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Meet the Governors

What does a school governor do?

School governors provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors hold the main responsibility for finance in schools and work with the head teacher to make decisions about balancing resources.

Governing bodies have three key roles:

  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.

The governing body's duties include:

  • Monitoring pupil/student achievement and progress
  • Setting the school's vision, aims and policies
  • Monitoring progress on the school’s priorities
  • Monitoring the impact of policies
  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • Appointing staff and dealing with grievance and disciplinary hearings and appeals
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe.


Who can be a governor?

Governors come from all sections of the community and all walks of life. They can be parents, staff at the school, residents from the local area, representatives of community groups and businesses. It is important that you can work as part of a team, and can give commitment to the school.



Our Governing Body:

Our Governing Body strives to ensure the school achieves the best it can, that our children are well taught and well cared for and that our staff are supported.

We want Overdale Infant School to be a place where our children feel safe and can develop and learn. We also recognise our part in the Overdale community and want to ensure our links with the junior school and the PA, as well as the wider community, are as strong as possible.

Our Governing Body consists of:


Daniel Routledge (Chair), Matt Davis (Vice-Chair), Hayley Holmes (Headteacher), David Pickering, Heather Powell, Natalie Westgate, Lisa Meakin, Matthew Stevenson, Dr Sarah Ahmed and Sue Davis (Clerk).


End of Academic Year 2018/2019 resignation: Karen Stuart (Headteacher) - due to retirement. Kyra Hill also resigned during the academic year (on 31/10/2018)

Chair of Governors Daniel Routledge can be contacted via the school

c/o Overdale Infant School




0116 2882724

Governors and their Responsibilities

Register of Governors' interests

Below can be found the declaration of interest forms for all governors and senior members of staff.

Governor Meeting Attendance 2019-2020

Governor attendance 2018-2019 academic year


*1 = Committee One meeting due 27/2/19 was cancelled due to a clash with OAK MAT Trustees Meeting.

*2 = Committee Two meeting on 10/10/19 was attended by L Meakin on behalf of K Stuart.

N/A = Not on the Committee

Governor attendance 2017-2018 academic year