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The Partnership of Birchwood and Holbrook Primary School's Governing Body consists of able and committed governors who are passionate about the school and the place it holds at the centre of the local community. "There exists a very open and honest relationship between leaders and governors. As a consequence, governors understand the school’s current priorities and the improvements that leaders have identified. They readily challenge leaders and visit the school to check on progress towards those priorities" (OFSTED 2016).  Governors, along with leaders, are constantly looking to further develop the strategic links that the school has with other schools and the community. 

3 Core Functions of the Governing Body

Partnership of Birchwood and Holbook Primary Schools


Co Chair of Governors

Penny Longford

Paul Hesketh


Co Vice Chair of Governors

Mike Phelan

Keith Ferguson


Co opted Governors

Andy Dallas

Barry Hall

Robin Till

Paul Stenning



LA Governor

Paul Firman


Parent Governors

Naomi Shenton



Staff Governors

Steve Cloke (Exec HT)

Lucy Johns


Associate Governors

Sara Gale

Chris Perry

Melanie Davies

All of our Governors are attached to subject leaders in school as well as looking at provision for vulnerable pupils (SEND and Pupil Premium) and checking that safeguarding is effective.  Our very active Governing Body have a range of skill sets from across the community (for example, decades of Headship experience of Primary School to strategic leads of international expertise).