Welcome to the Governing Body Web page.

The school’s Governing Body is collectively responsible for the overall direction of the school and its strategic management.  It is responsible for setting the school’s educational and financial priorities and for promoting high standards.  The Governing Body aims to ensure that children are attending a successful school which provides them with a good education and supports their well-being.
Its responsibilities include:

  • Promoting high standards of achievement and ensuring accountability;
  • Monitoring and evaluating the school’s progress;
  • Setting the aims, values and ethos of the school;
  • Adopting and reviewing policies for achieving these aims and objectives;
  • Acting as a “critical friend’ to the Headteacher;
  • Planning the school’s long-term future;
  • Setting and monitoring the budget to ensure best value for money;
  • Appointing staff including the Headteacher.


The Governing Body seeks to represent its key stakeholders and its membership is drawn from parents, staff, representatives of the diocese, and co-opted members who are deemed to have the necessary skills and experience as identified by the Governors.


The Current Governing Body

Name/Category of Membership Appointing Body Term of Office Committee Membership
Areas of Responsibility
Fiona Dumbelton

Parent Governor
Parents July 2015-August 2019 Standards
Finance & Staffing
Chair, Safeguarding
Shaun Morris

Co-opted Governor
Co-opted by Governing BodySeptember 2016-August 2020 Finance & StaffingChair of Finance & Staffing Committee,
Sarah Morris

Foundation Governor
Diocese Ex-Officio
StandardsVice-Chair, Chair Standards Committee, Lower Key Stage 2 & Literacy
Sue Thomas

Foundation Governor

Leave of absence March to September 2018
Diocese July 2015-August 2019 Finance & Staffing Early Years, Phonics & Early Reading & Christian Character
Vikki Bardon

Parent Governor
Parents July 2015- August 2019 Standards E-Safety & Computing, Key Stage 2 & Maths, Data Protection
Susan Manley

Co-opted Governor
Co-opted by the Governing BodyMarch 2018-August 2022Standards
Finance & Staffing
Jenny Cunliffe

Co-opted Governor
Co-opted by the Governing BodySeptember 2017-August 2021 Standards Deputy Headteacher
Pam Keen

Ex-Officio Ex-Officio Finance & Staffing Headteacher
Jackie Tindall

Staff Governor
StaffJuly 2015- July 2019 Finance & Staffing N/A
Governors who have held office in last 12 monthsAppointing BodyDate of Leaving / End of Term

The Governing Body at Priory Primary School has two Committees.  They are:


  • Standards Committee
  • Finance and Staffing Committee

If you want to find out more about each Committee’s responsibilities, please click on the links below:

Standards Committee Terms of Reference (TOR)

Finance and Staffing Committee Terms of Reference (TOR)

Code of Practice for School Governors

Governors are expected to adhere to the Priory Code of Practice for School Governors 2018-2019 which sets out the expectations on and commitment required from governors in order for the Governing Body to properly carry out its work within the school and the community.

Governors’ Register of Interests (including pecuniary interests)


NameBusiness and Pecuniary Interests
Fiona Dumbelton
Governance Manager, Keele University
Sarah Morris
Anglican Chaplain, HMP & YOI Stoke Heath
Sue Thomas
Jigsaw Arts for Health Project Manager at Trentham Mews Medical Centre
Trustee & Administrator, The Kabanda Trust

Member of Trentham Parish Church
Vikki Bardon
Teacher Advisor for Computing & E-Safety, Entrust Education Services
Shaun MorrisSchool Chaplain, Reverend at St. Matthias Church, Hanford
Susan ManleyCompliance Auditor, parent of a member of school's Education Support Staff
Jenny Cunliffe Deputy Headteacher, Priory CE Primary School
Pam Keen Headteacher, Priory CE Primary School
Jackie Tindall Senior Inclusion Lead, Priory CE Primary School

Attendance at Governors’ Meetings

DateMeeting ofGovernors in AttendanceApologies Received and Accepted
26/06/2018Full Governing BodyFiona Dumbelton, Pam Keen, Sarah Morris, Susan Manley, Vikki Bardon, Jackie Tindall, Jenny CunliffeShaun Morris
13/09/2018Full Governing BodyFiona Dumbelton, Pam Keen, Sarah Morris, Shaun Morris, Susan Manley, Vikki Bardon, Jackie Tindall, Jenny CunliffeSue Thomas
26/09/2018Standards CommitteeSarah Morris, Fiona Dumbelton, Vikki Bardon, Pam Keen, Jenny CunliffeSue Thomas
17/10/2018Finance & Staffing CommitteeShaun Morris, Fiona Dumbelton, Pam Keen, Susan Manley, Sue Thomas, Jackie TindallNone
28/11/2018Full Governing BodyFiona Dumbelton, Pam Keen, Sarah Morris, Shaun Morris, Susan Manley, Jenny Cunliffe, Jackie TindallSue Thomas
23/01/2019Standards CommitteeFiona Dumbelton, Pamela Keen, Vikki Bardon, Susan Manley, Jenny Cunliffe, Sarah Morris None
06/02/2019Finance & Staffing CommitteeShaun Morris, Pamela Keen, Susan Manley, Sue Thomas, Jackie Tindall Fiona Dumbelton
20/03/2019Full Governing BodyFiona Dumbelton, Shaun Morris, Susan Manley, Pam Keen, Sarah Morris, Vikki Bardon, Jenny Cunliffe, Jackie TindallSue Thomas
01/05/2019Finance & Staffing CommitteeFiona Dumbelton, Pam Keen, Susan Manley, Sue Thomas, Jackie TindallShaun Morris
15/05/2019Standards CommitteeSarah Morris, Fiona Dumbelton, Pamela Keen, Vikki Bardon, Susan Manley, Jenny Cunliffe, None

Governors’ Annual Report 2017

Governors’ Annual Report 2017

Contacting the Governors

If you wish to contact the Governors, please do so by emailing and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


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