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What does the Governing Body do?

They 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 set policies on a variety of issues that impact our pupils, from homework to attendance. And, of course, there is the financial oversight – determining how best to use the funds that are available to the school in a way that will be most effective at achieving 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 Body meet at least once a term, and the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Committee, and Resources Committee meet every half-term.

The Chair of Governors is Mrs Beth Featherby. You can contact Beth via the school office or email her at

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

TLC = Teaching, Learning & Curriculum

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

Our Governors

Name Governor Type Term of Office Committees Attendance at FGB meetings
Mr James Berry Headteacher




Ms Beth Featherby    (Chair of Governors) Parent 14.11.17-13.11.21 TLC


Ms Sharon Mansour
(Vice-Chair of Governors)

  • Safeguarding
  • Child Protection/ Looked After Children
Parent 11.09.15-10.09.19 TLC 0/1
Mrs Sally Davey Staff 20.05.13-19.05.17
TLC 1/1
Mrs Caroline Glover Co-opted 11.09.14-10.09.18 11.09.18-10.09.22 Resources 1/1
Mrs Ruth Hammerson

  • Inclusion
Co-opted 20.05.13-19.05.17
TLC 1/1
Mrs Emma Hart Co-opted 04.02.16-03.02.20 Resources 0/1
Mrs Evie Keough         (maternity leave) Co-opted 01.05.18-30.04.22 N/A N/A
Ms Corrine O’Brien Co-opted 26.11.15-25.11.19 Resources 1/1
Mr Gordon Rennoldson

  • Whistle Blowing
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Allegations against Staff
  • Staff Conduct
  • Exclusion
Local Authority 2007-2011
Resources 1/1
Ms Ajminder Shergill Parent 15.11.16-14.11.20 TLC 1/1
Mrs Sara Sparrow




TLC 1/1
Mr Neki Suharan Co-opted 24.11.16-23.11.20 Resources 0/1
Mr Mark Collins
(Associate Governor)

  • Health & Safety
Co-opted 11.09.14-13.09.18 14.09.18-31.12.18 Resources 1/1