The Role of the Governing Body

Furneux Pelham C of E School has a Governing Body that is responsible for leadership, providing structure and for holding the school to account.  The Head Teacher is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school and the operation of the curriculum and reports to the Governing Body. The Governing Body is not directly involved in day-to-day management, but shapes the school via three main functions:

  • Ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Hold the head teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and the performance management of the staff; and
  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent.


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The Governors of Furneux Pelham School

The Governing body is made up of Governors drawn from parents, local community and staff,  who all serve a term of four years but may be re-appointed without election by the Governing Body. 

Our Governors are:

Ms Miranda Trenchard

Local Authority Governor (Chair of Governors)

 Mr Dave Bromage

Parent Governor (Vice Chair of Governors)

Mrs Louise Foley

Staff Governor

Mr Kristian Taylor

Parent Governor

Mr Rob Moss

Co-opted Governor

Mr Matt Harris

Parent Governor

Reverend Julie Gawthrope

Foundation Governor (ex officio)

Brigid Dyson

 Head teacher

Harry Smart is an Associate Member of our Governing Body acting as part of our DPO [data protection] team. He has no voting rights.
The clerk to the Governing Body is Dr Sarah Lily 

If you wish to speak to a member of the Governing Body please contact the Chair of Governors via the school office.





Matt Harris (Chair)

Miranda Trenchard (CoG)          

Rob Moss (Vice Chair)

Brigid Dyson 


Also in attendance as ex Officio  

members are:

Melissa Challinor (SBM)

Jo Wakefield (minutes)               

Curriculum/Pupil Welfare

 Kristian Taylor (Chair)

Miranda Trenchard (CoG)

Dave Bromage (Vice Chair)

Louise Foley 

Rev. Julie Gawthrope

 Brigid Dyson


Melissa Challinor (minutes) 



How the Governors work

The Full Governing Body (FGB) meets once every half term. We use these meetings to take reports from the Head Teacher and our own committees and make sure we are doing everything required of us by law, by Hertfordshire County Council, and by OFSTED.

Much of the Governors' work is done by our committees which also meet once every half term but who also work from day to day. We have committees for Curriculum and Pupil Welfare and Resources (Personnel, Finance & Premises).


An important legal task for the Governors is to make sure the school has a proper set of policies in place. Policies are a guide for both staff and parents as to how the school must be run. You can download our most important policies from within the School Information page.