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Governing Body


Lawn School Governing Board

The role of the school Governing Board is a strategic one and its key functions are to “provide confident, strategic leadership and to create robust accountability, oversight and assurance for educational and financial performance.”


“Boards must be ambitious for all children and infused with a passion for education and a commitment to continuous school improvement that enables the best possible outcomes. Governance must be grounded in reality as defined by both high-quality objective data and a full understanding of the views and needs of pupils/students, staff, parents, carers and local communities. It should be driven by inquisitive, independent minds and through conversations focussed on the key strategic issues which are conducted with humility, good judgement, resilience and determination”, DfE Governance Handbook, January 2017


When do we meet?

The Full Governing Board normally meets twice a term.


What do we actually do?

We will support the school with developing its vision, setting the purpose and aims of the school and agreeing school priorities within an agreed policy framework.

We also, along with the Trust, appoint and conduct the performance management of the Headteacher. We also serve on a range of different panels that may be needed for appeals such as school admissions, pay and disciplinary matters for both children and staff.

We monitor the school and evaluate the work by undertaking school visits to see evidence in practice and we then review these at our meetings, feeding back to the Headteacher on our findings.


Speak to the Governors:

If you have any questions you would like to speak to the governors about - please email to and one of the governors will contact you directly, or pop into the School Office to leave a message. 


Governors Roles and Responsibilities:

Mrs Jess Hall - Co-Chair, EYFS, Curriculum

Mrs Louise Rhodes - Co-Chair, SEND, Wellbeing, Safeguarding

Mrs Amy Bristow - English, The Arts and Design, MfL (Parent)

Mrs Vicky Malysz-Smith - Pupil Premium (Parent)

Mr Luke Wilkins - Digital (Staff)

Mrs Michelle Hennessy - (Staff)

Mrs Trish Wilson - RE, Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Belonging, (Transform Trust)

Alison Johnson - Health & Safety, Teaching & Learning focused work

Mrs Karen Hambleton - Headteacher


Governing Body Membership Information including Register of Interests