A welcome from the Chair of Governors

On behalf of the full Governing Body of Sleights Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, may I wish you a very warm welcome to our school.

Firstly, a little bit about me. I have been a school Governor for almost eleven years and have been in the position of Chair for the last seven. I find being a Governor a very challenging, yet rewarding experience. With all my 3 children attending the school over the past 17 years, I can certainly say that Sleights School has a special place in my heart. Therefore, I am passionate about doing my best for the school.

The Governing Body is responsible for setting the strategic development of the school and to support and challenge the Headteacher in achieving its priorities and goals. We currently stand as an OfSTED rated Good school and we are positive and committed in moving forwards towards Outstanding.

Each Governor has a priority linked to the school development plan. This means that, as well as attending full Governing Body meetings, each Governor works closely with the Headteacher to monitor their specific area. These Priority Partner roles are a new initiative in which we are seeing great results and gives each Governor an area to focus specific time upon. We have Governors from all different backgrounds to bring a wide range of skills and expertise.

Governors are often present in school so that we can see the children at work and to talk to them, to support the dedicated staff and to ensure the clarity of vision and ethos of the school is at work.

We aim to give all our pupils the very best education and experiences so that they can achieve their full potential and we continually strive to improve.

Sleights School operates an open door policy and we encourage parents to be involved in school life. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mr Grason, our Headteacher.


Gemma Kellerman

Chair of Governors



Full Governing Body

Role Governor Appointed by Term of office Business / Financial Interests Attendance since September 2018
Chair of Governors Gemma Kellerman Governing Body 11/05/2015 – 10/05/2019    2/2: 100%
Vice Chair of Governors Theresa Wall Governing Body 11/05/2015 – 10/05/2019   1/2: 50%
Headteacher Scott Grason Governing Body 01/09/2017 -   2/2: 100%
Ex officio Reverend Veronica Carolan Diocese 01/09/2014 -   2/2: 100%
Foundation Governor Reverend Jane Carter Diocese 31/03/2017 – 30/03/2021   0/2: 0%
Local Authority Governor Nicola Brown Local Authority 05/03/2018 – 04/03/2020   2/2: 100%
Parent Governor Joanne Coomber Parents 23/05/2016 – 22/05/2020   2/2: 100%
Parent Governor Mark Jones Parents 23/05/2016 – 22/05/2020   1/2: 50%
Staff Governor Lucy Stubbs Staff 03/09/2018 - 02/09/2020   2/2: 100%
Co-opted Governor Gail Wilson Governing Body 23/11/2015 – 22/11/2019   2/2: 100%
Co-opted Governor Diane Exelby Governing Body 11/05/2015 – 10/05/2019   2/2: 100%
Co-opted Governor Kristie Price Governing Body 28/11/2018 - 27/11/2022 Works in another local primary school  1/1: 100%
Clerk to the Governors Lisa Grason        

No current or previous Governors have any relationship with any school staff.

No current or previous Governors hold the role of Governor in any other educational institution, unless stated in the table above.

Attendance information last updated: 29th November 2018

At Sleights Church of England (Voluntary Controlled) Primary School, the Governing Body brings together a wealth of varied experience to challenge and support the school and its development.

The full governing body meets at least once a term. This is also the case for the finance committee.


All other committee structures and members can be downloaded from the school website.

Governor Committees (September 2018)

What is a school governor?

A school governor is a volunteer role that plays a part in raising school standards. The role of the governing body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools by:

  • setting the aims and objectives for the school
  • setting policies for achieving those aims and objectives
  • setting the targets for achieving those aims and objectives
  • monitor and evaluate the progress that the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives
  • be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (often referred to as a critical friend)


How do I become a school governor?

Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. There are different types of school with different categories of governor.


There are different categories of governor: parent, staff, foundation, partnership, local authority or co-opted. The type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing board.


There are currently no vacancies for becoming a governor at Sleights. However, if you would like to know more about the role, or express an interest in any future vacancies, please do not hesitate to contact the school office (01947 810395) to arrange a meeting with the Chair of Governors.

Governors who have left office in the last 12 months

Role Governor Appointed by Date left
Staff Governor Jo Nock Staff May 2018