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What is a school governor?

School governors are volunteers who help to run the school. Most schools work with a group of school governors – together they’re called the ‘governing body’. They’re involved in decisions about all aspects of managing the school – such as running buildings and budgets, supporting staff and setting standards of school discipline.

Governors also help to make big decisions about the school’s long-term goals. They support headteachers, but also ask questions and make sure the headteacher is taking the school in the right direction.

Below is a list of the current Priory Academy Governing Body.

  Contact (through school office 01909 478886 unless separate email shown) START DATE END DATE




The Reverend Nicolas Spicer

(Incumbent – ex-officio) 19 Nov 2007  


(DBE nomination)

(following resignation of Mr Ian Barnes on 12 Sept 2018)


Mrs Mary Howe

(DBE nomination) 14 June 2017 13 June 2021

Mrs Helen Hurt

(PCC nomination) 1 Sept 2014 31 Aug 2022

Mrs Sara Daly

(Acting Chair)

(PCC nomination) 1 Sept 2018 31 August 2022

Mr Robert Thistlethwaite

(PCC nomination) 1 Sept 2016 31 Aug 2020





Mrs Susan Rawson

(Deputy Head Teacher) 1 Sept 2018  

Mr Callum Anderson

(Staff Governor) 11 Dec 2018 10 Dec 2022



Mr Craig Barnett 14 June 2017

13 June 2021



Anna Bagshaw 6 July 2018 5 July 2022

LA (1)


Mrs Gwynneth Jones 7 Jan 2017 6 Jan 2021


Mr Phil Abbott

(headteacher) 1 Sept 2011