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St. Andrews CE Methodist Primary School

Our Governors

The governing body at St Andrew's is led by Craig Handford as Chair of Governors.  Donald King is our vice chair of governors.  The governing body of St Andrew’s CE Methodist Primary School are a group of parents, staff and members of local churches and the wider community.  They promote the highest standards of educational achievement for our children.

Meet our Governors


Meet our Governors (ID 1087)

  • Craig Handford
    Chair of Governors
  • Donald King
    Vice Chair
  • Marc Howell
    Curriculum Committee
  • Jean Worth
    Personnel Committee
  • Barry Jex
    Personnel Committee
  • Matthew Swift
    Premises Committee
  • John Clapham
    Head teacher
  • Kate Ward
    Staff Governor
  • Julie Price
    Curriculum Committee
  • Robert Mason
    Premises Committee
  • Lindsey Minott
    Finance Committee
  • David Rigby
    Premises and Personnel Committee


About the Governors 

The team of Governors at St Andrews is committed to ensuring the school values are used so children are nurtured, supported and challenged to reach their full potential.

Our main role is to be a 'critical friend' to the school. The Governing Board's key functions are:

1.Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;

2. Holding the Headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and

3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent. 

The work of the Governing Board is undertaken by four main committees and the Full Governing Board. The four committees that report into the Full Governing Board have their own individual terms of reference and responsibilities. These committees are:

  • Curriculum Committee
  • Personal Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Premises Committee

Through these Committees we agree:

  • The school’s vision and aims
  • Define the strategic direction of our school
  • Plan for the future improvement of our school.
  • Set targets, objectives and monitor progress of our school.
  • Approve the annual budget.
  • Ensure our school’s resources are used as intended

These committees typically meet once every term and report to the Full Governing Board which meets at least 4 times a year.

The full list of our Governors and their individual responsibilities are available on the school website.

To view the Annual Statement 2022/23 please click here.

Governor Vision Statement

Vision and Values

As Governors we understand the importance of ensuring the school has a clear Christian Vision and these are inclusive to all children irrespective of faith, backgrounds or disabilities. Governors welcome, accept and support the active development of all staffing both teaching and non-teaching. Governors have a role to ensure that this Vision is enacted and is part of the school culture.

The Governors support the school's values:

“Let love and kindness be the motivation behind all that you do” (1 Corinthians 16:14)

  • We value and respect every member of our school community as a unique child of God.
  • Each child is nurtured, supported and challenged to reach their full potential.
  • Our values of kindness, trust and perseverance underpin our skills-based curriculum through rich and varied enquiry led experiences.
  • “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not easily angered. It keeps no record of wrongs, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)


  • St Andrew’s CE Methodist Primary School aims to promote a caring, Christian ethos and provide a safe, happy working environment which values everyone in it.
  • We strive to develop to the full, the potential of each individual child.
  • We aim to provide a love for learning through a creative, relevant curriculum which encourages independent thinkers and learners for life.
  • We aim to uphold high standards of conduct, behaviour and respect shown to all members of our school at all times.
  • At St Andrew’s, we believe in fostering a supportive, open environment in which the qualities of willingness, equality, fairness and kindness are an integral part of all activities within school.

To make this happen we will:

  • Ensure that the curriculum is broad and balanced, meets national requirements, offers opportunities for enrichment, maximises the potential of all children and is based on the values found within the teachings of Jesus.
  • Provide a learning environment which encourages children to attain the highest standards they can in all subjects, but especially in Literacy, Numeracy and Science and RE. Encourage self-discipline through independent learning, enquiry and investigative skills.
  • Promote the development of a positive self-image, self-confidence and self-worth and to value and develop individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Celebrate and develop the creativity within each child.
  • Teach our children to read fluently, listen carefully, to develop a legible style of handwriting and to communicate clearly and confidently in speech and writing.
  • Nurture our children within a Christian ethos, experiencing meaningful collective worship, respecting all cultures, religions and differences throughout our world.
  • Ensure that each child is familiar with information technology and to apply it in their everyday lives.
  • Build positive and supportive relationships within our school community, valuing and welcoming the important contribution made by parents and friends of the school.
  • Help to develop faith in each individual within our school.
  • Maintain and extend the positive links with St. Andrew’s Church and other churches in our parish.
  • Provide an inclusive environment which ensures access to all aspects and facilities of our school, in line with the national recommendations for accessibility.
  • To respect the fact that every child matters and to embrace the five areas of children’s personal development: adopting a healthy lifestyle, feeling safe and adopting safe practices, enjoying their learning, making a positive contribution to the community, preparing for their future economic well-being.

As a Governing Body, we act as the critical friends of the school and work with school leaders to ensure the school environment is safe, hold the Head Teacher to account to ensure the educational performance of all pupils and staff. As Governors we visit and meet with leaders frequently asking difficult questions as required, visit the school during lesson times to ensure we have a good feel and understanding of school performance to hold the Head Teacher to account.





Paul Mellars

Anglican Foundation


Ex Officio

Barry Jex

Anglican Foundation


Ex Officio

Jean Worth

Anglican Foundation



Craig Handford

Anglican Foundation



Julie Price

Methodist Foundation



Donald King

Methodist Foundation


Ex Officio

Matthew Swift

 Methodist Foundation




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John Clapham

Headteacher Ex Officio

Kate Ward




Marc Howell

Local Authority




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 Governor Roles and Responsibilities:

Please click here to see all statutory information on the roles and responsibilities of our governors.

Register of Business Interests:

A register of business interests is kept by the clerk to governors and updated annually.