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Welcome to the Governors of St Saviour's – FAQs


Who are the School Governors?


Please see the Gallery at the end of this page for pictures of our school Governors. There are different categories of governor at St. Saviour's:


Parent Governors              Foundation (Church Governors)        Co-opted Governors
Local Authority Governors           Staff Governors


In addition, we also have a number of Associate Members who may not be able to commit the time to attend termly committee meetings and Full Governing Body (FGB) meetings, but wish to contribute  skills from their own background, such as expertise in finance, marketing or health and safety, to benefit the school’s development. Associate Members do not have voting rights.


What do Governors do?


The Governors’ main aim is to help ensure the best possible outcome for children. They do this by fulfilling the key Governor roles:


  • To help set the strategic direction for the school.
  • To act as a critical friend to the Head, challenging and supporting where appropriate.
  • To ensure financial probity.

(for more information, visit the DfE website

How do St Saviour’s Governors work?


After induction, Governors at St Saviour's become a member of at least one of our five sub-committees;



Curriculum, Standards and Teaching
Community and Wellbeing


These committees meet termly and report back to Full Governing Body (FGB) roughly 3 weeks later. Each committee has a Chair and these committee Chairs, along with the Chair of Governors, operate collectively, planning the forthcoming work of the Governing Body. Meetings take place in the evenings at school, generally starting at 6pm. Committee meetings generally last an hour each and FGB can last up to 2.5 hours. All meeting dates are determined at the start of the school year.


Could I become a Governor?


Vacancies are advertised in the school newsletter or on the school website. 


In addition to the desire and enthusiasm to improve outcomes for children, a certain amount of time is required to help St Saviour’s become the best it can be. For example, in addition to the two termly meetings, governors are expected to undertake some training which can add context to their role while enhancing new or existing skills. For more information on becoming a school governor, please visit .


If you would like to speak to a governor at the school to get a feel for what is involved, please leave a message at the school reception and one of us will get back to you as soon as possible.

How do I get in touch with the Governors?


The Suggestion Box in the foyer is a good way to contact the Governors or use the contact form on the website (contact us). Alternatively, you can write to us and drop a note into reception. However, many of us are parent Governors so you will probably see us around and about!


Picture 1 Paul Gibbs, Chair of Governors
Picture 2 Simone Homes, Vice Chair and LA Governor
Picture 3 David Walters, Parent Governor
Picture 4 Bruce Lithgow, Foundation Governor
Picture 5 Liz Ivens, Parent Governor
Picture 6 Jane Taylor, Parent Governor
Picture 7 Susanna Gaertner, Co-opted Governor
Picture 8 Nick Howdle, Co-opted Governor
Picture 9 Natasha Webb-Peploe, Foundation Governor
Picture 10 Richard Hughes, Co-opted Governor
Picture 11 Joe Beament, Headteacher
Picture 12 Simone Drake, Staff Governor
Picture 13 Jo Horwood, Associate Governor
Picture 14 Richard Barrington, Associate Governor
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