What do we do?

The Governors empower Shepherd Primary School in supporting and challenging its pupils to achieve in all aspects of life, by providing an inspirational learning experience in a stimulating environment.

We work with the Head Teacher, to steer Shepherd Primary School in the right direction, to aim for the highest standards for all children in all aspects of their time in school.

Please read our latest newsletter here:

December 2018 (215KB)

September 2018 (353KB)

Who is on the Governing Body?

  • LEA Governors
  • Parent Governors
  • The Headteacher
  • Staff Governors
  • Co-opted Governors

What are the Governors responsible for?

  • School Improvement Committee: making sure the curriculum is broad and balanced and setting targets for pupil achievement
  • Resources Committee: to approve and monitor the spending of the school budget; to oversee the employment of all those who work in the school and the safeguarding of children; responsible for the school site and buildings, including all aspects of Health and Safety

Details of the Governing Body is shown below

Name Category Appointing Body Term of office Detail positions of responsibility Relevant business interests School Improvement Committee Resources Committee
Claire Foad Head Teacher N/A Ongoing Headteacher of Shepherd Primary School None Yes Yes
Rebecca Whiteman Co-opted Governor Governing Body 01/09/2018 to 31/08/2022 Deputy Head of Shepherd Primary School None Yes  
Tony Humphreys Co-opted Governor Governing Body 01/09/2018 to 31/08/2022   None   Yes
Diana Barber Co-opted Governor Governing Body 09/09/2015 to 08/09/2019   Local Councillor for TRDC Yes  
Oliver Parvin Parent Governor Parents 13/02/2015 to 12/02/2019 Chair of Governors Wife is Chair of the PTA Yes Yes
Sarah McAllister Parent Governor  Parents 23/03/2016 to 22/03/2020  Vice Chair of Governors & Chair of School Improvement Committee None Chair  
Padmini Naicker Parent Governor Parents 07/12/2016 to 06/12/2020   None  Yes  
James Newman Parent Governor Parents 07/12/2016 to 01/10/2018   None    
Vij Ditcher-Gajparia LA Governor Governing Body 01/02/2017 to 31/01/2021   None    
Sarah Freuchen Staff Governor Staff 09/02/2017 to 08/02/2021 SENCo at Shepherd Primary School None  Yes  
Andrew Charter Co-opted Governor Governing Body 09/02/2017 to 08/02/2021 Class Teacher at Shepherd Primary School None  Yes  
Elizabeth Townsend Parent Governor Parents 21/03/2018 to
  Vice Chair of PTA    
Richard Booth Co-opted Governor Governing Body 01/09/2014 to 31/08/2018 Former Chair of Resources Committee Headteacher of local secondary school    
Moiz Ebrahim Parent Governor Parents 23/03/2016 to 21/02/2018 Former Vice Chair of Governors Governor at another local primary school    
David Foster Parent Governor Parents 09/11/2018

Agendas and minutes for all governing body meetings are available on request.

Please contact the Chair of Governors at

To see attendance for meetings, please click here.

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