The Main Roles of the Governing Body are:
To Provide a Strategic View
The governing body should help to set, and keep under review, the broad policies and procedures within which the Headteacher and staff should run the school.
In all its work, the governing body should focus on the key issues of raising standards of achievement, establishing high expectations and promoting effective teaching and learning.
Monitoring and Challenge
The governing body is responsible for monitoring and evaluating the schools effectiveness, asking challenging questions and pressing for improvement. The headteacher is responsible for leading the school providing high quality education and for the day-to-day management of the school.
To Ensure Accountability
The governing body is responsible for ensuring good quality education in the school and decide on strategic direction. The headteacher and staff report to the governing body on the school’s performance. It is not the role of governors to rubber-stamp every decision of the headteacher.
Supporting the School
Governors are expected to act as a champion for the school in the local community. Governors are expected to remember the importance of confidentiality, whilst representing specific sections of the school community.
Governor Types and Terms of Office
(1 x Local Authority , 1 x Head , 1 x Staff, 6 x Co-Opted, 3 x Parents )
|Name||Type||Term Ends||Pecuniary Interest|
|Joanna Higginbotham||Head||n/a||Member of school staff|
|Liz Jones||Local Authority||12/05/2025||None|
|Sarah Masters||Staff||08/12/2025||Member of school staff|
|Sarah Sanders||Co-opted||08/12/2025||Employed at SureStart|
|Jan Jesson||Co-opted||05/01/2025||Child at school. Qualified Accountant|
|Lisa Wood||Co-opted||28/03/2027||SENDCo Lead at Dixons Brooklands Academy|
|Daniel Bousfield||Co-opted (Vice Chair)||18/03/2024||National Institute of Teaching & Education|
|Jenny Cummings||Co-opted||18/03/2024||Outreach worker|
|Julie Dawson||Co-opted (Chair)||09/12/2024||None|
|Anna Banas||Parent||16/11/2026||Parent of child at school|
|Amie Wilson||Parent||16/11/2026||Parent of child at school|
|Dan Cook||Parent||08/11/2024||Parent of child at school|
Our Chair of Governors - Julie Dawson
Julie Dawson, Chair of Governors
I have been a Governor at Sandilands for 14 years and have been Chair for the last eight years.
I am mum to three boys, all of whom attended Sandilands. My younger two boys needed extra support at school. Thanks to the excellent teaching and guidance they received from the staff at Sandilands, all three boys were able to successfully complete their education up to the age of 18 and are all currently in employment or Further Education.
Being a governor means that I am able to give something back to the school which helped my children become fully rounded and successful adults they are today. I thoroughly enjoy being a governor and it has enabled me to learn about new areas and gain new skills.
I am very proud to both represent the school and help guide it as it continues to be a vital part of the local community.