The Governing Body

WE CURRENTLY HAVE ONE VACANCY FOR A COMMUNITY GOVERNOR AND A L.A. GOVERNOR. For details on how to become a governor please click here.

Introducing your Governing body

“The governing body is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the school. Governors have benefited from effective training by the local authority and have a good level of professional expertise. They have a sharp awareness of the school’s performance data and know how it compares to that of other schools. This enables them to discuss areas of relative weakness with the headteacher and set her challenging targets for further improvement. Governors visit classrooms regularly. They know about the quality of teaching and are fully aware of their responsibilities regarding teachers’ pay and systems for setting targets for teachers. They know what is being done to reward good teaching and to tackle any underperformance. They ensure the procedures for keeping pupils safe meet requirements."

Lawley Primary School Ofsted May 2013

The headteacher is responsible for the internal organisation, management and control of the school and the implementation of the strategic framework established by the governing body. Our Governors are representatives of the local community, parents, school staff and the Local Authority. They bring a range of interests, knowledge and skills to the school and they all work in a voluntary capacity and as you will see in this section of the website there are various types of Governors.

The Governing Body works in close partnership with the headteacher, staff and the Local Authority. Whilst the headteacher is responsible for the day to day running of the school, the governors are involved, for example with such things as staffing, curriculum, health and safety, safe guarding, school buildings and finance. It ensures the school functions well and maintains the proper range of academic and social objectives. The Governing Body works as a team with shared responsibilities. Governors never make decisions on their own, nor do they act as individuals.

Almost anyone over 18 years of age can become a governor. There are no particular qualifications or requirements, other than a willingness to give time to the role and a capacity for working with other people. There are typically four types of Governors: Staff Governors, Parent Governors, Co-opted Governors and Local Authority Governors and the type of governor you will become depends on your situation; however all governors have the same roles and responsibilities once part of the governing body. If you are interested in becoming a governor please contact the headteacher Carol Mcquiggin on 01952388410
As part of the governing body team, a governor is expected to

1.Contribute to the strategic discussions at governing body meetings which determine the vision and ethos of the school,  clear and ambitious strategic priorities and targets for the school. Ensure that all children, including those with special educational needs, have access to a broad and balanced curriculum. Determine the  school’s budget, including the expenditure of the pupil premium allocation, the school’s staffing structure and key staffing policies and the principles to be used by school leaders to set other school policies.

2.Hold the senior leaders to account by monitoring the school’s performance; this includes: agreeing the outcomes from the school’s self-evaluation and ensuring they are used to inform the priorities in the school development plan; considering all relevant data and feedback provided on request by school leaders and external sources on all aspects of school performance; asking challenging questions of school leaders; ensuring senior leaders have arranged for the required audits to be carried out and receiving the results of those audits; ensuring senior leaders have developed the required policies and procedures and the school is operating effectively according to those policies; acting as a link governor on a specific issue, making relevant enquiries of the relevant staff, and reporting to the governing body on the progress on the relevant school priority; and listening to and reporting to the school’s stakeholders : pupils, parents, staff, and the wider community, including local employers.

3.Ensure the school staff have the resources and support they require to do their jobs well, including the necessary expertise on business management, external advice where necessary, effective appraisal and CPD (Continuing Professional Development), and suitable premises, and that the way in which those resources are used has impact.

4.When required, serve on panels of governors to: appoint the headteacher and other senior leaders; appraise the headteacher; set the headteacher’s pay and agree the pay recommendations for other staff; hear the second stage of staff grievances and disciplinary matters; hear appeals about pupil exclusions.

Membership - Governors are appointed for a four year term except the staff governor where the office is one year.  The chair and vice chair are appointed annually.
 All governors participate in a voluntary capacity and do not receive any remuneration for their work as school governors.

Individual governors also take on specific responsibilities e.g. linked to some subject areas  such as special educational needs (SEN) or child protection. All governors also meet termly with a member of the Senior Leadership team to evaluate the impact of targets and actions from the strategic plan.

How can you contact a Governor?

Governors at Lawley Primary School can be contacted in writing through the school office.

Lawley Primary School’s Reconstituted Governing Body  (May 2016)

Parent Governor(s):                      4

Staff Governor(s):                         1

Headteacher Governor(s):              1

LA Governor(s):                            0

Community/Co-opted Governor(s): 3

Total required by constitution:        11




Chair of Governors. Community/ Co-opted Governor Reverend Lee Plummer Term of Office End Date 31st August 2019.

Rev Lee Plummer is Pioneer Minister for Lawley.  As a former youth worker, teacher and now vicar he brings a variety of skills including, education, young people and community and pastoral awareness.  He has served as a Governor previously, prior to moving to Telford in 2014.  Rev Plummer is engaged in the wider life of Lawley primary school through assemblies, school outings and as a parent. As well as working alongside school families in the local area he is also part of the Church of England’s vision to draw better links between community and school for all. 

Community/Co-opted Governor Mr Yogesh Kumar Term of Office End Date 31st August 2019.

I joined the Governing body in October 2013 as a Local Authority Community Governor. A Pharmacist with over 20 years experience, I started my training in Hospital Pharmacy and then gradually made the transition to Community Pharmacy. I have been established as the Pharmacy Manager at Lawley Pharmacy for the last 12 years.
As an established healthcare provider in the Telford area, managing organisations, financial and human resource management and a strong focus on clinical and information governance are some of the skills i bring to the governing body. Over the years we have developed strong links with both Primary and Secondary Schools and regularly provide training and support on medicines awareness and safety.
I am passionate about the education and training of young children, ensuring that they are equipped with the right skills and knowledge not only for secondary school but also for the work environment. With three young children of our own it is a privilege to serve on the governing body, supporting the school and hopefully building on the links between the community and the school.


Headteacher Governor Carol Mcquiggin

I have worked for Telford and Wrekin since 1999. I was appointed as Headteacher at Lawley Primary School in 2009. We are very proud of the team of staff, parents/carers, children and Governors we have here at school. My skills are in teaching and learning. We have worked hard over the last year developing a shared vision for our school – 'Planting the seeds growing the future' and we encourage our children to be the best that they can be. Our school curriculum is based on the two key principles of encouraging better learners with the help of their teachers, children are able to achieve more and reach higher standards. Developing lifelong learners who have the knowledge, skills and learning attributes that enable them to be resilient and adaptable learners.



Parent Governor Mrs Kirsty Smallman. Appointed 16th May 2016. Term of Office End Date 14th March 2020.

I am a mum to two children at Lawley Primary School and live in the village with my husband. I run a PR company based in Wellington and am an active member of the Telford business networking community. My family are heavily involved in Dawley based Wrekin Riders BMX Race Club.



Parent Governor Mr Oliver Nicholas. Appointed 9th November 2016. Term of Office End Date 30th October 2020.

Working in Telford and living in Lawley I became a parent governor at Lawley at the end of 2016 to ‘get involved’ with the school - I also have two boys currently at the school. I qualified as a solicitor in 2004 handling family law matters and I now work in Telford dealing with criminal work but specialising in motoring law and regulatory law. Hopefully my work skills will cross over into my Governor skills in addressing legal issues, analysing problems and reaching common sense resolutions.

Everything I have seen at the school from the lessons through to the school trips makes me proud to be a Governor and I look forward to becoming more involved.


Parent Governor Gavin Cowan. Appointed 17th January 2017. Term of Office End Date 10th January 2021.

I am a father to 2 children and 2 step children. The eldest 2 were pupils at Lawley Primary. I think Lawley Primary is a fantastic school with a solid, dedicated team where priority is placed on happy and healthy children. Although my youngest is still very young, the intention is that she attends Lawley Primary too. In my professional career I have worked as a footballer and am now the owner of Crossbar Coaching-Education in Sport Ltd. I feel I can offer my knowledge, capabilities and resources to ensure the future direction of the school, that the school maintains its high standards, meets future challenges and is open to new and innovative ideas.






Staff Governor Mrs Sam Dorsett. Appointed 7th June 2016.Term of Office End Date 26th May 2020.

I am the lead Reception teacher at Lawley Primary. I have worked at the school for 18 years working throughout Key Stage 1 and 2. This will be my second term as a School Governor. I am passionate about this school and along with all staff I am proud to work at and serve the Lawley community. I am excited about supporting the Governors and look forward to continued success for the school.


Community/Co-opted Governor Raj Mehta. Appointed 9th November 2016. Term of office end date 11th October 2020.

I joined the governing body late 2016. I run a medical practice as a practice manager as well as being a chair for health and engagement forum in Birmingham. My background is varied from being a local borough councillor to running a medical practice and helping various people in the community as a whole. I am very passionate about the area I live in and would love to offer my time and expertise to build bridges in the community as a whole. I try to give as much time to all the work and activities as I am  involved in as well as my family; I am a father of two young children and married to a local GP.


Parent Governor Chris Henry. Appointed 23rd September 2018. Term of office end date is September 2022.

I am the father of a 5 year old son who attends Lawley Primary School. I have spent the last 17 years serving the local community as a Police Officer, initially as a local patrol officer. For the last 10 years I have worked as a Detective, most recently dealing with major and serious crime in Telford and the surrounding area.

I believe the skills I have gained through my service in the Police would cross over into the role of a governor, particularly issues relating to the law, child safeguarding, working with children with learning difficulties, family law, traffic related issues, internet safety and local community issues. I believe I could utilise these skills to assist with such matters which arise during the day to day running of the school. 

From the outset of my son’s time at Lawley Primary I have taken a strong interest in the running of the school and I am particular keen to assist the school to not only maintain the high standards they have clearly set over the last few years, but to strive for even greater.

I am an active person, with a keen interest in a variety of sports, particular football and running. I also run a local football team for both girls and boys, aged between 4 and 6 years old. I hope to be able to assist in promoting pupils health and wellbeing and encourage the use of the excellent after school activities the school has on offer.
















Lawley Primary School Governing Body.pdf [ pdf | 2mb ]
Governor Impact Statement 2016[4].pdf [ pdf | 1mb ]