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Sherwood Park Governing Body

A Message From The Chair of Governors

The Governing Body of Sherwood Park Primary work closely with the Head Teacher, Mrs Karen Cromwell, and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that the children at our school receive the best education and achieve their maximum potential during their time at school. The Governors are responsible for setting the school’s strategic direction, and also acting as a ‘critical friend’ to the Head Teacher, who is responsible for the day to day management of the school.  This requires Governors to attend meetings during each term which cover areas such as Curriculum, Premises, Staffing and Finance, as well as appointing a new Head Teacher whenever the need arises. Governors also visit the school on a regular basis during the school day, when focus is often given to a particularly area of interest.

The Governing Body is made up of the Head Teacher, staff, parents and representatives of the local community who bring a range of expertise and experience to the group. No special qualifications are needed, but training and advice is available on an ongoing basis. As part of the Penhill Trust, we are also able to share information and experiences with colleague Governors at our partner Schools

Richard Wood

Chair of Governors


Governors Details 2016/2017

Name Category Term of Office Declaration of Business Interests Responsibilities on the Governing Body
Mrs Karen Cromwell Head Teacher 1/9/2015 Head Teacher at Sherwood Park Member of the Governing body
Mr Richard Wood Appointed Governor 3/11/2013 -2/11/2017 Employee of EFS - School financial company

Chair of Governors

Pupil premium and Maths

Mrs Ann Leach Appointed Governor 3/11/2013 -2/11/2017 None declared

Vice-Chair of Governors

Safeguarding ,Safer Recruitment, Child Protection and Looked After Children

Mrs Natalie Willbourn Appointed Governor 1/1/2014 - 31/12/2017 None declared English, Gifted &Talented, Safer Recruitment
Mrs Kelly Blackwood Parent Governor 21/11/2012 - 20/11/2016 None declared Early Years
Mr Stanley Jacobs Parent Governor

04/10/2016 - 04/10/2020

None declared Health & Safety, Safeguarding
Mr Robert Doyle Parent Governor 04/10/2016 - 04/10/2020 None declared Health & Safety
Mr Mark Beale Appointed Governor 07/02/17 to 06/02/21 None declared ICT
Mrs Diane Wilson Appointed Governor 07/02/17 to 6/2/21 None declared SEND
Ms Jennie Trevillion Staff Governor 07/02/17 to 06/02/21 Assistant Head Teacher at Sherwood Park  
Mr Ashley Quayle Observer 01/09/2016 Deputy Head Teacher at Sherwood Park  



The full Governing Body meets 3 times a year and is concerned with overseeing the strategic direction of the school, ensuring good financial management and shaping the vision and values of the school. There also two committees which meet termly: 'Teaching and Learning' and 'Resources'.  The Teaching and Learning Committee is responsible for everything to do with your child’s learning from monitoring teaching and learning to reviewing performance data; from monitoring the use of Pupil Premium and SEN expenditure to pupil attendance and behaviour; from contributing to and developing of the School Development Plan to reviewing the impact of school policies. The Resources Committee is responsible for the school budget, the premises and staffing.

In addition to these committees, there are smaller, more specific committees that are only convened when they are required. Some governors also have a specific responsibility to act as a link with the school on a key area of interest.  Details of those committees and the specific interest governors are below.

Management Committee

Mrs K Cromwell, Mrs A Leach, Mr R Wood, Mrs N Willbourn

Appointed Governors for Performance Management

Mr R Wood, Mrs A Leach, Mrs N Willbourn

Head Teacher Appointment Panel

Mrs A Leach, Mr R Wood

Deputy Head Teacher Appointment Panel

Mrs K Cromwell, Mrs A Leach, Mrs M Willbourn, Mr R Wood

Staffing 'First Pay'/Pay Appeals/Staff Dismissal

As required

Pupil Discipline/Complaints

As required


Contacting The Governors

Any correspondence should be addressed to the Chair of Governors via the school