Lovers’ Lane Governing Body

Message from the Chair

Hello and a very warm welcome from the governing body of Lovers Lane Primary School. As governors we are all extremely proud to be part of this wonderful school. A school at the heart of a fantastic community where we work together as parents, children, staff and leaders to be the best that we can be in delivering a high quality, safe and nurturing learning environment for each and every child.   

Our children are at the heart of all we do, and as parents and carers you are an integral part of our whole school community and your feedback valued.   I hope that as you look through the information, you will be able to join with us in sharing the commitment, enthusiasm, and aspiration we have for every single child and their families.

Alex Raynor (Chair of Governors)

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

                  Mrs Alexandra Raynor                 
Chair of Governors/ Local Authority Governor/Safeguarding Governor

            Miss Jenny Hodgkinson                
Vice Chair of Governors/Headteacher

                   Mr Ian Talbot                    
Vice Chair of Governors/Health & Safety Governor/Safeguarding Governor

             Mr Tom Cragg             
Co-opted Governor

Mrs Cath Morrison
Co-opted Governor

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

Co-opted Governor

Mrs Amy Graham
Staff Governor

Mr Richard Marshall
Co-opted Governor/Pupil Premium Governor

Parent 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 Mrs Alexandra Raynor 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.