Governors

The Governing Body is made up of parents, representatives of the local community and representatives from the Local Authority. It also includes the Headteacher and a representative from teaching and non-teaching staff.

Name of Governor Category End of term of Office
Mr Brian Ridgway Co Opted 21.10.2021
Stephan Forrest Parent 27.02.2023
Miss Julie Meiner Co opted 27.11.2022
Mrs Terri Homyard Parent 14.11.2021
Mr Geoff Leyland Co Opted 14.07.2025
Mr Matthew Bullock Parent 28.01.2024
Ms Samantha Wardle Staff 21.10.2024
2 Vacancies 1 Co Opted 1 LA  
Ms Michelle Lewis Co opted 03.03.2024
Mr Simon Fuller Headteacher  

The full governing body meet once a term (6 times a year). The governors are also organised into two sub-committees.

  • Teaching and Learning and School Development
  • Finance, Resources and Premises

The Governing Body act as critical friends to the Headteacher and the school, their role includes

• helping to set the strategy for school improvement
• monitoring the effectiveness of the curriculum and assessment outcomes
• monitoring and helping to set standards of behaviour
• interviewing and recruiting staff
• monitoring the school budget in line with school development
• ensuring the school meets all statutory safeguarding duties

Chair of the Governing Body – Mr Brian Ridgway – I joined Renishaw School when my children were very small, as I felt at the time, and still do feel, that it’s important to support the school and it’s valuable contribution and place in the Community. I have seen many changes over the years not just in the shape of the school but in the way it’s administered with the introduction of IT and specialist teaching. We see more Renishaw Children going on to Higher Education including university than when I started. 

The school itself benefits from full computerisation in every classroom and a purpose built nursery and Reception, with specialist staff who get the children off to a flying start. This has been a team effort with Governors providing support to the head and staff . If I have been able to contribute in some small way , then volunteering all those years ago has been worth it .

Vice-Chair of the Governing Body – Miss Julie Meiner

Clerk to the Governing Body – Sheffield Clerking Service

Simon Fuller – Headteacher – It is my absolute please and indeed privilege to not only be Headteacher her at Renishaw Primary school, but also to be on the board of governors. A privilege that I never take for granted as I work with such an immense team of staff, governors a parents and most importantly children. 

As a governor, it requires me to keep the whole of the Governing Body updated as to the status and direction of the school, and to answer challenging questions. Challenging from the point of view that we need to do everything that we can to constantly make the school as good as it can possibly be. To get the very best that from this team and this community has to offer is an immense and privialged responsibility. Enjoyable  for from the fact I get to work with this exciting young team of staff , brilliant children and immensely supportive commnunity. 

I know that both roles run along the common thread of ensuring that I do everything possible to improve the lives of the children and families within school, and that all decisions are child-centred to enrich the lives of this community and to ensure that….We’re All Renishaw Aren’t We? …WARAW

Geoff Leyland –  I retired from my role as a senior adviser supporting schools in Derbyshire in July 2021. I have 38 years teaching experience including 18 years in Headship. I have also worked in HE for three years in initial teacher training. I’d like to think I bring a wealth of experience to share and support the school and governors. I have previously served as a Governor at Chesterfield College where I was the Chair of the Standards Committee. I have a keen interest in early years and I am the link governor for Year 1. As a grandad of a child in the school, I wanted to support the outstanding ethos Renishaw Primary School brings with its inclusivity and nurturing care for every single child. WARAW

Samantha Wardle – Staff Governor- 

Hi, I’m Sam Wardle, the SENCO at Renishaw Primary School and I represent the school staff at Governors’ meetings. 

This September will be my fifth year of teaching at Renishaw and third year as SENCO. In a previous life, I was an SEN teaching assistant so to now fulfil the role of SENCO is a huge privilege. I am committed not only to representing the staff at meetings, but also to share my passion of inclusion with others and make sure as a school, we are doing everything in our power to allow everyone to reach their full potential. 

Terri Homyard –  Parent Governor. As a former pupil of Renishaw Primary School, I loved that my own children went here and I feel very lucky for the opportunity to serve on the Governing Board.  I am passionate about ensuring that the school should continue to be a safe, fun and stimulating learning and caring environment.   My hope is that all of our staff and pupils will look back at their time here and have wonderful memories.  Our school, children, staff and community are something to be proud of and I love being part of that. WARAW

Michelle Lewis – Co – Opted Governor

 I believe early education is not only crucial to a child’s later academic achievements, but more importantly it is fundamental to the development of social, emotional and other life skills. It is for this reason that I wanted to be more involved with the school and have the opportunity to help Renishaw Primary School give its pupils the best start in life.

I don’t have any experience within the education system but I do have business experience in setting up systems and procedures that help meet and maintain standards.I hope to be able to support Renishaw Primary school in reaching and maintaining the standards required whilst keeping the needs of its pupils at the heart of all we do.I became a co-opted governor in March 2016 and am responsible for Data Protection and esafety. WARAW

Name of Governor

Category

Area Responsibility

Mr Brian Ridgway

LA

Chair of Governors

Staff Dismissal, Nominated Governor for Allegation of Physical/ Sexual Abuse against a member of staff      

Performance Management and Appeals Committee, Premises / Finance Committee,  HT’s Performance Management and Appeals Committee, Year 6 Link Governor

Ms Julie Meiner

Parent

Vice Chair of Governors

Child Protection / Safeguarding Governor / LAC Governor / SEN Governor / Single Central Record

Governor Development, Teaching, Learning and Development Committee, HT’s Performance Management Committee Chair, English

EYFS  Link Governor

Geoff Leyland

Co – Opted

HT’s Performance Management Committee, 

Teaching, Learning and Development Committee, School Website Compliance, PSHCE / RSE

Y1 Link Governor

Ms Michelle Lewis

Co opted

GDPR / Data Protection / E Safety Governor

Computing

Teaching, Learning and Development Committee

Y4 Link Governor

Mr Stephan Forrest

Parent

Premises / Finance Committee

Science / technology

Year 2 Link Governor

Mrs Terri Homyard

Parent

PE / Sports Premium

Performance Management  Committee,

Attendance

Premises / Finance Committee

Y3 Link Governor

Mr Matthew Bullock

Parent

Premises / Finance Committee

Performance Management and Appeals Committee,

Pupil Premium / Maths

Y5 Link Governor                                                                                           

Ms Sam Wardle

Teacher

Staff Representative

Teaching, Learning and Development Committee

SENCO

Mr Simon Fuller

Head Teacher

Ex-officio

Premises / Finance Committee

Teaching, Learning and Development Committee

The Governing Body Terms of Reference

FAQ – become a school governor