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We currently have no vacancies at present, however if you would like more information about The Lea’s Governing Body or to register an expression of interest please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body (

What does the Governing Body do?

The Governors are volunteers that are charged with the responsibility of working with the Headteacher and staff to ensure that pupils at The Lea receive an excellent standard of education. Together, they set the strategic direction and ethos of the school and help to monitor progress towards our goals. They are involved in reviewing the performance of the school and setting policies. They also oversee the school’s finances, determining how best to use the funds available to allow us to achieve our aims as a school.

Our Governing Body

The Governing Body at The Lea consists of up of 15 individuals, including parents, local authority and co-opted members, staff and the Headteacher.  They each bring distinctive perspectives and skills to the Governing body, enabling us to draw on a wide variety of talents and networks for the benefit of the school.

The Full Governing Board (FGB) meet every term and in addition, the FGB is divided into two sub committees : Teaching, Learning and Curriculum (TLC) and Resources which both meet once a term. Our governors also find that a valuable and enjoyable part of their job is to visit the school during the day to develop their understanding of school life.

The Co-Chair of Governors are Mrs Beth Featherby and Mrs Sharon Mansour. You can contact Beth and Sharon via the school office.

Minutes from the Full Governing Body meetings are available from the School Office.

There are no declared business or pecuniary interests, or governance roles in other educational institutions.  Please see attached table.

Governor Attendance 2020-21 and Register of Interests 2021-22
Governor Attendance 2019-20 and Register of Interests 2020-21

Our Governors


Governor Type

Term of Office


Attendance at FGB meetings (2021/22)

Attendance at C’tee meetings (2021/22)

James Berry Head Teacher 01.09.18 – TLC
4/4 6/6
Beth Featherby
(Chair of Governors)
Parent 14.11.17 – 13.11.21
14.11.21 – 13.11.25
4/4 3/3
Sharon Mansour
(Chair of Governors)
Parent 11.09.15 – 10.09.19
11.09.19 – 10.09.23
3/4 3/3
Krista Alesandersson Co-opted 04.03.22 – 03.03.26 tbc 1/1 2/2
Helen Commandeur
(Resources Chair)
Co-opted 21.11.19 – 20.11.23 Resources 4/4 3/3
Paul Cousin Co-opted 21.11.19 – 20.11.23 Resources 2/4 2/3
Kate Davenport Staff 05.10.20 – 04.10.24 Resources 4/4 3/3
Matthew East Associate 04.03.22 – 03.03.26 tbc 2/2 2/2
Paul Goodwin Co-opted 04.03.22 – 03.03.26 tbc 2/2 1/2
Stephen Green Parent 25.10.18 – 24.10.22 Resources 3/4 2/3
Renae Le’ake Parent 04.03.22 – 03.03.26 tbc 1/2 2/2
Helen Nistala Co-opted 19.11.20 – 18.11.24 TLC 3/4 1/3
Rachel Osborne
* Safeguarding
Co-opted 04.03.21 – 03.03.25 Resources 2/4 1/3
Kate Suddaby Local Authority 20.06.19 – 19.06.23 TLC 4/4 3/3
Neki Suharan
(TLC Chair)
Co-opted 24.11.16 – 23.11.20
24.11.20 – 23.11.24
TLC 1/4 2/3
Caroline Thomas Parent 19.09.19 – 18.11.20
19.11.20 – 18.11.24
TLC 4/4 3/3

“Governors have a well-developed knowledge and understanding of the school’s strengths and weaknesses. They provide measured and purposeful direction for the school’s further development. They visit the school regularly and have established themselves as an integral part of the school community. Records of their work show that they successfully hold leaders to account for pupils’ achievement.”
Ofsted 2018