Downe Manor Primary School

Downe Manor, where everybody has the opportunity to be inspired to reach their full potential through memorable learning experiences


Role of the Governing Body  


The Governing Body sets the general strategic direction of the school, setting high expectations for standards for all children and ensuring the wider curriculum is available for all to access. This is done in meetings, by agreeing policies, targets and priorities and by governor monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives. 

Critical Friend

The Governing Body works closely with the Head Teacher and creates a clear understanding of the challenges faced in managing a school. The Governing Body holds the Head Teacher and Senior Leadership to account through questioning and monitoring.


The Governing Body all  have a professional attitude and use its collective skills to ensure the children do as well as they possibly can. The Governing Body is collectively responsible for setting the strategic direction of the school and for monitoring the schools performance in order to improve.

 Type of Governors 

Staff governors

Elected by teaching and support staff

Parent governors

Elected by parents

Co-opted governors

Elected by governors

Local authority governors

Put forward either by the LA or by the community

 Overall responsibilities of the Governor

  • Help to shape the vision, ethos and direction of the school.
  • Ensure the school operates with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement
  • Ensure financial probity and monitor school finances at least 6 times per annum
  • Challenge and support the school so that weaknesses are tackled decisively and statutory responsibilities are met
  • Hold the Leadership Team to account for the performance of the school
  • Ensure sound management of resources including finance, human resources and infrastructure
  • Ensure statutory policies and documents are in place and regularly reviewed by the school, and that practice reflects policy
  • Act as a good employer
  • Fulfil its duty of care to staff, students, parents and others associated with the school

Click here for the code of conduct

Full Governing Body

Downe Manor Primary School operate a circle model of governance.  All Governors attend all meetings.

Governors of Downe Manor - Please click on Governors name for their biography.

Sharon Kearns – Headteacher

Mark Coles - Co-Chair of Governors

Trudy Quartey-Papafio- Co-Chair of Governors

Leia Hunt - Staff Governor

Ruth Rigby - Parent Governor

Sara Howe – Co-opted Governor

Nicola Finnerty- Co-opted Governor

Adrian Schindler - Co-Opted Governor


Clerk to Governing Body

Denise Maloney

How to contact Governors

If you wish to contact a Governor please email the Clerk to the Governing Body: your email will be forwarded onto them. 

There are currently vacancies to join our Governing Body, for more information click here

Governance Impact Statement