Welcome to the Governing Body Webpages

The Priory Primary School Governing Body

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, a representative of the Local Authority 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 2015-2019 Standards
Finance & Staffing
Chair, Safeguarding
Shaun Morris

Co-opted Governor
Governing Body2016-2020 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
Diocese Ex-Officio Finance & Staffing Early Years, Phonics & Early Reading & Christian Character
Vikki Bardon

Parent Governor
Parents 2015-2019 Standards E-Safety & Computing, Key Stage 2 & Maths
Jenny Cunliffe

Co-opted Governor
Governing Body 2017-2021 Standards Deputy Headteacher
Pam Keen

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

Staff Governor
Staff2015-2019 Finance & Staffing N/A

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


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

Code of Practice for School Governors

Governors are expected to adhere to the Priory Code of Practice for School Governors, 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)


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
Jenny Cunliffe Deputy Headteacher, Priory CE Primary School
Pam Keen Headteacher, Priory CE Primary School
Jackie Tindall Senior Inclusion Leader, Priory CE Primary School

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.



Latest News:

11 Dec 2017

Update: Christmas Discos Tuesday 12th December

The Christmas Discos will take place as planned tomorrow after school. There isn’t a clear path to the Key Stage 1 door, so Early Years and Key Stage 1 children can be collected from the Sports Hall double doors (near …Continue reading

11 Dec 2017

Update: Tuesday 12th December

Our site staff and a team of helpers have worked hard to improve the school site. As a result, school should be open tomorrow. The forecast is that there will be very low temperatures overnight, so ice remains a hazard …Continue reading

10 Dec 2017

School Closure – Monday 11th December 2017

It is with regret, that we inform you that school (including All Stars) will be closed tomorrow. Following a site inspection today, we are unable to guarantee the safety of pupils, parents and staff. The volume of snow on the …Continue reading

7 Dec 2017

In the event of snow it is highly unlikely that school would close, so please assume we are open. We would post a closure on our website and Facebook page as soon as a decision to close is made We …Continue reading

7 Dec 2017

December Newsletter

Please click onto the heading of this post to view our latest Newsletter. Newsletter December 2017

16 Nov 2017

November Newsletter

Please click onto the heading of this post to view our latest Newsletter. November Newsletter 2017 Thank you.

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