The Governing Body

The Governing Body is responsible for the efficient running of the school. The governors are parents, carers, teachers and non-teaching staff of the school, local authority representatives and people from the local community. Governors hold office for a term of four years. The Governors have certain legal duties, powers and responsibilities. These are raising standards of academic achievement, recruitment of staff, representing the views of the local community, managing schools budgets and promoting the values and ethos of the school.

The Chair of the Governing Body is Mr Joel Thornton .

Whilst the Governors welcome comments and feedback from parents and staff, matters relating to the day to day operations and decision making in school should be sent to the Headteacher, Mr G Lóvgreen.

In the event that you need to contact any member of our Governing Body, please put your request in writing and/ or refer your query to our office staff.

As soon as possible, your request will be forwarded to the appropriate member of our Governing Body.

Local Governing Body – delegated decision-making

The school is led by the local governing body (LGB) with delegated decision-making powers set out in the LDST’s Scheme of Delegation.

  • LGB governors will formally be appointed by the LDST Board of Directors.

  • The LGB will include Parochial Church council (PCC) representation, staff and parent representatives.

  • The Headteacher in school will be responsible for the day-to-day operational matters.

  • The number of people who will sit on the Governing Body shall not be less than six, and ideally around twelve and should have the following members:

  • A minimum of two LDST foundation governors including the incumbent/s of the linked church/es (in Church Schools) appointed by LDST

  • A minimum of two parent governors elected by the parent body and appointed by the LDST

  • Two members of staff (including the Headteacher) recommended by the LGB and appointed by LDST

  • A maximum of four members co-opted by the LGB and appointed by LDST

At any point the LGB must not have more than one third of the total number of its members who are employed at the school (including the headteacher).


St James’ Governors 2021/2022


GovernorRoleTerm of office startTerm of office end
Fran HumphreyFoundation Governor – Ex officio15/07/2021
Cathy HeyesFoundation Governor14/09/202113/09/2025
Lyndsey RimmerFoundation Governor27/02/202026/02/2024
Sam RuslingFoundation Governor11/07/202110/07/2025
Lynne RyderFoundation Governor19/05/202218/05/2026
VACANCYFoundation Governor
VACANCYFoundation Governor
VACANCYFoundation Governor
Guy LovgreenHeadteacher – Ex officio01/09/2021
Zoe BirminghamStaff28/06/202127/06/2025
Joel ThorntonCo-opted Governor (Chair of Governors)01/09/201931/08/2023
Catherine WhiteClerk to Governors

Appointment, term of office and resignation/removal

  • The qualifications for being eligible to sit on the LGB are as for the Directors and set out in the Articles of Association.

  • LDST will not appoint governors of a LGB a previous Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher of the school in question, or anyone with a spouse, or close family member already on the LGB.

  • All LGB governors will be required to formally record their eligibility prior to appointment. Every LGB governor will be required to complete a LGB Governor Application or Nomination from and to undertake safeguarding checks including an enhanced DBS check prior to appointment.

  • The Board reserves the right to refuse the appointment of any LGB governors based on the outcome of the safeguarding checks or information disclosed on the nomination form.

  • The term of office for all governors will be four years and governors will serve a maximum of three consecutive terms, except for the Headteacher and Incumbent of the linked church/s who are ex officio members.

  • Following analysis of the annual skills audit, the LGB may, if needed, request an extension to a governor’s term in order to ensure that there are no gaps on the LGB. Directors will consider such requests so that LGB’s have the skills and expertise needed to enable them to carry out their statutory roles.

  • Any LGB governor who is elected/appointed as a parent governor of the LGB and whose child leaves the school to move on to their next stage of education may serve out their term of office.

  • The Headteacher and staff LGB governor will relinquish their position when they cease to work at the school.

  • LGB Governors may be removed by the body that appointed them, which is in all cases, except for the Headteacher, the LDST Board of Directors.

  • The Board of Directors may remove any governor who, in its reasonable opinion, has become ineligible to sit on the LGB as set out in the Articles of Association or who has acted in a manner that breaches the Code of Conduct for Governance at LDST.

Delegated Powers

In line with LDST’s core values of collaboration, valuing the local, valuing difference and inclusion, schools will thrive under the leadership of Headteachers, supported and challenged by LGB’s, and accountable to the Board of Directors, who have the ultimate responsibility for each school within LDST.

Constitution of the LGB for 2021/2022

During the 20-21 academic year, it was decided by the Governing Body that the sub committees would be scrapped in favour of more full LGB meetings. This will ensure that the full board is up-to-date on the latest developments in school.

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Declaration of Members Interests for 2021/2022

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Governor Attendance 2020/2021

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