In all schools, day to day management of the school is the responsibility of the Headteacher but the Governing Body is responsible for overseeing all aspects of school life and has three statutory responsibilities:

  • Setting the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education.

Governing bodies are appointed or elected in a number of different governor categories, representing the various groups with an interest in the school. They bring different skills and experience to the Governing Body (co-opted governors are appointed specifically for the skills they offer) and share a keen interest in the education of the children at Cranbrook and an enthusiasm to help achieve the school’s Vision.

Our Governing Body consists of



                                  Governor                                                                Committees and Responsibilities                                                                                              

M. Bell                          Chairperson & Parent Governor                      Data and performance team

J.Furminger                  Vice Chair & Co-opted Governor                          Data and performance team                         Resources team
R.Piper                          Headteacher Governor                                          All

J. Mather                      LA Governor                                                             Resources team

L.Atkins                        Co-opted Governor                                                 Resources team           SEN Governor            H&S Governor   
Revd. A Pollington      Ex Officio Foundation governor                           Christian distinctiveness Governor
R. Alderwick                 Foundation Governor                                            Data & performance team                     Safeguarding Governor
 D Jones                        Foundation Governor                                            Data & performance team                     Christian distinctiveness Governor

F Shepherd                  Co-opted Governor                                                tbc

F Shaw                          Staff Governor                                                        Data & performance team
M Lock                          Associate Member                                                 Resources team chair

W Vessey                      Parent Governor                                                                                                                           GDPR & website Governor


J Phillips                      Clerk of Governors

Governors are required to declare any potential business interests, relationships to any employees of the school or to other governors, the clerk or associate members of the governing body.  Governors are also asked to declare any other educational establishments where they are a governor, director or trustee, any of which may lead to a conflict of interest.   This document can be found below.

Please see the Annual Summary of Business Interests to view governors and associate members, and further details.  

Please see the Instrument of Government to view the structure and remit of the governing body.


 Comment from Ofsted report (2017)

Governors provide effective challenge and support to school leaders. Governors monitor the implementation and impact of the school improvement plan on pupils’ achievement. They ask searching questions about the standard of education provided. Governors are clear about their role in the performance management of teachers and make sure that pay increases for the headteacher and teachers are linked to performance.