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School Governors

Message from the Chair of Governors, Clive Partridge

The role of the governors is to provide oversight of the operation of the school, to ensure that it is providing the best possible teaching and learning for all the children within an environment that is caring and safe.

The Governing Body reconstituted in 2014 and there are now thirteen governors altogether:

  • Two staff governors comprising the headteacher and one governor elected by the staff.
  • Five parent governors elected by the parents.
  • One local authority governor proposed by the local authority and appointed by the Governing Body.
  • Six co-opted governors who are appointed by the other governors based on their experience and contribution.



Mrs Kristi Adams

Mrs Elisabeth Overland-Harper

Mr Paren Shah

Mr Christopher Ward

Mr Samuel Kornhauser


Mrs Giovanna Phelan  - Headteacher

Miss Maria Stephens - Support Staff


Ms Joanna Chadwick (Bown) 


Mrs Catherine Baker                                                 

Mrs Sally Gentle (Vice Chairman)                

Mr Rob Madle - Deputy Headteacher

Mr Clive Partridge (Chairman)                                  

Mr Lee Shea                                                  


You can see further details of all the governors and the roles they play in the ‘Meet the governors’ section.

The governors are unpaid volunteers who share the vision for Livingstone as an inclusive school committed to giving every child the opportunity to fulfil his or her potential and working closely with parents to provide a supportive, stimulating and happy environment for every child.

Governors' responsibilities

The governors have a range of specific responsibilities, some of which are statutory (i.e. required by law).  The Governing Body's main role is to help raise standards of achievement in the school:

  • it is accountable for the performance of the school to parents and the wider community
  • it plans the school's future direction with the professionals in the school
  • it appoints the headteacher
  • it makes decisions on the school's budget and staffing
  • it makes sure the national curriculum is taught
  • it helps decide how the school can encourage pupils' spiritual, moral and cultural development
  • it makes sure the school provides for all its children, including those with special needs

The Governing Body’s performance is assessed by OFSTED as part of its regular inspections. In its most recent report in 2014, OFSTED commented:

"Governors are well trained, committed and informed. They hold leaders to account for all aspects of the school’s performance, including the quality of teaching and how it should be rewarded for improvement in pupils’ achievement. The governing body has developed close links with parents." 

The formal business of the governors, such as approving budgets and agreeing polices, takes place at its termly full Governing Body meeting, but most of the work of governors is done through day-to-day interaction with staff members, and in its four committees.

  • the Welfare Committee focuses on the areas of safeguarding and pastoral care of the children.
  • the Curriculum Committee oversees the teaching and learning within the school, monitoring the levels of attainment and achievement by the children.
  • the Finance and Premises Committee ensures that the school's funds are being properly used, and that the fantastic building and grounds which we all enjoy are well maintained.
  • the Personnel Committee oversees the staff structure and performance.          

How to contact us

If you want to get in touch with any of the governors we can be contacted via the school office.

We are always looking for fresh talent that can contribute to the school, so if you are interested in becoming a governor, we would love to hear from you - please contact me or the headteacher.

Thank you for interest in Livingstone Primary & Nursery School. I encourage you to look at the other information on this website which sets out all the great things that we do. 

Clive Partridge

Chair of Governors

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