The Governing Body of Earls Barton Primary School was established on 1st January 2017 in accordance with the Instrument of Government agreed by the Local Authority, as EBPS is a Community School maintained by the Local Authority.

Governing bodies are responsible for the strategic management of their school, working to ensure it delivers a good quality education.  

So what does a Governor do?

We are responsible for working with the Headteacher to raise standards of achievement for all pupils at the school, for setting the budget and for overseeing the curriculum. We also have powers with respect to the appointment and dismissal of staff and the exclusion and re-instatement of pupils.

Why do schools need Governors?

Every school has a governing body to represent the public in the running of schools. School governors bring perspectives from ordinary life and work with the staff and the local authority to help secure the best possible education for the children in the school. They have important responsibilities such as managing the school budget, overseeing the curriculum and appointing staff.

How do Governing bodies work?

Governing bodies must act as a corporate body. They must act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school. They must be open about, and prepared to explain, their decisions and actions. The size of the governing body can range from 9 to 20 (this can vary for voluntary aided schools). Each governing body can adopt the most suitable model within certain guiding principles. The governing body should carry out their functions with the aim of taking a largely strategic role in the running of the school.

The governing body will:

  • promote high standards of educational attainment
  • set targets for pupil achievement
  • take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • manage the school's budget, including how many staff will work there and their pay
  • make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • participate in the appointment of senior staff (including appointing the headteacher)

The Earls Barton Primary School Governors meet formally at least once a term. There are several Standing Agenda Items which must be included, and the remainder of the meeting is organized so that every aspect of the school’s development is covered throughout the year. This includes the updating and revision of those policies which must have Governor approval. These must then be published on the school website. Last year, following a review and evaluation of the Governors’ effectiveness, we changed how we work, and at our review and evaluation at the end of the year we agreed to continue with this, as it had proved to be more efficient in terms of time and communications.   Details of specific Governor focus areas have been agreed for this academic year and cover all aspects previously dealt with by committees, and include new initiatives for which Governors are now responsible. The meetings of the Full Governing Body are now inclusive for all Governors and are enabling active and productive discussions.

We are fortunate at Earls Barton Primary to have very supportive and involved parents, and are committed to ensuring that as Governors we keep parents involved and informed about what is happening. There is a programme of activities which encourage parents to visit the school and see how their children are learning, as well as new ways of ensuring that both staff and Governors have an understanding of the parent voice. Governors are also trying to have a presence at these activities, and welcome feedback from parents/carers, and can also be contacted through either the email address for the website or through the website contact form.




Governor type

Dates of office from/to

Miss Marie Lally

Headteacher 01.09.2021  

Mrs Sarah Levell

Staff 20.11.2020 19.11.2024

Mrs Ruth Palmer




Mr Craig Malloy




Mrs Victoria Christy

Co-opted 14.10.2021  13.10.2025





Dr Chris Lloyd-Staples

Co-opted 10.06.2021 09.06.2025

Mr David Rust

Co-opted 23.01.2020 22.01.2024

Mrs Victoria Stafford




Mr Paul Murphy

Parent 25.11.2021 24.11.2025

Mrs Tracy Bradley

Parent  17.06.2021 16.06.2025

Mrs Elaine Ford

 Local Authority 18.03.2021 17.03.2025

Mrs Ruth Alexander

 Associate 01.01.2017  

Mrs Nicky Clarke

Associate 01.01.2017  

Mrs Cathy McManus

Associate 21.02.2021  







Chair of Governors Ruth Palmer  
Vice Chair of Governors Elaine Ford  

Community Cohesion

David Rust

Head, Governors, External

Data analysis for progress and achievement

Link Governors

Head, EYFS and KS Leaders

Finance and Budget

Craig Malloy, David Rust


H & S

Elaine Ford

SBM, Head, Site Supervisor


Ruth Palmer

Head, Chair

Head’s Appraisal

David Rust, Ruth Palmer, Chris Lloyd-Staples


Inclusion/vulnerable groups

Victoria Christy and Elaine Ford

Inclusion Manager

Looked after children

Victoria Christy and Elaine Ford

Head, Inclusion Manager

Marketing and communications, including website

Tracy Bradley

Deputy + As appropriate

Parents’ participation and feedback

 Tracy Bradley

Head, Staff, Parents

School premises development -Section 106 funding

Chris Lloyd-Staples, David Rust

Head, SBM, Site Supervisor

Pupil Premium

Victoria Christy, Elaine Ford

Head,Inclusion Manager


Ruth Palmer, Elaine Ford

Designated Safeguarding Lead  - Head

Safer Recruitment

Ruth Palmer


Special Educational Needs

Victoria Christy and Elaine Ford

Head, Inclusion Manager

Sports funding

Craig Malloy and David Rust

Head/Sports Funding lead, teachers

Governors also have specific curriculum areas which they monitor and report back to full Governors.

All Governors have signed the Code of Conduct for Governors and work to the Terms of Reference.

All Governors sign a Declaration of Interest forms, which identify relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including:

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions;
  • Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)

The Clerk to the Governors is: Helen Dabrowski




Business Interest

Other governing bodies

Personal relationship with staff or other board members

Victoria Christy




Ruth Palmer




Craig Malloy




Marie Lally




Tracy Bradley

None None No
Chris Lloyd-Staples None None No

Elaine Ford

None None No

David Rust

None None No

Sarah Levell

 None  None  No
Paul Murphy      
Victoria Stafford      




Nick Chapman 8/8
David Ribbins 8/8
Phil Sheldon 6/8
Victoria Christy 7/8
Lesley Emerson 6/8
Chloe Fallady 0/1
Craig Malloy 8/8
David Rust 7/8
Ruth Palmer 8/8
John Fulton 1/3
Robert Smith 8/8
Sarah Levell 6/7
Scott Fitzsimmons  0/1
Nicky Clarke 8/8
Cathy McManus 5/5
Elaine Ford 6/8
Tracy Bradley 2/2
Chris Lloyd-Staples 1/1



Governor Files


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