Lovers’ Lane Governing Body

Hello and a very warm welcome from the governing body of Lovers’ Lane Primary School.

The Governing Body has seen several changes over the Spring Term.

Mr Richard Marshall has agreed to take on the Chair of Governors role. He works for an Academy Trust with specific responsibility for Finance. His expertise will help us with budget matters, staffing matters and business areas of the school.

Mrs Janice Addison, a retired Executive Head and experienced governor, has joined as an associate with specific oversight of school improvement.

Mrs Diane Poole continues as safeguarding and health and safety governor and has a wealth of experience in this field.

Mrs Elizabeth Duffell will lead on Early Years and English utilising her vast knowledge having recently retired from primary headship.

Mr Richard Davison has a background in accountancy and is already impacting on standards ensuring we comply with financial regulations.

We are delighted to be joined by two colleagues, Mr Tom Fox and Mr Max Geldard, from a local secondary school who are willing and eager to support us with curriculum and aspects of health and safety.

Mrs Nicholson is our new staff governor.

As a newly formed group we will work with Mrs Graham and Miss Hodgkinson to ensure the best experiences for your children and will do whatever it takes to help all children reach their potential and be happy in

The next formal Governors meeting will be in May 2024 and the Governing Body will be looking at children’s progress and how we can help them further. In addition, we are looking at the learning environment in order to determine how this can be improved. 

Structure and Responsibilities of the Governing Body at Lovers’ Lane Primary and Nursery School

The Governing Body of Lovers’ Lane Primary and Nursery School meets on a termly basis as a Full Governing Body to make decisions concerning the overall direction of the School.  The members are drawn from various backgrounds and it is always the intention of the Governing Body to be as open as possible in fulfilling its aims.  Their main role is to support the Headteacher and staff; the phrase often used to describe the role is ‘a critical friend’. The Governing Body is not responsible for the day to day operation of the school – that is a matter for the Headteacher.

The governors legal duties include:

  • Setting the strategic direction, policies and targets for the school
  • Approving the school budget
  • Reviewing progress against the school’s budget and objectives
  • Appointing, challenging and supporting the Headteacher

In Spring Term 2022, governors approved a change of delegation and moved to  x 2 Full Governing Body meetings per term, subsuming committee delegation into the Full Governing Body scheme. Pay Committee has been retained and it does not include staff governors as it deals with issues relating to staff pay.

Register of Business Interests

The Governing Body has a legal duty to act only in the interests of the school.  Where a situation arises in which a governor cannot do this due to a personal interest, steps are taken to identify, prevent and record the conflict in the governing body minutes.  A declaration of interest is included on every governing body meeting Agenda.  In addition to this all governors complete a declaration annually.

Lovers’ Lane Primary and Nursery School Governing Body Structure

There are several categories of governor appointed by different groups who have an interest in the school. 

Constitution of the Governing Body

The governing body must be constituted in line with the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2003.  These regulations cover the number and type (category) of governors that make up the governing body.

There are Co-opted Governors, Local Authority Governors & Parent Governors at Lovers’ Lane Primary and Nursery. The governing body has a current constitution of eleven governors consisting of:

  • 1 x Headteacher
  • 1 x Staff Governor
  • 1 x Local Authority Governor
  • 2 x Parent Governors
  • 6 x Co-opted Governors  

Some of the governors take on several roles which can be seen below.

Meet the Governors

            Miss Jenny Hodgkinson                
Vice Chair of Governors/Headteacher

                  Mr Richard Marshall                 
Chair of Governors

                   Mrs Amy Graham                    
Acting Headteacher

             Mrs Janice Addison            
Co-opted Governor

Mrs Cath Morrison
Co-opted Governor

           Mrs Diana Poole           
Co-opted Governor/Health and Safety Governor

Mrs Elizabeth Duffell
Co-opted Governor/Early Years and English Governor

Mrs P Nicholson
Staff Governor

Mr Richard Davison
Co-opted Governor

Mr Tom Fox
Co-opted Governor

Parent Governor

Mr Max Geldard
Co-opted Governor

Contact the Governors

If you need to contact the Governors for any reason (other than can be dealt reasonably by the Head Teacher), please email Mr Richard Marshall on


Display copy minutes of Governor meetings are available at the school office.  Please ask if you would like to see them.  Note: Display copy minutes are available after the meeting at which they have been approved.