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The Governing Body of Old Sarum Primary School is a group of 8 people who want to ensure that the School offers the best education possible for the children who attend.  Some are parents, some are staff and others are individuals who offer their experience and expertise in a wide range of areas.  All governors are volunteers who give their time freely to ensure that the School is always seeking to improve its provision.

Governors do not play a part in running the school on a day-to-day basis.  This responsibility is delegated to the Headteacher. 

The role of governors is to keep a strategic oversight of the school, shaping its future, to check that the school is continuing to improve its provision for children and to both support and challenge the Headteacher in his role of leading the school community.  They must also ensure that the school budget is used appropriately and wisely to meet the needs of pupils.

There is more information about governors and governance in the other documents in this section of the website.  Moreover, there are always opportunities for parents and others to contribute to school governance.  If you would like to know more, please give your details to the School and either the Chair, Gary Barker, or the Clerk, Jennifer Hancock, will get back to you. 




Category of Governor

Business and Pecuniary Interests

Expiry date of position

Mr John Jones


 Member of family works for Arbor Education / Partnered with a member of staff A Bansal


Mr Gary Barker

Chair of Governors

Trust Appointed Governor



Mrs Jacqui Goodall

Vice Chair of Governors

Trust Appointed Governor


Governor at South Wilts Grammar School  and St Peters Primary School

Employee at Wiltshire Council


Mrs Jennifer Moore

Trust Appointed Governor

Headteacher at Sarum Academy


Mrs Julia Aley

Trust Appointed Governor



Mrs Maria Stevenson

Parent Governor



Mr Jim Dineen

Parent Governor







Pay Committee: Gary Barker

Safeguarding Committee/Standards Committee: Maria Stevenson

PPD: Jennifer Moore 

Resources Committee: Jim Dineen



The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.
Key roles of governors:
  • To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent 

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

  • Determining how the school's budget is spent
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances
  • Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship
  • Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies  
Who can be a school governor? 
You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a DBS check for your suitability to be within a school.  No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations.
What's really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people.

Governors: criminal records checks

All serving governors are required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for an enhanced criminal records certificate. This is the school policy and has been since we opened in 2011. We are pleased that on 18th March 2016 it became a statutory requirement for all schools.


We would love more people to join our governing body especially during this exiting time. Please fill out the application form below and send it to the Clerk, Jenny Hancock (


 MLP Governor Advert.pdfDownload
 MLP Governor Application Form.docDownload
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