The role of the Governing Body

The Governing Body is accountable to all stakeholders in the school. The key players are the pupils, the staff, the parents and the local community. There are others to whom the Governing Body is accountable. These include the Local Authority (LA) and the Department for Education (DfE). The governing body is responsible for spending public money and for providing education for the pupils. It must report to those involved on the plans, the progress of the school and any other matters that are important.  Some of the Governing Body's tasks are:
  • Set the vision, values and objectives for the school.
  • Meet statutory duties.
  • Consider, agree and monitor School's annual budget.
  • Develop procedures for the recruitment and selection of all school staff.
  • Determine the pay policy for the School.
  • Directly manage the Headteacher's performance.
  • Ensure the delivery of a broad and balanced curriculum in line with the national curriculum, which takes account of individual needs, and report on achievement and attainment to all stakeholders.
  • Engage with all stakeholders.
  • Celebrate success.

In addition to Full Governing Body meetings, there are two committees that meet termly and their remit is as follows:

  • Resources Committee - Finance, Personnel and Premises.
  • School Improvement Committee - Curriculum, Assessment and Achievement.

Governing Body Constitution

School governors represent the largest volunteer force in the country with appoximately 1% of the adult population serving in this capacity at any one time.  The governing body of Millfield has 14 governors - 5 parent, 1 Local Authority, 1 Headteacher, 1 staff and 6 Co-opted who are appointed as follows:

  • Parent governors are elected by other parents at the school.
  • Local authority governors are nominated by the local authority but appointed by the governing body.
  • The headteacher is a member of the governing body by virtue of their office.
  • Staff governors are elected by the school staff.
  • Co-opted governors are appointed by the governing body.

We currently have a vacancy for a Parent governor.  Please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, via the School Office, should you require further information.


The Governing Body of Millfield First & Nursery School has determined that a governor's term of office is four years. 


Become involved as a Parent Governor

Parent governors are elected by their fellow parents and are vital to a governing body because they ensure that the other governors are kept in touch with the concerns and issues of most importance to our parents.  Please contact the Clerk for further information.

Please contact the Clerk to the Governing Body, via the School Office, should you require further information.

You may contact our governors direct by emailing them at


Governor Mark Award

On Friday 6th June 2014 Oliver Heald visited our Celebration Assembly.  He presented our Governors with the Governor Mark Award.  This award was a recognition of the high standard of leadership given by our governors.  Our Governors were delighted to have achieved the Governor Mark accreditation for a second time, having first been awarded it in March 2011. 

Governor Open Morning 2016

On Friday 4th March 2016 our governors spent the morning in school.  They started the morning with a demonstration of the Early Years Online Learning Journals and then visited many of the classrooms and had the opportunity to talk with the children.


GovernorHub - Millfield Governor Access Only

Click on the icon above to access the GovernorHub System.


Dates for Governor Meetings

Academic Year 2019/20

2019                                                                                                                                                   Apologies for Non Attendance

Tuesday 1st October                  Full Governors                                       6:00pm                       Andrew Huggins


Tuesday 12th November           School Improvement Committee        5:30pm                       None

Tuesday 12th November           Resources Committee                           7:10pm                       Saylesh Nakum

Tuesday 3rd December              Full Governors                                        6:00pm                       Peter Godbert and Kim Grogan



Tuesday 4th February                School Improvement Committee        5:30pm                       Victoria Tetley   

Tuesday 4th February                Resources Committee                           7:10pm                       None


Tuesday 10th March                   Full Governors                                        6:00pm                       


Tuesday 5th May                        School Improvement Committee         5:30pm                      

Tuesday 5th May                        Resources Committee                            7:10pm                      


Thursday 19th May                    Full Governors                                          6:00pm                     


Wednesday 23rd June                Full Governors                                          4:30pm                      


Academic Year 2018/19

2018                                                                                                                                                    Apologies for Non Attendance

Tuesday 2nd October                 Full Governors                                       6:00pm                       Saylesh Nakum


Tuesday 6th November             School Improvement Committee        5:30pm                       None

Tuesday 6th November             Resources Committee                           7:10pm                       Fiona Judd

Tuesday 27th November           Full Governors                                        6:00pm                       None               



Tuesday 5th February                School Improvement Committee        5:30pm                       None 

Tuesday 5th February                Resources Committee                           7:10pm                       None        


Tuesday 12th March                   Full Governors                                        6:00pm                      Natalie Pamment 


Tuesday 7th May                        School Improvement Committee         5:30pm                      Andrew Huggins

Tuesday 7th May                        Resources Committee                            7:10pm                      None


Thursday 23rd May                    Full Governors                                          6:00pm                     Alan Gardiner and Victoria Tetley 


Wednesday 26th June                Full Governors                                          4:30pm                      None



Academic Year 2017/18

2017                                                                                                                                                    Apologies for Non Attendance

Wednesday 27th September     Full Governors                                       6:00pm                       Alison Barr


Tuesday 7th November             School Improvement Committee        6:30pm                       Karen Wagstaff

Tuesday 7th November             Resources Committee                           8:10pm                       None

Tuesday 28th November           Full Governors                                        6:00pm                        Louisa Reed and Olivia Walker



Tuesday 6th February                School Improvement Committee        6:30pm                        None

Tuesday 6th February                Resources Committee                           8:10pm                       Alison Barr                 


Tuesday 6th March                     Full Governors                                        6:00pm                       Rick Duncan and Teresa Bonner


Tuesday 1st May                        School Improvement Committee         6:30pm                       None

Tuesday 1st May                        Resources Committee                            8:10pm                      Rick Duncan


Tuesday 15th May                     Full Governors                                          6:00pm                      None


Wednesday 11th July                Full Governors                                          4:30pm                      Alex Tomkins and Saylesh Nakum


Academic Year 2016/17

2016                                                                                                                                                     Apologies for Non Attendance

Wednesday 28th September     Full Governors                                       6:00pm                       Louisa Reed


Wednesday 2nd November      Resources Committee                           5:00pm                       Rick Duncan and Chris Meadows

Wednesday 2nd November      School Improvement Committee        6:40pm                       None

Wednesday 30th November      Full Governors                                       6:00pm                        Rick Duncan 



Wednesday 1st February          School Improvement Committee        5:30pm                        None

Wednesday 1st February          Resources Committee                           7:10pm                        Karen Wagstaff                    


Tuesday 7th March                    Full Governors                                        6:00pm                        Rebecca Godfrey


Wednesday 3rd May                  School Improvement Committee       5:30pm                        Karen Wagstaff and Teresa Bonner

Wednesday 3rd May                  Resources Committee                          7:10pm                        Karen Wagstaff


Wednesday 17th May                Full Governors                                       6:00pm                       Louisa Reed


Wednesday 5th July                   Full Governors                                        4:30pm                       Paul Hadley