Governing Body

The Governing body of New Mill Infant School is currently made up of 10 members drawn from different parts of the school and local community.

Currently there is one local authority governor, two co-opted staff governors, one parent governor and four co-opted governors representative of the school and community. In addition we currently have an associate governor.

The Full Governing Body meet four times a year. The School Improvement and the Resources Committees meet half termly or more regularly depending on the needs of the school.


Dawn Whiteley LA Governor - Chair
Leigh Fleming Co-opted Community - Vice
Veronica Baldwin Co-opted Community
Sean Robertshaw Co-opted Community
Emma Pescod Co-opted Community
Louise Coffey Parent
Evelyne Barrow Head Teacher
Ann Barnes Associate Member
Louise Armitage Co-opted Staff
Gillian Holden Co-opted Staff


Follow this link for more information about our governors


There are six sub committees, these are:



Standards and Curriculum

Complaints / Pupil Discipline

Staff Dismissal

Dismissal Appeals


The following links provide further details on our Governing Body

Attendance register for full Governing Body meetings can be found here


Members of the sub committees

Governors register of business interests 



The Governors meet twice per term to discuss matters of school and LA business. Sub-committee meetings are also held regularly.

The role of the parent Governor

Parent Governors play a vital role at the school, holding the unique position of having a parental viewpoint – through their children, they have a first hand experience of the delivery of the curriculum, and how the school is perceived.  This enables them to bring a different perspective to the strategic management of the school.

Parent governors are representative parents rather than representatives of parents. 
To effectively fulfill the role, parent governors should:

  • Make themselves known to the parent body
  • Listen impartially to concerns raised by parents
  • Guide parents regarding appropriate lines of action and procedures
  • Present a balanced view of issues, representing different sections of the community

Powers and Duties

The legal responsibilities of the Governing Body include helping to establish the aims and policies of the school. They have a duty to ensure the effective running of the school by assisting with the School Development Plan, the Annual Budget, the selection and promotion of staff, and health and safety issues.  

The Head Teacher is responsible for the internal organisation of the school.


School Policies
These are formulated by the whole staff, in conjunction with the Governing Body in relation to the National Curriculum, Religious Education, Behaviour, Special Needs, Safeguarding and internal procedures. They are reviewed and amended regularly. Copies of policies can be requested from the Head Teacher at any time.
It is the policy of the Governing Body that curriculum aims are set in accordance with LA guidelines and that teacher expectations are of a high standard.