Furneux Pelham School

At Furneux Pelham C of E School our aim is to encourage all children to reach the highest standard possible in all that they do by providing them with the necessary skills and attitudes that will enable them to continue their education with high self-esteem and personal confidence.

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The Governors of Furneux Pelham School

If you wish to speak to a member of the Governing Body please contact the Chair of Governors at



Matt Harris (Chair) – Parent Governor

Gary Smith (Vice Chair) – Parent Governor/DPO

Claire Goldsmith – Co-opted

Miranda Trenchard – Local Authority Governor

Rob Moss – Co-opted

Louise Foley – Headteacher

Colette Perale – Staff governor

Also in attendance are:

Melissa Challinor (School Business Manager)

Curriculum/Pupil Welfare

Dave Bromage (Chair) – Parent Governor

Kristian Taylor (Vice Chair) – Foundation Governor

Anne Grass – Parent Governor

Miranda Trenchard – Local Authority Governor

Louise Foley – Headteacher

Rev. Julie Gawthrope – Foundation Governor (ex officio)

Also in attendance are:

Melissa Challinor (minutes)

The clerk to the Governing Body is Dr Sarah Lily

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 headteacher 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.
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.