Primary School


Primary School


Being a School Governor


Governors have a vital role. They help set the strategic direction of the school and ensure it delivers on its responsibilities. This requires a group of committed people from many walks of life with a mix of skills and experience. They all share an interest in education, a desire to help the school and an enquiring mind.


Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements other than a commitment to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. The most important thing is that governors have skills to contribute and the willingness to learn and develop their abilities as governors.


This is a part-time, voluntary role which is very rewarding and interesting.



Become a School Governor

* Share your Skills * Make a Difference *




We currently have vacancies on the Governing Body for Community Governors. If you are interested in joining us, you can pick up an information pack from the school office or download it below.

Meet the Governors

Who Are the School’s Governors?

We have 13 governors representing different stakeholders in the school and the community. We always look to have:


  • 1 Trust governor

  • 7 Community governors;

  • 2 Elected parent governors;

  • 2 Staff governors; and

  • the Headteacher


The best governing boards are made up of people with varying skills sets and interests. At Gamesley we all have a specific responsibility (for which no prior experience is needed) and sit together every month to focus on the Teaching and Learning and the Resources aspects of the school (such as finance, budgeting, personnel, buildings). The table below lists our current governors, their roles and business interests.

We are always happy to answer any questions about school governance and our work, or to hear from individuals who may be interested in becoming school governors. We can be contacted via the School Office at




Commencement of current 4 year term

Link to Gamesley

Business/pecuniary Interests






Gemma Jackson

Parent Governor and Chair of Governors

March 2019

Local parent

RSA group plc






Gemma Parkin

Trust Governor

December 2018


Deputy Headteacher of Mellor Primary School


Mike Greenwood

Parent Governor

December 2018

Local parent

Director of Kompelec


Matt Arrigonie

Community Governor

July 2019

Local parent

Co-op food regional manager






Tammy Snape

Staff Governor

December 2018

Pastoral manager at the school



Simon Thirlwell


Community Governor February 2019 Husband of staff member  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP






Deborah Meredith


December 2018(no end of term date)








Bernadette Thirlwell

Clerk to the Governors

December 2018




Governor Attendance during 2019/20
Michael Greenwood 5 out of 5
Deborah Meredith 5 out of 5
Gemma Parkin 4 out of 5
Tammy Snape 4 out of 5
Simon Thirlwell 5 out of 5
Gemma Jackson 5 out of 5
Matt Arrigonie 4 out of 5


Governor Attendance during 2018/19 (from 1 December 2018)
Sarah Willett 4 out of 4 (resigned May 2019)
Mike Greenwood 5 out of 5
Deborah Meredith 5 out of 5
Gemma Parkin 4 out of 5
Jo Jackson 4 out of 4 (resigned July 2019)
Tammy Snape 4 out of 5
Rachel Abbotts 2 out of 2 (appointed February 2019, resigned June 2019)
Simon Thirlwell 3 out of 3 (appointed February 2019)
Gemma Jackson 3 out of 3 (appointed February 2019)


Governor Attendance during 2018/19 (to 30 November 2018)
Sarah Willett 2 out of 2
Charlotte Gage 1 out of 2
Jen Heath 0 out of 1 (resigned October 2019)
Deborah Meredith 2 out of 2
Caroline Crane 1 out of 2
Lydia Regan 2 ot of 2
Mike Greenwood 2 out of 2
Carrie Finn 1 out of 1 (resigned October 2019)
Gemma Parkin 2 out of 2