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:

March 2019 (194KB)

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
Sarah McAllister LA Governor Governing Body 20/03/2019 to 19/03/2023  Chair of Governors & Chair of School Improvement Committee None Chair Yes
Padmini Naicker Parent Governor Parents 07/11/2016 to 06/11/2020 Vice Chair of Governors None  Yes  
Sarah Freuchen Staff Governor Staff 09/02/2017 to 08/02/2021 SENCo at Shepherd Primary School None  Yes  
Andrew Charter Associate Member Governing Body 09/02/2017 to 08/02/2021 Class Teacher at Shepherd Primary School None  Yes (Voting Rights)  
David Foster Parent Governor Parents 09/11/2018
Chair of the Resources Committee None   Chair
Tim Duck Co-opted Governor Governing Body 05/12/2018 to 04/12/2022        
David Hewitt Parent Governor Parents 05/02/2019
Vij Ditcher-Gajparia LA Governor Governing Body 01/02/2017 to 06/03/2019   None   Yes
Oliver Parvin Parent Governor Parents 13/02/2015 to 12/02/2019   None    
Diana Barber Co-opted Governor Governing Body 09/09/2015 to 11/02/2019   Local Councillor for TRDC Yes  
Elizabeth Townsend Parent Governor Parents 21/03/2018 to
James Newman Parent Governor Parents 07/12/2016 to 01/10/2018   None    
Richard Booth Co-opted Governor Governing Body 01/09/2014 to 31/08/2018 Former Chair of Resources Committee      

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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