Governors play an important role as members of the Governing Body which is responsible for directing the conduct of the school and for promoting high standards of educational achievement. The three main roles of governors are to provide strategic direction for the school; act as a critical friend to the Headteacher; and to ensure accountability. Together with the Headteacher governors set the future direction for the school and decide how the school’s budget and pupil premium should be spent. The Governing Body makes decisions collectively on matters such as performance targets, school policies and the School’s Improvement Plan.
The Governing Body of Great Dunmow Primary School are constituted to have 9 governors (3 parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor, 2 staff governors,2  partnership governors and 1 co-opted governor). We also have 3 Associate Members.  We currently have 1 parent governor vacancy.   All governors are appointed by Essex County Council following agreement of governors at a Full Governing Body Meeting.  Associate Members assist the governing body in an advisory capacity, they have no voting rights.
The Full Governing Body meets once each term (twice in the Autumn term at the beginning and end of term). In addition to the Full Governing Body meeting there are four committees which meet once each term. These are the Premises Committee, Personnel Committee, Curriculum Committee and Finance Committee.  
The Chair of the Governing Body or the Clerk can be contacted via the school office.
Governor Membership 2017/2018


Linda Pannell                                                                                       Chair
                                                                                                               Partnership Governor


Kevin Watts                                                                                           Headteacher


Lisa Waters                                                                                           Deputy Head
                                                                                                               Co-Opted Governor


Veronica Hayhow                                                                                  Staff Governor


Ben Baylis-Davey                                                                                  LA Governor


Christine Hemming                                                                               Vice-Chair

                                                                       Partnership Governor


John Thornton                                                                                       Parent Governor


James Robinson                                                                                   Parent Governor

Jo Hayes                                                                                                Associate Member


Dave Frater                                                                                            Associate Member


Kylie Robinson                                                                                     Associate Member



Governor List correct as of September 2018