Governors are responsible for overseeing the management aspects of the school. They enable their school to run as effectively as possible, acting as a critical friend to the Headteacher and Senior Leaders. Governors are required to be familiar with and use objective data on the performance of pupils, teachers and finances to ask the right questions and ensure resources are allocated to school priorities.

The whole Governing Body meets on two days each term. The first one of these is a Committee Day. There are four committees, Finance, Premises, Curriculum and Personnel, each with its own Chairperson. The committees look in detail at their different areas of responsibility, probing and questioning the school as well as facilitating solutions.

The second day has a strategic focus with governor involvement in planning for the future. The Strategic Review Meeting is followed by the Full Governing Body Meeting, which hears reports from the Headteacher and Committee Chairs to assist in making decisions.

Governors also meet with Phase Leaders (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) and Subject Leaders (English, Maths, Geography etc) at least once a term in order to monitor the progress of their goals.

Essex County Council appoints all governors subject to the agreement of the Full Governing Body. T
he Governing Body of Great Dunmow Primary School are constituted to have 9 governors (3 parent governors, 1 Local Authority governor, 1 staff governor, 2  partnership governors, 1 co-opted governor and the Headteacher). We also have 3 associate members who assist the Governing Body in an advisory capacity, but have no voting rights.     
The Chair of the Governing Body or the Clerk can be contacted via the school office.
Governor Membership 2020/2021


Linda Pannell                                                                                       Chair
                                                                                                                   Partnership Governor


Kevin Watts                                                                                           Headteacher


David Mirzai                                                                                           L A Governor


Jo Marshall                                                                                            Co-Opted Governor 


Christine Hemming                                                                            Vice-Chair

                                                                        Partnership Governor


John Thornton                                                                                      Parent Governor


James Robinson                                                                                   Parent Governor


Kate Flynn                                                                                               Staff Governor


Sannelie Gallichan                                                                               Parent Governor

Jo Hayes                                                                                                  Associate Member


Dave Frater                                                                                            Associate Member


Kylie Robinson                                                                                     Associate Member


                                                                  Governor List correct as of October  2020