School Governors

We would like to welcome you to the Governors section on our school website. We hope you enjoy looking through the website to find out about Longwood Primary school and see some of the wonderful pictures and work that our children are currently doing.

There are twelve Governors on Longwood’s Governing Body and we work with the Head Teacher Mrs. James and her staff to ensure Longwood pupils get the best from their time in the school. Mrs James with assistance from the Senior Leadership team is responsible for day-to-day management of the school. The Governors, in co-operation with the Head Teacher, set the school’s aims, strategies, and policies and fulfil other important roles. Over the years the Governing Body has taken many important strategic decisions that have influenced the life of the school, including becoming part of the Tame Valley Cooperative Learning Trust in 2013.

Longwood Primary School Governing Body

Name Governor Type Term From Term To Roles Committee Register of Interests
Mrs Tessa Berry Co-opted governor

12 Jun 2019 11 Jun 2023 Governor Teaching and Learning
Mrs Emma Caswell Parent governor

02 Feb 2016 1 Feb 2020 Governor Leadership and Management
Mrs Diane Chalkley Foundation governor

06 Feb 2018 5 Feb 2022 Governor Leadership and Management CMC Catering Consultants
Mr Alan Croome Foundation governor

12 Dec 2019 11 Dec 2023 Governor Leadership and Management
Mrs Stacey Ellis Parent governor

12 Dec 2019 11 Dec 2023 Governor Teaching and Learning
Mrs Lucy Hateley Associate Member

12 Dec 2019 11 Dec 2023 Associate Leadership and Management Lichfield District Council
Mrs Pauline James Headteacher

Governor All Large Impact Creations
Melvin Martin Co-opted governor

17 Dec 2017 16 Dec 2021 Governor Leadership and Management
Mrs Rachel Matthews Staff governor

24 Nov 2019 23 Nov 2023 Governor Teaching and Learning
Mr Brian Mulligan Co-opted governor

22 Nov 2017 21 Nov 2021 ViceChair Teaching and Learning A.M. Education
Mrs Rachel Price Parent governor

12 Dec 2019 11 Dec 2023 Governor Teaching and Learning
Mrs Helen Tonks Local Authority Governor
( Staffordshire County Council )
11 Sep 2019 10 Sep 2023 Chair All

Governors Attendance 2019-20

Y = Attended, N = Apologies Accepted, NR = Not Required, R = Resigned 

Governor Governor Type

Teaching and Learning Committee Autumn Term


Leadership and Management Committee Autumn Term


Full Governing Board Meeting Autumn Term


Teaching and Learning Committee Spring Term


Leadership and Management Committee Spring Term Cancelled


Full Governing Board Meeting Spring Term


Teaching and Learning Committee Summer Term


Leadership and Management Committee Summer Term


Full Governing Board Summer Term           


Mrs Tessa Berry Co-opted Y NR Y Y N
Mrs Emma Caswell Parent NR N N NR N
Mrs Diane Chalkley Foundation NR N Y NR Y
Mr Alan Croome Foundation NR NR Y NR Y
Mrs Stacey Ellis Parent NR NR Y NA Y
Mrs Lucy Hateley Associate NR Y Y NR Y
Mrs Pauline James Headteacher Y Y Y Y Y
Melvin Martin Co-opted NR Y Y Y N
Mrs Rachel Matthews Staff Y Y Y Y Y
Mr Brian Mulligan Co-opted Y NR Y Y Y
Mrs Rachel Price Parent NR NR Y Y Y
Mrs Jane Rowlands Foundation N N R R R
Mrs Helen Tonks Authority NR NR Y N Y
Mr Jason Ward Parent NR N R R R

The Governing Body are the strategic planners of the school and we:

  • Appoint the Head Teacher who is responsible for the day to day management of the school
  • Agree policies and practice which allows the Head Teacher and staff to carry out their responsibilities
  • Agree principles and targets for improvement
  • Support and challenge the Head Teacher

Individual Governors will also be involved in some of the following:

  • The financial management of the school
  • Head Teacher performance management
  • School improvement plan
  • Staff appointments

Our Governors

All Governors, once appointed, share the collective responsibilities and work as a team. Monitoring is carried out by all governors focusing on issues highlighted in the School Improvement Plan and several governors also take on other responsibilities e.g. health and safety.

We are proud of our school and feel privileged to support Mrs James and the staff on the journey of continuous improvement in delivering a varied and stimulating education for our children.