Welcome from the Chair

It gives me great pleasure to introduce the members of the Governing Body of The Hawthorns Primary School.

Being a school governor is an entirely voluntary role, and all members of the governing body give freely of their time, not only at the meetings detailed in these pages, but on many other occasions throughout the school year.

 If you would like more information about the roles and duties of school governors there is information available online at:


Our clerk to the governors and I can also be contacted at: Governors@hawthorns.wokingham.sch.uk.


About The Hawthorns Primary School Governing Body

 The key roles of school governors are:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction.
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff.
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

 Our Governing Body is made up of 14 members: two elected parent governors, one elected staff governor, the Headteacher, one governor appointed by Wokingham Borough Council and nine co-opted governors drawn from parents, staff, and from the wider community. We also have four associate members and a Clerk. Governors normally serve a four year term.

We hold full governing body meetings twice a term, and committee meetings once or twice a term. The governing body work is split between three main committees: Learning and Teaching, Personnel and Finance, and Sites, Buildings, Health & Safety. Governors serve on at least one of these committees.

Governors also have individual responsibilities, from curriculum subjects to safeguarding.

In accordance with our governors code of conduct, and our statutory responsibilities, the following pages detail information about our governors, their individual responsibilities, attendance at meetings, and any business or pecuniary interests.


Judith Shepherd                                                                         

Chair of Governors