Welcome to the section of the website where you can find out more about the school’s governors and the work that we do.


The role of the school governor carries a great responsibility with it, so it can be demanding and challenging, but on the whole it is very rewarding. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.



Key roles of governors:

  • To ensure clarity of the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent. 

Role of the Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee meets regularly to ensure the school’s finances are well managed and that we are achieving value for money.


Finance Committee Meetings are attended and clerked by the School’s Business Manager who initially circulates the Agenda for the meeting, which Governors on the committee can add to. At the meetings, the Governors request that the Business Manager provides detailed information on the current budget position and highlights areas for discussion.

The committee provides challenge and support to achieve overall effectiveness in its responsibilities for the financial position of the school. It feeds back to the full Governing Body at its twice termly meetings.


The Finance Committee complies with the core responsibilities and strategic planning as set out in the ‘Governors External Review’ and is working on the action point regarding PPG performance.


Governors also fulfill a number of other important duties, which include:

  • Making sure the school buildings and grounds are safe
  • Setting and monitoring the school's aims and objectives
  • Setting standards for the pupils' behaviour and discipline
  • Ensuring policies are relevant and up-to-date
  • Deciding how to spend the school's budget
  • The appointing and dismissing of staff
  • Hearing appeals and grievances


Who can be a school governor? 

You do not have to have children at the school in order to be a governor. However, you do need to be aged over 18 and pass a formal check (DBS) for your suitability to enable you to come into our school. 


No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations which are set out in the governor’s code of conduct. Similarly, experience of working in a school can be helpful in your role as a school governor but not essential. What really matters to us is that you have the time to commit fully to the role of the governor, playing a proactive part while working as part of a team, and the passion to ensure that every child has the opportunity to realise their potential and be the best they can be. As a school governor, there is no greater achievement than bringing about school improvement to ensure the best possible education for our children. What better way is there of giving something back to your community.


If you feel you have what it takes to be a school governor, or would like more information about becoming a school governor, then please speak to Mrs Codling in the school office or email our Chair of governors:


Trish McLachlan (LA governor and Chair)

I am a Local Authority governor, proposed by them and accepted by the school.  I have been a governor since 2013 and am now Chair of Governors. I was born and brought up in Somerset, but Shropshire has been my home since 1983.  I taught for 30 years in schools in the Black Country.  For most of my career, I have worked with pupils who needed extra support with their learning.  In 1985 I trained as a Teacher for Deaf children and I was Head of a Deaf Unit in a Wolverhampton school when I retired in 2008.I have always thought that children should be helped and encouraged to learn in the best way for them and that no two children are the same.  I think our staff at John Randall do their very best to help our pupils be the best they can be.  I am proud to be a part of our school.  Being the Chair means an extra chance to tell lots of other people how good the school is !Out of school I enjoy walking with our young dog, sewing with friends and spending time with our grandchildren.

Sarah Harrison (Parent Governor and Vice-Chair) 

I was elected as a Parent Governor for the school in November 2010, and I am now serving my second term as a governor. I was recently re-elected as Vice- Chair of the board of governors, and in addition to this role I am the governor responsible for overseeing Safeguarding, Child Protection and Children in Care within the school. You may recognise me from seeing me on the school playground, as I have two sons who attend this school. This is one of the main reasons why I became a governor in the first place; so that I could find out how the school works on a daily basis to know what to expect for my sons, as well as to know what I could do to help support the teaching staff and the Head Teacher. I have had several jobs over the years including working in Sales and Customer Services. I am currently employed as a Nurture and Reintegration Officer, working in the Nurture Room with vulnerable and SEND pupils in a local secondary academy. I believe that the experience I have in these areas plus my involvement with other local organisations have helped me to learn and develop the skills I use as a governor for the benefit of John Randall Primary School. I am due to step down as a governor in November 2018 when my current term ends.

 Rosie Faulkner (community governor)

As a teacher and then Head Teacher in this area, I firmly believe in the importance of education and the right of every child to attend a good school. John Randall Primary School puts children at the heart of all it does and is a very good school.  I am proud to be a member of its Governing Body and can assure children, parents and staff that I will use my experience to support the school as much as possible.

Emma Buckley (staff governor)

I am Emma Buckley and I am the staff governor at our school.  I am also the foundation stage and English co-ordinator in school.   I began my teaching career at John Randall in 2002 and I have been a staff governor here since 2006.  I became a governor because I wanted to help to make our school even better and being a Governor allows me to help to do just that. We make decisions about the way the money is spent in our school and our priorities for improvement and moving forward.  As Governors we aim to give every child the very best outcomes from their education at our school.

Outside of school, I live in Staffordshire with my husband, our little girl Poppy and my dog Lily.


Lisa Meredith (Parent Governor)

I have been a Parent Governor for three years and I am responsible for health and safety issues. I have a little boy who attends this school and he is very happy here which I believe is due to the schools values and beliefs. I am confident that he is in the best hands and will achieve the best of his abilities. I became a Parent Governor one because I wanted to help the school and two because of my love for child psychology. I have recently completed my BSc degree in psychology and my aim is to now complete a masters degree in psychology because I believe that education is the key to success. I am very proud to be part of the governing body and I like to help out as much as I can so please feel free to approach me on the playground if you would like me to help you with any issues.