All schools have governors who make up the Governing Body; the Headteacher is also a governor. The governors work with the Headteacher and staff to create a happy and successful school, so that all the pupils get the best education possible.

Governors are all volunteers – one of the largest volunteer forces in the country! A good Governing Body is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. Time and time again Ofsted (the national inspection body for schools) has noted that the most effective schools demonstrate effective leadership and management - including by the Governing Body.

What do governors do?

The governors' role is not about fundraising, neither is it about cheerleading for the school - though governors might do both those things. School governors are required to provide strategic leadership and accountability in schools. Governors appoint the Headteacher and are sometimes involved in the appointment of other staff.

The Governing Body has a vital part to play in raising standards in school and making sure that all pupils make good progress in their education and do as well as they possibly can whilst in the school.The governors also hold the main responsibility for the school’s finance, and it is governors who work with the Headteacher and school Business Manager to make the tough decisions about balancing resources.

The Governing Body is a legally constituted, corporate body.   All decisions are the joint responsibility of the whole Governing Body.  Individual governors may not act independently of the rest of the Governing Body.

Read our Governor blog here.

The Governing Body’s key functions are to:

•    set the aims and objectives for the school

•    set the policies for achieving those aims and objectives

•    set the targets for achieving those aims and objectives

•    monitor and evaluate the progress the school is making towards achievement of its aims and objectives

•    be a source of challenge and support to the headteacher (a critical friend).

The Headteacher, who is a member of the Governing Body, is responsible for the running of the school, for the internal organisation, management and control, and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the Governing Body.

St Andrew’s Benn - A Church of England School

St Andrew's Benn is a Church of England school, which means that as well as being part of Warwickshire Local Authority, it is also part of the family of 75 schools within Coventry Church of England Diocese. As a Church of England school, the Christian faith and values are foundational to the school, and pupils are educated within a Christian framework. The whole Governing Body has responsibility to ensure this happens. In practice, in St Andrew’s Benn Church of England school, which serves a very diverse and multi-faith community, this means that children from Christian families are nurtured in their faith, children from faiths other than Christianity are encouraged in their faith, and those who profess no faith will encounter faith and be challenged to consider its importance.

This is a Voluntary Aided Church of England school, which means that the Diocese owns the school site; the governors employ the school staff, and are responsible for the buildings. A significant part of the finance to improve the school buildings is found by the Diocese of Coventry; the remainder is approved by the governors, from the school budget.

St Andrew's Benn Church of England school has chosen 12 values which are essential to the way our school runs. They are: sharing, honesty, kindness, trust, love, respect, friendship, forgiveness, compassion, tolerance, loyalty and thoughtfulness. These values are ones which are shared by people of many faiths, and of no faith, so every person in our school community can sign up to them. They are also Christian values, so in St Andrew’s Benn Church of England school, their meaning is taken from the teaching of Jesus and the Bible. Each value in turn is the focus for teaching in school for one month of every year.

What does Ofsted say about us?

Ofsted, the school inspection body recognises the impact that a strong Governing Body can have on young people's education, and how governors use skills from other areas of their life to help their school.

When St Andrew's Benn was last inspected by Ofsted in December 2016, the inspectors were very positive about the Governing Body, saying:

Governors know the strengths and areas to further develop within the school. They provide a good level of support and challenge.

Who are our governors?

There are 12 people who make up the Governing Body which was reconstituted for 1st September 2015. Each governor brings different skills and expertise to contribute to governing the school. There are different types of governor. Because we are a Church of England school, the Church of England parish of St Andrew's appoints 7 governors, known as Foundation Governors, which includes several parents.  In addition, there is 1 staff governors, 2 elected parent governors and 1 Local Authority governor. The Headteacher is also a governor.

Getting involved and supporting the St Andrew’s Benn Governing Body

The Governing Body welcomes comments and suggestions from anyone in the school community and we welcome involvement of new people who want to get more involved in the life of our school through supporting the governors in some way. Questions and comments can always be addressed to the Chair of Governors, Mrs Corinna Robson through the Clerk to the Governing Body, Mr Malcolm Garrett, via the school office or by email to  Otherwise, do talk to any of the parents who are governors that you may meet at school: Mrs Tracy Burvill, Mrs Sarah Gorev and Mrs Corinna Robson. The photos of the Governing Body members are on the notice board in the school entrance.

St Andrew’s Benn C of E Primary School

Governor Committee Membership 2017-18  

Performance and Standards:



Peter Bell (Chair)


Corinna Robson


Heather Fielding


Sarah Gorev


Abi Huggins


Jeni Lane


Isabelle McKenzie


Jon Seaton

Also Attending

Jess Wells




Tim Markham (Chair)


Tracy Burvill


Sarah Gorev


Corinna Robson


Isabelle McKenzie


Abi Huggins

Also Attending:

Dawn Wilson (Business Manager)



HT Performance Management:

Peter Bell (Chair)


Heather Fielding


 (External Advisor)



Chair’s Advisory Group

Corinna Robson


Abi Huggins


(Chair of P&S)


Chair of Resources (will attend when able or  necessary)


Vice Chair of Governors (Will attend when able or necessary)

Discipline, Grievance and Appeals Panels:

Heather Fielding

To be selected in order from this list, according to availability.

Governors will only be asked to form part of an appeal committee if they have not been part of the hearings panel.

Imogen Nay

Peter Bell

Tim Markham

Isabelle McKenzie

Jon Seaton

Corinna Robson

Sarah Gorev

Tracy Burvill

Link Governors and Special Responsibilities

Literacy                                                           Corinna Robson (Chair)

Numeracy                                                       Sarah Gorev

Safeguarding, SEND, EAL                             Heather Fielding (co-Vice Chair)

PP, Compliance                                              Isabelle McKenzie

Health and Safety                                           Tim Markham assisted by Isabelle McKenzie

EYFS                                                              Tracy Burvill

Governors’ Forum Representatives               Corinna Robson                     

Training Link                                                   Corinna Robson + Clerk

RE, Christian Distinctiveness                         Imogen Nay (co-Vice Chair)

Science                                                           Jon Seaton

Online Safety                                                  Tracy Burvill + Sarah Gorev


Declarations of Pecuniary Interest (including financial)

Governors are required to declare whether they, or close family members, have any business or personal involvements which might impact on their impartiality in making decisions.  Where a governor has a conflict of interest around a particular decision, they are excluded from that decision making process.

Corinna Robson (chair) None
Abi Huggins None
Peter Bell None
Tracy Burvill None
Imogen Nay (Joint vice chair) None
Isabelle McKenzie None
Tim Markham GE Power Conversion as his employer
Heather Fielding (Joint vice chair) None
Jeni LaneNone
Jon Seaton None
Sarah Gorev None

Our Governing Body is made up of 11 Governors, these include:

Surname First Name Governor Type Appointment Start Appointment End
Burvill Tracy Foundation 29/03/2015 29/03/2019
Bell Peter Foundation 01/09/2015 31/08/2019
Nay Imogen Foundation 01/01/2014 Ex-officio
Markham Tim Foundation 01/06/2015 31/05/2019
Robson Corinna Parent 01/09/2015 31/08/2019
TBCLocal Authority

Huggins Abi Headteacher 01/09/2011 Ex-officio
Fielding Heather Foundation 02/05/2016 02/05/2020
Lane Jeni Staff 06/07/2016 06/07/2020
Seaton Jon Foundation 06/07/2016 06/07/2020
Gorev Sarah Parent 06/07/2016 06/07/2020
McKenzie Isabelle          Foundation                       18/10/2016          17/10/2020