The Governing Body at Mattersey Primary School is responsible for:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the Head Teacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it is money well spent.


The Governing Body at Mattersey Primary School is determined by an Instrument of Government and re-constituted (11 March 2015) as per the requirements of The School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations, 2012.  The Governing Body is made up of seven Governors:

2 Parent Governors - elected from the parent body
1 Local Education Authority Governor - appointed by the LEA
2 Staff Governors (including the Head Teacher)
1 Co-Opted Governor - appointed by the Governing Body for specific skills and to represent the community

The current membership of our Governing Body is:

Chair: Mr Chris Bailey, Local Authority Governor (24/11/2014 - 22/11/2018)
Vice Chair and Parent Governor: Mrs Helen Bell (26/11/2014 - 25/09/2018)
Parent Governor: Mrs Sharon McDougall (12/10/2016 - 11/10/2020)
Parent Governor: Miss Billie-Jean Clarricoates (11/10/2017 - 10/10/2021)

LEA Governor: Vacancy
Co-Opted Governor: Mr Richard Ashcroft (27/06/2016 - 26/06/2020)
Head Teacher: Mr Paul Higginbottom (01/09/2015)
Acting Head of School: Mrs Lucy Wilson (20/11/2017 - 19/11/2018)

The key document for anyone interested in the governance of the school or in becoming a governor can be found at:

Work of the Governing Body:
The work of the Governing Body is in the public domain, subject to confidentiality, and all documents are available via the School Office.

Governance is included in the Leadership and Management section of OFSTED's school inspection that was rated 'Good' in November 2017.

If you would like to know more about school inspections carried out by Ofsted, click on the link below:

Ofsted: A Guide for Parents

Governing Body Register of Business Interests at Mattersey Primary School:

Name Governance roles in other schools Any interest declared
Chris Bailey None None
Helen Bell None None
Sharon McDougall None None
Richard Ashcroft None None
Billie-Jean Clarricoates None None
Paul Higginbottom Head Teacher at Everton Primary School None
Lucy Wilson None None


Governors' Attendance at Meetings Over the Current Academic Year (2017/18):

Name of Governor Autumn 2017 Spring 2018 Summer 2018
  Collaboration Full Interim Collaboration Full Interim Collaboration Full Interim
Chris Bailey Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Helen Bell Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sharon McDougall N/A Yes Yes N/A Yes No No
Richard Ashcroft N/A No No N/A Yes Yes Yes
Bill-Jean Clarricoates N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes No
Paul Higginbottom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lucy Wilson N/A N/A N/A N/A Yes Yes Yes