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Governing Body

The Governing Body ceased in September 2017 when Ray Lodge Primary School became an Academy. For information regarding the Multi-Academy Trust that Ray Lodge is now a part of please click on the link to the Strive4 Academy website below.


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The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community.  School governing bodies are responsible for working with the school to ensure that it delivers a good quality education. Together with the headteacher, who is responsible for day-to-day management, they set the school's aims and policies.

Our school governors are as follows:
Picture 1 Mr Drane - Chair, Co-Opted, 2015-19
Picture 2 Miss Jennings, Executive Headteacher
Picture 3 Cllr Canal, Vice-Chair, LA 22.3.16-21.03-20
Picture 4 Mrs. T. Crew, Staff Governor
Picture 5 Mr. Duffell

Chair of the Governing Body - Minister Jon Drane

'I am the minister of Woodford Evangelical Church.  I have been actively involved in Ray Lodge Primary School for the past ten years.  I have been a governor since 2011.  In 2012 I had the great privilege of being elected as the new Chair of Governors.  I am particularly interested in making sure children get the best possible education early in life.  I am totally committed to ensuring that the school continues to strive to be outstanding.'                                                 


Vice - Chair of the Governing Body - Cllr Paul Canal

'I became a Governor because Ray Lodge is at the heart of my local community.  As a local Councillor I work with other governors, staff, pupils and parents to help make Ray Lodge Primary School the best it can be'.    


Staff Governor - Mrs Tracy Crew

I have been a member of staff for several years and my children have attended Ray Lodge until moving onto Secondary School. I became a governor because I thought it was important to understand  how our school is run.  


Mr. Michael Duffell

I work in the Financial Services industry and have wide experience in policy and governance arrangements, and also project management. I hope to help Ray Lodge build on its recent successes and help with the continued improvement of the school.




Pecuniary Interest

Member of another GB


Jon Drane

Chair of Full GB

Standards and Curriculum Monitoring




Cllr Canal

Vice-Chair of Full GB

Standards and Curriculum Monitoring



Attendance, Health and Safety

Tracy Crew


Standards and Curriculum Monitoring




Parent Vacancy


Standards and Curriculum Monitoring




Amanda Jennings






Michael Duffell - Finance, Pay and Personnel N N

Training Link Governor


So what do the Governing Body do?

The Governing Body:


  • Set Strategic Direction - through clarity of vision, meeting statutory duties, engagement of parents and community stakeholders;


  • Act as a Critical Friend - by supporting and challenging the school to improve;


  • Create Robust Accountability - setting targets for pupil progress and achievement, teaching, behaviour and safety, review staff performance and pay, contribute to school evaluation;


  • Ensure Financial Probity - managing the school's finances and effectively utilise pupil premium to improve pupil progress and achievement.


The Governing Body is made up of people from the local community, including local councillors, parents and staff of the school.  Their main responsibility is to make sure that all decisions made are in the best interest of ALL the pupils in the school. They meet every term, sub committees have specific responsibilities and also meet termly.


Any parent, with a child in the school, can become a parent governor if there is a vacancy. Parents will be notified when an election is to take place.  Governors training is provided for governors by the school and the local authority which will equip them with the necessary skills to robustly challenge the school.


Full Governing Body Minutes

Finance, Pay & Premises Committee

Curriculum & Standards Monitoring