voice Governor


Mrs Charlie Skeels

Literacy Governor


Mr Kevin Curtis

Maths Governor


Mrs Joanne Dorricott

Assessment Governor


Mrs Melanie Price

SMSC Governor





Mrs Sarah Willes

Sports Funding


Mrs Nicola Cowcher

Head teacher


Pay Committee: Julian Baker, Jim McGilvery, Melanie Price, Kevin Curtis

Finance, Property & Staffing: Jim McGilvery, Melanie Price, Kevin Curtis, Julian Baker, Dave Hills, Nicky Cowcher

Curriculum & Welfare: Chris Prior, Charlie Skeels, Jo Dorricott, Lief Keay-Chaplin, Lianne Appleby, Dave Hills, Sarah Willes, Nicky Cowcher


Governor Attendance 2016/17  
  Full Governing Body
Name Number of meeting the governor should have attended Number of meetings attended Attendance rate (%)
Lianne Appleby 5 2 40.00%
Julian Baker 5 4 80.00%
Christopher Prior 5 4 80.00%
Nicky Cowcher 5 5 100.00%
Dave Hills 5 4 80.00%
Jim McGilvery 5 4 80.00%
Charlie Skeels 3 3 100.00%
Melanie Price 5 4 80.00%
Kevin Curtis 5 5 100.00%
Sarah Willes 5 5 100.00%
Denise Wiltshire 5 5 100.00%
Lief Keay-Chaplin 5 3 60.00%
Joanne Dorricott 5 4 80.00%
Shelha Philpot 2 2 100.00%


Name Pecuniary Interest Disclosed Date of Signing Attendance at Full Governors Meetings 2016/17
Lianne Appleby   11.07.17 2 out of 5 meetings attended.   40%
Julian Baker Calmore Junior School Governor 11.07.17 4 out of 5 meetings attended.   80%
Christopher Prior   11.07.17 4 out of 5 meetings attended.   80%
Nicky Cowcher HT 11.07.17 5 out of 5 meetings attended.   100%
Dave Hills   11.07.17 4 out of 5 meetings attended.   80%
Jim McGilvery   11.07.17 4 out of 5 meetings attended.   80%
Charlie Skeels     3 out of 3 meetings attended.   100%
Melanie Price   11.07.17 4 out of 5 meetings attended.   80%
Kevin Curtis     5 out of 5 meetings attended.   100%
Sarah Willes Teacher (Calmore Infant School) 11.07.17 5 out of 5 meetings attended.   100%
Denise Wiltshire Husband HCC Road Safety Officer 11.07.17 5 out of 5 meetings attended.   100%
Lief Keay-Chaplin     3 out of 5 meetings attended.   60%
Joanne Dorricott     4 out of 5 meetings attended.   80%
Shelha Philpot     2 out of 2 meetings attended.   100%