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Welcome to our Governors’ section.


Please find below details of how our Governing body is structured, including the names, categories, responsibilities and terms of appointment for each Governor.

The governing body's aim is to take a largely strategic role in the running of a school.

This includes deciding what they would like the school to achieve and setting the strategic framework for getting there.
This includes:


Setting suitable aims and objectives for the school

  • Agreeing policies, targets and priorities
  • Monitoring and reviewing aims and objectives, and whether the policies, targets and priorities are being achieved
  • Acting as a 'critical friend' to the heads of school by providing advice and support


As a member of the CADMUS federation in addition to the single governing board that covers six schools, Leighswood has an individual local advisory committee.


All members sit on two committees

  1. Full Governing Board which includes Strategic Leadership, Teaching, Assessments and Learning
  2. Resources Governing Committee which includes Finance, Health and Safety, Premises and Personal


In addition, a sub pay committee is convened when required


Governor Name



Mr M Vlahakis

Executive Headteacher


Mr R Roberts

Chair of Governors

CADMUS Chair of Governors

Mrs T Pearson

Co-opted Governor

Head of School Leighswood

Mrs J Hanmer

Co-opted Governor

Head of School Leighswood

Mrs Alison Haynes

Co-opted Governor

Safeguarding Link Governor

Mrs Dawn Carter

Staff Governor

Well-being Link Governor

Mr James Norris

Parent Governor

Disadvantaged Link Governor

Miss Stacey Philips

Co-opted Community Governor

Community Link Governor

Mrs Beckie Hawes

Co-opted Governor

SEND and LAC link Governor



One of the underpinning principles of the Cadmus Federation is to ‘promote a collaborative approach whilst developing the capacity of each school to serve its own community and retain its distinct identity.’ The structure of the current Governing Board ensures decisions can be made at local advisory committee level and the local advisory committees can closely monitor the work in their school