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Greenways Primary School


Board of Governors - Welcome Message (click to expand)

Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the Federation’s board of governors, and the work that we do.

All of our governors actively support the Principal and the staff in achieving the Federation's vision, aims and objectives whilst constantly seeking to improve standards across the curriculum.  As governors, we have particular responsibilities which are explained in the 'who we are' section and are frequent visitors to the school.

Thorpe Greenways Infant and Thorpe Greenways Junior Schools have been working together for many years.  In the autumn of 2011, the governors of both schools took the decision to extend this collaborative working by creating a hard federation between the two schools, with a single governing body and school leadership team to lead both schools forward into the future and offer significant benefit to the children of both schools and the wider community.  The Federation came into being on 10 February 2012 with the incorporation of a new governing body.

Our children's primary education is an essential foundation stone for the rest of their lives.  All governors are committed to providing them with the highest standards of teaching and learning in a safe and caring environment.  We are particularly proud of the reputation of both schools as happy, vibrant and inclusive schools which value the individual community members.  With the assistance and support of parents and the wider community, we are confident that the schools will provide the best possible education for all our children for many years to come.

The governing body works closely with the Parents' Forum as a way of developing and maintaining links with parents but if you ever need to contact the governors direct, please write marking your envelope "Private and Confidential", c/o Federation of Greenways Schools, and hand it in to either the Junior or Infant school office.

C Burgess

Chair of Governors

Who We Are & Areas of Responsibility

Ofsted link

Portfolio holder - meet and challenge

Key leads in bold


PD, Behaviour and Welfare


Catherine Crabb


Behaviour and social development, including attendance

Catherine Crabb


Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Inclusion, including pupil premium

Chrissy Burgess

Catherine Crabb

Curriculum and Pedagogy:

English, Maths and the wider curriculum

Including sports premium

Brenda Dalley

Ian Wright


Ian Wright

Jenny Hannington

Professional development

Jenny Hannington


Brenda Dalley

Jenny Hannington

SEF: Leadership


Richard Matthew

Leadership, including Edison Aspire

Chrissy Burgess

Richard Matthew

Brenda Dalley


Richard Matthew

Ian Wright


Ian Wright



What We Do (Click to expand)

Overall purpose

The governing body is the federation’s accountable body.  It aims to ensure that children are attending successful schools that provide them with the best possible education and support their well being.  Working with the Principal, it has a strong focus on three core functions:

·         ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction

·         holding the Principal to account for the educational performance of the schools and their pupils; and

·         overseeing the financial performance of the federation and making sure its money is well spent.

Role of governors

Governors complement and enhance school leadership by providing support and challenge, ensuring that all statutory duties are met, appointing the leadership team and holding them to account for the impact of the federation’s work on improving outcomes for all pupils.  

They also carry out a number of other important duties, which include:

·         Determining how the schools’ budget is spent

·         Staffing, including personnel and performance management

·         Hearing appeals and grievances

·         Forming policy on the curriculum for each school

·         Setting appropriate targets for pupil achievement

·         Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline

·         Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe

All governors actively contribute relevant skills and experience and commit to becoming involved not only with the routine business of the governing body but with other opportunities for getting to know the schools, understanding their working environment and engaging in dialogue with staff.  Their collective skills and experience supports and strengthens the senior leadership team and creates a wider perspective for the management of the federation.  It is widely acknowledged that an effective governing body can make a significant contribution to school performance.

The role of school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to the local community. 

Declaration of Interests (click to expand)

Please click here to view the current Declaration of Interests document.

Attendance at Meetings Information (Click to expand)

Please click here to view the latest Governors meeting attendance information.