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The Governors maintain a general oversight of matters such as school premises, finance, the curriculum, teaching and non-teaching staff, and the general conduct of the school.

Full Governor Meetings take place twice per term and you could also sit on various committees if you wish.

The role of a School Governor is, put simply, to set the strategic direction of the school with the Headteacher. In recent years Governors have worked closely with Mr Culham and the Senior Leadership Team on the Ofsted agenda of raising standards, of attainment as well as recruitment of staff, financial management and the development of our new kitchen facilities. A very wide and far reaching brief!

We are always looking for enthusiastic members of the community to contribute to how the school is shaped into the future. If this is of interest to you, we would love to hear from you, or click below to go to the recruitment pack.

List of current Governors - November 2021

Governors Attendance November 2021

Governors Recruitment Pack


Gemma Ashfield

 Chair of Governors  

I initially became a governor because as a parent I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of how the school is run and then how I could contribute my experience and expertise working with the Governing Body. "


Richard Culham

 Head Teacher 

I have been Headteacher at Birchfield Community Primary School since 2001. I am passionate about providing quality education to children and giving them experiences and opportunities to take them onto the next stage of their lives. I am proud to be the Headteacher and work with fantastic staff, governors, parents and children.


Darren Bleazard

 Vice Chair, Chair of Business Committee, LA Governor (Safeguarding) 

I am a LA Governor. I am the Chair of the Business Committee and the Safeguarding Governor. My wife is School Secretary. I wanted to take a closer interest in the running of a primary school and also use my skills and experience to assist in the school’s governance.


Jo Wellum

 Staff Governor (Staff Governor)

I joined to help give the governing body a staff point of view and contribute to decisions made for the children’s future.


Natalie Mabey

Parent Governor

Katie Dibley

 Parent Governor

Emma Bingham

 Co-Opted Governor



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