The Highway Primary School


The Role of the Governing Body

School Governors are the equivalent of the Board of Directors and make decisions about the strategic direction of The Highway Primary School.

The Governing Body meets twice a term as a whole group. School Governors have legal duties, powers and responsibilities. They can only act collectively, not individually. The Governors are made up of parents, members of staff and co-opted members (people appointed by the governing body, who, in the opinion of the governing body have the skills required to contribute to the effective governance and success of the school).

 Governors - information for 2020-21

 Please click here

Meet the Governors

Alex Birks-Agnew
Chair of Governors

Kathryn Clemmey
Vice-Chair of Governors

Debora Brockwell
Co-Opted Governor

Jeff Wickett

Co-opted Governor

Penny Hill

Co-opted Governor


Mark Palmer
Co-opted Governor


    Leanne Sutton
Parent Governor


Anita Williamson

Parent Governor

Clare Hallett

Staff Governor


























Parent Governors:

  • Typically have a child in the School
  • Are elected by parents of children at the School
  • Serve for a period of four years.

Parent Governors bring the views of parents to the Governing Body but they speak and act as individuals. They are not delegates or mouthpieces of parents and they do not vote for all parents in general. They have equal status and voting rights in the work of the Governing Body.

Co-opted Governors:

  • Are appointed by the Governing Body
  • Typically have a specific skill or expertise that will prove helpful to the Governing Body
  • Serve for a period of four years.

Staff Governors:

  • Must be employed by The Highway Primary School
  • Are elected by all staff employed by The Highway Primary School
  • Serve for a period of four years.

The full Governing Body meets to discuss developments and looks at specific aspects of school life. At present the Governing Body has the following committees:

  • The Pay & Personnel Committee which is responsible for overseeing school appointments and pay decisions
  • The Governing Body has a Discipline Panel, a Complaints and Grievances Committee and an Appeals Panel that meet as required to hear cases relating to discipline within the school, complaints, or appeals from parents.

There are specific Governors also looking at and working on:

  • Safeguarding/SEN/Pupil Premium
  • Achievement & Curriculum
  • Resources
  • Risk
  • Pupil, Parent & Community

Adopted minutes of Governors' meetings are always available from the School Office for anyone to read.

If you wish to contact the Governing Body please address your correspondence to “Chair of the Governing Body, The Highway Primary School” and pass it to the School Office who will forward it to Mr Alex Birks-Agnew.  Mr Birks-Agnew can also be contacted by email at

No governor has any pecuniary or business interests which would be likely to lead to questions of bias in their relationship with the school

All Business Interests of Members and Governors are outlined here:

Governors Register of Interests 2019-20 - please click here

For the Minutes from Governor Meetings please click here

For Governor Attendance 2018-2019 please click here

For Governor Attendance 2019-2020 please click here