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The Governing Body of Earls Barton Primary School was established on 1st January 2017 in accordance with the Instrument of Government agreed by the Local Authority, as EBPS is a Community School maintained by the Local Authority.

Governing bodies are responsible for the strategic management of their school, working to ensure it delivers a good quality education.  

So what does a Governor do?

We are responsible for working with the Headteacher to raise standards of achievement for all pupils at the school, for setting the budget and for overseeing the curriculum. We also have powers with respect to the appointment and dismissal of staff and the exclusion and re-instatement of pupils.

Why do schools need Governors?

Every school has a governing body to represent the public in the running of schools. School governors bring perspectives from ordinary life and work with the staff and the local authority to help secure the best possible education for the children in the school. They have important responsibilities such as monitoring the school budget, overseeing the curriculum and appointing staff.

How do Governing bodies work?

Governing bodies must act as a corporate body. They must act with integrity, objectivity and honesty and in the best interests of the school. They must be open about, and prepared to explain, their decisions and actions. The size of the governing body can range from 9 to 20 (this can vary for voluntary aided schools). Each governing body can adopt the most suitable model within certain guiding principles. The governing body should carry out their functions with the aim of taking a largely strategic role in the running of the school.

The governing body will:

  • promote high standards of educational attainment
  • set targets for pupil achievement
  • take general responsibility for the conduct of the school
  • manage the school's budget, including how many staff will work there and their pay
  • make sure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • participate in the appointment of senior staff (including appointing the headteacher)

The Earls Barton Primary School Governors meet formally at least once a term. There are several Standing Agenda Items which must be included, including the updating and revision of those policies which must have Governor approval. These must then be published on the school website.

At Earls Barton Primary School, there are two Governor committees: A curriculum committee which considers the curriculum, pupil data, attendance and progress, including for vulnerable groups of pupils. There is also a Finance and Premises Committee, whose remit also includes Health and Safety and staffing. These committees also meet every term and feed into the full Governors meetings. Governors carry out multiple strategic school visits linked to their areas of responsibility to ensure that every aspect of the school’s development is covered throughout the year. Details of specific Governor focus areas have been agreed for this academic year and include new initiatives for which Governors are now responsible. Every year, Governors review and evaluate their effectiveness in order to plan training needs and recruitment priorities. The meetings of the Governing Body are now inclusive for all Governors and are enabling active and productive discussions.

We are fortunate at Earls Barton Primary to have very supportive and involved parents, and are committed to ensuring that as Governors we keep parents involved and informed about what is happening. There is a programme of activities which encourage parents to visit the school and see how their children are learning, as well as new ways of ensuring that both staff and Governors have an understanding of the parent voice. Governors are also trying to have a presence at these activities, and welcome feedback from parents/carers, and can also be contacted through either the email address for the website or through the website contact form.




Governor type

Dates of office from/to

Miss Marie Lally

Headteacher 01.09.2021  ex officio

Miss Val Luca

Staff  23.11.2023  22.11.2027

Mrs Ruth Palmer




Mr Craig Malloy




Dr Chris Lloyd-Staples

Co-opted 10.06.2021 09.06.2025

Mr Stephen Greenhow




Mr Rodney Pindai

Co-opted  23.11.2023  22.11.2027



Mrs Victoria Stafford




Mr Paul Murphy

Parent 25.11.2021 24.11.2025

Mrs Rebecca Hawkins

Parent  26.01.2023 25.01.2027

Mrs Elaine Ford

 Local Authority 18.03.2021 17.03.2025

Mrs Ruth Alexander

 Associate 01.01.2017  

Mrs Cathy McManus

Associate 21.02.2021  

Mr Ben Morris

Associate 01.09.2022  







Chair of Governors

Ruth Palmer  

Vice Chair of Governors

Elaine Ford  

Data analysis for progress and achievement

Link Governors

Head, EYFS and KS Leaders

Finance and Budget

Craig Malloy


H & S

Stephen Greenhow

SBM, Head, Site Supervisor


Ruth Palmer

Head, Chair

Head’s Appraisal

Ruth Palmer, Chris Lloyd-Staples


Inclusion/vulnerable groups

Elaine Ford

Inclusion Manager

Looked after children

Elaine Ford

Head, Inclusion Manager

Marketing and communications, including website and community cohesion

 Paul Murphy Head, Staff, Parents

Parents’ participation and feedback

Victoria Stafford 

Head, Staff, Parents

School premises development -Section 106 funding

Chris Lloyd-Staples, Stephen Greenhow

Head, SBM, Site Supervisor

Pupil Premium

Elaine Ford

Head,Inclusion Manager


Ruth Palmer, Elaine Ford

Designated Safeguarding Lead  - Head

Safer Recruitment

Ruth Palmer, Elaine Ford


Special Educational Needs

Elaine Ford

Head, Inclusion Manager

Sports funding

Craig Malloy 

Head/Sports Funding lead, teachers

British Values

Paul Murphy  


Helen Dabrowski  

Governors also have specific curriculum areas which they monitor and report back to full Governors.

All Governors have signed the Code of Conduct for Governors and work to the Terms of Reference.

All Governors sign a Declaration of Interest forms, which identify relevant business and pecuniary interests (as recorded in the register of interests) including:

  • Governance roles in other educational institutions;
  • Any material interests arising from relationships between governors or relationships between governors and school staff (including spouses, partners and close relatives)

The Clerk to the Governors is: Helen Dabrowski




Business Interest

Other governing bodies

Personal relationship with staff or other board members

Date left if no longer a member of the Governing Body

Ruth Palmer





Craig Malloy

Trustee of Nene Vally Partnership Trust




Marie Lally

Trustee of McCarthy-Dixon Foundation



Chris Lloyd-Staples Magistrate, Parish Councillor None No  

Elaine Ford

None None No  

Paul Murphy

Employee of Moulton College  Yes Yes  

Victoria Stafford

 None None   No  
Stephen Grenhow None None No  

Rebecca Hawkins

 Trustee of EB PTA  None Yes  
Mr Rodney Pindai NHS Director and business director None Yes  
Miss Val Luca


None  No   

Ruth Alexander

 None  None  No  

Cath McManus

 None None   No  

Ben Morris

 None  None  Yes  




Marie Lally 7/7
Victoria Christy 5/6
Craig Malloy 5/7
Ruth Palmer 7/7
Sarah Levell 3/7
Cathy McManus 5/7
Elaine Ford 4/7
Rebecca Hawkins 5/5
Chris Lloyd-Staples 7/7
Vicky Stafford 6/7
Paul Murphy 7/7
Ben Morris 6/7
Steve Greenhow 7/7
Ruth Alexander 5/7



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