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We are a group of parents, staff and members of the community who, as a collective, are the strategic leaders of the school.

We are a group of parents, staff and members of the community who, as a collective, are the strategic leaders of the school. Each of us is passionate about Thornhill and volunteer our time to act as a ‘critical friend’ to the school, helping to make sure that every child gets the best possible education.

We’re responsible for three core areas:

(1) the school’s vision, ethos and strategic direction

(2) holding the headteacher to account for the school’s educational performance

(3) overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure money is well spent.

The day-to-day running of the school is entrusted to the headteacher and staff.

A governor’s role is to support and challenge the senior staff to continue to improve the school. It is largely a thinking and questioning role and governors are not there to manage the school or do the jobs of school staff. Governors fulfill their role by attending Governing Body and committee meetings, providing strategic guidance and by asking probing and challenging questions of leaders within the school. They also undertake school visits, regularly attend training and local authority briefings, spend time outside reading papers and keeping abreast of educational developments.

In summary, our governing body consists of three parent governors, one local authority governor, one staff governor, the head teacher and a number of co-opted governors.

Our Chair of Governors is Lisa McCrindle

The governing body meets as a whole group each term and delegates its business to two primary committees that both meet twice a term.

  • Learning and Teaching Committee
    • Committee Chair – Oscar Lancaster
  • Resources and Community Committee
    • Committee Chair – Jonathan Dickie

We have also set up a Personnel Committee that will meet occasionally as required throughout the academic year, and will be chaired by Joshua Carrington.

The Governing Body meetings and committee meetings agree an outline agenda for across the year. At each meeting they will consider key data and progress, opportunities and challenges and review changes and updates to policies.