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As Chair of de Stafford’s Governing Body, I’d like to introduce you to our Governors and to let you know what our roles and responsibilities are. 

We have three core functions:

  • To set the strategic direction of the school
  • To hold the Headteacher to account for the educational performance and the care of the students
  • And to ensure financial health, probity and value for money.

We are a dedicated team of volunteers made up of staff, parents, local people, and people nominated by the Local Authority who bring with us a strong and varied skill set, including expertise in primary and secondary education, finance, accounting, health & safety, human resources, and property management.  We are committed to raising standards of achievement and ensuring every student at de Stafford receives a high quality education. 

Please scroll down on this page for a summary of the make-up of the Governing Body, and look at the "About Us" page for information on our skills and backgrounds.

 Should you wish to contact me, please email me at alison.etheridge@destafford.org.uk.

Alison Etheridge

Name Governor Type Appointing Body Governor Status   Start of Term of Office End of Term of Office
Alison Etheridge Co-opted Full Governing Body Chair FGB   1 Dec 2014 30 Nov 2018
Roger Easter Co-opted Full Governing Body     1 Dec 2014 30 Nov 2018
Cathy Emmott Partnership Full Governing Body     1 Dec 2014 30 Nov 2018
Clare Wingrave Partnership Full Governing Body Vice Chair   1 Dec 2014 30 Nov 2018
Jeremy Garner Headteacher Ex-officio     n/a n/a
Kate Forde Parent Parents     23 Sept 2013 22 Sept 2017
Alison Hill Parent Parents     23 Sept 2013 22 Sept 2017
Elizabeth Robinson Staff Staff     20 May 2013 19 May 2017
Simon Roos Parent Parents     23 Sept 2013 22 Sept 2017
Emma Skipper Parent Parents     23 Sept 2013 22 Sept 2017
Rowan Spurgin Co-opted Full Governing Body Vice Chair   29 April 2015 28 April 2019
Kenneth Wheeler Local Authority Full Governing Body Special Educational Needs   24 June 2015 23 June 2019
Andrew Faulkner Associate Full Governing Body     29 April 2015 28 April 2019


  1. Standing Orders of the Governing Body
  • "The Headteacher, ably supported by his senior team, provides good leadership." OFSTED
  • "Students make good progress in English and Mathematics and in most other subject areas." OFSTED
  • "Teaching is good overall." OFSTED
  • "Middle leaders' clear focus on raising the quality of learning and teaching for different groups of students in their subject areas has led to improved outcomes." OFSTED
  • "Students behaviour is good. The vast majority of students behave in a mature and respectful manner in lessons and around the school." OFSTED
  • "Parents and their children are rightly proud of the school. They recognise that it offers a caring community where students are kept safe and their welfare matters greatly." OFSTED
  • "The Headteacher has shown strong and determined leadership and has achieved substantial improvements in the quality of teaching and students' outcomes since the last inspection." OFSTED
  • "Middle leaders trust and respect the Governors and senior leaders." OFSTED
  • "Teachers and Teaching Assistants feel well supported to bring about improvements." OFSTED
  • "Leaders ensure that careers advice and guidance is well organised and effective." OFSTED
  • "Social and academic mentoring time is used well, to monitor and support individual students' progress and reflect on current affairs." OFSTED
  • "Governors share the Headteacher's aims and vision for the school and they manage the performance of the Headteacher well." OFSTED
  • "Governors have successfully challenged leaders to raise the quality of teaching and learning and hold them to account for further improvements." OFSTED
  • "Systems to track students' progress have improved since the last inspection." OFSTED
  • "Teachers use a consistent approach to marking across the school." OFSTED
  • "Students are safe and secure in the school, and they feel well looked after." OFSTED
  • "Staff care a great deal about students' achievement and personal development and so working relationships between staff and students are very strong." OFSTED
  • "Learning about e-safety has an appropriately high status." OFSTED
  • "The behaviour of pupils is good." OFSTED
  • "This is a happy, caring and purposeful school with a calm and businesslike atmosphere. Students conduct themselves well around the site at all times. Nearly all students are confident, polite and respectful to staff, visitors and each other.They know the standards expected of them and take a pride in their uniform and their school." OFSTED
  • "Outcomes are consistently good in most subject areas." OFSTED
  • "High-quality careers information, and good links with local colleges, ensure that students are confident and well placed for the next stage of their education, employment or training."
  • "This school is limitless. It enables you to develop your talents no matter what they are." Student Comment