Button Lane Primary School

Only the best is good enough

Our Governing Body

The Governing Body helps to ensure that the following key areas in the school are carried out to the highest standards:

  • Educational achievement
  • School’s finances
  • Balanced curriculum
  • Appointing staff and reviewing staff performance
  • Safeguarding and Behaviour

There are other areas the Governors get involved in such as helping set the school’s policies and procedures, authorising any new building works and liaising with parents.

Every school must have a Governing Body in order to operate. The Governing Body is made up of several governors who help ensure that the school carries out its responsibilities to the highest standards.

The Governing Body meets several times a year to discuss the above matters  and agrees actions with the school. The Governing Body also appoints governors onto various Committees which deal with specific issues.


How are governors appointed?

It is important that governors are appointed from diverse and varied backgrounds. The Governing Body should have people that are representative of the pupil population who bring different skills to the Governing Body.

The appointment of parent governors is mainly carried out by election and parents decide who they want to be a governor. Some governors are nominated, for example the LA governor is nominated by the Council and staff governors are nominated by the school. There are some instances where the governors will appoint certain governors themselves where they see that a certain skill is needed which cannot be met by existing governors, such as legal or accounting skills.


What skills do you need to be an effective Governor?

It is important that each governor can use their skills in the governors meetings. Some of the skills that are important are as follows:

  • Listening
  • Organising
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Teamworking 
  • Governors who have life experience and transferrable work skills (such as accounting and legal) can also make an important contribution to the work of the Governing Body

But the most important thing is ENTHUSIASM!

Governing Body Structure

Chairperson: Sarah Steel

Vice Chairperson: Sarah Marshall

Headteacher: Emma Roberts


Type of Governor


Date Appointed  

Appointed by

Term of office ends

Date stepped down  

Matthew Bennett     Parent Governor  Resources 10/01/19 Parents  09/01/23  N/A
Lynda Dyson Associate Governor Curriculum & Standards 24/10/19 Governing Body 23/10/23 N/A
Mark Rainey (Chair from Sept 2014, was Vice Chair to 1.9.14) Co-Opted Governor (Chair) Resources, Curriculum & Standards, Personal Development & Wellbeing  01/10/17 Governing Body 30/09/21  17/05/21
Katie Bradbury Associate Governor Curriculum & Standards 24/10/19 Governing Body 23/10/23 N/A
 Jackie Jones  Co-Opted Governor Development & Wellbeing  10/01/19 Governing Body 09/01/23  N/A
Stephanie Morris  Local Authority Governor Development & Wellbeing 01/12/17 Local Authority 30/11/21 N/A 
Rev Caroline Hewitt Associate Governor Personal Development & Wellbeing 26/06/19 Governing Body 25/06/23 N/A


Alison O'Connor  
 Clerk Resources, Development & Wellbeing,  Curriculum & Standards  N/A N/A N/A  N/A
Lisa Richards-Halford  Co-Opted Governor  Resources 01/03/16 Governing Body 28/02/20  N/A
 Chris Thomas  Associate Governor Resources   N/A Governing Body N/A  N/A
Emma Roberts Headteacher  Resources, Curriculum & Standards, Development & Wellbeing N/A N/A N/A N/A
Paula Muir Associate Governor Personal Development & Wellbeing 24/10/19 Governing Body 23/10/23 17/05/21
Joanne Taylor Co-Opted Governor Resources 17/05/18 Governing Body 16/05/22 N/A
Amber Whittaker Staff Governor Curriculum & Standards 03/12/18 Staff 21/05/21 N/A
Sarah Steel Parent Governor (Chair from 17/05/2021) Resources 20/05/20 Parents 19/05/2024 N/A
Sarah Marshall Parent Governor Curriculum & Standards 20/05/20 Parents 19/05/2024 N/A
Lisa Jones Parent Governor Personal Development & Wellbeing 20/05/20 Parents 19/05/2024 N/A
Hayley Cooke Associate Governor Resources 15/04/21 Staff 14/04/25 N/A



Register of Interests


Business Interests

Other EstablishmentsGoverned

Relationships with   staff / governors


Matthew Bennett  None  None   None   20.05.20
Katie Bradbury None None None 28.01.21
Jackie Jones  None   None  None 20.05.20
Lynda Dyson None None None 28.01.21
Stephanie Morris  None  None  None  20.05.20
Alison O'Connor  None  None  None 20.05.20
Mark Rainey  None  None  None 20.05.20
Lisa Richards-Halford  None  None  None  20.05.20
Emma Roberts  None   None   None 20.05.20
Rev Caroline Hewitt None None None 28.01.21
Paula Muir None None None 28.01.21
Joanne Taylor  None  None  None 20.05.20
Chris Thomas      None   None  None 20.05.20
Amber Whittaker   None   None  None  20.05.20
Sarah Steel None None None 20.05.20
Sarah Marshall None None None 20.05.20
Lisa Jones None None None 20.05.20
Hayley Cooke  None None None 17.05.21


Registers of Attendance

Register of Attendance for Full Governing Body Meeting







Matthew Bennett  ✔    
Katie Bradbury  ✔  ✔  
Lynda Dyson  ✔    
Rev Caroline Hewitt X  ✔  ✔  
Jackie Jones  ✔  ✔  
Stephanie Morris
Alison O'Connor  ✔  ✔  
Mark Rainey  X  ✔  
Lisa Richards-Halford X  ✔    
Emma Roberts  ✔  ✔    
Paula Muir  ✔   X    
Joanne Taylor  ✔  ✔    
Chris Thomas      ✔  ✔  
Amber Whittaker 
Sarah Steel X
Sarah Marshall  X
Lisa Jones
Hayley Cooke N/A


The Governing Body is split up in to 3 committees; Resources, Pupil Support and Standards.

Register of Attendance for  Resources Committee 







Mark Rainey  ✔  X  ✔  ✔  
Emma Roberts  ✔  ✔   ✔  ✔  
Joanne Taylor  ✔  ✔   ✔  ✔  
Lisa Richards-Halford  X  ✔   X  ✔  
Sarah Steel  ✔  ✔  ✔  ✔  
Chris Thomas  ✔  ✔  ✔    
  Matthew Bennett  ✔  X  
Hayley Cooke N/A N/A  


Register of Attendance for Curriculum & Standards Committee 





Mark Rainey    
Emma Roberts    
Sarah Marshall      
Alison O'Connor    
Amber Whittiker    
Lynda Dyson
Katie Bradbury


Register of Attendance for Personal Development & Wellbeing





Mark Rainey  
Emma Roberts  
Stephanie Morris  
Glyn Evans  
Jacqui Salter  
Alison O'Connor


The governors aim to always be approachable and we welcome parent input. If you would like to discuss any school matters with any of member of the governing body, please feel free to contact the school.