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Our Governing Body

At Whitecross Nursery School we have a team of governors that work as volunteers to support the school.  Their role is to support and challenge the Headteacher, to help set the vision and strategic direction of the school and to ensure that our school is the very best it could be.

Governors have a wide range of responsibilities.  These include tasks such as:

  • Ensuring that the school meets its legal responsibilities.
  • Setting the school budget.
  • Making decisions about the school building and premises.
  • Setting school policies.
  • Appointing staff and making decisions about current staffing.
  • Looking at how well groups of pupils are performing and ensuring action is taken if there are any concerns.

We have five full governing body meetings each year.  During these meetings we look at a wide range of information to find out how well the school is performing.  Our Headteacher provides a detailed report at three of these meetings and we also look at data and other information so that we can make our own decisions about how well things are going.  We also have six subcommittee meetings each year looking at progress & attainment and also school finance.

To support the work that goes on, governors visit school as often as possible.  We particularly enjoy talking to the children about their interests and accompanying them on visits in the local environment.

We are proud to have a committed governing body that is made up of a team of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

The Governing Body of Whitecross Nursery School

Chair of Governing Body & Co-opted Governor – Claire Devey

Vice Chair of Governing Body & Co-opted Governor – Vikki Small

Staff Governor - Roz Walker-Smith

SEND & Co-opted Governor - Susan Wall

Safeguarding & Co-opted Governor - Julie Jennens              

Local Authority Governor - VACANCY

Headteacher - Claire FitzPatrick

Parent Governor - Clare Cole

Parent Governor - David Galloway

Co-opted Governor - Jayne Staves

Co-opted Governor - Helen Nelson

Clerk to Governors - Julie Fowler

If you would like to contact our governing body, then please email our clerk at