Welcome to the Governors' Page.

School governors are people who want to make a positive conrtibution to children's education.
As a Church school our governing board includes foundation governors appointed by the Diocesan Board of Education as awell as a staff governor, parent governors, a local education authority appointed governor and a co-opted governor. Governors are generally appointed for a period of 4 years.

The governors are legally responsible for the operation of the school including staff appointments, school budget, health and safety, safeguarding, maintaining the school buildings and equipment and monitoring the school's performance.

The governing board has three key roles:

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

The full governing board meets at least once each term and in addition sub-committees meet at least once per term . If you wish to see minutes of any governing board meetings please ask in the office.

If you are interested in learning more about the work of the Governing Board or becoming a governor please, contact our Chair of Governors, Mrs Val Cotterill, using the email address

Listed below are all the members of the Full Governing Board (FGB)

GOVERNORS  2020- 2021

1. DBE/ Foundation - Mrs Margaret Baldini

2. DBE/Foundation - Rev Jane Millinchip

3. DBE/ Foundation - Mr James Bancroft

4. DBE/Foundation - Mrs R Charlton

5. LA Governor - Mrs Val Cotterill

6. Ex-Officio - Rev Canon P Dawson

7. DBE /Foundation - Rev Michael Field

8. DBE/ Foundation - Mrs Teresa Finney

9. Head teacher - Mrs Caroline Mackenzie

10. Elected Parent - 

11. Staff Governor - Mrs Sharron Ross

12. Elected Parent - Mrs Emma Soame

Previous Governrors

DBE/Foundation - Mrs Diana Bancroft (Term of Office ended on 8.5.21)

Elected Parent - Mrs Ruta Porwoll (Resigned on 17.12.20)


DBE = Diocesan Board of Education

LA = Local Authority


Contact the School

Whitegate CE Primary School


Chair of Governors:
Mrs Cotterill

Clerk to Governors:
Mrs Susan Knight

Main Contact: Mrs Michelle Shephard, School Business Manager

Tel: 01606 212203

SEN Contact: Mrs Mary Savage,