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The Meadows Primary Academy

Sowing the Seeds of Success

Governing Body

The Governing Body plays a key role in helping oversee the strategic direction of the school and works in partnership with the Headteacher and Senior Leadership Team.  The main aim of a Governing body is to ensure the delivery of a high standard of education for all pupils in its care.

 The governing body has three main roles:


The Governing Body sets the general direction of the school, looking at how it should best develop and improve.  This is done by reviewing and agreeing policies, setting targets and priorities and monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives.  Strategic thinking is not always linked with the curriculum and it does not mean just responding to weakness.

Critical Friend

The Governing Body works with the Headteacher and creates a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing the school. The Governing Body is able to question and challenge. A good working relationship is essential as a real critical friendship is only achieved where there is trust and mutual respect.


The school is a business and its stakeholders are the learners. The Governing Body has a professional attitude and uses its collective skills to benefit the learners. It gathers views, ask questions and decides what is best for the school and the children. The governing body is answerable to the parents and the wider community.


Governor Name

Type of Governor



Connections to Staff

Yes or No

If Yes, who and how.

Term of Office Start Date

Term of Office End Date

Attendance at FGB meetings for the previous academic year

Business & Financial Interests Declared

Mrs Patricia Jones 

Co-opted Governor



(originally started 1.1.2003)



Yes, None Stated

Mrs Christine Freeman

Co-opted Governor



(originally started 2.5.2000)



Yes, None Stated

Mrs Emma Gater

Head Teacher


Yes related to Mrs Wheeldon




Yes, Husband works for British Gas

Mrs Ruth Argyle

Staff Governor



(originally started 03.02.2015)



Yes, None Stated

Mrs Diane Swift

Co-opted Governor



(originally started 19.5.15)



Declared Business Interests: Director of Keele & North Staffs Primary SCITT which comes under the governance of the Shaw Education Trust.

Other School Governor Posts:  Governor at Seabridge Primary School

Mr Tony Mathews

Co-opted Governor

Finance Committee Chair No 05.12.2016 04.12.2019 5/5 Yes, Lay Member (Chair of Finance Committee) at Willowbank CIC -GP Practice. Wife is School Business Manager at Bishop Lonsdale in Eccleshall.

Mrs Fiona Stagg (Chair)

 Co-opted Governor

No 08.02.2017 07.02.2020 5/5 NLG, Owner of SBW Governance (Governance consultancy), Head of Governance & Policy at Shaw Education Trust, Independent Clerk to Governing Boards in Stoke and Staffordshire, Chair at Children First Learning Partnership Academy Trust, Biddulph

 Mr Kevin Williams

 Parent Governor

No 04.10.2018 03.10.2021 2/4 Yes, None Stated 

Mr Stuart Shickell

Co-opted Governor

No 29.11.2018 28.11.2022 2/3 Yes, Children attend school


1 x co-opted governor vacancy & 1 x parent governor vacancy

Governors from the previous 12 months

Mrs Hayley Lockett

Parent Governor



end of office 31.08.2019


Yes, None Stated


Mrs Lindsay Armstrong and Miss Amy James also attend meetings in the capacity of Associate Members. 

Associate Members do not have any voting rights.


Link Governors

Safeguarding/Child Protection/CiC Governor

Fiona Stagg

Health & Safety Governor & E-Safety

Chris Freeman

SEN/ Inclusion Governor

Pat Jones

Pupil Premium Governor

Di Swift & Fiona Stagg

Sports Funding

Ruth Argyle

Induction, Training and Development

Ruth Argyle


Tony Matthews


 Structure and Responsibilities of the Governing Body

 Resources Committee

 Link with Business Manager


  • Annual budget
  • Level of financial delegation to HT
  • Best value
  • Maintenance, repairs and redecoration
  • Staffing structure and pay and conditions
  • Performance Management procedures
  • Effectiveness of partnerships
  • Procedures for staff conduct and discipline
  • Improvement plans


 How to contact the Chair of Governors:

Mrs Fiona Stagg (Care of the School)  

The Meadows Primary Academy,  

Poplar Drive,



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