The Governing Body is a group of volunteers who work with the head and the staff of the school to ensure that all our children and young people receive the best possible learning experience.  The three key roles are to:

  • provide strategic direction for the school
  • work with the headteacher to raise standards and promote the safeguarding and well being of students
  • ensure accountability.

Governors are not expected to make day to day decisions about the running of the school, this is the job of the headteacher.  Neither do they need specialist skills, just the ability to listen, think through new ideas and decide what is best for the school.  They do need to be able to work as a team and to be able to commit to regular attendance at meetings as well as giving some time to preparing for meetings.

Governors at Samuel Pepys meet as full governing body once each term.  There is an extra meeting in May each year to approve the School Improvement Plan and the Budget.  Each governor is a member of one of two committees: Personnel and Curriculum or Finance and General Purposes.  These each meet once each half term and specific responsibilities are delegated to each by the full governing body.

You can view the Governors_Handbook as a .pdf file
(from as of 24/3/2015)

Samuel Pepys School – Governor Information 2017-18

Appointed byTerm EndRelevant Business InterestGovernor
Chris BakerPersonnel & CurriculumCo-optedGoverning BodyNov 2021Member of StaffNoneNone
Christine BullockPersonnel & CurriculumStaffElectedNov 2019Member of StaffNoneNone
Chris ConradPersonnel & CurriculumParentElectedSept 2019Director of Acumen Life Solutions LtdNoneNone
Andy DawsonTo be confirmedParentElectedSept 2021To be confirmedTo be confirmedTo be confirmed
Adrian Dodman
Vice Chair
Finance & General Purposes
(Vice Chair)
Personnel & Curriculum
Health & Safety
ParentElectedJan 2019NoneNoneNone
Richard GlassFinance & General PurposesCo-optedGoverning BodyMarch 2017NoneNoneNone
Joanne Hardwick
Finance & General Purposes,
Personnel & Curriculum
Headn/an/aMember of StaffNoneNone
Jenny Knight
Finance & General Purposes,
Personnel & Curriculum
Co-optedGoverning BodyNov 2020NoneNoneNone
Anne McCormickPersonnel & CurriculumCo-optedGoverning BodyAwaiting appointment at next FGBDirector of Educational ConsultancyNoneNone
Tamsin OlneyPersonnel & Curriculum (Chair)ParentElectedApril 2017NoneNoneNone
Mary ReadFinance & General PurposesLALocal AuthorityAwaiting appointmentTo be confirmedTo be confirmedTo be confirmed
Greg WrightFinance & General Purposes (Chair)Co-optedGoverning BodyNov 2017NoneNoneNone
Tracey CrawshawClerk
Former Governors
Caroline EntwistleFinance & General PurposesCo-optedGoverning BodyMay 2017Member of StaffNoneNone
Clerk to P&C
Composition of Governing Body (14)
5 Parent Governors (1 Vacancy)
1 Headteacher
1 Staff Governor
1 Local Authority Governor (Vacancy)


The 2016 / 2017 attendance register can be viewed as a .pdf file by using this link.