King James' School

The Governing Body

The King James’s Governing Body is made up of 15 Governors:

  • two Parent Governors who are elected by parents and are parents (or carers) of a child at the school. Their role is to give a parent’s perspective on discussions and decisions - to speak as parents, not for parents
  • one Local Authority Governor who is appointed by the Governing Body
  • two Staff Governors (the Head plus one member of staff elected by and from staff at the school)
  • ten Co-opted Governors who are appointed by the Governing Body based on skills.

The standard term of office for a governor is four years. The Chair and Vice Chair are elected annually at the first meeting of the academic year.

In December 2015 the Governing Body decided to move away from the committee structure used in the past. All business is now considered at full governing body meetings. An executive finance group meets four times a year and other working groups will be set up as needed.

Download an overview of the Governing Body, including role, structure, delegation of functions, terms of reference and remits of link governors.

Andrew Knight, Chair of Governors

  • Co-opted Governor until 8 December 2019
  • Link Governor for Maths and Science
  • Curriculum & Data Governor
  • Governor attendance 2016/17: 3/6 Full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: none
  • Other school governor roles held: none

Sarah Tabor, Vice Chair of Governors

  • Elected Parent Governor until 12 February 2019
  • Link Governor for Drama and Art
  • Safeguarding Governor
  • Governor attendance 2016/17: 6/6 Full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: none
  • Other school governor roles held: none

 Pat Dunnill

  • Co-opted Governor until 25 November 2017
  • Link Governor for PSHCEE
  • SEN Governor
  • Health & Safety Governor
  • Governor attendance 2016/17: 5/6 Full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: none
  • Other school governor roles held: none

Rebecca Evans

  • Co-opted Governor until 24 February 2019
  • Link Governor for English
  • Staffing Governor
  • Governor attendance 2016/17: 5/6 Full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: none
  • Other school governor roles held: none

Heather Hartmann

  • LA Governor until 1 September 2021
  • Link Governor for History
  • Pastoral Governor
  • Meeting attendance 2016/17: new governor
  • Register of financial and business interests: none
  • Other school governor roles held: none

 John Heap

  • Co-opted Governor until 25 November 2017
  • Link Governor for Music and Computing & IT
  • Pupil Premium Governor
  • Governor attendance 2016/17: 3/6 Full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: none
  • Other school governor roles held: none

Andrew Howard

  • Co-opted Governor until 16 May 2021
  • Link Governor for PE
  • Attendance Governor
  • Meeting attendance 2016/17: 1/1 Full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: Wife, Debbie Howard, is Director of The Poster Point, which sells educational posters and is also Clerk to the Governing Body
  • Other school governor roles held: none

Dennis James

  • Associate Member until 27 September 2018
  • Meeting attendance 2016/17: 5/6 Full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: Shareholder in myknowledgemap.com, which produces educational software
  • Other school governor roles held: none

Mark McKenzie

  • Co-opted Governor until 16 May 2021
  • Link governor for Business & Social Sciences
  • Sixth Form Governor
  • Meeting attendance 2016/17: 1/1 Full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: none
  • Other school governor roles held: none

Sophie Ramplin

  • Co-opted Governor until 15 May 2018, non-teaching staff
  • Governor attendance 2016/17: 4/6 Full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: none
  • Other school governor roles held: none

Mike Smith

  • Co-opted Governor until 16 May 2021
  • Link Governor for Design & Technology
  • Careers & Information, Advice & Guidance Governor
  • Meeting attendance 2016/17: 0/1 Full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: none
  • Other school governor roles held: none

Rob Snow

  • Elected Staff Governor until 28 September 2019
  • Governor attendance 2016/17: 6/6 Full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: none
  • Other school governor roles held: none

Carl Sugden

  • A member of the Governing Body by virtue of position in school as Headteacher
  • Governor attendance 2016/17: 5/6 full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: Headteacher
  • Other school governor roles held: none

Rob Whitehead

  • Co-opted Governor until 24 February 2019
  • Link Governor for Geography and RE
  • Business Services Governor
  • Governor attendance 2016/17: 5/6 Full Governing Body meetings
  • Register of financial and business interests: Partner, Jolliffe Cork LLP, Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors
  • Other school governor roles held: none


Jane Hall

  • Parent Governor, resigned 9 February 2017

Steve Johnson

  • LA Governor, resigned 1 September 2017