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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:


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



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

Link Governors 2022-23

Chair of Governors Carol Hammond

Vice Chair of Governors


Resources Chair - Victoria Allen

Resources Vice-Chair - Kelly Henney


Area of Responsibility

School Lead

Link Governor


(Attendance and Pastoral Support)

Helen Hughes

Alison Haynes

Single Central Record

Sarah Lenton

Alison Haynes



Jane Hanmer


Dawn Carter



(Pupil Premium)

Tracey Pearson


Sam Rogers


(LAC / Post LAC / EAL / Behaviour)

Ann Robinson (Y2-Y6)

Carla Gibbs (EYFS-Y2)

Beckie Hawes


(Finance, Budget Setting)


Sarah Lenton

Carol Hammond

Health and Safety

Sarah Lenton

Dawn Carter


Staffing Structure – Working Party

Max Vlahakis


Jane Hanmer and Tracey Pearson

Alison Haynes


Carol Hammond

Teaching and Learning


Jane Hanmer and Tracey Pearson

Standards and CORE Curriculum

Curriculum 22

Carol Hammond

Jane Hanmer


Victoria Allen


Lynsey Doidge – Early reading

Jane Guest – Reading for pleasure

Carol Hammond


Heads of School Appraisal

Max Vlahakis


Sam Rogers

Alison Haynes

Victoria Allen

 Kelly Henney


The role of link governor 

The role of link governor will vary according to the nature of the appointment. However, in general a link governor role involves the following tasks:

  • Making pre-arranged visits to the school, with a clear focus , either in person or via teams
  • Keeping the governing board informed about the area for which they're responsible, and acting as a link between governors and staff
  • Supporting the member of staff who is responsible for the particular area/subject 
  • Developing knowledge in the specialist area and taking part in relevant training 
  • Ensuring the school has relevant policies in place
  • Monitoring the implementation of the school's strategy in the specialist area

Attendance register for governors