Northolmes Junior School is part of Greenfields Federation with Littlehaven Infant School. There is a shared Governing Body across both schools.

What is a School Governor?

Our governors come mainly from our local community and consist of three staff and two parents from across the federation schools, a governor representing the local authority and eight governors who are co-opted on by the governing body for the skills and experience they bring. No governor can act on their own without the authority from the full governing body and all governors carry equal responsibility for decisions made.

Our governors support the schools within Greenfields Federation by:

  • contributing to developing and monitoring the strategic development plan for the federation.
  • determining the vision, ethos, aims, priorities and policies of the federation, together with the headteacher and other senior leaders.
  • ensuring all children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • using relevant data, feedback from leaders and external sources and the outcomes from self-evaluation to inform school priorities.
  • overseeing the staffing structure and schools’ budgets, including additional funding, to ensure value for money and that staff have the resources, training and support they need to do their jobs well.
  • when required, serving on a panel, e.g. appointing the headteacher and other senior leaders, headteacher appraisal, pay recommendations, complaints, grievances and exclusions.
  • ensuring appropriate procedures and policies are in place to safeguard pupils.
  • setting expectations for high levels of attendance and good and consistent standards of pupil behaviour across the federation.
  • ensuring the health and safety and wellbeing of pupils and staff.
  • listening and reporting to the schools’ stakeholders.

Who can be a school governor?

All governors are volunteers. You don’t have to be an education expert, but effective governors have the skills to challenge and support senior leaders and time to carry out their role, including preparing for and attending meetings and participating in visits to get to know the schools and monitor progress against school improvement priorities. To assist in their role, governors are expected to undertake face to face/online training provided by the local authority and other partnerships. The role does not stop at governing the schools; governors are an active part of the school community and regularly attend assemblies and performances, support school PTA events and help at parents’ evenings.  For more information on what the role involves and skills needed to be a governor, please see the Governor Job Description and Code of Conduct below. If you would like to express an interest in becoming a governor, please contact the clerk, Becky Atkinson, c/o Littlehaven School office.




Our Governing Body consists of 14 members and operates with one committee.

Full name of GovernorGovernor CategoryDate of current Appointment or ElectionSource of Appointment (where appropriate)Term
Roles within GB
Attendance at Full GB Meetings
(Sep 2022 to Aug 2023)
Committee membershipAttendance at committee meetings
(Sep 2022 to Aug 2023)
Declarations on register of business & pecuniary interestRemarks 
Meriel BoyleParent12/12/23Elected by parents4 yearsn/a     
Sam CoxHeadteacher01/09/23 Ex-officion/aResources Committeen/a   
Gemma HallCo-Opted10/02/23 4 years3/3     
Co-Opted23/07/20 4 years3/6Resources Committee3/3   
Co-Opted05/03/22 4 years3/6     
Robert MayesCo-Opted06/07/23 4 years1/1     
Julie MessengerStaff12/12/22Elected by Staff4 years6/6   Was Associate Member prior to election 
Helen OakleyAuthority23/09/23Nominated by Local Authority4 years6/6Resources Committee3/3 Chair of Governors until Sept 24 
Linda PettittCo-Opted01/09/23 4 yearsn/a n/a   
Vacancies1 x Parent Governor         
Vacancies3 x Co-Opted Governors         
VacancyStaff (Headteacher)This post has to be kept vacant because of the federation and there currently being only one headteacher.
Full name of Associate MemberCommittee MembershipVoting rights Yes/NoDate of AppointmentTerm of Office/ Role on committeeAttendance at committee meetings
(Sep 2022 to Aug 2023)
Attendance at Full GB meetings (Sep 2022 to Aug 2023)*Declarations on register of business & pecuniary interestRemarks
Lyndsay WoodlandResources
Yes, at committee level17/11/194 years1/33/6 Currently on maternity leave
Kathryn SaundersonResources CommitteeYes, at committee level26/09/234 years3/35/6 Previously on the board as Acting Headteacher from Sept 22
Previous Governors 
Full name of GovernorGovernor CategoryDate of Appointment or ElectionSource of Appointment (where appropriate)Term
Roles within GB
Attendance at Full GB Meetings
(Sep 2022 to Aug 2023)
Committee membershipAttendance at committee meetings
(Sep 2022 to Aug 2023)
Declarations on register of business & pecuniary interestRemarks
Dave HodgesCo-Opted28/06/19 4 years3/5Resources Committee3/3 Term ended
Kate LeyshonCo-Opted24/09/22 4 years2/6Pay Committee  Resigned 7/2/24
Mark PartonCo-Opted24/08/20 4 years1/5   Resigned 30/6/23


* Associate members are not required to attend FGB meetings

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